Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - OPINION -

Your right to pri­vacy is be­ing rou­tinely vi­o­lated by the State of Florida. Not only is the state forc­ing you to pub­li­cize per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, it fre­quently forces peo­ple to pub­licly de­clare false­hoods about them­selves.

These vi­o­la­tions are based on un­nec­es­sary po­lit­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions. Po­lit­i­cal par­ties are the cause of these vi­o­la­tions. Elec­tion laws are the tool.

In order to fully par­tic­i­pate in our ba­sic power to elect our lead­ers, Florid­i­ans must

de­clare an as­so­ci­a­tion with a po­lit­i­cal party, even if they find el­e­ments of ev­ery party ab­hor­rent and un­ac­cept­able. Few peo­ple agree with ev­ery prin­ci­ple of any party, but ev­ery per­son must de­clare a relationship with one of them or lose our right to par­tic­i­pate in the pri­mary elec­tion.

By declar­ing for a party, we be­come as­so­ci­ated with ev­ery prin­ci­ple of that party. We are be­ing forced, there­fore, to say some­thing about us that is not true.

That can only have evil ef­fects, both po­lit­i­cally and per­son­ally.

Nel­son Easter­ling Tallahassee

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