Thursday, November 09, 2006

something to celebrate in america

So among all the excitement (or lack thereof from me) about what's going to happen in the Senate and the House in the states, people may have missed out on something to celebrate in Michigan.

You see, in Michigan two very interesting (and exciting) proposals were passed on Tuesday:
Proposal 2: A proposal to amend the State Constitution to ban affirmative action programs that give preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on their race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or contracting purposes.
and, even more exciting:
Proposal 4: A proposal to amend the State Constitution to prohibit government from taking private property by eminent domain for certain private purposes.
There are a lot of people freaking out over Proposal 2, but I think they might be forgetting that laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin still exist. (Whether or not that's a freedom-friendly policy is a topic for another day.)

There is no such thing as "reverse discrimination." It's all just plain ol' discrimination. People should be chosen to do a job based on merit. Any other system is just entrenching and perpetuating the discrimination opposition to this proposal are so afraid of.

Proposal 4 is where the real excitement comes in, though. Nine states voted to ban this kind of nonsense by the government, which became a real concern after the Kelo decision last year.

Protection of property rights is eroding all over and not even constitutionally entrenched in Canada. It's great to see Americans standing up to the government on this one... hopefully we can see some movement on formalizing these rights in Canada someday soon.

1 comment:

Gerry Nicholls said...

Americans do want smaller government, even many of those who voted Democrat in 2006. Check my blog
for some interesting poll numbers on this.