“Top Ten” GOP purity test

In 1867, Otto von Bismark penned the now-famous maxim, “politics is the art of the possible.”  Almost exactly one century later, economist John Kenneth Galbraith noted that politics had degenerated from the art of the possible, and become nothing more than the practice of  “choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.”  Now, in early 21st Century America, our two major political parties appear bent on proving Galbraith right.

The Democratic Party, under the leadership of an incumbent president, a colorless and humorless Senate leader, and a well-dressed but clueless Speaker of the House, is pursuing federal spending policies that make former, big-spending Republican President George W. Bush appear to have been a penny-pincher.  Under the misnomers of  “stimulating” the economy and “health care reform,” the current majority party is doing everything it can to ruin the country’s economic system and to degrade its health care system to one reflecting the lowest common denominator.

On the other side of the aisle, the Republican Party’s plan appears to be one of doing nothing and waiting for the citizenry to come running into its arms once the polity realizes how bad the Democratic Party’s plans really are.  But it is a party with a sense of humor.  One of its leaders, Republican National Committee member James Bopp, has proposed a pseudo-scientific “plan” by which the party might henceforth identify with an 80% degree of certainty who are “pure Republicans.”

Not content with simply evaluating Republican candidates and incumbents according to the party’s Platform, adopted each presidential-election cycle amid much debate and fanfare, Bopp has come up with what amounts to a “Top Ten List of Reasons Why Republicans Should Support Republicans.”  While it is unlikely Bopp’s list – which other Republicans have coined a “purity test” — was intended to be as humorous as one of David Letterman’s “Top Ten” vignettes, it bears a striking similarity when considered in the context of recent actions by the GOP.

For example, resolution Number One dictates that the GOP will support only those who in turn support “smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and .  .  .  opposing bills like Obama’s ’stimulus bill.’”  The irony of proposing such a litmus test for a party whose immediate past president spent the first six years of his presidency working with a Republican-controlled Congress to rack up historically-high levels of government spending and power, apparently has been lost on Mr. Bopp and others who support his approach.

Resolution Number Two mandates Republican support only if the recipients ” .  .  .  oppose Obama-style, government-run healthcare.”  Forgotten in this new-style Republicanism is the fact that just a few years back, more than 200 Republican House members voted in favor of the massive, “Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act,” shortly before Republican President Bush signed it into law.

Cap-and-trade has become yet another criteria to be employed to assure that the GOP returns to its roots.  Strangely, however, a number of stalwart Republicans, including Mary Bono Mack and fervent pro-lifer Chris Smith, are already on the cap-and-trade bandwagon.  One wonders if they will be left by the wayside when the time comes to divvy up the party’s campaign loot in advance of next year’s elections.

Predictably, the Top Ten List includes an anti-immigration amnesty plank.  Perhaps its author has forgotten that the immediate past Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, failed this test. 

Military strategy and spending earns a place in The List, with unquestioning support for whatever troop levels our military leaders recommend.  Apparently those who pledge to support this maxim do not recall — or care — that it is the President, as the civilian, elected leader of our nation, and not our military officers, who is charged by oath of office with making those decisions (based presumably on his own judgment).

While the List’s author avows allegiance to former President Reagan as his mentor in developing the litmus test (a term Reagan would never have used), others already have pointed out that the Gipper himself would have failed the “80 percent solution.”  Like I said, who said the Republican Party doesn’t have a sense of humor.

93 comments Add your comment

JohnD

December 9th, 2009
1:29 pm

Hey Hot dog, if Palin s a “dumb woman” what the hell is your hero Obama? That a_hole has never held an executive position, spent most of his life as a community organizer (rabal rouser), spent 2 years as a senator whose only accomplisment was to vot “present” 186 times and has filled his cabinet with Communsts, Marxists and extreme left wing radicals.

You’re a typical leftist moron. I doubt that you are qualified to judge anyones qualifications to hold office.

