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 02, 2011

Rand Paul, Donald Trump, and the Republican Party

I can't say that Sen. Rand Paul is my idea of the perfect representative of the Republican Party, but I think his comment regarding Donald Trump was right on target. He is quoted as saying, in a New Hampshire fundraiser,
"I want to see the original long form certificate, with embossed seal, of Donald Trump's Republican registration."

Trump, by bringing up the "birther" question, has deflected people from the true question, "Has Barack Obama been a good President of the United States?" There is no real reason to doubt that he is constitutionally eligible; there is no likelihood that he will be removed from office on that ground. What is more important is to have the American voting public remove him from office in November 2012. One wonders: Trump has in the past contributed more money to Democrats than to Republicans. Could this be, in fact, a move to guarantee another term to President Obama, by making it less likely that the GOP can come up with a credible 2012 candidate?

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