Is Not the Problem… Americans Are the Problem
People vote for too many things.
Mostly they vote to take things from other people either
their property or their freedom of action. Each election in modern
America is for all practical purposes a no-reserve auction of other
peoples stuff. Vote for me, says The Candidate and
I will give you some of their stuff. Or something
even worse: Vote for me and I will force them to do This
It is never phrased quite so honestly, but this is the essential
character of what goes on. Everything is up for bid. There is no
off-limits. No not for sale at any price.
Apparently, the idea doesnt appeal to most Americans
anymore. Most Americans view their fellow man with proprietary interest.
And they, he.
But the vote is just a mechanism. A tool. It is neither good nor
bad in itself. It is people who are bad. Envious, malicious, vengeful,
controlling people. Or simply ignorant people. Give them the franchise
and nature will take its course.
Envious, malicious people vote for wealth transfers to themselves
theft by process, rendered lawful. You have more and I have
less. Give me more.
Voters with the itch to control their fellow man but lacking
the courage to do so directly get proxies to do it for them,
via the ballot box. It makes them feel good without requiring them
to confront the nature of the thing and of themselves. People
who would never in a million years march over to their neighbors
house and knock a cigarette from his lips will self-satisfiedly
vote to have someone else do it for them never stopping to
consider that they have just given license for their neighbor to
exact revenge using precisely the same method.
The simply ignorant, in their naivety, vote for laws that seem
to them humane and liberal never following the
sequence of events down the line, to the unfriendly end of the gun
that will impose their humane and liberal
policies. Or, if they are conservatives, for laws they
may genuinely believe will keep us safe. Likewise never
following the thought-chain to its necessary conclusion. Never realizing
what theyve just endorsed and how it will inevitably
be used in ways they may not like very much at all.
But the franchise is itself morally neutral. Like a gun. A gun
can save a life or take one. The gun itself is neither good
nor bad. It is the hand that wields it and the mind
that controls it.
And it is the minds of millions of Americans thats at the
root of our predicament. Minds that have been molded (twisted) by
great historical forces, embodied by a few very specific persons:
Abe Lincoln taught Americans to fear the government. He
laid waste to the South as an object lesson: Washingtons authority
is unassailable and eternal. The union, at bayonet-point,
forever. Like a bad marriage from which there can be no escape save
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