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Vote Yes on Amendment A


To compel criminals to work, and earn, and then to deprive them of the benefits of that work is contradictory to the goals of public safety.  It's by enjoying the benefits of work that people learn to love freedom, and come to value both law and the safety of their neighbors.  Consequently, the practice of slavery has been long and entirely abandoned in our penal system.

The apology offered by those proponents of slavery, who fight against Amendment A, may essentially be understood in the context of cruelty, and violence.  Those who argue it is necessary to punish criminals don't intend our public safety.  Rather, their hatred reflects those dishonorable dogmas which first motivated this bad law in the shadows of the Civil War.

Those who died to defend Freedom in that war, and all those who gave their lives, fortunes and happiness for freedom since then, cannot be allowed to have sacrificed in vain.  In voting for Amendment A, we bear the responsibilities of these sacrifices.

To ensure the final defeat of criminality, cruelty and violence, to gain the honor of every criminal's reform, requires no act of punishment, nor indeed any obsolete system of justice. Rather, it requires the new ways of a scientific Criminology.  Medicine, economics and psychology - not the gun, chain and whip - are the tools today's crime fighters require of us. Vote, then heed the call of volunteerism and civil leadership.  Love, and friendship, are what is required of you.  We cannot again permit the domination of our neighbors through futile punishments.

Those who truly love Freedom will never be masters, nor tolerate the mastery of others.  Yet while there are many benefits to developing self-restraint, are there benefits in the temporary restraint of others, especially those who are dangerous to themselves, or society?  Opponents of Amendment A (who would continue the enslavement of our criminals) confuse the issue upon this question, that we might ignore the fact it wouldn't alter the restraint we place upon our criminals - only require of ourselves greater self-restraint.