Monday, February 25, 2013

Ira Silverstein. Illinois State Senator

Ira Silverstein, W.H would like to give you the finger

Americanus, Aristocrotus, Candidus, Harrington, Phocion, Publius, Senex, and one of my favorites... Rough Hewer.

These are just some of the pseudonyms used by our founding fathers and participants in the public debates in and around the American revolution.

The Internet Posting Removal Act

A web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.

King George would have loved you Ira

While anonymity has a downside as illustrated by the vast majority of childish, idiotic, or just plain spiteful internet comments, anonymity also provides people with the freedom to express their positions without any inhibitions.  It is the conversational equivalent of the secret ballot.

After the aborted Worker's Free Choice Act advocating eliminating secret ballots in union organizing votes, how long is it before the Chicago machine starts advocating open political votes?  After all it makes it so much easier to reward your friends and punish your opposition.

Ira Silverstein, Illinois 8th District

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