Chad Perrin: SOB

29 May 2008

a great day for democracy

Filed under: inanity,Liberty — apotheon @ 06:44

Do you need some more evidence that the Land of the Free has died — that any hope of peaceful recovery is pretty much gone? I’ll probably talk about the supposed freedom-lovers of the US in a later entry here at SOB, and how they’re the biggest piece of the problem we have. For now, though, let’s just look at one more piece of evidence that the problem exists:

North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled “there is no fundamental right for a voter to vote for the party of their choice. By extension, then, it would be entirely appropriate for North Carolina (or any state, for that matter, that doesn’t have language in its constitution asserting such a right) to reduce the options on the ballot to one, sole, single candidate in each position, all in the name of alleviating voter confusion:

“The more parties there are that are recognized by the State and that place candidates on the ballot, the greater the chance there is for ballots that are so long as to be unwieldy and to risk voter confusion and frustration of the electoral process,” Judge Hobgood wrote.

You’ll vote for who they tell you to vote for, dammit, or you’ll go to bed without your dinner. If we gave you more options, you’d just be confused and pick the wrong candidate. We can’t have you picking the wrong candidate, now — can we?

Compare this with recent Iraq elections, in which Iraqi citizens were deemed smart enough to vote using ballots listing hundreds of candidates. I guess Americans are stupider than Iraqis. Well, perhaps we are, if we let this kind of crap go on in our government. As H. L. Mencken famously said:

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

I guess it’s a great day for democracy, after all.

PS: If you live in North Carolina, it looks like your best option for voting this November is to vote with your feet. Move somewhere your vote still counts — where you can vote for who you like, rather than who the gray-haired party bosses choose your votes for you.


  1. It’s also worth noting that initially the Iraqi constitution was going to be written by the Governing Council, but Ayatollah Sistani demanded that the constitution be written by drafters selected by general elections and mobilized the Shia majority to demand it. Paul Bremer eventually had to agree to the demands and the elections were held.

    Whether electing the drafters worked out well ultimately is debatable (I never did read the final version of the constitution, but it was something of an authoritarian document early in the process), but it’s sort of funny to think that even the Iraqis had better success in forcing the hand of the American Government.

    Comment by Mina — 29 May 2008 @ 10:18

  2. it’s sort of funny to think that even the Iraqis had better success in forcing the hand of the American Government.

    . . . in a “laugh, because the alternative is to cry” sense, yeah. So much for “democracy” — our nation’s own citizens are less successful at affecting our government than supposedly conquered nations.

    Comment by apotheon — 29 May 2008 @ 10:52

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