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.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

More comments on "likeable" President Obama

President Barack Obama got his first political office, in the Illinois State Senate, by stabbing his mentor, Alice Palmer, in the back. (See my August 05, 2008 post.) The new book by Bob Woodward demonstrates that President Obama is still capable of doing nasty things to former allies and friends: Peter Orszag, a former member of the Obama team, took a job with the New York Times, hardly an anti-Obama sheet, and wrote a column making one suggestion as to a weakness in “Obamacare”: it does not handle the medical malpractice problem. Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama's closest political friends, who presumably speaks for the President, told Orszag as a result that he had “burned his bridges.” (See this posting, for example.)

By contrast, Mitt Romney has no such record. In fact, he is known for such deeds as personally loading his car with firewood to help a single mother who had her heat cut off.

Yet, people keep giving pollsters their opinions that President Obama is “more likeable” than Governor Romney. I simply do not understand it. Romney is a warm, generous man; Obama the sort of cold-hearted politician who will shaft anyone who does not grovel at his feet. Why do people consider Obama “more likeable” than Romney? It boggles the mind.

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