Purity Test for Republicans

A group of conservative Republican leaders is proposing a solution to the internecine warfare over what the party should stand for: a 10-point checklist gauging proper adherence to core principles like opposing government financing for abortion and, more generally, President Obama’s “socialist agenda.”

In what was being dubbed a purity test when it leaked out to reporters, the proposal would require the party to withhold campaign money and endorsements from candidates who do not adhere to at least seven principles on the checklist…

Its introduction increases pressure on the party chairman, Michael Steele, as he tries to maintain a balance between those in his party who have been saying the road to a Republican comeback is to include divergent views and appeal to the political center, and those who say the party needs to more fully embrace conservative principles.

But it was also likely to inflame moderate party members who have been urging the party to resist pressure from activists — spurred by commentators like Glenn Beck on the Fox News Channel and leaders of the diffuse Tea Party movement — to move against those deemed insufficiently conservative or lose their grass-roots support altogether.

(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…

The part about requiring Aryan DNA comes after the 2010 elections.

5 thoughts on “Purity Test for Republicans

  1. Mr. Fusion says:

    Can you say “self-destruction”? If the Republican Party is to survive they must appeal to centrists. The more extreme they become, the fewer people will identify with them.

    • keaneo says:

      I can think of a circumstance when they would thrive – from the past. That would be within an economy trapped in a downward spiral – where the government may believably claim pressures from nations beating down their economy further – like the Weimar Republic in Germany leading to Hitler’s accession.

      But – that ain’t where we’re at. Yes – we have a flock of candyass Dems in Congress who would roll over for Nazis for fear of losing an election over patriotism, god and country. But – it may not feel like it in your neck of the prairie – the economy is rolling straight towards normal. And better, if we manage to keep a few folks with brains in charge.

      The few economists I think have things well-sorted now project a bottom on unemployment 1Q 2010 – followed by growing employment in the following 2 quarters. Even a few conservative sources (is there any other kind of economist?) projecting a matchup to where we were before Bush nudged everything over the edge – by 2012.

      • Mr. Fusion says:

        – the economy is rolling straight towards normal.

        Our county and several surrounding counties still have +10% official unemployment. The real number is closer to 20%

        The few economists I think have things well-sorted now project a bottom on unemployment 1Q 2010 – followed by growing employment in the following 2 quarters.

        Which is too late for most of our unemployed who have run out of unemployment benefits, lost their homes and cars, and everything else.

        You are probably totally correct, I don’t know. I believe people are not a commodity that may be put on the shelf or in storage until the economy turns around. It is the rare person indeed that does not know someone hurt by this recession. Around this “neck of the prairie”, it is rare that you don’t know someone totally ruined by Bush’s negligence.

        It is ironic that some even voted for him in 2000 & 2004 thinking we had to do it to save America from gays and terrorists. I don’t think they will still be supporting the same brand of politics in November 2010. Even with the candy assed Democrats.

        • keaneo says:

          I agree. Though I’m positive about the economic analysis I believe to be accurate – I certainly remember days looking for a job, any kind of job, during one or another previous recession.

          Cripes, I still remember analysts pissing me off during one recession – when they decided the nation’s economy “functioned better” with a base of 5% unemployed during “full” employment instead of, say, 3%.

          My response was not fit to print.

          • Mr. Fusion says:

            I remember once during a first term Reagan recession, having a difficult time finding anything. I read a science fiction short story (don’t remember the title, author, story line, or even where I read it) about a young man drifting around. After every recession they would raise the number upwards on what constituted full employment. Those unable to find jobs were discarded by society to fend for themselves.

            All I remember of the story is how the unemployment kept creeping up. That has stuck with me as I watched our society go through every down cycle since.

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