JohnD

December 9th, 2009
1:30 pm

Ga Peach is another one

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama

December 9th, 2009
1:38 pm

I think the GA peach is rotten, and as for intown Lib, so when you vote for dems that’s higher taxes on the taxpayers, government control on everything possible and corruption in office, good choice.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama

December 9th, 2009
1:40 pm

Hot dog – you public education is showing, try spell check. Winbag? republician?

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
1:42 pm

Wow John your ramblings are so cliche. The fact that Obama graduated from Harvard and was 1st black editor of Harvard Law Review means nothing to inbred hicks like you. For the record you can not be Communist and Marxists at the same time. Google it you idiot.

Since Sarah is so qualified please list those qualification? Actually dont bother. She lost. Get over it. Thats how a democracy works.

For the record when did being a community organizer become a bad thing. Why would we a people not want to organize our communities to reflect the values we hold. It takes a village/community to raise an idiot like you.

NEXT! I need someone with at least common knowledge of world events to debate with.

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
1:44 pm

MMMM. Way to start a debate with name calling. Thats fine I have a few choice words for you.

First of all this is a blog you idiot, not school. We are not being graded for correct grammar and spelling. If you know what the hell is being said reponse like an adult and not like a factual devoid republican.

NEXT! This is too easy.

Chris Broe

December 9th, 2009
1:44 pm

Republicans have a cheeky sense of humor, and America is the butt of the joke.

Earl

December 9th, 2009
1:53 pm

“So while you hollering about no govt intrution make those conservative values stand out be applied. Bush was no conservative. You guys have no ground to stand on.”

Let’s put this in perspective. GA Peach says that Bush was no conservative. Bob Barr presents a list that is against things that Bush and other RINOs did. As a conservative I support the list.

How long for GA Peach to add 1 and 1 and come up with 2?

TJ

December 9th, 2009
1:53 pm

Want freedom? Vote Libertarian. Sadly, freedom scares the bejeesus out of most Americans.

You’ll continue to vote D or R, call yourself an Independent, and wear your smug smile knowing, “I’m above all this political partisanship. Ooo! Real Housewives of Atlanta is on tonight… I wonder what they’re going to do this week.” You’ll leave work and rush home to plop down in front of the telly where you can just “relax” and “forget about all this stuff for a while”… every night.

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
1:57 pm

Great Earl. Support the list. I am happy for you. But what I would like for you to do is respond to more than one sentence I posted. As you can see I posted three consecutive postings. There is a lot for you pick and chose to repond too. Your last comment was kinda bland. Wow you support a list. Big deal. Put them to action.

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
2:00 pm

Sorry Earl, no matter how hard you conservatives try you will never be able to define Republicans with conservatives. They mean the same thing. No taxes, no govt, no universal healthcare, no, no, no. What the hell do you stand for? You guys have not added anything of realivance to the debate. NO NO NO. And please dont quote the list. I cant take it.

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
2:02 pm

Earl. You are slow as molasses on a cold day. Where are your comments?

Chris Broe

December 9th, 2009
2:06 pm

OT: CNN just reported that Born Again Birthers in the Tea Party have charged that one of the Zhu Zhu pet toys is gay. This joins a long line of pet toys that religious leaders think are gay including tinky winky of the teletubbies, one of the scrubbing bubble characters, the goth Dora, and Malibu Barbie.

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
2:12 pm

Chris: That sounds about right for their reality. Thanks for the funny post. I needed that laugh.

Linda

December 9th, 2009
2:22 pm

GA Peach, My husband & I & my parents before me have helped many people. Some of the worst trouble I ever got in was when I brought a homeless man home with me. He lived in our family camper on our property. I gave him a job & found him other work. He ate with us. I provided clothes & laundered them. I got him to & from the bus stop & jobs. We helped him get on his feet & in an apt.
The role of the fed govt. is to assist veterans, the disabled, orphans, the elderly who are poor, &, temporarily, those who have an emergency, etc.
The role of charities is to assist everyone else. I support my share of charities & I give to my church. I prefer hands-on projects & the ability to see the results.
The needy I help receives every dollar I send them. The needy I help thr the fed. govt. receives less than half of the dollar I pay due to waste, inefficiencies & red tape.
You think conservatives don’t want to help the disadvantaged. Conservatives try to teach HOW to fish, whereas liberals just toss a fish.
Americans are charitable. Wealthy Americans donate to hospitals, colleges, universities, the arts, etc. This adm tried to eliminate the tax deduction for donations to churches & charities. They want big, huge govt. & the poor to rely totally on them. They want total control, power & votes. It is not noble. It’s a sham. It’s slavery.

