The principles that rule this blog

Principles that will govern my thoughts as I express them here (from my opening statement):


  • Freedom of the individual should be as total as possible, limited only by the fact that nobody should be free to cause physical injury to another, or to deprive another person of his freedoms.
  • Government is necessary primarily to provide those services that private enterprise won't, or won't at a price that people can afford.
  • No person has a right to have his own beliefs on religious, moral, political, or other controversial issues imposed on others who do not share those beliefs.

I believe that Abraham Lincoln expressed it very well:

“The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot
so well do, for themselves — in their separate, individual capacities.”


Comments will be invited, and I will attempt to reply to any comments that are offered in a serious and non-abusive manner. However, I will not tolerate abusive or profane language (my reasoning is that this is my blog, and so I can control it; I wouldn't interfere with your using such language on your own!)

If anyone finds an opinion that I express to be contrary to my principles, they are welcome to point this out. I hope that I can make a rational case for my comments. Because, in fact, one label I'll happily accept is rationalist.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Arrogance

Now Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pres. Obama seem to have forced their health care bill through. Only a court decision that the bill is unconstitutional can derail it. It is certainly arrogance on their part to force this monstrosity through, in the face of disapproval of the American people. The House of Representatives is supposed to represent, which they certainly are not doing in this law.

It is impossible, unfortunately, to repeal the bill, as Senators James DeMint and John McCain are calling to do, at least for the next three years. Even in the wake of an election this coming November, the Republicans may win enough seats to take over the Congress, but they certainly will not have the 2/3 majority they would need to pass a repeal bill over an Obama veto. So repeal would have to wait until at least January 2013. Only the Supreme Court can save us from this folly.