About N&P

From the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8:

“The Congress shall have Power . . . To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”

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Welcome to Necessary and Proper.

If you’ve landed here, you’re probably actively interested in American politics and economics. Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, you and I can both agree right off the bat that we stand at an important junction point in our Nation’s history…can’t we?

There is much to understand and talk about when it comes to the necessary and proper role of federal, state, and local government in the larger American society. Equally important to discuss are our responsibilities as involved American Citizens, and our relationship with the government to which we consent.

I hope you will join me in a rational discussion, as we embark on a quest for common sense .

I am not one who believes “the ends justify the means.”  I do not navigate by emotionally fixating on a desired outcome, and then either blindly leaping to it or backing into a superficial rationale to justify it.  Instead, I start with the principles of liberty and individual responsibility, and I follow a process of rational thinking forward from that foundation.  The conclusion comes after the rationale is built.  For me, the means must justify the ends.

– Jeff Rutherford


6 Responses to About N&P

  1. Not just an attempt to have you visit, but interesting how closely aligned our fundamental approaches are…

    Brick by brick with no preconceived notions is the only way to the truth.


    • Welcome, ConstructiveConservative. Come by often, please, Aaron.

      I did already visit your site this morning, and left a comment on the Benghazi kidnpping article. I figured that’s how you knew to come here. But if that’s not the breadcrumb that led you here, what did?

      “Brick by brick…” The direction we work through our logic (forwards or backwards) is one of the psychological differences between constrained conservatives and unconstrained liberals…as I’m sure you have noticed.

      – Jeff


      • Oh, I should add something else, Aaron.

        When I suggest that contributors should allow themselves to “find some beginning common ground and then work forward to see where it takes us,” I guess I’d stop short of describing that approach as having “no preconceived notions.” I have some deeply-researched foundational beliefs about human nature, upon which I base my judgements about governmental and societal philosophy. It’s kinda like my backdrop behind each issue being examined. What I try NOT to do is lock in my final conclusion and then base my research or written rationale upon only data that matches that conclusion. I have started writing articles, and by the time I finish working through my logic (which the act of writing uniquely helps me clarify internally), my premise has turned out to be invalid and I had to go back and rewrite the intro. In fact, I don’t even bother titling the dang thing anymore until I’m done and see that it all holds water. So not only do I request that approach from others, I also try to demand it from myself.

        – Jeff


      • Yes, the known power of reaching out proves strikes again……….I look forward to reading the rest of your four part series on Conservatives and Conservatism as I have, as of yet, only read the first one..


  2. Thank you for dropping by Malcolm’s Corner and liking ‘Being Good and Doing Evil’.


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