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
2:27 pm

Linda, thank you for your well thought out reponse. I appreciate that. You are the exception to the rule. I have not seen or heard any conservative talk or do the things you say you have done. You make some valid points. But the problem is nobody believes what the conservatives?republicans have to say.

Can you agree with me that when conservatives and republcans say “he was a community organizer that is a put down to you?”

Can you agree that conservative values have not been applied well in decades?

You say conservative teach how to fish. You are flat out wrong. Conservatives say every man for himself. I got mine now you figure out how to get yours.

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
2:31 pm

Linda:

Please give the names of some conservatives I can look up that have actually stood by your values? I can admit dems aren’t getting the job done like I would like them to be. I am opened minded. Any names at all. I am a master at google.

Linda

December 9th, 2009
2:38 pm

GA Peach, Are you familiar with the word “enabling”? Unemployment benefits have been extended for up to two years. How long should they be extended in the state of Georgia? Who should the state furlough to pay them?

Linda

December 9th, 2009
2:41 pm

GA Peach, Since you believe in abortion, do you believe in third-term abortion? When does a fetus become a baby? Should a “fetus” aborted the week before the due date be buried or flushed?

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
2:41 pm

Linda I will be happy to answer your post but you have not answered any of mine. Once you do I will be happy to respond. So far this has been a one side debate.

Linda

December 9th, 2009
2:43 pm

GA Peach, Are you aware that electric cars use batteries that ooze the same gunk that conventional cars do, that they have to be plugged in to electricity, half of which uses coal?

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
2:44 pm

Linda: I have not said in one post that I believe in abortion. You ass-ume that. What I do believe is it is a womans right to chose. This has nothing to do with your religion remember seperation of church and state. Just like you I want the govt out of my medical decisions and bedroom.

To answer your question: HELL no I do not believe in 3rd term abortion. At that point the woman should have the baby. But why is that you think you get to make that decision for all the woman in American?

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
2:45 pm

LINDA LINDA LINDA! I am making an honest attempt to get you to name at least one conservative I can look up and see what his views are. You have yet to do that. You also have yet to answer any of my posts. Is it because you have nothing to say to the facts? Is because you have nothing to add?

Please advise.

BULLSEYE

December 9th, 2009
2:50 pm

JohnD. Give us the names.

Linda

December 9th, 2009
2:52 pm

GA Peach, If “nobody believes what conservatives/Republicans have to say,” since I’m a conservative, there’s no point for me to say anything.
Do you want me to give you the names of the conservatives who share my values who I know personally: from my church, my neighborhood, my family?

Jefferson

December 9th, 2009
2:54 pm

BTW, Pat Buchannan was the last REAL conservative, what we see today are Neo-cons, moderates and liberals. Reagan was the original Neo con, Bush said he was a compasionate conservative – WTH is that. President Obama is making the mistake of trying to please everybody at the same time, well that never works. It will get better or worse and neither party is worth a toot. High horse riders are like pajama people.

Linda

December 9th, 2009
2:55 pm

GA Peach @ 10:30, You said “…except when it comes to my right to chose what to do with my body.”

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
2:59 pm

Linda, No I do not want the names of your personal friends and family. I want the names of any politician you know has stood by their conservatives values basically the opposite of Bush. The reason you cant name any is b/c they dont exist.

I dont get you last comment: GA Peach @ 10:30, You said “…except when it comes to my right to chose what to do with my body.”

Yes that is what I said and? You’re not making much sense to me right now.

Linda

December 9th, 2009
3:01 pm

GA Peach, You “HELL no” do not believe in 3rd term abortion but why is that I think I get to make that decision? Why do you get to make that decision?

