2009.10.21 David Blessing: 'No' on Issue 2

Written by David Green.

Ohio Issue 2 – What is it about? As you bring it up on a voting machine on November 3rd, it will read as follows: “Issue 2 - Proposed Constitutional Amendment to create the Ohio Livestock Care Board to establish and implement standards of care for livestock and poultry.” Is that perfectly clear? Probably not.

Well here is what it means in plain English, in my words:

Industrial Agriculture and their political ilk in Columbus and elsewhere are very afraid of your vote. If the issue of humane or inhumane treatment of farm animals in their animal factories around our state were ever put to a vote of the people, we would vote with our minds and our hearts. They do not want this to happen. Their solution—simply take away our right to vote!

What this means exactly is that if Issue 2 should pass, your right to ever vote on the humane or inhumane treatment of factory farm animals and poultry will be taken away. Your vote will be replaced by ever more government bureaucracy and regulations consisting of a panel of 13 politically connected individuals and cronies that will make decisions for you.

The privilege to vote for candidates and issues of our choice is the very foundation of our democracy. Our vote is one of the greatest freedoms our democratic country has to offer. Shame on those politicians and organizations who seek to take a piece of this foundation, a bit of our freedom away. Our forefathers fought and died to give us the right to vote. Our sons and daughters still fight and die today to preserve that right.

If you are not sure what I have written here is the truth, please ask any of your elected officials: “If Issue 2 passes on November 3rd, will it take away my right to vote on the humane or inhumane treatment of farm animal issues in the future?” Don’t settle for any song and dance or evasive answer, a simple yes or no will do.

Join me by voting “no” on Issue 2. Protect your vote.

– David L. Blesing, Sr.

Lyons, Ohio

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