a sunday poll: addendum.

To all who voted in that poll:

214 of you chose not to ban anything on the list, even if given the power to do so.  You have your heads screwed on reasonably straight, philosophically speaking.

The rest of you have various things you would ban, if you could.  The only thing that didn’t get even a single vote in favor of banning it is (surprise!) guns.

If every single one of you had the power to make your pick become reality, we’d live in a country where you couldn’t smoke, drink alcohol, drive a car with a combustion engine, look at porn, worship as you please, own property, vote (if you’re female), or listen to your favorite music. 

You would, however, be allowed to keep your guns. 

To defend what, exactly?  We’d just be Taliban with McDonald’s and Starbucks.

Now consider that your favorite pastime is your neighbor’s pet prohibition or “reasonable, common sense restriction”, and you have the answer to the question “Why do our rights diminish every year?”

19 thoughts on “a sunday poll: addendum.

  1. Laughingdog says:

    You mean the music category was intended as a serious one? That seemed entirely too crotchety to be serious, which was why I picked it.

    To be honest, I’d have a hard time believing that anyone who chose that one was serious.

  2. Marko says:

    Maybe not that one, but I have no trouble believing that the folks who chose porn, booze, or (especially) religion were anything but serious.

    (I also have my suspicions about which particular religion they’d like to see banned, but that’s another subject altogether.)

  3. Jay G. says:

    Interesting. I thought the “woman’s suffrage” option was the humorous one…

  4. Marko says:

    Yeah, the thought that those folks may have been *serious* is pretty sobering.

    I want to think they all had their tongues firmly planted in cheek when they picked that option, but you never know.

  5. Phil says:

    I still remember a sketch on the now-defunct Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” where they had a table and were getting signatures to end women’s suffrage. A significant portion of people had no idea that women’s suffrage meant the ability to vote- they had a large number of ignorant folks thinking that it was referring to suffering (which, given the state of current political ads, seems to go hand in hand with suffrage).

    What really sold the bit were the people who knew what it was and thought they were serious and got all worked up in outrage. I understand the outrage- there are people who really would do such a thing in all sincerity, but the real life trolling was quite amusing.

  6. perlhaqr says:

    Hrm, actually, technically I want to get rid of Women’s Suffrage. But it’s equal opportunity, because I want to get rid of Men’s Suffrage also. I think the entire idea that my life is subject to a vote is bullshit. If I’m not infringing anyone else’s basic rights, it doesn’t matter how many other people vote to stop me from doing something, they have no ethical call to do so. If I am, then the fact that I’m infringing someone else’s rights means no vote is required to make me stop.

  7. Laughingdog says:

    As I recall from watching an old episode of the Man Show, women are the leading supporters for ending womens’ suffrage. Because it’s horrible how so many woman are suffraging, and it needs to end now.😉

    I loved watching that even more than when Penn & Teller got hippies to sign a petition to ban di-hydrogen monoxide, because it can be fatal when inhaled.

  8. pdb says:

    I voted for women’s sufferage. I’m all in favor of restricting the voting franchise, and it seemed like a good a place to start as any.

  9. Tam says:

    pdb,

    I voted for women’s sufferage. I’m all in favor of restricting the voting franchise, and it seemed like a good a place to start as any.

    How about Heinlein’s suggestion? You guys had it all to yourselves and got us three foreign wars and one of the domestic variety, conscription, income tax, and William Jennings Bryan. How about we grab the controls for a few years? I’m sure we’ll mess it up, too, but at least it will be messed up different.

    (The above is a joke.)
    (Although I do think our current “Fog A Mirror” franchise is the eventual doom of the Republic.)

  10. OrangeNeckInNY says:

    I hear dat, brudda.

    I voted to not ban anything. The same reason I’m not politically correct. Everything everywhere will piss somebody off. There’s no pleasing everyone, but the solution isn’t to ban stuff that displeases people. If we did that, we’d soon be left with nothing.

  11. “I also have my suspicions about which particular religion they’d like to see banned, but that’s another subject altogether.”

    it is? why?

    verboten topic disclaimers notwithstanding, that could be that hundred-comment post you’ve been looking for.

    and the other choice you didn’t mention above is immigration (modifiers not necessary; illegal anything is already banned by definition, and nothing is ever “permanent”); what were the results of that, and what are your own views, in a contemporary context?

    jtc

  12. Gregg says:

    Tam,
    I’m not sure that one actually NEEDS to be able to fog a mirror these days. I suspect that if one has EVER fogged a mirror, that is enough.

  13. We’d just be Taliban with McDonald’s and Starbucks.

    Aww, I’m sure they would also ban trans-fats, caffeine, disposable silverware and tableware, and non-english speaking cashiers if they got half a chance.

  14. bob r says:

    I selected “other”; banning voting wasn’t on the list.

  15. Caleb says:

    I want to know why kind of evil lunatic would vote to ban porn – I tell you, the ability to go online from virtually anywhere in this great country and find boobies is one of our last bastions of liberty.

  16. MarkHB says:

    Entirely unsurprised here. Everyone wants liberty for all, except for things they don’t like. Me, I get the arse when people tell me what to do, so I just plumped for “I don’t have a pet prohibition”.

    Violence, Compassion, and Meddling in the Affairs of Others. If you can name me three things that more accurately sum up humanity, I’ll… well, I’ll have a drink and a cigarette, I never said I had all the answers.

  17. Kristopher says:

    I prefer the franchise option that one swiss town uses.

    Bring a weapon to the town meeting … no weapon, no vote.

  18. MarkHB says:

    Swing it around if you really want to see people at the polls.

  19. brotio says:

    Marko,

    Did you include in your, “if every single one of you had the power to make your pick become reality, we’d live in a country where you couldn’t smoke, drink alcohol…” etc list those of us who would outlaw or repeal government intrusions into the private lives of citizens?

    Thanks,
    Bill

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