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, July 31, 2012

Romney's trip to Israel

Some people seem to think that some things that Mitt Romney said in Israel were gaffes — he proclaimed that Israel's capital was in Jerusalem, which is what the Israelis have always said (and one would think Israel had the right to locate its capital wherever it wants!) and where the Congress of the United States has by a substantial majority said it was (even if it is contrary to Obama administration policy!); he never once mentioned the word “Palestinian” (and I think this is a good thing, as I have said before; there never has been in history any such thing as a “Palestinian people”), and as a result of the latter, the prime minister of the “Palestinian Authority” was offended. (Well, let the PA recognize that the Jewish people have a right to a homeland, and then they might have a case for more consideration!)

I think Mitt Romney is right on the truth there. It is the Obama administration that has been cozying up to the Arabs and needs to be set straight.

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