Saturday, November 28, 2009

What the RNC's "purity" test should be like.

They still don't get it.

Below is the RNC's purity test.  If a candidate disagrees with more than two, they don't get RNC funding, which means they can flip-flop, disagree, or otherwise be weak on two and still get funded.  That's the first problem.  Agree (and do so in a legally binding manner) to all ten, or GFYS.  My addendums and corrections below  in bold.
(1) We support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill; ("smaller" is a relative term.  So is "lower."  Give me hard numbers or don't bother.)

(2) We support market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare; (Market based is BS.  How about "laissez-faire economic growth?")

(3) We support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation; (Better:  We will stop wasting money on the Dept. of Energy, who's had 30 years to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and failed; will remove restrictions to building nuclear power plants, and encourage exploration and exploitation of all our nation's natural energy resources.)

(4) We support workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check; (We support the worker's rights to unionize, will not intervene on behalf of the worker or the employer, and the employers rights to fire their asses.)

(5) We support legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants; (and will ensure the government actually enforces immigration laws by finding and repatriating the current crop of illegals.  New illegal immigrants, henceforth referred to as "insurgents" will be summarily executed as a clear and present danger to US security.)

(6) We support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges; (we will not only support, but will fund, any and all support requests from the theater commanders, and if the CinC decides to "not decide" for a given length of time, we will not pass any legislation put before us until he does.)

(7) We support containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat; (by containment we mean destruction of any and all offensive capability and the cordoning of both states from international support, relief, trade, or travel.)

(8) We support retention of the Defense of Marriage Act; (this is pandering to the religious right.  They should support the rights of all Americans to engage in a civil contract of their choosing.  They should also support the rights of all businesses to define marriage for themselves when selling insurance, health care, or whatever.  Business owners should have just as much right to define which civil contracts they cover.  If it is a matter of benefits, the business should, again, be allowed to determine which benefits they will confer to other parties not employed by them.)

(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing, denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and (How about we take out "vulnerable?"  Would the government fund an abortion if the life of the mother were at risk?  Is she not "vulnerable?"  Is there any instance where abortion would be paid for by the government, and if so, who decides what fits the equation and who does not?  By the way, who is actually FOR health care rationing, and denial of healthcare?  Let's get rid of this one and replace it with "All our elected party members will serve no more than two terms, if they  accept current government pay and benefits.  If, however, they agree to receive a salary equal to the government-set poverty level plus 10%, they can serve for more than two terms.  They must, however, decide before they accept any cash from us.  Current office holders must decide right now what they will do.

(10) We support the right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership. (Again, the RNC missed the mark.  We don't want you to just oppose government restrictions on ownership.  We want you to support the position that to keep and bear arms is a specific, enumerated, and individual right, that the government may not infringe on that right for any reason, and limiting access, sale, taxation, impeding on importation or exportation across state lines, or any other measures taken that will impede a citizens right to buy, sell, carry (open or concealed), or make usable any firearm, ammunition, or firearm component, is contrary to that right.  Further, you will actively seek to repeal or otherwise strike down any law or regulation already on the books that does so.)

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