The ignorance of the elephants

A Republican comments on libertarian issues over at the Gargler’s:

We oppose the involuntary treatment for mental health by health officials or law enforcement.

Homeless person bothering you? Tough, he’s got just as much a right to free speech as you.

It will, of course, be interesting to see how Republicans will defend the involuntary mental health treatment of millions of children thanks to George Delano’s Leaving No Child Behind. Furthermore, would anyone seriously wish to argue that a lack of home ownership negates First Amendment rights?

We hold that human rights should not be denied or abridged on the basis of nationality and welcome all refugees to our country.

We don’t need no steenkin borders!

I disagree with the Libertarian party on this issue. Of course, so does President Bush and the entire Republican establishment. So, there’s just not any points to be scored here for either party.

Government control over money and banking is the primary cause of inflation and depression.

Let’s trade seashells instead!

Seashells have more inherent value and retain it better than the valueless paper and digital bits currently used. Bll’s statement demonstrates what should be an embarrasing level of ignorance with regards to economics and monetary reality.

Activities which do not affect anyone but the actor have been criminalized by government on the basis of encoding a particular morality into law.

Woo-Hoo! Kiddy porn for everybody!

So the production of kiddy porn doesn’t affect anyone? That’s an interesting assertion that would appear to border on pedophilia. And then there is the rights violations inherent in using photographic representation of an individual without his consent, especially if the individual concerned cannot legally give such consent.

The repeal of all laws prohibiting the production, sale, possession, or use of drugs, and of all medicinal prescription requirements for the purchase of vitamins, drugs, and similar substances;

And you think there’s a problem with anti-biotic resistant stuff now? And how exactly will you determine if what you’re taking is what you think it is?

The problem with antibiotic-resistant bacteria is that people DON’T take drugs when they should, not the other way around. As for the second point, how do you determine if your Cheerios or your Sam Adams is what you think it is?

End all “no-fault” insurance laws, which deprive the victim of the right to recover damages from those responsible in the case of injury.

Far better to tie things up in court for years.

Considering what judges do when you leave them time to legislate from the bench, yeah, I would say that’s a win-win situation.

We oppose the issuance by the government of an identity card, to be required for any purpose, such as employment, voting, or border crossing.

M’Kay. And you’ll stop election fraud… how?

The same way it isn’t stopped today. Not that it really matters which side of the bi-factional ruling party is in power at the moment, as it’s only a matter of time before those illegal alien votes is worried about will count for seats in the American Parliament.

Children always have the right to establish their maturity by assuming administration and protection of their own rights, ending dependency upon their parents or other guardians, and assuming all responsibilities of adulthood.

So no more child labor laws, etc. Oh, and forget grounding your teenager, that’s infringing on their rights.

So much for reading comprehension. That right only exists if your teenager has emancipated himself – as he can already do – and is no longer dependent upon you. Why would you even think of trying to ground someone who has already moved out and successfully established his own household?

I guess because you’re a neosocialist Republican who believes that control over other individuals is justified as long as you’re exerting it for their own good, that might make sense.