"If you're trying to change minds and influence people it's probably not a good idea to say that virtually all elected Democrats are liars, but what the hell."
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
More gummint evil
CENSLUS Gobbledy-Gook 2010
I wonder if we’re going to get a letter with the actual form informing us that the form is here......... (Sondrak)
Aside from the obvious-to-everybody-with-a-working-brain-stem inefficaciousness
of this notice of a notice, I'm offended by the gobbledygook below (pun
not intended). I don't need to explain why, or how. Most
everyone will have the same thoughts. Have you seen this?
John: I haven't gotten my letter from the Census Bureau yet asking me
to make sure I fill out the questionnaire. But when I do fill it out,
I'll use it to send a message.
Fully one-quarter of the space on this year's form is taken up with
questions of race and ethnicity, which are clearly illegitimate and
none of the government's business (despite the New York Times'
assurances to the contrary on today's editorial page). So until we
succeed in building the needed wall of separation between race and
state, I have a proposal. Question 9 on the census form asks "What is
Person 1's race?" (and so on, for other members of the household). My
initial impulse was simply to misidentify my race so as to throw a
monkey wrench into the statistics; I had fun doing this on the
personal-information form my college required every semester, where I
was a Puerto Rican Muslim one semester, and a Samoan Buddhist the next.
But lying in this constitutionally mandated process is wrong. Really —
don't do it.
Instead, we should answer Question 9 by checking the last option —
"Some other race" — and writing in "American." It's a truthful answer
but at the same time is a way for ordinary citizens to express their
rejection of unconstitutional racial classification schemes. In fact,
"American" was the plurality ancestry selection for respondents to the
2000 census in four states and several hundred counties.
So remember: Question 9 — "Some other race" — "American". Pass it on.