It is rarely considered that democracy, in its purest form, is nothing more than a minority group being subjected to the dictates of a majority group. If true liberty and prosperity are to be obtained then an individualist mentality must be adopted. Meaningful change cannot come from laws sponsored by a majority because popular support does not determine legitimacy or morality. Change should be a product of personal responsibility for individual action.
Its like choosing chocolate ice cream or Vanilla Ice cream
Even after the election. I am still confused at the Obama voters who thought Romney was in some way different then Obama. Same goes for Mitt Romney supports who thought Romney was different then Obama. There will be a lot of crying and a lot of gloating going on.
Us independents know better then is. Knowing they are both bad for our health. Its like choosing chocolate ice cream or Vanilla Ice cream. In the end it all gets crapped out and will make you fat and lazy if you have to much.
Dead Voters in South Carolina
You may remember this reply to a post claiming 953 dead people voted in S. Carolina’s GOP primary.
Luckily, the Executive Director of the S. Carolina Election Commission testified on this issue.
According to her testimony, 37,000 people in the state have been identified as deceased. Of those 37,000, only 953 ballots have been cast in the names of those deceased. Based on this finding, they checked the list of 37,000 presumed deceased to see if any of them requested absentee ballots for the 2012 primary. They found 10 who had requested absentee ballots; all 10 are alive and well.
This kind of thing happens: deceased voters are not removed from the rolls, voters are presumed to be dead when they are - in fact - alive, etc.
(h/t Election Updates)
A case for voter abstinence
By Carlos Alfaro February 26, 2012
2012 is an exciting election year full of several colorful and diverse candidates. Have you figured out whom you are voting for? If none of the presidential hopefuls look appealing, have you considered not voting?
The idea of voting gets engrained into our heads as children. The term that comes to mind with respect to voting: civic duty. While it is easy to interpret this term in a general context, it is important that we question the validity of its relevance. Civic duty is defined as actions and behaviors that better our society. Treating others with respect and looking out for your fellow neighbor fall into this category.
But if our civic duty is to participate in the voting process, what happens when the choices are detrimental? If you vote for “the lesser of two evils,” don’t you still end up with evil?
It is clear that both Republicans and Democrats are capable of giving great speeches and making us feel hopeful for our political future, but looking back at the last couple of decades shows that their policies haven’t been much different from one another. Although the parties may say they are different, the American people are left with the same result.
Robert Nozick, an American political philosopher in the 1970s and 1980s, wrote “The Tale of the Slave,” which goes through a sequence of nine “cases” that illustrate a philosophical point of view. Nozick invites the reader to picture himself as the slave in the story.
In the first case, a slave is subject to his brutal master’s whim, and if often beaten. Yet, the master gradually grants the slave several freedoms as the story progresses through the nine “cases.” Among the liberties given is free time, the ability to form a community with other slaves and choose a place of work. The master has claim on a percentage of what the slave earns and reserves the right to call the slave to his service at any time, as well as increase the percentage of his claim at any time. At the final stage, the slave is allowed to vote on what rules are implemented. Yet, your vote means nothing except in the case of tie. Nozick’s question is: At what stage between the small attainments of privileges did this become something other than the tale of a slave?
This brings up the question of the morality of voting. How much of a claim do voters have over your life? Can they take the right of marriage from you? The right to life or property? How about the right to smoke marijuana? Bringing abstract ideas to the practical level helps us see beyond the clichés and assumptions used in political rhetoric.
Who is to blame for the great losses in freedom and the great debt accumulated by this government? Who is to blame when a well-spoken politician promised change only to turn his back on the very people and principles that voted him into office? Who is to blame for the horrible choices we have available for the next leader of our country? The voters. The ones who choose to settle on “well, he seems better than the last guy.”
Reach the columnist at firstname.lastname@example.org
Futurama’s Bender Elected Head of the Washington D.C. School Board
this is funny…and fucking sad…when are people going to start taking systems and info security seriously?? especially when it comes to elections and voting which are suppose to be the focal point of democracy. at any rate, i’m sure the kids are thrilled.
When your login and password are both “admin” these sorts of things will happen, but the sheer incompetence of the Washington D.C. election board with electronic voting systems is frightening. Via Geekosystem:
Sure, widespread electronic voting would make the process of tallying and processing ballots exponentially easier, but can it ever really be secure? Maybe someday, but certainly not right now, as evidenced by a little experiment in Washington D.C. that ended with everyone’s favorite robo-sociopath Bender Bending Rodriguez being elected as the head of the Washington D.C. school board. Needless to say, there was a little bit of hacking involved.
Before we go any further, its worth noting that there was hacking involved partially because the Washington D.C. election board was asking for it. Literally. During the election in question, the election board actually invited all comers to try and break into the system as a test of its security. Among others, a team from University of Michigan took a crack at it, and cracked the system wide open …
Read More: Geekosystem
Someone needs to tell Ron Paul he needs to keep a 3rd party run on the table… I don’t care what he gets in to the Republican platform I’m not supporting the GOP Nominee.
Does anyone even think it would matter if he influenced the platform or spoke at the convention?
I don’t get the point of what he’s doing and why he’s basically mailing it in in South Carolina… the nomination may be about delegates but it’s also about momentum.
To me it’s increasingly clear he’s not competing to win no matter what he and the campaign say, either way I’ll support him, but I wish there was a way to be more honest about what the end game is, especially with us donating so much money.
I am of the same mind. If you vote for the lesser evil, you’re still voting for evil. I can’t support any of the other candidates for the GOP. Even if Ron does not do a 3rd party run. I will still write his name name when I vote.
Dead people voting…
Not surprised. It happens almost everywhere in the USA now days. Just look at what happen in my own state of Washington. First time Dino Rossi ran for governor of Washington. It was proven that dead people were voting. Mainly in King County. Of course the courts ruled it was OK for dead to vote and felons to do the same. Even had cases were imaginary people were voting.
It will not be the last time this happens. I am sorry to say.
It’s not a joke. It‘s the reality in President Obama’s home state.
Illinois has a new law that took effect on January 1 requiring all people who purchase drain cleaners or any caustic substances to provide a government issued photo ID. And retailers now must ask for identification from those buying drain cleaners and maintain extensive records of which caustic products have been purchased, in what amounts, and by whom.
Look! Proof!!! Illinois Liberals want poor people and minorities to live in a shacks with plugged up sinks and shitters!! Those racist bastards!!