What Is A Republican? What Is A Democrat?
The GOP is thinking about making its members take a test in order to qualify for party funding. They're given a list of the ten core principles of the Republican party, and if they disagree with 3 or more of them, then they will be fed to Rush Limbaugh, presumably.
Here's the GOP list:
(1) Smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill
(2) Market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;
(3) Market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;
(4) Workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check
(5) Legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;
(6) Victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;
(7) Containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat
(8) Retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;
(9) Protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and
(10) The right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership
I don't score too well. But what's interesting about this test is that all of these ten are given equal weight. Are you pro-choice and believe in Gay marriage? Well as long as you're okay with everything else, the GOP would still consider you Republican. Two of the biggest Republican issues right now, and you could safely take the democratic side without losing precious party funding.
What would the Democratic test be? I thought up this list:
(1) Oppose big-brother government initiatives like the Patriot Act, Guantanamo Bay, and torture programs.
(2) Support a progressive tax structure that relieves the tax burden of middle and working class Americans
(3) Oppose drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge, support environmental controls and renewable energy
(4) Support maintaining separation between church and state
(5) Support cultural diversity and immigration reform, including amnesty for current illegal immigrants
(6) Support removal of American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan by shifting responsibility to locals and other coalition forces.
(7) Support a foreign policy of diplomatic engagement and working together with our allies.
(8) Oppose the Defense of Marriage Act and other efforts to strip homosexuals of their rights
(9) Support the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade
(10) Support government-run social programs as a means of ensuring equal freedom for all economic classes.
Sure, the Democrats have a big tent, but most people in it can get behind at least 8 of these ten.
In other news, the Greens are planning a purity test too, but nobody cares.