As we enter into our fourth battle here at Iron Blog, a lot is on the line. Three of my Iron Bloggers have claimed victory in their battles, bringing much pride and honor to me and this blog. Though each battle was close and passionately fought by the Challengers, my Iron Bloggers have shown why I chose them to hold the position of Iron Blogger.
But this week's Challenger may tip the scales. He has one of the largest Centrist blogs in the blogosphere, his politics liberal in some ways, but conservative in others. A proud independent, he challenges the two major parties and their world view regularly and without apology.
He also has the honor of being the husband of my Iron Blogger Republican, Rosemary Esmay. He is Dean Esmay, owner of Dean's World
Iron Blogger Libertarian, Vinod Valloppillil, you have been Challenged, and I summon you to the field of battle. May your scientific mind serve you well and preserve the undefeated streak of my Iron Bloggers, making all of you victorious in your first battles.
If memory serves me right, last week's battle over Torture proved to be a highly philosophical debate over the harm man inflicts on his fellow man. Where one person's rights end and others' begin was a hotly contested subject. This week, I think I shall take this idea in the other direction. What are we allowed to inflict upon ourselves? The Topic for the battle is this:
Pursuit of Happiness
Our country was founded on the rights to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'. So called 'victimless crimes', some say, make it illegal for many to 'pursue happiness'. Prostitution, drug use and gambling, three illicit activities in all but a few, rare circumstances, and yet alcohol will claim more lives in one year than all three combined. What should be legal? What should be illegal? Is victimless crime truly victimless, and where does one's right to pursue happiness end? Let us find out what our combatants have to say.