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.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

A "debate" that wasn't significant

The Republican candidates were invited to a debate recently. Five showed up. With the exception of Ron Paul (who really has little chance to be nominated) none of the candidates is even well known to the people; one (Herman Cain) lost in the primary of the only election he has contested. Another (Rick Santorum) was a Senator, but got rejected after the voters in his home state of Pennsylvania saw how he conducted himself in two terms. The other two, Tim Pawlenty and Gary Johnson, are qualified, each having served two terms as a state governor, but the fact is that hardly anyone has any knowledge of who they are! So either would need a lot of work on building a public image.

Seems to me this debate will have little effect on the nomination process.

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