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The Public Policy of Buying Votes

Posted by The_Chef On 11:48 AM 6 comments

So ... here's my theory for reforming this country.

Get rid of universal suffrage. Not everyone should vote. This is simply just a fact. Just because you live here, doesn't mean you should get a say in the policy of this country.

So here's my theory.
1.) Get rid of the draft. I see this as an important step in leveling the playing field.

2.) If you are on government assistance, you don't get to vote. This includes Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, etc. and so forth. If you accept any of these, you give up your right to vote.

This solves a key problem in America: it keeps politicians from winning office by pandering to the lowest common denominator. I hate poor people voting in politicians and bureaucrats who promise to stick their hand farther into my wallet. That's theft. I don't give a damn if it helps the poor, it's theft and to try and couch it in terms of "redistribution" or a "more equitable outcome" is nothing but intellectual dishonesty in the extreme. I only use the poor "welfare" recipient as an example here. To clarify I don't hate poor people. I do not think they should get to vote themselves money from other people's wealth.

When a politician can stand up and promise a voting block, like pensioners or retirees or anyone for that matter, that he will increase their allowances he is BUYING VOTES! He's not promising to defend the nation or defend the constitution, he is telling them that he will tax Americans so that the government can give them, the special interest group, more money for their Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid/subsidies/etc. That creates a system in which the politician that promises to loot the American public will get elected! Essentially a self-sustaining system is created where each successive generation of politicians has to promise more and more benefits to various groups. In order to break this system, you make participation in the welfare systems voluntary, and if you participate in those systems you lose your right to vote.

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6 Response for the "The Public Policy of Buying Votes"

  1. Even though I am an anarchist I agree. It would be fun to see this change happen as well.

  2. Free Market Freak says:
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  3. liberty lovin fool says:
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  4. The_Chef says:

    Two comments removed.

    1. For being a fucking authoritarian.

    2. For being a bigoted fucking racist and sexist.

    Both of you find some other blog to be douchebags in.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Who's the authoritarian here, wanting to strip civil rights from American citizens because of their class status? Who's the bigot here, wanting to strip civil rights from American citizens based on class status? Oh, wait, I believe that was YOU. I had no idea Libertarians were capable of enmeshing their ideology with fascism, but thanks for opening my eyes, Chef.

  6. The_Chef says:

    Nice call, except no where is universal suffrage part of either the US Constitution or the Bill of Rights.

    Secondly, It's not a Civil Right. Voting is not encompassed in the ideas of "right to life, liberty, property".

    Of course you didn't bother to actually READ my whole post so a reactionary response is expected. If you had read it, you might actually see that there is a point.

    To quote Ben Franklin: "The Republic is dead when people realize they can vote themselves money from the public coffers."

    And for the record ... I don't think you have any idea what the word 'libertarian' actually means.