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.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

An endorsement that makes a lot of sense

Since Chris Christie has decided he's not running for next year's GOP Presidential nomination, a lot of his supporters are going to look to him as to where to go. His biggest backer, Kenneth Langone, a co-founder of Home Depot, has already said he's going with Mitt Romney. So will Christie himself endorse Romney? Some news sources say he will, today.

It makes sense. Chris Christie is a Republican governor of a normally-Democratic state who has shown he can get his program through a Democratic state legislature. Both he and Romney are relatively moderate conservatives who eschew the craziness of the extremists. So I am sure that he sees a kindred spirit in Romney. And I certainly think it's appropriate. Readers of this blog may have figured out that my position for some time has been "I really would prefer Christie, but of those who are actually interested in running, Romney is clearly the best." So I applaud Christie's decision to endorse Romney now, before all the jockeying for position. It will help Romney get support from others besides just Langone who have been in the "draft Christie" camp.

I think this proves once more that Christie is the kind of person who does things that make sense. And it confirms my good feelings about both men. Just as, three years ago, when Romney saw he was not going to win the nomination, he buried the hatchet with John McCain for what was obviously the good of the Republican Party, Christie is doing what he (and I) believe is the best thing for the Republican Party and for the USA: encouraging us all to unite behind Romney as clearly the best hope to end the Obama Presidency.

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