Linda

December 9th, 2009
3:14 pm

GA Peach @ 2:59, You said @ 2:44 that you “have not said in one post that I believe in abortion.”
@ 2:55 I quoted your 10:30 post on “right to chose.”
There are many conservatives just like me who want conservative leaders just like us. The problem with “leaders” is that they are all POLITICIANS, professional politicians. One of my favorite honest conservative politicians is Ron Paul.

Linda

December 9th, 2009
3:23 pm

GA Peach @ 1:42, Obama is one of the most intelligent & well-educated presidents we’ve ever had, but it has meant little. He had absolutely no experience & it shows. He’s never run anything. He was only in the US Senate 183 days. If I deliberately wanted to worsen the economy & shut down small businesses (which employ over 70% of Americans), I would do exactly what he has done.
Sarah Palin is about faith, family & country, in that order. She successfully ran a city, a state, the national guard & her own business. She had one of the highest approval ratings of any governor in the country.

Hard Right Hook

December 9th, 2009
3:30 pm

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
1:08 pm
Here’s a something to get your goat Earl. I am a taxpaying American citizen. I want the money to go towards helping those who have lost their jobs because Bush helps the big corps ship them oversees, like my hubby. I hope you had these same opinion when all this was started several years ago and not just since January 2009.

Guess what. I have heard conservative princinples. I have yet to see them be applied. So while you hollering about no govt intrution make those conservative values stand out be applied. Bush was no conservative. You guys have no ground to stand on.

Geeeeeez. Clinton signed NAFTA. Do you live in a cave?

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
3:39 pm

Linda, when I say I believe in a womans right chose it means just that. If you chose to keep the baby fine, if you chose not to keep the baby thats fine. Why do you religious nuts think otherwise. Because Im not dead set on telling another human being they cannot have an abortion somehow that makes me for abortion. In my opinion 3rd term is too late. Guess what thats is her decision to make.Why does that not make sense to you. You are for govt out of your life why does delegalizing abortion not count for govt intrution?

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
3:41 pm

HARD RIGHT! What the hell does that one statement have to do with conservative principles? When someone mentions Bush this or that you conserves say Bush is not the prez anymore. News Flash Clinton has not been prez in almost 10 years. Do you live in a cave or a trailer with your cousin?

Bubba

December 9th, 2009
4:27 pm

Bob, you can retire now. GA Peach done run you out of the jabberin’ business.

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

December 9th, 2009
4:49 pm

We can say all we want and it’s still not going to matter. We are so smart when we vote someone into office and too stupid to represent when he/she takes office. I don’t vote for someone to vote his/her own beliefs or conscience. If someone runs they are asking to represent others. How quickly they forget! The Republic Party is the family value/less government party. Bah! Humbug! Terry Schiavo, abortion, healthcare. How much more intrusive can a government get unless we talk Taliban! Of course, the GOP seems obsessed with anything touching a woman’s s*xuality and must control it (or try to) from cradle to grave, literally. You know the media of all ilk is trying desparately to out a Dem for an affair. Edwards was pretty terrible cheating on his terminally ill wife. Where are the others? It’s like Republican elected officials are almost mandated to have extramarital affairs (while trying to control others’ morality) and now don’t have the shame to slink off but stay in our faces and in leadership roles. That SC governor leads the pack. Disappearing and out of touch from anyone in his state, lying about his whereabouts, talking about the love of his life (but is going to try to force himself to fall back into love with wife). Shame, shame, shame. The Nevada rep who not only has an affair but has it with a friend and supporter’s wife and then tries to buy them off! The speaker of the GA house who has the affair, with a politically taboo playmate, gets a secret, quicky divorce, threatens the mother of his children, and then has to be forced out when the wife no longer keeps silent. That secret house/group on 10th street in DC and their allegiances to each other, not their constituents. Palin wins in Alaska but does the same thing she used as a platform.

The do nothing Democrats…enough said.

