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, May 23, 2011

The field thins out

This weekend, Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana said he's not running for the Presidency next year. I regret his decision — he was one of the best choices for a candidate to run against Pres. Obama. More and more, it's Mitt Romney that I have to favor, despite some negative vibes.

Of course, Dennis Sanders of the Big Tent Review blog has another favorite: former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. of Utah. The fact that Sanders — whose opinions often come close to my own — is so sold on Huntsman means I could probably support him. But he is very poorly known by the American people. Since people don't generally vote for someone they've never heard of, unless Huntsman can show he can get support from enough independent voters to elect him, I retain my skepticism of him. If he does succeed in getting some public recognition, I'd probably support him. But now I can only say that Romney is my favorite, with some misgivings, and Huntsman warrants looking at.

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