My mother stopped dressing me when I was 5.
She felt that I was responsible enough to take this task on myself. She gave me the freedom to make my own decision. The ability to choose is an important aspect in you maturity and emotional growth. It allows you to make mistakes and to learn from them, it allows you to be become more independent, confident and self-reliant.
I’m 28 now. So, some quick math, I’ve been dressing myself for 23 years now. I’ve been making the decision of what I should wear and what I shouldn’t wear everyday without incident.
This isn’t enough to prove that I effectively do this task to the Commonwealth of Virginia. The State has less confidence in me than my mother did 23 years ago.
The powers that be have decided to implement a voting dress code for the polling booths on Nov. 4th.
The fear is when people see other people wearing paraphernalia of a candidate they don’t support, trouble will break out. When those McCain loves see people in Obama shirts, my God! There will be chaos! There will be violence in the streets!
Come on people. When someone wears a A-Rod jersey to Fenway Park, he may get jeered, but that is about it. And trust me, Yankee and Red Sox fans are more passionate about their teams than people are about presidential candidates.
The justification for this action is that the government has the power to protect voters from forceful coercion at the polling place. Okay, I’ll go along with that. Someone wearing a shirt or a button is not in anyway forceful coercion. It’s passive at best. But really, how weak minded are you if someone else’s shirt influences your vote. Is that how you picked the candidate, by the first shirt you saw? Which button was the prettiest? If so, you have no business voting. The wearing campaign paraphernalia is simply a form of self expression.
Placing controls on self expression is a tactic used by fascist to promote collective unity. The statements made by these people will be more sensitive to hide the truth about what they are doing. They claim that they just don’t want to offend anyone.
People believe the have the “right” to not hear or see anything they find offensive. Sorry, I don’t see that “right” in the Bill of Rights. I do see something about Congress not making any laws abridging the freedom of speech. I also think you should ask yourself why you are offended by someone disagreeing with you opinions.
Political correctness is the engine of nannyism. Allowing freedom of expression and even encouraging it is vital to the health of a free society. That gives them control. The more decisions they take away from you, the more dependant you become on them. The more you will have to go to them to know what to think.