The United States Constitution restrains government power to a very few and enumerated activities. The Arizona constitution reads more like a procedural manual than it does a constitution. However, many elements of the document state very specifically what Arizona government authorities are allowed to do.
The Arizona propositions that individuals are being asked to vote on November 7 are amendments to the Arizona constitution. Any change to the Arizona constitution must restrict the awesome power of government force, not restrict the power of the individual to manage his own life in his pursuit of happiness. All but two of the nineteen propositions give more power to government to restrict individual activity as opposed to restricting the devastating power of government.
Prop 100 creates a separate class of individuals accused of crimes prohibiting reasonable bail for them thereby increasing the power of government over the individual. Likewise, Prop 102 allows government to create a discriminatory separate class of people by preventing them from receiving punitive damages. Instead of making people illegal, government should be prevented from restricting the rights of individuals and prohibited from providing medical care, housing, income, and other types of welfare to anyone.
Prop 103 allows the government to dictate what language is to be used. Prop 104 allows cities and towns to issue additional debt. Higher debt levels lead to additional taxes resulting in more control over an individual's income and his pursuit of happiness. Prop 105 and 106 allow for the control and preservation of property by the state as opposed to allowing the individual to own and preserve property. More government control over property means less individual liberty. Prop 107 dictates to whom an individual may be married.
Prop 200 uses taxpayer money to reward individuals for voting. Controlling individual incomes for such gimmicks to increase voter participation is not a proper function of any government. Prop 201 and 206 dictate to the individual where he or she may smoke. The market place is a much better arbiter to control people's smoking habits than using force. Prop 202 allows the government to decide how much an individual may earn and destroys the capability of obtaining a job for the very people it is suppose to help, the low income and inexperienced worker. Again, the marketplace through peaceful means is much better in providing jobs at the correct wages for all individuals.
Prop 203 forces one segment of society to pay for benefits for others and involves government in the area of early childhood development which it does not belong. Prop 204 increases the regulatory function by government in a private industry resulting in more government control of the individual and infringes on the private property rights of all individuals. Prop 205 increases the chance of voter fraud through requiring the mailing of ballots to all registered voters.
Prop 300 endorses the continuation of government financial assistance to individuals thereby controlling the individual's decision on how to spend his own income. In order for government to provide for someone, it must first take from someone else. Government is not to redistribute funds by forcibly taking from some to give to others. Prop 301 provides for even more government control over the individual's use of drugs. Government's war on drugs is a disaster and must end if damage wrought by drugs is to be minimized. Prop 302 encourages legislators to create ever-more laws by easing their financial burden their office may bring. What are needed are fewer laws controlling individuals.
All of the foregoing propositions give more control over the individual's life to government.
Prop 101, by keeping a lid on government taxation restrains government spending resulting in less government control of the individual. Prop 207 limits the government's use of eminent domain, thereby checks the power of government over an individual's property. Both of these propositions follow the purpose of any constitution, to control government power.
If one desires more control on government authorities, the individual will vote "yes" on Prop 101 and 207 and "no" on all of the others.
Joe Cobb, libertarian candidate for U.S. Representative in Arizona's 7th Congressional District, will attend the Yuma Freedom Discussion Society meeting tomorrow, October 19 at 7 PM at The Freedom Library.
Mr. Ricardo Valenzuela, advisor to recently elected president of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, president of Liberty Americas Foundation in Tucson, and former rancher, banker, and editorial writer, will be the featured guest at The Freedom Library Annual Education Forum November 2 at 7 PM at the Booth Machinery conference hall located at Araby road and 30th Street. His topic, "The Future of Freedom in Mexico and Its Impact on Arizona and the United States" is a very timely one.