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, May 16, 2015

Returning to the blogging scene (continued): The Supreme Court cases

Getting back to blogging, there are not a lot of things that can be discussed at the moment, which is part of the reason I have not been active the past few months. There are two pending Supreme Court cases which I think are very important: King v. Burwell, which could throttle Obamacare if it is decided on the plain language of the statute, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which might lead to gay marriage being recognized nationwide. But until June, the Supreme Court is keeping silent on how they will rule. And yet, the Justices have likely made their decisions already, so nothing I say can do much. (Of course, I doubt my blog is being read by any Supreme Court Justices, but one can only hope!). And besides these cases and the 2016 election, which I discussed yesterday, it's hard to come up with a topic to discuss. But I will try.

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