(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Voting Rights in the District of Columbia The reputedly-wise Instapundit (a law professor, for Pete's sake) -- based on news stories about some individual loser government employees -- opines that if the District of Columbia is treated like a colony through the federal denial of basic voting rights, that's ok because (he says) DC's "not ready for self-government". This, from a guy who purports to be a defender of liberty? Isn't the right to vote -- without being told that the whole populace is "not ready" for that right -- somewhat important to liberty? (Lots of libertarians on the web these days are all up in arms about airport security as an intrusion into liberty, of course. But I was the random-shoes-off guy when boarding a flight the other day, and let me tell you: it was a lot less unpleasant than having no representation in Congress because I live in DC!)

UPDATE: Now IP's all in a huff with MaxSpeak over tangential aspects of the posting in which IP said this absurd thing. Well, fine. But it IS just quite silly that, even this morning, IP's also worked up about an airline passenger being forced to take a sip of her coffee (how outrageous! in a democracy! well, I never!), yet he supports the most fundamental denial of liberty to those of us who live in DC.

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