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 16, 2011

Mike Huckabee opts out

Apparently, Mike Huckabee has opted out of a 2012 run for the Presidency. And I am overjoyed. Former Governor Huckabee is probably one of a small number of Republicans I could not support next year, if he ran against President Obama. His nomination would guarantee my voting for a third-party candidate, who had no chance of winning, as a "plague-on-both-your-houses" vote.

Another blogger, who uses the name "Booker Rising," says in his blog post,
Yes, I'm happy about his decision. The former Arkansas governor isn't a fiscal conservative, and he's too socially conservative for my taste.
I would totally agree.

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