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Wednesday, May 25, 2005
John McCain has just released the eagerly awaited sequel to his "I Hate The First Admendment Act." This time, instead of abridging the freedom of speech, he is forcing private citizens to undergo mandatory drug testing, complete with draconian punishments for offenders, simply because of their chosen profession.

A previous Senator from Arizona commented on overly ambitious do-gooders in politics:

Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth, and let me remind you they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny.

Will somebody please invent a way to bring Goldwater back from the dead? Please.

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I think the public health screenings would be intended to keep health concerns, such as STD's and AIDS (yes, I am aware that AIDS is an STD, but I can't think of any other communicable health concerns past STD's at the moment) from becoming epidemics.
But I don't like republicans anyways, and don't keep up on political news, so I really shouldn't be saying anything at all, but I will because I can and I'm mildly bored.
Evil, the portion of McCain's proposed act that I was focusing on was the mandatory drug testing of athletes.

In regards to public health screenings to prevent epidemics, I think the government would need to make a stronger case about such an epidemic-- and about the inability to prevent it any other way-- before it orders its citizens to undergo involuntary medical procedures.

Are you suggesting that the libertarian Goldwater would solve all of your problems and government issues?!

Pretty tricky Minus. I say "yes, Goldwater can solve all my problems" then you respond with Goldwaters warnings about a government that promises to solve all your problems. Thereby leaving my argument, and my life, in utter ruins.

Luckily, I saw your clever trap. I'll say that Goldwater could solve my problem, in as much that my problem is the size of federal government. Goldwater understood the importance of limited government, and maximum individual freedom.

I dearly wish that McCain would learn that lesson from him.

On an aside, be careful labeling Goldwater a libertarian. He was a Republican of the highest order. George Will-- the 800 lb gorilla of conservativism-- frequently mentions the inspiration he recieved from Goldwater. Also, a young Hillary Rodham was a "Goldwater Girl" before she sold her soul.

That being said, Goldwater wouldn't be very welcome among todays big government, bloated budget, social agenda Republicans. That is because Republicans have largely forgotten what made their party great. Goldwater-- like Reagan, Friedman, or William F. Buckley-- could have, and try to, remind them.
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