I was watching CNN again last night (I always have to switch channels when they play that abused animal commercial on Fox; it breaks my heart, and they run it constantly, so I see more of CNN than I’d like, but it’s either that on one side of Fox or the Food Channel–unless the Cake Boss is on, I’m not a Food Channel watcher, makes me hungry), and they are still hammering the republicans for the ten resolutions thing. That’s strange to me because it’s not like the parties aren’t pretty clearly defined these days, except the moderates who blur those lines . . . usually on social issues (both sides).
The whole “litmus test” thing is a bit overblown, I think. Look at the ten points that the Republicans offer (weirdly, I couldn’t find this on a republican news site, so I got it from the NYT article–they tend to link back to themselves for sources, a thing for which they’d get a big fat F in my class, but hey, whatever they want to call journalism these days; at least when I link back to myself, that post has the link to the primary source. Anyway, as I’m not going to spend ages looking for the republican version, I suppose, I shouldn’t be complaining about the shoddy research and documentation at the NYT.):
(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 health care;
(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 and 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 complaints about this list are that it’s a “purity” test in that congressional candidates for the GOP next year need to meet at least 7 of these (some say 8, either way . . .) and that it’s a list of the party of “no,” what they don’t want, not what they do offer.
First of all, this is a truly historical moment in time, and next year’s midterms are key to the very future of this country. We are literally on the brink of going one way or of being able to rescue our republic . . . this is, in my estimation, our last chance to save it. If the dems remain in control of Congress in 2010, this country as we know and love it will be destroyed. I believe that. Because I believe that, I think that the 10 resolutions are pretty important and speak directly to what is happening in a broader, historically-relevant sense. Frankly, the only one up there that isn’t critical to our republic’s survival (if we consider our republic to be based in the Constitution) is number 8, the defense of marriage thing (that one should be about making some serious changes to income taxing and cutting to the bone entitlement programs–these two things are needed to help us regain our footing as a country of liberty and opportunity for all.). I’d look askance at any candidate who skated into the nomination by only supporting 7 (or 8) of these tenets, and I’d want to know exactly which ones s/he didn’t support. And why.
Secondly, nothing on this list is “no.” Each one clearly enumerates exactly what the republicans want. And yes, it’s the exact opposite of what this radical, progressive, traitorous, constitutional republic-destroying Congress wants. That’s the point. We go one way, we lose our country, so the solution is to go the exact opposite way and thus save our country by getting closer to our Constitution and core American values. Easy peasey.