It looks as if folks are introducing themselves, so as not to be out done, I'll do likewise. I'm Sugarchuck, married, 3 daughters, Big R Republican and living in the People's Republic of Minnesota, though, as a state, we are moving towards the red. I want to wish the good folks running this blog all the best. I came over from Berkeley Square and I must confess that I'll miss the jazz and guitar, but look forward to right wing politics as per usual. Perhaps my befuddlement over libertarians will be lessened through reading the various posts here. God Bless and Good Luck!
I don't know that jazz and guitars will be forbidden around here!
As Sugarchuck says, introductions seem to be in order so I will jump in as well having followed the esteemed JK over from Berkeley Square. I am 39, married 15 years, two daughters and will stay with the moniker Silence Dogood in honor of my favorite of the founding fathers Ben Franklin, and to hide my true identity in case I ever decide to run for public office and need to deny any comments made here. I was the resident liberal at Berkeley Square, but after a year and a half am well used to being outnumbered. As JK says though we probably agree on 90% of political issues even though we probably have never voted for the same candidate.
I a socially liberal, whatever floats your boat basically, as long as you leave my boat alone. On fiscal matters however I tend toward the conservative or at least pragmatic side. Social programs first and foremost need to work efficiently, which alas most of ours don't. Libertarianism has always seemed to me a good concept but hard to put into practice but I look forward to becoming more educated about their ideas. I am not a big fan of "bringing" democracy to the world as I believe that a democracy is incredibly hard work (much easier to have a despot) and that the people of a nation contemplating it have to want it more than anything, even religious beliefs or ancient customs. I am not sure it is something that can be given as a gift. That said, I do believe it is the best form of government, and its partner capitalism is the best way to bring freedom and happiness to people.
And so, Blog On! I am sure I will enjoy being forced to question my beliefs by sharp writing here and hope to be up to the challenge of providing an occasional counterpoint.