Monday, November 23, 2009

Are you a Republican? Here's the litmus test.

According to ABC News' David Chalain via George Stephanopoulos, the Republican National Committee's January meeting will feature some representatives proposing an "80%" litmus test for candidates desiring RNC funding. A candidate must support 8 out of the following 10:

1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill.

(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare.

(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation.

(4) We support workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check.

(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants.

(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges.

(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat.

(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act.

(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing, denial of health care and government funding of abortion.

(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership.

I disagree with #3 & #6 and I only agree with the abortion part of #9. Anyone who saw 60 Minutes last night saw what happens when we don't effectively ration Medicare. Why should my tax dollars pay for a 93 year old given 3 months to live to have a new $50,000 pacemaker? Insurance companies ration every day, that's why we have 30+ million uninsured. Republicans have become outright dishonest about health care. If we don't ration Medicare/Medicaid, then #1 won't even make any sense!

Most Republicans apparently don't realize that sending McChrystal's requested 40,000 more troops in Afghanistan will end up costing us $40 billion extra a year. This is why I wish Sarah Palin and others would stop complaining about Obama's "dithering" in the same sentence they complain about his massive government spending. They want to cut taxes (#1 on the list) and yet further expensive wars, which is just stupid and partly how we got this massive deficit to begin with. Why do you have to be a war hawk to be a Republican? Didn't Eisenhower teach us anything?

Why, oh why, can't we have smarter Republicans with better lists? The smart ones are probably the "moderates" that don't pass the litmus test.

By the way, the January RNC meeting is in Honolulu. Nice to know my RNC donation would go to pay for their plane flights from D.C. Isn't it ironic that they criticized Obama from being from Hawaii and yet hold their plush convention there? What a nice display of fiscal conservancy it will be.

1 comment:

Republican Redefined said...

A Conservative Checklist for Republican Candidates: The Dumbest Idea I Have Ever Heard

I am rarely surprised when the group of conservatives that the mainstream media calls the “Far Right” decide to grab something and run with it, but this one really has my head shaking. This group of “Right Wingers,” that clearly lacks the ability to set down their Going Rogue textbooks long enough to recognize that conservatism is not about a checklist of talking points and issues, has decided to draft a resolution to submit to the RNC that would force Republican candidates to adhere to a 10-point checklist of key issues / principles. To be as kind as I can about the matter, and to avoid using the expletives I screamed out loud as I read about this (I am trying to clean up my potty mouth a bit), I will simply state that this is the dumbest Republican idea I have heard in my lifetime. I understand that I may not be as old as some who may read this, but nearly three decades of stupid ideas and gimicks all pale in comparison to this one. My only hope is that the idiots who drafted this resolution, and those who allowed it to leak to the press, are so fringe, so far out in “lala land”, that no one in the Party gives them even a moment of their time. These people are not the “right wing” of the Party and they are not conservatives. They think they are because they purport to stand for “conservative” issues and principles, but they lack any understanding of the fundamentals of True Conservatism.

True conservatism is about a principled and virtuous adherence to the fundamental intentions of our Founding Fathers expressed through our Founding Documents. The principle and the virtue are individual in nature and are not derivative of any one religion or culture. The intentions are strictly interpreted and rely primarily upon the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Conservatism is NOT about a laundry list of issues. This is why many on the “far right” lose me. They get so caught up in defending issues they deem to be “conservative” that they lose sight of the explanation and justification for their arguments. This is where religion gets infused with conservatism on a compulsory level and discredits the message altogether. The religion, or more accurately the principle or virtue, are supposed to be individual in nature. Our Founding Documents which we as conservatives purport to protect make it so. That is the very idea behind the 1st Amendment.