Reason Vs. Emotion

I grew up with a very logical father whom I adore(d). That, combined with some natural brain wiring has always made me prefer the logical side of the mind. Still, I always had more empathy than my dad, and I discovered it made a huge difference in life. We are not an island, it is good to have some ability to interact with others on an emotional level. I went through some very bad sections of my life, however, that were characterized by my total abandon of reason in favor of emotion and feeling. Every time I have allowed myself to lead totally with my emotions, despite my logical side, I have always ended up in trouble, turmoil, etc., be it psychological, financial, or some combination.
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Guest Commentary – Fantasy Candidate Part 5

Tonight for the guest commentary we have the final installment of Jon Smith’s Fantasy Candidate series. I have enjoyed reading the series that Jon has offered and I have even further enjoyed the discussions that have followed. I hope that this final installment will continue that trend. As we move forward into next week, we may see some changes here at SUFA. I will be starting my new career on Monday, meaning that my schedule is going to drastically change from what I am used to. My hope is that I will not see any significant change in my posting here but until I get started over there I really cannot say for sure. I will be writing Sunday night like usual and I intend certainly to offer the open mic on Tuesday night. After that we will take it as it comes. At any rate the posts will more than likely be published earlier than they have been in the past. I simply won’t be able to stay up until 5:00 am now that I will have a set daytime schedule that gets me up early again. I imagine, however, that once I get settled into my new schedule that my postings will be more regular because of the new set schedule, something I have not had in over a decade.
The Final Installment of Jon’s Series

Guest Commentary – Fantasy Candidate Part 4

Tonight we delve back into the fantasy candidate series from Jon Smith. For those who read Jon’s site as well as this one, he has already posted this article there. However, there are quite a few of you here that do not regularly frequent Jon’s site, so I wanted to make sure that this gets seen by all of you as well. Tonight we delve into the positions that Jon’s fantasy candidate would take on existing legislation that we should be working to repeal. I have tried to think about everything on the list and I don’t see any of these that would be bad to repeal. But I do absolutely agree with Jon that on many of them we would have to take a slow approach that allows the pain from elimination to be minimal. I think that this part of the series will perhaps be the one that has the most constructive discussion around it. I will be interested in seeing what areas you think he missed, or what areas that he hit that you disagree with. I know that some of them seem to be simply “anti-Democrat” positions, such as health care, but if you are against repealing it, please explain why. I will do my best to be involved in the discussion on this article over the next few days as well.
Jon Offers Legislation that Needs to Go Away

Guest Commentary – Fantasy Candidate Part 3

And a hearty good evening to all of SUFA. I must again apologize for my sporadic posting lately. To say that things are hectic right now is an understatement. I have a lot of things that are transitioning which has made my schedule chocked full for the majority of the last month. I don’t see it really slowing down for another month for reasons that I will share later. As promised earlier this week, I tonight offer the third installment from Jon Smith’s fantasy candidate series. Tonight’s addition deals with new legislation that should be proposed, but not including anything that would be a repeal of current law, as that will come in a later section. I highly encourage everyone to talk out the proposals that Jon offers below. Would they work? Are they the best step in each of their respective areas? Are there other forms of legislation that should be offered that Jon has missed. With a government as bloated as the US federal government, there should be no shortage of legislation necessary to start paring things down.
Click Here to see Part 3 of Jon Smith’s Series

Guest Commentary – Fantasy Candidate Part 2

Thursday night brings me to part two of Jon Smith’s fantasy candidate series. I was pleased with the discussion around part one and after reading the parts that are yet to come, I am excited to be sharing this series with all of you. You already know what I think of what Jon brings to the table and this series is no exception. I am not going to write out a big introduction tonight as I am having a little trouble typing. I hurt my wrist the other day and I am still trying to figure out if it is broken or not. I guess if it is still hurting tomorrow I may have to get it looked at. Wouldn’t be the first time I have broken something and did my best to ignore it 🙂  Needless to say typing is a little tough for me to do this evening as every time I reach for certain keys the pain shoots up my forearm. Let’s all hope for the best as if it is broken that would put a serious damper on my blog writing ability. So instead of my rambling, I will simply turn it over to Jon as he continues the quest to identify the traits in a candidate that would serve the constituents of SUFA. I will add a few more pictures of my personal fantasy candidates, however!
Part 2 Begins with a Click

