Friday, October 24, 2008

Libertarians Are Right Again: The Nanny State Is All About Force

This time, the Nanny State (in the form of California's Proposition 8) is attempting to use force to get its way even though its law HASN'T passed yet.

Not content to threaten business leaders opposed to the anti-gay law, Prop 8 supporters are stepping up their act.

Outright members who have been lobbying against Proposition 8 on street corners in California have reported intimidation that made them fear for their physical safety.

Californians who have been outspoken in their opposition to Proposition 8 have received threatening letters, phone calls and voicemails.

If there was any further need to understand the coercive and threatening nature of the nanny state, the actions of the Proposition 8 nanny statists serve as an ample case study.

We encourage anybody who is assaulted or threatened with bodily harm to report such behavior to the authorities, and we encourage prosecutors to act vigorously in prosecuting those using force to attempt to silence opponents to this law.

And we encourage voters who are considering this issue to examine the violent impulses surging through the pro-Proposition-8 campaign and reconcile them with the rights of ALL Californians, including LGBT ones, to live free from violent coercion.