The problems I see with many political leaders, writers and others is that they don't define their terms. When ever they say someone has the right to do something, we should all ask what do they define as a right? When people are prevented from doing something else, we should be asking why? Only then can their ideas be tested and challenged to evaluate the benefit they provide.
To that end, the following is a list of terms that I will use in the blog. I will be faithful to the terms as long as they stand up to the challenge of their application to the real world. When they fail, I will make adjustments in the definition. When they are correct, the definition will be expanded and strengthen.
An individual is a living, breathing human being.
A community is a particular geographic area where individuals have an agreement guiding their actions.
Responsibilities are all actions that are required by the community.
To live in a community as a free individual, some rights are subordinated to the community in exchange for the benefit of living in the community.
If that isn’t geeky enough, I can get even more definitive. I realize it is a simplistic and roughly written draft for the basic concept of the fundamental purpose of the blog and the philosophy of the Responsible Community. Its refinement will come as the blog develops through the examination of the events and issues of the political environment.But, for right now this will do.