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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Voting and Elections - how important are they?

As the U.S. election draws ever nearer, I thought I'd offer a post with some links to some articles and quotes that help put elections in perspective.

Should you vote for the "lesser of two evils"? - great article by the late Leonard Read

Lorna Doone and the 2008 Election - on why it's sad that who wins has to matter

Shut up and vote! - on why voter encouragement is stupid

The Election Doesn't Matter - on why there are better ways to fight for freedom (probably not for statism though)

The Four Boneheaded Biases of Stupid Voters - by Bryan Caplan on why voters make bad decisions

Stopy Worrying About the Election - on how you can always be free, regardless of who's in power

Some quotes:

“I am really sorry to see my Countrymen trouble themselves about Politics. If Men were Wise the Most arbitrary Princes could not hurt them. If they are not Wise the Freest Government is compelled to be a Tyranny. Princes appear to me to be Fools. Houses of Commons & Houses of Lords appear to me to be fools, they seem to me to be something Else besides Human Life.” - William Blake

“I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office.” - Milton Friedman

"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right."
- H.L. Mencken

“And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.” - Frederic Bastiat

"An election is nothing more than the advanced auction of stolen goods"
- Ambrose Bierce

"Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters."
- C.S. Lewis

"Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves."
- Herbert Marcuse

"An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry."
- T.S. Eliot

"Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" - Juvenal

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"Democracy, n.:
- A government of the masses.
- Authority derived through mass meeting or any other form of
direct expression.
- Results in mobocracy.
- Attitude toward property is communistic... negating property rights.
- Attitude toward law is that the will of the majority shall regulate,
whether it is based upon deliberation or governed by passion, prejudice,
and impulse, without restraint or regard to consequences.
- Result is demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, [chaos]."
-- U. S. Army Training Manual No. 2000-25
Source: published by the US War Department, Washington, D.C., November 30, 1928

Gee what could be wrong with that?
Voting is indeed pointless, and I base that on much more that this single quote.

Posted by: JC | 2008-10-29 5:41:33 PM

"Well, the only choice I had was to vote for the lesser of two evils."
~Leonard E. Read

Earlier in the voting cycle, when each party had chosen their candidate, with Obama being the "Stealth" candidate because nothing was really known about him and McCain being the "RINO" who was known as a "maverick" for having liberal tendencies and voting against his own party to the chagrin of the base and applause of the MSM, the above quote summed things up nicely.

But now, with more information about who Obama really is, with the corrupts ACORN voting registration fraud, the illegal financing fraud through credit cards, ties to Communists like Ayers, Obama is no longer the "lesser of two evils".

Obama is clearly the EVIL of two lessers.

Posted by: Speller | 2008-10-30 6:35:32 AM

Very well put, Speller.

Posted by: JC | 2008-10-30 6:48:20 AM

Thanks JC.
I erred though.*

It should have read:
"McCain is no longer the "lesser of two evils".

Obama is clearly the EVIL of two lessers.

*(I'm on my first Cafe' Americano right now)

Posted by: Speller | 2008-10-30 7:04:01 AM

Takes me a couple of Americaos to get going too Speller.

From "The Onion":

Struggling Lower-Class Still Unsure How Best To Fuck Selves With Vote
October 30, 2008 | Issue 44•44

WASHINGTON—As election day nears, millions of the nation's poorest voters have reportedly yet to settle on the most profound and enduring way to completely fuck themselves over when they head to the polls this year.

"On the one hand, I'm pretty sure Barack Obama will undermine my best interests by maintaining the same centrist, pro-corporate policies of previous Democratic administrations," said Jim Estey, 34, a recently laid-off assembly-line worker. "Conversely, I agree with McCain and Palin on abortion, which might just balance out the fact that they'll further marginalize people like me by supporting deregulation and slashing social programs. So it's pretty much a toss-up at this point."

Though such behavior appears to directly undermine their own well-being, lower-income voters have historically supported candidates determined to screw them six ways to Sunday, including Bill Clinton, who incarcerated them in record numbers and cut the welfare benefits many depended on for day-to-day sustenance, and George W. Bush, who widened the gap between them and the rich and sent thousands of them to die in Iraq. This year's election is reportedly unique in that the nation's poor must not only weigh how deeply and painfully their chosen candidate will penetrate their rectums, but must also consider unforeseen outside circumstances—such as economic collapse and terrorism—that might allow the next president to bend them over and brutally rape them in ways they never thought possible.

The latest polls indicate that a majority of lower-class citizens might choose not to vote at all Nov. 4, preferring instead to leave the details of how they get fucked to the moneyed classes.

Posted by: JC | 2008-10-31 6:09:36 AM

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