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, February 12, 2013

Ben Carson, President Obama, and the National Prayer Breakfast

In today's Washington Examiner, I saw a column by Cal Thomas that really took me by surprise. It seems that at the National Prayer Breakfast, neurosurgeon Ben Carson said some things that were critical of President Obama. Now I think it is nice to see a prominent person of African-American origin willing to buck the Obama worship of most of his co-ethnics. And I would have thought that someone like Cal Thomas would feel the same, as Mr. Thomas is someone who likes Pres. Obama's policies, if anything, even less than I do. But Thomas's column was critical of Dr. Carson!

Apparently, Cal Thomas feels that the time and place were inappropriate for Dr. Carson to make his comments. I don't agree. Dr. Carson is a medical doctor. The practice of medicine has been complicated by “Obamacare.” If Dr. Carson feels as strongly about the effect Pres. Obama's policies have had on his profession, a time when the media are present is the best time to make this known — National Prayer Breakfast or not.

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