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, May 05, 2016

And now it's over

With yesterday's decision by John Kasich to end his campaign, Donald Trump has no opposition, and will be the nominee of the Republican Party for this year's Presidential election. He's not the one I would have wanted to see, but when it comes to November, I'll have to vote for him, given the opposition.

Kasich's leaving was fore-ordained. After Ted Cruz left, Trump was sure to make the 1,237 delegates he would need, so Kasich had no chance to get a later ballot where he might get the nod. It was futile to continue.

My wife has a visceral feeling against Trump. She will be supporting Clinton — even, just yesterday, gave the Clinton campaign a small sum of money — though she has some misgivings about her. For me, I'm more negative about Clinton than she is, and more willing to give Trump a chance, so my vote is going to go the other way. And in this very blue state, it won't make much of a difference. Clinton will win it. But I'm hoping Trump turns the polls around. We certainly don't need four years of Hillary Clinton after eight years of Barack Obama.

Right now, this blog is not endorsing Trump. That will happen if and when he is nominated. But on the chance that some unpredictable event happens that changes the picture of an inevitable Trump nomination, I'm holding up on a formal endorsement.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You know, I've been thinking Trump isn't the end. The optimistic side of me thinks he can lead to a revival of the moderate-progressive-liberal wing of the Republican Party. The party badly needs a new direction and it's been damaged over the decades by the marginalizing of moderates and liberals over the last 50 years. Not that it's all conservatives' faults, but they have not been tolerant to moderates in the last 20+ years.

Sure, the Democrats have lost their Blue Dogs over time too, but moderate Republicans are badly needed in this partisan era and ideological purity is a bigger problem for the GOP than the Democrats.

In case you're wondering how I found your blog, I got it from the Big Tent Revue website. I'm friends with the writer on Facebook. He posted about the Religious Freedom act passed in Indiana and hasn't done posted at all since that time in March 2015. He had some good stuff, but I think even in his facebook posts and some in the League of Ordinary Gentlemen, there was a lot of hostility given so he doesn't bother to post.

I like your posts!