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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Be responsible! Don't vote!

There are those who say that if you don't vote, you have no right to complain about the government. As I see it, the exact opposite is true: if you do vote, you have no right to complain about the outcome. If you vote, you are agreeing that the majority of those who vote have the right to decide who rules all of us. You agree to the outcome. You agree to be ruled by whoever wins.

However, if you believe that no one has the right to "elevate" someone to a position of power over someone else, then not voting is really the only moral choice. Otherwise, you are asserting that fifty one percent of those eligible to vote have a right to:

  • Confiscate property from anyone they choose and give to whomever they choose
  • Limit, curtail, forbid, or monitor any behavior of anyone they choose
No one has the moral right or authority to take anything of anyone else's, nor do they have the moral authority to require anyone to do (or not do) anything. (And no, I'm not saying that murder and rape can't be forbidden. Don't be retarded.)

The only things I vote for any more are spending and/or borrowing referenda. And I always vote against them. I was very pleased when my local school district's budget was defeated, and they were forced to go on an "austerity" budget (i.e., a mere four percent increase over last year's budget, rather than the requested eight percent). And I have school age children who both go to public school. I was thrilled to see the gnashing of teeth over what an unmitigated tragedy this would be. High school sports were cancelled!! Guess what happened? Fund raisers were held so that those who wanted sports could actually pay for them themselves and not require those who weren't interested to pay for them! What a novel concept. You do not own me or the fruits of my labors; you do not have the right to force me to pay for what you want!

"But what system would you live in then? Isn't democracy the best there is to offer?" Hell no. Democracy can easily elect:

  • Communism
  • Fascism
  • Theocracy
In fact, despite the "democratic" revolution imposed on Iraq, they appear to have just democratically approved a completely socialist, theocratic constitution. That was democratic, wasn't it? And that makes it good, right?

Under what system would I live? It really doesn't matter. Under whatever system you live, the powerful rule and try to give the ruled the illusion that they have a say in what goes on. Under whatever system you live, you are owned. So, the only way to live is to do one's best to stay under the radar, and don't disturb the hornet's nest too much. I will continue to do so until such time as the war machine decides that not enough young people are enlisting and imposes the draft. At that time, rather than allow my children to be enslaved to the all-powerful State, I will up and leave.

Till then, you and I can get along, just don't try and take my stuff, and I won't try and take yours.


  • Amen brother!
    I have 5 state issues and a couple county ones that I need to vote down today. It always feels good to vote against yet another tax increase.

    By Anonymous Ed, at 9:48 AM  

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