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, July 23, 2012

Another political quiz site

There is a site called that enables you to take a quiz to see which candidate you most match. You can take their quiz at if you want. I took the quiz yesterday, and the results I got were partly expected and partly surprising.

As expected, I side with Mitt Romney on most issues in the 2012 Presidential Election. The match percentages with candidates were:

76% with Mitt Romney, on immigration, healthcare, foreign policy, and domestic policy issues.

72% with Barack Obama, on social, science, foreign policy, and healthcare issues.

61% with Jill Stein, on science, domestic policy, and economic issues.

55% with Ron Paul, on immigration and social issues.

51% with Jimmy McMillan, on immigration and social issues.

46% with Gary Johnson, on social issues.

33% with Virgil Goode, on immigration issues.

27% with Stewart Alexander, on social issues.

I must say, I had never heard of Stewart Alexander, though I found out in a search that he is the Socialist candidate; no great surprise that he had the lowest match percentage with me. But the biggest surprise was that I had a bigger match percentage with Barack Obama than with any of the third-party candidates!

There were also two other figures the site gave me: My match percentages were:

62% with Maryland Voters, on science, social, and immigration issues, and

66% with American Voters, on social, science, and immigration issues. The fact that my figures in the latter two were so high means that I think I can fairly characterize myself as a moderate, as I have in the past.

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