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, July 13, 2012

Vote suppression? Hardly!

Attorney Genersl Eric Holder is claiming that Republican governors and legislatures that are pressing for voter identification laws are engaged in “vote suppression.” This is arrant nonsense. I cannot enter a Federal building without being checked for an ID. It is simply a fact of 21st-century life that people are expected to have identification cards. Anybody who does not, and will not get one, is probably here illegally. Or, in the case of an intending voter, he is not who he claims to be.

Somebody (in fact, a white person who looked not the least bit like Attorney General Holder!) in the District of Columbia, which does not check voter identification (surprise? Of course the most liberal jurisdiction in the country wouldn't!) recently asked whether there was a ballot for Eric Holder in the precinct where Holder's home is, and was given the ballot — he wasn't even saying he was Eric Holder!

Of course, Chicago, where President Barack Obama had his political upbringing, is famous for allowing ballots in the name of dead people, and if illegal aliens are given ballots, they are likely to cast them for Democrats, so it has been argued that proving that an intended voter is really entitled to vote is going to favor Republicans. But the point is that these people who are being denied the vote are not entitled to. Attorney General Holder's job is all about enforcing the laws. But, just as in the case of President Obama's actions on the DREAM Act, this administration will ignore the Constitution or the duly enacted laws of our States and Federal Government when it helps the Administration's political agenda.

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