Thursday, March 6, 2008

Finding something better to do in November

To many, the mere idea is anathema, and is just short of calling for the cancellation of Christmas. However, given that the latter has become just as commercialized as the former, this might not be such a bad idea.

Cancel the Presidential election!

by Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.

Nothing could be better for the country than cancelling the 2008 election. Leave the office of the presidency empty.

I can see only one possible justification for having a president of the United States: to preside over the dismantling of the federal government. If you think this is a radical idea, think again. This is, in part, what people have long voted for, even if they never actually get it. I can hardly remember a time when a president has been elected who didn't promise to get the government off our backs.

In one way, this agenda makes no sense, of course. You don't hire a CEO to drive a company into bankruptcy. You don't appoint a pastor to shrink a congregation. Why should we expect a president to dismantle the thing that gives him power and fame, and his allies huge wealth?

Well, realistically, you can't. But it's the best hope we have within the framework of conventional politics.

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