Guest Commentary – Creating the Fantasy Candidate

Tonight we have another guest commentary from one of the more frequent contributors to Stand Up For America. Jon Smith has regularly offered his insight and thoughts to just about every conversation that we have here. And on more than one occasion has offered up his thoughts in the form of an article for guest commentary. It is for this reason that I am working towards having Jon be a regular writer here at SUFA. As much as he writes for us here, he might as well be on the virtual payroll (because a real payroll doesn’t exist 😉  ). This particular article is a little bit different. This will be the first in a multi-part article that explores a single pursuit, developing the perfect candidate based on the needs of the country. It appears that Jon sees this as a six part series, so it will be running over the course of the next few weeks. I have already seen the drafts for the first four parts and the series is good, and more important, relevant to where we are in our political world. The reason that I think it becomes so relevant is that when discussing the concepts and ideas with others over the last few years, I have become more convinced that most people wouldn’t recognize the candidate that matches their ideals if they saw them!
The Beginning of a Search for a Fantasy Candidate

Guest Commentary – The Fake Dichotomy

Thursday night really snuck up on me this week! My first week back at work after being out of the store for a while is always a challenge. In this case, getting caught back up on all the paperwork, training of new employees, and issues that came up while I was gone for two weeks is a quite daunting task. It is made even more daunting by an upcoming product launch that will be revolutionary in the industry and will also require a ton of my time for the next 8 weeks (work time not blog time!). I am pretty excited about some of my upcoming topics as well. I have some good discussion topics coming up, starting with Sunday night’s article in a few days. Tonight’s guest commentary comes to us from a tried and true contributor. I have a couple to choose from but I really wanted to run another one from Jon Smith. I always enjoy his topics because they are pretty thought out and well written. Jon has a knack for using that grey matter inside his skull to flesh out good discussions. Tonight’s contribution will be no different.
Jon Smith Offers Another Fine Article

Guest Commentary – Paying for Government

So I have returned to the fold this evening. I was out of town for the last two days driving up to Maryland and bringing the Weapon Teenager from Maryland for the summer. While there I visited the oldest of my two younger sisters and was accosted by the two 100+ pound beasts that she has the audacity to claim are mere canines (Beasts I tell you!). But it was great seeing her, I never get to see enough of her. I was really torn on the guest commentary for tonight. I have several that have been submitted. I was originally going to go with one from Kent this evening. But I really want to write a good intro for his and haven’t had the time to do so. Therefore, I am going to save Kent’s for next week and instead present one from Jon Smith which doesn’t require nearly as much input from me to go along with it. As you all know, Jon has a blog as well, which I always encourage everyone to visit. His excellent writing and analysis deserves a gigantic readership.
Another Submission from Jon Smith

Legislating Morality vs. Legislating Freedom RE-DONE

So I am sure that many of you are sitting here saying, “didn’t we just talk about this subject?” Well, the answer would be yes and no. I felt as though we began to discuss this subject but that it quickly devolved away from the subject and into other realms. I was not the only one that noticed this, as several of you left comments lamenting the lack of discussion on the topic at hand and several others sent me emails to espouse the same sentiment. So I decided that I would offer the article up again and see if we can’t get a more focused conversation around it. For anyone that forgot, or who wasn’t around for the original posting last week, I offered this as a mash-up with both my and Jon Smith’s thoughts on the subject. I have changed the first paragraph (the one you are reading right now) but have otherwise left the article unchanged. What I would like to do is discuss the concept of legislating morality as compared to legislating freedom, and ferret out why one works and the other is one that leads us down a path of tyranny and oppression. I will bring over some of the conversations that I felt went down the right path, and obviously others are welcome to do the same. This is not an attempt to keep anyone’s thoughts down, but more to have another chance to discuss a topic that I felt kind of got away from us.
A Debate Recast for Round 2

Guest Commentary Mash-Up- Moral Law vs. Freedom Law

I thought that I would try something a little different this week with the guest commentary. I often present the guest commentary as simply that and allow it to stand on its own. This week’s topic is something that I hold a fairly strong opinion on and which I enjoy debating. So I proposed the idea to our guest commentator of my writing a short article myself beginning the discussion, and then after doing so, offer his article on the subject. Then, of course, we will be able to attack the subject in a more defined manner. He agreed to my altered format and has had a bit of a head start as he has already read what I wrote, and he wrote his piece before I wrote mine. Obviously, I also decided to post this on a different night than the regular Thursday night/Friday morning when the guest commentary is usually presented. This is a particularly relevant subject, as the idea of legislating morality has somehow managed to drill its way into the mindset of modern American politics. And this has had dangerous and disasterous consequences. Read on to get both my, and guest commentator Jon Smith’s, reasoning on why this is so.
Another Attempt to Help People Understand Why Freedom Must be the Catalyst