We deserve better. But we talk while the nutty minority takes over more and more. I am not represented by Michael Steel, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, or Glenn Beck. I just want an honest, truly public servant, who does the right thing. The right thing is not a secret or known only to one party. One doesn’t have to be a genius to figure it out. Most times the right thing is shining to everybody but gets pushed aside or ignored. Conservatism is just another set of beliefs. Instead of glorying in just being against someone/something where is the constructive teamwork we need? I don’t care what you believe about guns or abortion or immigration. I care about having a job and house and healthcare and some kind of old age support, and leaving a healthy planet and inclusive country to my children and grandchildren.

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
4:54 pm

Bubba: You forgot to add Linda. She is jabbering as well. You assho**.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama

December 9th, 2009
5:41 pm

More change from the LIAR in Chief:

Change you can belive in, hmmmm

Nearly $6 million in stimulus money was paid to two firms run by Mark Penn, Hillary Clinton’s pollster in 2008. Federal records show that $5.97 million from the $787 billion stimulus helped preserve THREE (3) jobs at Burson-Marsteller, the global public-relations and communications firm headed by Penn.

Linda

December 9th, 2009
5:48 pm

GA Peach, There’s not a major religion in the world that condones abortion. The Bible, Koran, Torah & Book of Mormon condemn it. It’s legal but morally wrong.
If you think religious people are nuts, I hope you are right, for your sake.
You said twice that you believe a woman has a right to choose & twice that you believe that 3rd term abortion is too late. You condemn me for believing that a woman should not have the right to choose but it’s okay for you to believe that a woman should have the right to choose until the 3rd term. A woman has the right to choose for NINE months. You can’t have it both ways.
Abortion is legal & has been since the ’70’s. Taxpayer-funded abortions have always been illegal. The issue is not abortion but taxpayer-funded abortion. That’s why the health care bill is bogged down. The liberals want taxpayers to pay & the conservatives don’t.

Rational Person

December 9th, 2009
5:52 pm

“In 1867, Otto von Bismark penned the now-famous maxim, ‘politics is the art of the possible.’ ”

Ah, dipping into Bartlett’s Quotations, are we, Bob? The man’s name was Otto von Bismarck.

You Distort/We Deride

December 9th, 2009
6:11 pm

The teabagger crowd that this appeals to is the extreme element of the Republican Party. They are of the belief that ideology and politics are one and the same. They are woefully misdirected. As pointed out earlier, one may have fervent ideological underpinnings, but the world of politics is one of compromise and representation of the constituency. Within each party, there must be a balance struck between the far left and far right beliefs within that particular party. The same can be said of the Democratic Party. These folks are not Republicans; they are demanding that their beliefs be adopted by all within the party structure, and in so doing, are segregating themselves from the mainstream. Let them start their own party, beginning with the Top Ten as their creed and platform. If America truly wants to adopt their ideology, it will do so. Sadly, they completely distort and misconstrue Reagan and his legacy, choosing to highlight what supports their case and ignoring a multitude of his acts and beliefs that do not comport with their histrionics.

Bob

December 10th, 2009
9:07 am

Hotdog, what do you base your comment about palin being dumb. She went from the PTA to an elected governor, while I don’t think I would vote for her, she still is not dumb. If you truly want to see an example of dumb, look at dems like Maxine Waters, she does not have the IQ of palins stool sample, but she was smart enough to get her husbands bank some bailout funds. Look at Senator Stabinow from MI, She made the statement that she can actually feel global warming when she flies in an airplane. Palin might not be an MIT grad but if a line forms for stupid, she would be way behind several dems reps.

Hard Right Hook

December 10th, 2009
10:19 am

GA Peach

December 9th, 2009
3:41 pm
HARD RIGHT! What the hell does that one statement have to do with conservative principles? When someone mentions Bush this or that you conserves say Bush is not the prez anymore. News Flash Clinton has not been prez in almost 10 years. Do you live in a cave or a trailer with your cousin?

What part of New Jersey or Baltimore are you from?

You seem confused and disoriented. Who is the President TODAY?

Heard the unemployment claims uptick from last week?

As for living in a trailer, one day, you too may be able to afford one. Beats the heck out of that $2,800 a month apartment in Newark, huh?

Now trundle off to MoveOn.org & get your marching orders for the day.