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On Michigan Proposal 1

November 4th, 2008

Anonymous left a comment on Medical Marijuana in Michigan:

This article hurts the proposal more than helps it…while medicinal marijuana may prove beneficial, there are significant reasons why marijuana should not be legalized to the general public.

The crux of my post was, “Who cares if medicinal marijuana is on the ballot?” Medical marijuana may be a step in the right direction, but the real issue is “Why can’t (allegedly) free people be allowed to use it?”

I wonder why he didn’t list the “significant reasons”… Like the junk science that suggests marijuana is more harmful than tobacco? Nice try.

There may be a number of reasons why you’d prefer to abstain from the substance, but there is not a single, reasonable argument you can put forth to justify the violent interference with an adult’s peaceful and private decision.

Keep this in mind at all times: We’re not talking about you, trying to rationally convince people that they’re wrong. We’re talking about violence, perpetrated by agents of the State, against people who happen to have a habit that you simply don’t like.

That is, using all of the power and guns of the government, to force your opinions and beliefs upon those with whom you disagree.

Sorry, it’s never reasonable for a mature, rational adult to use violence in such a manner. Ever.

Should I Vote For a Third Party Candidate?

November 4th, 2008

In response to Get Disappointed by Obama, Adam from ThirdPartyVote.com says that, “For the record…you should vote,” and then directs me to his website which urges people to vote for third party candidateds. Any third party candidate.

I went there and watched the video, the primary argument was that if a party receives x% of the popular vote, then they are eligible for federal funding in the next election, and that in order to increase diversity among candidates, people should vote for third party candidates if they don’t like the two major parties. Well, that’s great, if what you want to do is increase the size and power of the State, so even though everyone wants change, when push comes to shove, their actions indicate they really will be satisfied with more of the same old crap.

But, the two major parties control the system. They write laws and regulations that effectively prohibit third parties from being considered in the media, they exclude third party candidates from their Good-old-boy-club debates. They exempt themselves from filing deadlines (i.e., Bob Barr, libertarian, missed the deadline in Texas and is not on the ballot. Both major parties missed the deadline to be on the ballot in some states, but they will appear on all ballots.)

The fundamental objection which I take with regards to voting, is that within the confines of a non-voluntary institution (like government) which is imposed from without, it simply is not an acceptable means by which rational adults should resolve disagreements, or choose the courses for future action.

I might vote for Kent McManigal, just for shits and grins. But I’ll probably write in “nobody” for President.

Comments on Comments #28: Election Day Special

November 3rd, 2008

John from Blagnet left a comment on Get Disappointed by Obama:

For years I have REALLY wanted a bumper sticker that says, “Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.” If you get that, you’re awesome.

I plan on voting for Kang. There’s nary a Simpsons reference that escapes me.

My friend Brad wrote a post about The Top 10 Reasons to Not Vote for Barack Obama. Lest anyone accuse him of bias, he also wrote a list of The Top 10 Reasons Not to Vote for John McCain.

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Danielo left a comment in response to Who Are You Voting For?

Whenever someone asks me why I don’t vote, I say it’s like a lactose-intolerant person trying to decide which flavor of ice cream to buy. Either way, it’s going to end in stomach ache.

Right-o. No possible outcome in the election is satisfactory, to me. I might write in Kent McManigal tomorrow, just for grins. His “platform” consists of tidbits like this:

No elected “official”, not even the president, is going to “save” the country. He might be able to destroy it, but he can’t help it in any substantive way. It’s just a sad fact.

It’s a secret ballot, anyways, right? But I’ll probably just write in “nobody”.

John from Blagnet says that he might write in his own name. That would be kind of sweet, and maybe I’ll do that when I’m old enough. It’s probably a crime for me to write-in my own name, since I’m not eligible.

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In voting procedural nonsense, I commented on how easy it probably is to commit voter fraud.

1955Design notes that it’s only a recent MI supreme court decision which requires you to sign an affidavit attesting to your identity, in the event that you don’t have any identification handy. Apparently, before that, you literally could just say you were anybody.

If Kent McManigal gets 44 votes in Michigan, it’s because I called in sick, and drove all around Southeast Michigan casting fraudulent ballots!

Voter fraud kind of misses the point, though: the real problem is the system which pretends to let everyone choose what they want, and then forces the losers to do what the winners want them to do.
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A number of people left comments on A Milestone in commemoration of my 1,000th blog post.

Thanks to John, Rorshak (1313), Mike, Brad and 1955design, and anyone else who reads frequently but wasn’t inclined to comment. Did I miss anyone? (Sorry!)

1955Design also says I should convert this in to income. My friend Brad at The Top 10 Reasons says there’s a wordpress plugin that you can use to convert blogposts into a book. That’s interesting. I wonder if anyone would read it.

Then again, if they want to read it, they already know where to get it for free.

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There are other comments I haven’t responded to yet, but plan on doing so shortly.

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