Monday, January 18, 2016

Keep v*ting- I'm sure it will work next time

How can people believe v*ting can change the direction of government in any real way?

And how can they believe the outcome represents the will of the majority? Or that just because the majority wants something it should be forced on everyone? Do they believe any outcome is OK as long as it wins the v*te?

Let's put the reality of v*oting to the test. I touched on this in one of my newspaper columns a while back.

Let's say there's been a plane crash, with 20 survivors. Maybe this happened in a very remote area, perhaps as a result of an EMP, so there's no hope of being found through modern technology. Whatever the reason, just imagine the chance of a rescue coming any time soon is very slim.

After escaping the wreckage you find there are a dozen survivors who are able to walk. Do you try to walk out to be rescued or do you sit and wait for rescuers to show up? Some of those who wouldn't have a chance of walking out could still get around well enough to help those left behind- even if they'd rather not be left.

It's probably better to stick together, so how should you decide whether everyone should stay or go? If you believe in v*ting, you may decide to let the majority decide- and follow the government rules established for elections- maybe skipping the whole "v*ter ID" thing.

Two of those survivors are too young to get a v*te. One guy doesn't speak the language of the others, and doesn't know what's being discussed so he doesn't get to v*te. Two of the survivors admit they are former felons, so obviously they don't get to weigh in. So that leaves 7 who are allowed to v*te on whether to walk out of the crash site or stay put. If the v*te runs 4 to 3 in favor of walking out, how is the best way to handle this? Sure maybe one of those who v*ted to stay put will go along with the majority v*te- humans can be very cooperative even when it is not in their best interests.Then you'll have 5 v*ters voluntarily leaving the site.

Should the fate of all be decided by 25% of the group? What if, like in all things political, the actual deciders are a much tinier percentage than even that? How small a minority of the group- even if they are the majority of v*ters- should get to make decisions that will be forced on all?

V*ting is a sick way to settle things. Almost nothing should ever be subject to a v*te- and rights and liberty are never among them.

If you v*te you are agreeing to play by the rules bad people have laid out for you. You are agreeing to abide by the results. Some say you have no right to complain if you don't v*te- that's not even close. If anything, those who complain after agreeing to play a rigged game and losing, look hypocritical when they complain that it didn't go the way they wanted.

You do what you want, but v*ting lends an air of legitimacy to the rigged political game. If it could change anything it would be illegal. But keep v*ting and pretending you are "doing something". I'm sure you can v*te back liberty any year now.



  1. "A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him."
    -Ezra Pound

    “Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.”
    - Immanuel Kant

  2. Voting: Two wolves and a sheep deciding what's for dinner.

    Sheep must keep informed, and must be willing and able to protect their own lives,liberty, and property; or the minority get gobbled up by the needs of voters.

    That reasoning is why the CONstitution originally wouldn't pass until the 'Bill of Rights' tasked government with protecting individual 'fundamental rights' against the needs of the state and the needs of the many. A piece of paper, begging govt to protect against the abuses of govt. And how has that work out??

    Our forefathers got fed up with abusive gov'ts like those led by King George and Abe Lincoln: The series stands at 1-1. Now today, yet again, team tyranny has created an army in our midst and is taking the field, and is warming up for round 3. It would be good to win this next match in the series, and deliver unto tyrants what they always deserve.

  3. "Sic Semper Tyrannis" translates as "Thus Always unto Tyrants". It is a shortened version of the phrase Sic semper evello mortem tyrannis ("Thus always I bring death to tyrants"). This phrase is the Virginia state motto, and appears on the state flag and official seals and such.

    The phrase is said to have originated with Marcus Junius Brutus during the assassination of Julius Caesar. The phrase has been invoked historically in Europe and other parts of the world as an epithet or rallying cry against abuse of power. The phrase was recommended by George Mason to the Virginia Convention in 1776, as part of the state's seal. [At a previous state convention one year before, Patrick Henry proposed arming the Virginia militia and delivered his "give me liberty or give me death" speech to rally support for the measure. So by 1776 they were deciding on mottos, flags, seals, and crests.] The Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia shows Virtue, spear in hand, with her foot on the prostrate form of Tyranny, whose crown lies nearby. The Seal was planned by Mason and designed by George Wythe, who signed the United States Declaration of Independence and taught law to Thomas Jefferson.

    1. It's funny to me that a Tyrants' Club would have such on their seal, but I'm sure they refuse to see the irony in it.

    2. LoL. True.
      But they were fighting the 'other tyrant' when they approved the seal. /sarc

      Their morality and sentiments were strong. Three generations later, they were still strong, when they fought the next tyrant (Abe and his war of constant creeping federal aggression).

      Today, that seal is a beacon of irony.
      An historic artifact, of what was dreamed of.
      A reminder of the moral nature of the men of 1776, who manned up and did what they could, as imperfect as it may have turned out to be.

    3. wish the land was full of moral thoughtful liberty minded folks today.

    4. Yep. I wish I knew what to say that would make the hunger for liberty catch and spread like a wildfire.

    5. The availability of information and food and heat does not seem to educate nor motivate people to be productive in their own interests, or to defend against evil. Is the breed "too stupid to live"? Or are cycles of destruction necessary to re-fertilize the field for more future growth?

      Maybe abject poverty and even open slavery (that always results from tyranny) will provide stimulus. Just 99.44% of times past- liberty is not the next societal form that follows. sad.

    6. “Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

      This is known as "bad luck.”

      -Robert A. Heinlein

  4. it is MLK day...

    “It is convenient to have a system of laws where everyone is a criminal.”
    -Adolf Hitler

    "Remember, everything Hitler did was legal."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

  5. "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr

    "History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict."
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "The principle of self defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.
    -Martin Luther King, Jr.

    "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  6. Kent, as usual, your words cause me to think, and lead to good conversations around here. Thank you for not accepting evil, and for actively working to educate. Thank you for the numerous examples that come up in daily living, that involve subtle (or not so subtle) choices, and the insight of what those choices involve. You are helping the blind to see.

  7. "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex… It takes a touch of genius to move in the opposite direction."
    - Albert Einstien

  8. With all due respect for your message, who do you expect to influence by looking like a homeless vagrant.

    A study was conducted in the 1960s, I think it was on a college campus. (This is not new information.) A hippy type was walking on a sidewalk for a ways and then jaywalked across the street rather than go to the crosswalk. The number of students that were willing to jaywalk with him was counted. Then a well dressed and well groomed student did the same. A much higher number and percent of students were willing to follow the well dressed student.

    Conclusion if you want to influence groups be more clean cut.

    1. Since I am clean, and my clothes are clean and not tattered and worn, I must conclude your objection must be with the length of my (also clean and brushed) hair. Unless you find facial hair (or my whimsical "cunning hat") offensive.

      Guess what: there are probably hundreds of libertarians making videos, while looking like bankers or lawyers, and people still manage to find things to criticize about them. Either appearance, or language, or whatever. I suspect the real objection is to the message, and any other excuse that can be found or imagined would be used. I'd be glad to find links to some of their videos if you'd find them more convincing.

      I'm sorry if you think I look like a "homeless vagrant", but I won't make myself miserable in the futile attempt to influence people who want to keep making excuses