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.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I have to concede he is right

Pres. Obama has decided to make a strong pitch for gun control legislation, and to use executive orders to do whatever he can do without Congressional action. Sadly, this is one area where I cannot accept the congressional Republicans' position — they are as much in fealty to the NRA as the Democrats are to organized labor on the issues they consider important. So on this issue — gun control — I want the President to prevail.

I recognize that most of the measures being proposed would not have prevented the Newtown murders. Unfortunately, the only thing that might have done so would be unconstitutional: confiscation of all guns not in the hands of the police or military. And to make this constitutional requires an amendment that will never get through the process, repealing the Second Amendment. The problem is, as good as our Constitution is in so many ways, it has a few blemishes resulting from the fact that the world has changed in the 200+ years since its adoption, without the necessary amendments. Some things, like the provision authorizing Congress to issue “letters of marque and reprisal,” actually cause no problems — the Congress just doesn't exercise this power. But the Second Amendment is a terrible blemish. And one that will not go away, because there are actually people who think it is a source of liberty for our population. And these people are numerous enough to prevent its repeal.

I really do not know the solution. We have to live with the Second Amendment, and with it being there, we can't do what really needs to be done: to get rid of all these guns that threaten our people.

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