I do not change my principles at all. The five principles I stand on in politics, for example, I have had since my final month of being 17 years old [April of 2012] when I first started to legitimately understand politics; and are as follows:
- Liberty, Justice, and Civil Rights in a permissive society is what’s right for US cultural policy.
- A small government and limited government that is within Non-Aggression Principle strictures and stands as a Secular Republic is what’s right for US regime policy.
- Supply and Demand, Living wage, Free trade, freedom of education, charities, fiscal discipline and science funding in a free market economy with no collectivist elements is what’s right for US economic policy.
- Use of free trade and diplomacy to make honest friendships and to spread what Thomas Jefferson called “Empire of Liberty” to the world is what’s right for US foreign policy.
- A strong volunteer military with fiscally affordable high spending and absolutely no draft, paired with a willingness to wage overwhelmingly ruthless retaliatory war against tyrannical nations who commit or sponsor malum in se deeds against their neighbors, is only right for US defense policy if the US and/or its honest friends are among the neighbors being victims of the crimes.
But anyhow, I want to speak of the importance of standing on principle and why it is inherently morally superior to standing on compromise and/or on popularity.
Principles define Individuals
The above principles define who I am politically: A republitarian. But I have other principles that define what I am religiously, a Non-religious atheist; and that define what i am morally, a man of empathy.
What’s Popular is Almost Never right
It may not be popular to prefer total war over limited war when faced with extreme foreign danger, or to prefer free market economy over government agenda economy, or even to prefer permissive society over traditional values; but typically it is sociopaths who are proud addicts to malum in se crimes that follow popularity instead of principle. I learned this many times back in my days in Hell Middle School and in my freshman year of the High School of my current residing town.
Principled People are always more factual, more wise and more moral
Just from observation I do in day to day life, the individualist nature and Presumed-Innocence nature I observe in my fellow people come from those who stand on independently declared principles.
And then those who stand on what’s popular typically presume guilt instead of presuming innocence, and adopt mindsets that are puritanically collectivist.
Even certain collectivists know principle is better than popularity
I am pretty sure I can put far too long a list of examples of collectivist-minded people who realize the value of principle for the purpose and point of this WordPress post. But let me assure anyone reading this that there are principled people on all sides of world politics, and there are also popularity-fueled people on all sides.
Is this essay elitism?
No. In fact, I cannot stand elitism because it is the fuel for the trains that are Super PACs and the Demopublican Establishment [yep, I am still using Libertarian Party’s nickname for Democrats and Republicans. My town finally counts me among the LP as of last night].
Instead I am a populist in the sense that I believe decisions are best made when everyone has a say. One can say I am a moderate populist, as in I believe on top of this that the person making the decision should also stick to principle and not let “Whats Popular?” motivate any compromise out of them.
Should US Foreign Policy be based on principles instead of interests?
Yes, I say. We need a foreign policy that sticks to the principles of free trade, honest friendship, and Empire of Liberty as well as the principles of refusing to enter into military alliances like NATO and refusing to forfeit National Independence to global pseudo-governments like the United Nations. One other principle our foreign policy should be based on is the standards of honest friendship, referring to these facts I plainly observe about the honest friendships going on in my surroundings whenever I go to places to hang out alone or with an honest friend of my own:
- Honest friends defend each other against all odds
- Honest friends are happy to trade items with each other
- Honest friends are equally as happy to give each other temporary loans are they are to pay each other pack for the loans
- Honest friends like to catch up with each other on what’s new with them individually [or in the case of national populations, nationally]
- Honest friends presume innocence each other by instinct should either be accused of a malum in se doing.
So now all the internet knows the moral superiority principle has over popularity. Or so I hope. In either case, thank you all…