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, October 02, 2011

More on Governor Christie

Yesterday I said that if he ran for the Presidency, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would be my first choice. So it is an interesting coincidence that on the same date, Dennis Sanders' "Big Tent Revue" blog also discussed Christie, but in the context of another opinion, a September 29 column in The Washington Post by Eugene Robinson, and a rebuttal in The New York Times by Frank Bruni.

Dennis Sanders agrees with Bruni that just because Christie is seriously overweight, that does not make him any less qualified to be President. And I certainly agree. If being unable to control one's appetite is a sign of inability as a leader, what about President Obama's inability to control his tobacco habit?

I think Robinson just doesn't like Christie, and has found a convenient excuse.

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