Steve K.: If true, it would be unconstitutional, violates the 1st amendment for one thing. Not voting is one way of protesting.
Rayn: Indeed! Penalizing those New Yorkers who choose to Vacate The Vote in an effort to Withdraw Consent is not only an assault against free speech, and freedom of choice – it also represents a shameless effort to run an extortion racket, too! These political parasites are nothing more than a legally-protected criminal caste!
(Glenn Blain) A state lawmaker from Manhattan wants to make it costly for New Yorkers not to vote.
Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, a Democrat, introduced legislation this week that would establish “compulsory voting” in the state and punish those who don’t vote with a $10 fine.
“Mandatory voting would drastically increase civic participation and transform the political arena by making politicians more reflective of the constituents that elected them,” Glick wrote in a memo submitted with the bill.
As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I discovered the following artworkhere, being shared by the page, “Vacate the State,” and originally posted it to my own wall, along with commentary…
“Statism: ideas so good, they’re mandatory”
My Commentary: And, by “good,” they mean “bad.”
(note: though I previously shared a different picture of this quote in January of 2013, within my post, “The Coercive Nature of Statism,” I still felt compelled to offer up an alternative commentary when I saw it again, due to the inspiring nature of these words)
Rayn: Apparently, the authoritarians among us will continue to arrogantly force their “great ideas” upon us, because REASON and CONSENT are not as important to them as BLIND FAITH and COMPLIANCE!
It’s time for Individuals to wake up, and reject ALL FORMS OF COERCION as illegitimate!
“Good ideas don’t require force”
Jonas A.: That’s right! No “brown” nosing to get us to work for free! 😛
Brian K.: That assumes most people would be smart enough to recognize the good ideas. “We must view with profound respect the infinite capacity of the human mind to resist the introduction of useful knowledge.” Thomas R. Lounsbury
Genaire: Brian how would we measure ones intelligence… an iq test? I know several people that would do extremely well on an iq test yet would be unable to survive without the aide of others. I also know several people in school that consider themselves to be very intelligent yet have not tested this intelligence outside the sheltered environment of a classroom. Then one has to ask himself what overlord would one place in charge of determining this said intelligence the government? I know of governments that deemed unintelligent people worthy of extermination. In a free society however one does not have to worry themself about those arrogant few who deem themselves intelligent enough to decide what a good or bad idea may or may not be.