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Friday, December 14, 2007

Which Party Would.........?

I've made up a little questionaire that I think every voter should consider in deciding on their candidates-and their party. I've tried to make these questions as impartial as possible because, depending on where one stands politically, the propositions could be viewed as favorable or unfavorable. Since there are exceptions to the general rule in both parties, the questions are all headed by-"In general". In the interest of full disclosure, I will repeat that am an independent, who, being conservative, has always up to this point, voted Republican. So, with that said, let's go to the questions.

In general,

1 Which party do you think stands for more government involvement in the daily lives of the people? Which party for less?

2 Which party do you think believes in higher taxes? Which party for less?

3 Which party do you think would spend more of the taxpayers' money?

4 Which party do you think places more emphasis on social prgrams? Which party for defense?

5 Which party do you think is more supportive of law enforcement?

6 Which party do you think is more concerned with the rights of criminals?

7 Which party do you think is more supportive of our military?

8 Which party do you think is more supportive of our War on Terror?

9 Which party do you think has defended our troops overseas more against accusations of war crimes?

10 Which party do you think has spoken out more in calling some of our troops words like Nazis and war criminals?

11 Which party do you think would push harder for rights of terrorist prisoners?

12 Which party do you think would call off the War on Terror-at least as far as military involvement?

13 Which party do you think would close places like Guantanemo Bay and give terrorist prisoners access to our courts?

14 Which party do you think would have greater support from the ACLU?

15 Which party do you think enjoys greater support from Hollywood, universities, unions and the mainstream news media?

16 Which party do you think would do more to secure our borders and reduce illegal immigration, now that so much of the public is demanding action?

17 Which party do you think would favor restoring voting rights to convicted felons and even prisoners?

18 Which party do you think gives more support to Right to Life? Which to abortion rights?

19 Which party do you think would give more power to unions?

20 Which party do you think believes that America is a great and noble country that should maintain its traditions?

21 Which party do you think believes more that America is a flawed country with serious need for overhaul?

22 Which party do you think gives greater support to maintaining our Judeo-Christian heritage?

23 Which party do you think more favors a secular approach, with religion removed from the public arena?

24 Which party do you think more favors capitalism?

25 Which party do you think would restrict capitalism in favor of socialism?

26 Which party do you think would try to maintain American power (militarily)?

27 Which party do you think would try to bring America more in line with the "international community", at the expense of much of our sovreignty?

* Up to this point, I think you'll agree, the answers are easy. However, depending where you stand, you will have different views toward those ideas. Now I will ask a couple more, the answers of which, may not be so easy. (I have my own opinion, but you may disagree.)

28 Which party do you think has more corruption at this point in time?

29 Finally, which party do you think, if they achieve absolute political power in terms of majorities, would do more to take away Americans' freedoms? In other words, which party would do more to try and stifle opposing viewpoints? You should think long and hard about this one before you answer.

So there they are. Surely, I have forgotton a few questions, and I reserve the right to add to this posting when they come to mind. I think it would be especially important for a young voter to consider these questions in deciding which party more represents his or her beliefs.

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