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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Column: Why are elections so scary?

This is ever so true. The overarching central government has made it not only desirable but necessary to try to influence elections. If people did not think that it provided themselves some kind of advantage or protection, fewer would donate vast sums of their wealth or time to these processes..........
The mere fact that presidential elections matter this much is not a sign of national health but of national dysfunction. The more the federal government gets involved in every aspect of our lives — for good or ill — the more people will feel that their livelihoods, lifestyles, even their actual lives are at stake in a presidential election. If the federal government didn't have so much leverage over your life, politicians wouldn't be able to scare you into the voting booths.
Some have argued to me that there should be less money in politics. I say that that will happen if we take the money out of the hands of the central government. If they cannot distribute the goodies, then there will be less profit in influencing how that is distributed.

Column: Why are elections so scary?

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