I was reminded this past week that with over 2,500 posts on this blog, there are some over-riding themes and principles that are repeated over and over. I thought it might be fun to think of the guiding issues and principles found on this blog, and write them down.
…. The process of governing is more important than the politics of any issue. In addition a fair and orderly atmosphere both in electing officals, and creating legislation is required to insure a fair and equal playing field.
….Campaign money, and the ever-consuming need for more and more of it, pollutes the political process, and undermines the enactment of sound public policy.
…. The Supreme Court (both state and national) requires the highest and most ethical standards applied to applicants. In the states, it is more appropriate to appoint justices through the merit selection process than to have elections for the judiciary.
…. Drunk driving is a most troubling problem that will require tough-minded legislators being more interested in doing what is right, than carrying alcohol for the Tavern League.
…. Tough anti-smoking laws are just common sense.
…. Going with principle (Dubai deal) is more important than following the prevailing political mood.
…. Torture is wrong, and spawns more terrorists while undermining a nation’s moral code.
…. Darfur needs the world. Sadly, history will severely judge the majorityfor not caring.
…. Preventive wars are a waste of a nation’s treasured resources.
….Israel needs to stop the illegal settlement policy, and Palestinians should have, must have, and will have a homeland to call their own. When it comes to Israel the tail must stop wagging the dog.
….Polar bears are needing us to care more about them, and to reach an understanding about the need to address climate change.
…. Gun control is needed to insure the safety of the citizenry. Strict regulations on the manufacture, sale, registration, and usage is the means for a safer nation.
…. Marriage matters, for all. Period.
…. Cheating on a partner, married or otherwise, is smarmy and wrong. Getting preachy about this issue is still OK.
…. Books are some of our best friends.
…. Just because a singer is older does not mean that they have less value or creative ability.
…. History is in need of more study and understanding, not only in our schools, but also with the average citizen of this nation.
….Never underestimate the lack of humor from Mormons.
…. Never underestimate the damage one Bishop (Molrino) can cause.
…. When it looks like it is a slow news day check in on the antics of Sarah Palin and the Clampetts of Palinland.
…. Newspapers are the foundation for long-form investigative reporting, and an essential ingredient to democracy.
….Journalists are as vital to the nations democracy and well being as our soldiers, sailors. and air force.
….Radio and TV personalities should be considered guests in our house, and when they offend should be rejected from our premises.
…. The Grand Ole Opry is a national treasure, and true slice of Americana.