Of principals and principles, a primer.

I really don’t know to what extent principals are responsible for the deplorable state of education and basic understanding in our country, but I wanted a catchy title so I threw that word in, though the real issue is principles. My previous post was about the Salon magazine red herring argument that lifting a mandate that birth control be covered (by all employer-paid group insurance)  was going to allow “employers to dictate women’s sexual behavior.” I should have emphasized the bigger issue, which is the appalling lack of understanding (or even caring about) the principles that govern policies or decisions.

What I mean is this example: Mandating that private insurance cover something is not a legitimate function of any government level in this country. It is the exact definition of Fascism. In a Republic (not a democracy folks) like ours, government policies are supposed to be enacted by elected representatives and based on the principles enumerated in state and Federal Constitutions, not made by unelected bureaucrats based on currying favor with whomever they want to appeal to. In classic Fascism, government tells private enterprise what to do. That’s what a “mandate” is. The principle is separation between public government and private enterprise in a Republic or Democracy (I’m not sure there are any pure democracies left in 2017, where the people vote on laws and policies directly rather than via elected representatives).

Few Americans even understand these differences and fewer still understand or care about the principles on which laws and policies are based. This is especially true of leftist liberals (L.L.). In just a couple of days since my previous post, editorials and headlines are popping up everywhere about the “ban” on contraception” or about “Trump wanting to control women’s healthcare decisions”, when in fact none of that was even happening. Rather, proposing to lift the birth control mandate (whether or not it happens) would be an example of getting rid of illegitimate government interference. But that’s a principle that the L.L.’s don’t want to understand, since emotions are substituted for thinking in their world.

I remember a radio broadcast in 1991 that helped turn me from a L.L. to a principled conservative (P.C.). It was about how the US Code has expanded in the years since the Constitution was ratified from 3 Federal crimes–treason, piracy and counterfeiting–to over 18,000 federal crimes, virtually all regulatory. How many federal crimes are there in 2017? No one knows, but in Congressional testimony in 2015, estimates ran at about 300,000!you lawbreaker

My point is this: Because Americans, including apparently most lawmakers and bureaucrats, have lost the ability to think in terms of principles and instead make decisions (and laws) based on feelings and self or narrow interests, most normal and innocuous human behaviors have become criminalized.

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

One thought on “Of principals and principles, a primer.”

  1. I have read that Viagra is covered by insurance. Now, why? The people who don’t want birth-control pills covered are —–. No birth control – more babies out of wedlock. And who is going to help the unwed mother? Costs more money in the end.

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