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.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan

So Paul Ryan is the pick for Vice President. He's not the one I expected — Ann Romney's reference to “a woman” led me to expect Kelly Ayotte — but I can't say there's anything wrong with the pick.

The 2012 election will hinge on economics — and who knows more about Government economics than the chairman of the House Budget Committee? Paul Ryan has been a strong Romney supporter, and Obama will be using Ryan's budget ideas as ammunition against Romney anyway; who can better demonstrate why they are good ideas than Paul Ryan himself?

Now I know that my vote — though it will probably not count, since I'm in so blue a state — will be for the Romney-Ryan ticket. And I hope that others will do the same — especially in states where it will make a difference.

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