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.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Another obscure seeker of the GOP nomination

Gary Johnson, a former Governor of New Mexico, has just announced his candidacy for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Another candidate that I never heard of (see my earlier post from March 23). But the Big Tent Revue blog's Dennis Sanders likes him — at least I assume that this is the Johnson about whom Sanders said "my heart leans towards a Huntsman or Johnson" — and Dennis Sanders seems to hold a lot of similar views to my own, which makes Johnson someone to look at. And the articles which talk of Johnson's entry describe him as "libertarian," which could be taken for favorable to my ideas, but after all Ron Paul is a libertarian par excellence, and yet I could not endorse him.

So as of now, I don't want to say much about Johnson beyond that, like Huntsman, he's someone I want to know more about.

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