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Conservative Idol Worship vs. Libertarian Open-mindedness

On the new Facebook-like online social networking service created for freedom lovers, Tea Party Community, a poll was published which asked respondents: Which of the following major changes would most curtail tyranny?

Three changes which would admittedly be very major were listed:
(1) Amend the U.S. Constitution to expressly forbid the practice of taxation (thus eliminating one of the alibis politicians use to justify extortion).
(2) Amend the U.S. Constitution to eliminate legislative branches (thus eliminating the possibility of new man-made laws which go beyond simple self-evident natural law).
(3) Amend the U.S. Constitution to expressly forbid voting (thus eliminating the possibility of tyranny by a majority of voters).

A simple hypothetical question any professor of political philosophy might pose in a classroom, right?

However, not all respondents took it hypothetically. Some of thesupposedly freedom-loving respondents reacted as if their very being had been threatened, leavin…