Guest Commentary – Respecting the Founders

After doing the open mic we had the NBA Finals on Thursday night, and with my Celtics playing, I simply cannot miss watching those games. And to have it be game 7 as well… I will only say that I felt that the officiating was horrible, as evidenced by the fact that the Celtics had 5 players with 4 or more fouls with 3 minutes left. The Lakers had 1. The Lakers were sent to the line to shoot free throws 21 times in the 4th quarter. The Celtics only 6. 37-17 for the entire game. Refs just were determined to give the Lakers every chance they could to score. I am disgusted with the game. The Celtics beat them, the refs took it away. For the guest commentary, we have another appearance by Jon Smith. Jon has been sending me guest commentary articles regularly. I am always impressed with the way that he thinks out the issues, and I enjoy reading his articles. Certainly when I have other guest commentaries to post, I will do so. But I am never disappointed when I am posting Jon’s. For anyone who is not aware, Jon also has his own blog, which also usually feature the articles that we discuss here. You can visit Jon’s blog here: The Libertarian Blog (will open up a new window).
Jon Smith Talks about the Founders

Guest Commentary: No Smoking Legislation

So we have reached yet another Thursday night, and with it another night featuring a guest commentary from one of our regular readers and participants. Jon Smith is at it again, challenging us to take another look at an issue that we have discussed a long time ago. This is an issue that hits somewhat close to home for me. I am not a fan at all of the way that smokers have been treated over the last decade. They fall into the category of “sinners” who get hit with “sin taxes”. Sin taxes are one of those things that simply infuriate me. That society as a whole accepts these types of taxes and legislative maneuvers around smoking points, in my opinion, to the absolute short-sightedness of the American voter. It’s that who law of mutuality thing hitting home again. When you deem it fair to infringe on the rights of one particular group, I have to silently hope that I am around when it becomes you that is in the next group attacked.
Jon Smith Once Again Takes the Con

Guest Commentary… Anarchy: Truth or Fantasy

Guest commentary again and this week we have a topic that I think will spur some interesting conversations. Many of you have had your debates with Black Flag and Kent and others who espouse a form of anarchy. I have come to understand the difference between what they mean when they say it and what is accepted as fact in popular culture. They are two very different things. Even understanding that difference, I still sometimes find myself skeptical as to whether it can work. I remain, however, open to learning and understanding even better than I do already. I like the idea, in principle, if not in practice yet. This week we have a guest article from none other than Jon Smith. He has already posted this article on his site, and the debate began a bit there. I believe he will be moving some of that discussion over here as well. I encourage everyone to take the time, now, while it is a main article topic, to press BF and others on this concept. But do so with an open mind, one at peace with the idea of learning something new. I am not yet convinced that a world without government at all would work, so I will be learning too…
Jon Smith Takes a Look at Anarchy

A Look in on a Long Time Reader Here….

As I continue down the path of retail madness during the busy month of December (A December that has not been nearly busy enough to suit my fancy, for the record), I find yet another night where I have struggled to find the time to research and write. And because I didn’t write last night, I find it unfathomable that I would not have anything to offer two nights in a row. In continuing my reading I came across this article from an author who takes the time to visit and enter into the discourse here when he finds the time. And his insight is always well thought out and valuable. I read his blog regularly, and am ashamed to admit I don’t comment there as often as I should. So tonight, I offer the first part of an interesting series of articles that he has undertaken recently. I also take this time to wholeheartedly endorse his blog. It is a fine read, and always well thought out. I highly suggest that when you aren’t reading mine, you take some time to read the articles that he has published.
An Interesting Article from The Libertarian Blog

Some Links to Those Who Write Here

OK, a long day coming to an end for me. Because I spent my evening at the hockey game and in the traffic leaving it, I simply don’t have the time to write a coherent post this evening. And as an interesting factor in the mix tonight, I am a bit intrigued with some of the discussion on last night’s post. So I am going to fill you all in on my night, offer some interesting reading from some of the folks who write blogs and also comment here, and then direct you to continuing the discussion that we started yesterday. 
A Night of Rest for Me and Promoting Some of Our Commenters