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Principles

At the Heart of It

by on Apr.13, 2016, under Principles

So, what’s the basic philosophy or premise of socialism versus limited government?

Socialism assumes people are terribly dishonest, greedy, ignorant, misguided, immoral, etc. such that all must be managed by the state.

Limited government folks see people exactly opposite to that.

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Trump

by on Mar.08, 2016, under Character, Principles

I don’t know much about him, really. But I’ve seen enough over the years to know that there’s enough “stuff” on him out there to bury him when the time comes. And I’m sure the media is holding back until he’s the nominee. And then Hillary might just beat the only person on the planet she could beat.

Trumpites have no idea where he stands. He creates (whether intentionally or by accident) “strategic ambiguity.” Just the perfect phrase I first saw used here regarding Trump and the definition of conservatism.

A vote for Trump is a vote for what, exactly? I have no idea, and I bet you don’t either, really.

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I’ll Give Up My Bill…

by on Jul.28, 2015, under Character, Ethics / Morality, Principles

…If you give up yours.

My Bill is Cosby. Definitely a childhood memory. A great one. I went to bed listening to records (not recordings) of his comedy. Going to the dentist. Racing go carts. And who could forget Noah and “who’s gonna clean up that mess down there?” He holds a doctorate in education. I read several of his books; good stuff.

Some of you are/were Bill Clinton fans. Guess what? Turns out neither particularly deserves our respect. Bill Cosby fooled me. Bill Clinton did not.

I have to give you some leniency here about Bill Clinton. Though his womanizing was far more public, he had far more people and organizations giving him cover. The media, the feminists, the Dems, for example. His own wife, amazingly. And he was doing such great things for the country, how could we let a little thing like destroying women for his own sexual pleasure get in the way. (That last line was sarcastic if you didn’t catch it.)

I’ll double down. I’ll not only give up Cosby, but I’ll give up all his supporters as well – if you give up Clinton and all his. Deal?

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There are Good Guys

by on Jul.16, 2015, under Principles, Truisms

And there are bad guys.

This distinction is important. But we’ve been blurring it over the last X years. “Why do you think we’re any better than them? We did slavery, and Jim Crow, and confederate flags, and gay bash, and on and on.” OK, so no one’s perfect. In the balance, I think the U.S experience has been, and could continue to be, exceptional. On any front you want to discuss, I’ll be glad to argue that the American approach is better.

There really are good guys and bad guys. And if we don’t include that in our mindset, we can make terrible decisions.

For instance, the U.S. is a good guy. Iran is a bad guy. Iran vows to wipe out Israel in its constitution! It’s clearly been supporting terrorism (e.g. Hezbollah). If you can’t even agree to that, there’s no point in trying to convince you of anything else.

If you can’t or aren’t willing to judge good and bad, there’s nothing that can be done.

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Hard Times

by on Jul.01, 2015, under Character, Principles, Truisms

In more negative moods, I can see quite clearly that the U.S. is bound for hard times. I can convince myself that we’re headed for third world status.

If that’s true, here’s an interesting article, “10 Forgotten Truths to Help You Get Through Hard Times“. It’s more geared to personal hard times (loss of loved one, job loss, etc.), but I think it will help in a bigger “bad times” sense as well.

Don’t forget your Faith. There have been plenty of times in human history when Faith was all people had.

Look throughout history. How can anyone not see that “government” is nearly always the problem, the oppressor? The U.S. governmental experiment, as documented in our founding papers, was truly a one-of-a-kind attempt at forming a government for and by the people. And it worked for a while.

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Look at Detroit

by on Jun.04, 2015, under Do the Math, Principles, Truisms

If you want to see where 50 years of leftist utopia crap takes you, look at Detroit:
http://louderwithcrowder.com/detroit-ruins-crowder-goes-ghetto/
There are those pushing policies that would take the entire country this way.

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Science vs Pseudoscience

by on May.08, 2015, under Logic / Fallacies, Principles, Truisms

The Skeptics Guide to the Universe publishes this helpful chart:

science-pseudoscience-chart

I would add a “for instance”:
Science: Earth Science/Climate
Pseudoscience: Man-driven Climate Change (ala Al Gore)

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Playing by the Rules

by on Jan.19, 2015, under Ethics / Morality, Logic / Fallacies, Principles

Rush Limbaugh made an interesting point recently. What if the rules of politics were as respected and as adhered to as rules in sports? You break a rule in sports and you get penalized, almost immediately. Everyone respects the rule books. It’s what makes the game fair. You know, the “even playing field.”

Not so in politics. Politicians lie left and right. And with virtually no consequences. In fact, often to their advantage. One politician I could name owes millions to the IRS and nobody seems to care, nothing happens to penalize this politician.

What if… What if we demanded that our politicians play by the rules?! Say the rules of law including the Constitution. What if there were real consequences that set the offender back a few yards. I have a dream…

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