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On Wednesday 31 May 2006 13:39, Paul Johnson <baloo@ursine.ca> was 
heard to say:
> > I see this claim constantly.  You know what, it is completely
> > without merit.  If the same thing had happened to "elect" Gore or
> > Kerry, you would likely be praising the system tfor having
> > "worked."
> No, I would still be criticizing it as broken, as I did in '96 when
> Clinton won a minority re-election.  Nor am I a Democrat.

That may be one of the worst aspects of having a large, 
interventionist government: People get to claim that the only reason 
someone would object is because they're not the ones presently in 
power. I, too, object to election by minority, and it has nothing to 
do with which face of the Party of State Power is showing at the 

To object to that power being wielded _at_all_ is completely outside 
of their ability to comprehend. Exactly like someone who has lived 
under "universal government healthcare" all their lives being unable 
to comprehend how someone would object to having health care paid for 
by taxation.

Even in the so-called "land of the free", the vast majority of people 
cannot grasp that roads used to be private.

What I find astounding is that these attitudes come from people on 
this list, a list specifically created for and concerning a system 
utilized productively by millions of people on a completely voluntary 
basis. I doubt anyone here is happy to pay $95 to Microsoft for 
software they do not want on their commodity hardware, just because 
it comes pre-installed. These same people derisively call it 
a "Microsoft Tax", and then turn around and say other taxes are just 
fine and it's silly to object, just because these are levied 
by "governments" rather than "corporations".

BTW, thanks to the Debian developers for all your hard work, libsound 
is working in Unstable again. On to the next bug!


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September 11th, 2001
The proudest day for gun control and central 
planning advocates in American history

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