Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Principle Based Decision Making in Representative Government

I have long believed that there is a process by which we can find solutions to even the very vexing problems we face now as a nation. It is based on using correct principles of truth to determine the correct and effective path to resolving the problem. It consists of three basic steps.

Analyze carefully and state the problem correctly.
   This requires setting aside politics and special interests. It requires intellectual honesty and being able to articulate accurately what the problem actually is, not what rhetoric makes it seem to be.

Discover and state clearly the principles of truth that pertain to the problem(s).
   Before trying to solve a problem, we must understand all of the principles that should be considered.

Apply the principles to the problem.
   Reject "knee-jerk" reactionary solutions and emotional appeals as a basis for decision making. More bad laws have been created because of emotional response to real problems than any other cause. If a solution does not hinge on the correct principles involved, it will not serve us well in the long run. The law of unintended consequences to "good-intentioned" decisions is one of the most common things that has gotten us into the mess we are in. If we instead choose to take the time to make decisions based on sound principles of truth, we have a good chance of not only solving today's problem, but not creating tomorrow's.

I am aware that there will be some disputation as to what the principles of truth are. However, I am confident if those principles are based on our unalienable rights and the U.S. Constitution, we can come to consensus among most people of good conscience. In the next while, I will be posting what I believe to be reasoned solutions created by this process to some of our more vexing problems and questions. Come along for the ride and comment freely so that we together can refine those solutions and more accurately observe and describe what the problems and principles are that should be considered.

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