Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Right of Privacy, Democracy, and Idealism

These are lofty and noble concepts.  At least they are to me.  There are people in this world whose ideals rule out a right of privacy or an acceptance of democracy.  The Taliban are an example.  Their ideal is expressed in a holy book, the Koran.  The Taliban will accept you if you are an observant muslim.  Rather than allowing you a vote or voice in establishing the laws of the country and the policies of the government, the Taliban argue that these matters have been settled already for all time.  Laws and policies are set forth in the Koran and it is blasphemy to propose any other means of enacting laws.

Another example is the Republican members of the California Legislature.  They oppose any increase in any tax, and they have the power to block any tax increase by the Legislature.  The State constitution requires a 2/3 vote in each house to enact any tax increase.  These same Republicans also oppose any democratic means of increasing taxes and refuse to vote to submit any such proposal to the voters of the State.  The State constitution also requires a 2/3 vote in each house to submit such legislation to the voters.  I don't know the name of the holy book of the California Republican legislators, but they believe and follow it just as fervently as the Taliban believe and follow the Koran.

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