Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"The Path of Increasingly Repressive Measures"

My reply at

tim_lebsack 40 minutes ago

Many months ago I approached the voting machine screen and answered the first question it asked me "Do you want to vote straight party?". I said "Yes" by touching the (L) icon on the screen, the machine responding with "Push the red button to cast your vote" I did so and the screen said "Thank you for voting".
Only after handing the cartridge ballot back to the poll judge did I realize that I'd not voted on any of the ballot propositions.
I'm agreeing that Libertarians want people to have options and, as Eugene explains, the best option is the maximum choice w/ the least manipulation. I'll support the procedural amendment that eliminates not straight party voting (anyone can still choose to vote straight party) but eliminates the shorthand voting whereby every race and every proposition on the ballot is supposedly decided with a single button.
If only the duties of being a responsible Texas voter were so simple to be decided by a single up or down vote, kinda like they have in less civilized regions of the planet.


"Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death."
-- Adolf Hitler
(1889-1945) German Nazi Dictator

"And our security will require all Americans to be forward-looking and resolute, to be ready for pre-emptive action."
-- George W. Bush
(1946- ) 43rd US President, Yale Skull & Bones Society

"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."
-- Harry S. Truman
(1884-1972), 33rd US President
Source: message to Congress, August 8, 1950


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