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Help to prevent ‘suicide by cop’ from escalating into ‘suicide by vote’

Laws against gambling – rights infringement and hypocrisy

The Ayn Rand Institute recently published this Press Release:

Restrictions on Internet Gambling Are an Infringement on Our Rights

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Irvine, CA–On Oct. 13 President Bush signed into law the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, a measure restricting Internet gambling.”This measure, which requires financial institutions to block credit card and other payments to Internet wagering businesses, is an infringement on our rights,” said Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.

“Gambling, when practiced responsibly, can be a totally legitimate form of entertainment. The government has no right to prohibit adults from doing it–on the Internet or anywhere else–and no right to prohibit businesses from offering gambling opportunities to potential customers.

“Why do supporters of the law deny individuals the freedom to spend their hard-earned money on gambling? Because, they say, people will bet and lose more than they can afford. In other words, individuals are inherently incapable of making rational decisions, and thus it is the government’s job to protect us from ourselves. This vicious, paternalistic idea has no place in a free society.”

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And yet again, it’s the lesser of two evils

Cox & Forkum: Beast of Burden

The above link is to a portion of an excellent article By Rob Tracinski on a rational voting strategy in the upcoming elections. The Cox & Forkum post has a great political cartoon to accompany their text portion of Tracinski’s article which, as usual, should be seen. Therefore, my link to them. They, in turn, link RT’s full article.

Two teasers:

Like many on the right, I have been deeply unsatisfied with the Republican Congress. The Republicans, I thought, ought to lose enough seats in the November congressional elections that they feel they’ve been punished for runaway federal spending.

But as the election gets nearer and I think more about what is at stake, I have come to realize that the best outcome is for the Democrats to lose. The Democrats’ failure to regain control of either house of Congress would be a good start. But an unambiguous and humiliating defeat–even a loss of Democratic seats in the House and Senate–would be much better.

The best thing we can do in this election is to crush the left–because …

And:

[I]f you want to have a debate over how to fight and win the War on Terrorism, you’ll have to have it within the right. The left contributes nothing but proposals for surrender, appeasement, and passivity. As far as the war is concerned, that “D” next to a candidate’s name on the ballot stands for “defeat.” …

Be sure and follow Cox & Forkum’s link to the full read.

You’ve heard of ‘suicide by cop’ no doubt… I’m afraid it’s almost to the point of ‘suicide by vote’!

Maybe that’s a more apropos title for this post and RT’s article.

-Dan

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