To preempt the usual assumption about the image above in conjunction with what day it is today: no, I did not vote for Obama. Or Romney. Or even Stein, Johnson, anybody. I’d rather that office, as well as others, not exist. No consent will be given.
However, there are things on the ballot other than choosing who gets to screw you for the interests of the ruling class and claim it’s for your own good. I’m talking, of course, of direct propositions, akin to the local one I previously discussed here. There’s three of them on the state ballot for Missouri, and here’s what they are and what I think of them:
- Proposition A: basically this lets the city of St. Louis establish its own police force, among other things. I’m not a fan of police to put it lightly. However, the current situation is obviously not that they have no cops at all, but that they have no even slight measure of local control over them. Abuses have a longer route to exposure because of this. Note the following clause in the proposition though:
The amendment further prohibits retaliation against any employee of such municipal police force who reports conduct believed to be illegal to a superior, government agency, or the press. (emphasis mine)
In practice this isn’t likely to prevent retaliation, but to delay it. Still, it’s a start. Cops snitching on other cops puts the concept of snitching in a new light of sorts. I look at it as selling them the rope that’ll…you know the rest.
- Proposition B: raises cigarette taxes (again), with the proceeds going to anti-smoking programs and school funding. Even though I don’t smoke (so I wouldn’t be paying it), I have an especially large beef with this type of taxation within the one for taxes in general. Punishing people for what they do with their bodies is bad enough, but this attaching of multiple issues — taxing Activity We Don’t Like X to fund Thing We Approve Of Y — gets on my nerves. If you want to raise money for schools, then raise money for schools, don’t pull this sideways garbage where the state government benefits from people while they’re trying to micromanage their behavior.
- Proposition E…here, just read it:
Shall Missouri Law be amended to prohibit the Governor or any state agency, from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the legislature?
This is basically state level retaliation for the Turd Sandwich a.k.a. ObaromneyCare, intended to prevent part of the implementation. Two things stick out to me here: first, the language says vote of the people OR the legislature, meaning that it doesn’t really matter what the public thinks if the legislature decides they want it. Second, anyone that has been paying attention knows that if the states don’t run their exchanges the feds are just going to do it, meaning this stops absolutely f*ck all.