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.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Setting a few things straight

I have been praising Gov. Scott Walker rather effusively in recent posts, because he has done some good things for the State of Wisconsin. But I do want to make things clear. There is a lot about Scott Walker that I do not like.

For one thing, he is opposed to mass transit improvements. He's been very negative in those matters when they have come up in Wisconsin, and I don't like that. He is also one of the strongest anti-abortion politicians I've run across. So I don't consider Scott Walker to be exactly the kind of Republican I'd really want to see in power.

But if you have read enough of my posts, you will be aware that one thing that gets me very much worked up is the behavior of organized labor, and Gov. Walker has been more willing to take them on than most executives in this nation. And for this, he gets my strong support.

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