A Purity Test for Republicans

A Purity Test for Republicans

PostBy: ErikLaurence On: Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:49 am

Does anyone think this is a good idea?

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/11/2 ... andidates/

The key principal of conservatism is to think as an individual not as a collective.


Proposed RNC Resolution on Reagan’s Unity Principle for Support of Candidates

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan believed that the Republican Party should support and espouse conservative principles and public policies; and

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan also believed the Republican Party should welcome those with diverse views; and

WHEREAS, President Ronald Reagan believed, as a result, that someone who agreed with him 8 out of 10 times was his friend, not his opponent; and

WHEREAS, Republican faithfulness to its conservative principles and public policies and Republican solidarity in opposition to Obama’s socialist agenda is necessary to preserve the security of our country, our economic and political freedoms, and our way of life; and

WHEREAS, Republican faithfulness to its conservative principles and public policies is necessary to restore the trust of the American people in the Republican Party and to lead to Republican electoral victories; and

WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee shares President Ronald Reagan’s belief that the Republican Party should espouse conservative principles and public policies and welcome persons of diverse views; and

WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee desires to implement President Reagan’s Unity Principle for Support of Candidates; and

WHEREAS, in addition to supporting candidates, the Republican National Committee provides financial support for Republican state and local parties for party building and federal election activities, which benefits all candidates and is not affected by this resolution; and

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

RESOLVED, that a candidate who disagrees with three or more of the above stated public policy positions of the Republican National Committee, as identified by the voting record, public statements and/or signed questionnaire of the candidate, shall not be eligible for financial support and endorsement by the Republican National Committee; and be further

RESOLVED, that upon the approval of this resolution the Republican National Committee shall deliver a copy of this resolution to each of Republican members of Congress, all Republican candidates for Congress, as they become known, and to each Republican state and territorial party office.

Chief Sponsor:
James Bopp Jr., Indiana
Sponsors:
Avie Axdahl, Minnesota
Donna Cain, Oregon
Cindy Costa, South Carolina
Debbie Joslin, Alaska
Peggy Lambert, Tennessee
Carolyn McLarty, Oklahoma
Pete Rickets, Nebraska
Steve Scheffler, Iowa
Helen Van Etten, Kansas
Solomon Yue, Oregon
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Re: A Purity Test for Republicans

PostBy: Black_And_Blue On: Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:19 am

A "party" has to stand for something and have core values that anchor them or else they blow around in the shifting sand of popular opinion.

Similar to religion, you don't get to pick and choose, the Ten Commandments have been written in stone.

Man is infinitely corruptible, so if there are no core political values to ascribe to, then there is no accountability to the system of governance. The latter is where we are today.
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Re: A Purity Test for Republicans

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:09 pm

I'm in agreement with that 100%. At least there would be some written guidelines to follow, rather than the free-for-all that we have now ....
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Re: A Purity Test for Republicans

PostBy: stockingfull On: Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:53 pm

I've seen it reported that Ronnie Ray-guns himself wouldn't have earned a passing grade of 80% on this "test." :roll:

Bring on the GOP "purity police." We Dems have had ours: anybody think Ralph Nader didn't make the difference in 2000?
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Re: A Purity Test for Republicans

PostBy: jpete On: Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:17 pm

x2

Even Reagan wouldn't pass that test.
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Re: A Purity Test for Republicans

PostBy: ErikLaurence On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:13 am

Kathleen Parker (no lib) in WaPo

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 02325.html

Most of us know that decisiveness isn't always a virtue, yet those pushing the purity test seem to view nuance as an enemy of conservatism. The old elite corps of the conservative movement, men such as William F. Buckley and Russell Kirk, undoubtedly would find this attitude both dangerous and bizarre. When did thinking go out of style?

In fact, the 10-point checklist proffered by Bopp and others is the antithesis of conservatism. As Kirk wrote in his own "Ten Conservative Principles," conservatism "possesses no Holy Writ and no Das Kapital to provide dogmata . . . conservatism is the negation of ideology: it is a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the civil social order."

Each of Bopp's bullets is so overly broad and general that no thoughtful person could endorse it in good conscience. Some are so simplistic as to be meaningless. As just one example: "We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges." What does that mean? Do we support all troop surges no matter what other considerations might be taken into account? Do we take nothing else into account? Does disagreement mean one doesn't support victory?

Whatever the intent of the authors, the message is clear: Thinking people need not apply. The formerly elite party of nuanced conservatism might do well to revisit its nonideological roots.
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Re: A Purity Test for Republicans

PostBy: tvb On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:56 am

Does pardoning a violent criminal who then goes on to expand his life story by murdering four cops get covered anywhere under that Purity requirement?
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Re: A Purity Test for Republicans

PostBy: ErikLaurence On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:16 pm

tvb wrote:Does pardoning a violent criminal who then goes on to expand his life story by murdering four cops get covered anywhere under that Purity requirement?



Yeah, we can pretty much kiss mike huckabee's national political ambitions goodbye.
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Re: A Purity Test for Republicans

PostBy: stockingfull On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:41 pm

Paging Lee Atwater!

Oh ... , nevermind.
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Re: A Purity Test for Republicans

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:55 pm

ErikLaurence wrote:
tvb wrote:Does pardoning a violent criminal who then goes on to expand his life story by murdering four cops get covered anywhere under that Purity requirement?



Yeah, we can pretty much kiss mike huckabee's national political ambitions goodbye.

Another 3 years of this idiot and Huck's odds will be pretty damn good.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20091130/pl_politico/29993
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