Thursday, November 26, 2009

9 out of 10

"Funny, Borepatch - you don't look Republican." I don't usually score well on litmus tests:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican National Committee identifies ten (10) key public policy positions for the 2010 election cycle, which the Republican National Committee expects its public officials and candidates to support:

(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; and

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

You can keep the Defense of Marriage Act - I'm not afraid of Gay Cooties. I'm also squishy on #5: the problem isn't immigration, it's assimilation. I could go for some flavor of amnesty, if it were bundled with strong pro-assimilation requirements (e.g. no criminals, relatives only, require spoken and written English, etc).

Weird to see that the Stupid Republican Party would let me play in their sandbox, though. No way would the Contemptable Democratic Party want someone like me.

That said, I'm not sure I believe them on #1. I'm willing to be convinced, but Zell Miller said it:
Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are. How you vote tells people who you really are deep inside.
So go ahead Republicans: show me who you are.


Anonymous said...

Its a decent list mostly, but you pegged it with the last bit.


Bob said...

Only one I disagree on is the immigration issue. I want the southern border sealed so that we don't have to deal with this same situation every 20 years. I don't think it's fair that Mexico and every other country in Central and South America solve their poverty problems by sending their poor to the US, and the failure to assimilate just guarantees that the US ends up Balkanized instead of our classic melting pot.