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.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Scoreboard on the individual mandate

At the District Court level, four courts have ruled. Two say it's constitutional, two say it's unconstitutional.

At the Circuit Court of Appeals level, two courts have already ruled, one remains to be heard from. One says it's constitutional, one says it's unconstitutional.

Whatever the 4th Circuit Court in Richmond, the remaining appeals court says, this is a sharp division. It clearly will have to go to the Supreme Court. I'm not certain why there is so much division among the judges — its unconstitutionality is clear to me. But all bets are off until the Supreme Court actually rules. I'm waiting with bated breath.

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