Jim Bopp, Jr., the dude who had the smart idea for relabeling the Democratic Party as the “Democratic Socialist Party” has one more brainwave. He has listed a purity test for Republicans with predictable slogans from the Tea Party Movement. The ten commandments are:
(1) Smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama’s “stimulus” bill
(2) Market-based health care reform and oppose Obama-style government run healthcare;
(3) Market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and trade legislation;
(4) Workers’ right to secret ballot by opposing card check
(5) Legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants;
(6) Victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges;
(7) Containment of Iran and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat
(8) Retention of the Defense of Marriage Act;
(9) Protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion; and
(10) The right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership
[Source: The Washington Monthly]. He even sneaks in Reagan there by calling it a Resolution on Reagan’s Unity Principle for Support of Candidates; something that even Reagan would fail at passing (raised taxes and provided amnesty to illegal aliens for starters). If you notice, you see a smattering of failed Bush policies and a whole lot of strawman arguments (no one has proposed any restrictions on guns). the Obama obsessions continues with first two tests aimed at strictly opposing Obama policies. The very first point is almost comical because no Republican administration (Reagan or Bush Jr.) has ever achieved that even when they controlled all forms of government (2000-2006) and we know they are no pushovers like Democrats when it comes to pushing their agenda.
Reliance on buzzwords is almost comical; what do market-based healthcare reform and energy reform entail? Point #5 contains two contradictory statements; feasibility notwithstanding. But all said and done, I would really like to see the Republican National Committee strictly enforce this ‘purity’ commandments so that the Republican Party implodes and a seriously rational and coherent fiscally conservative national party emerges. Right now, it just seems like a ragtag motley crew of xenophobic and ignorant characters shouting above everyone else without making any sense. People are supporting the Democratic Party not because they believe in it (at least not all) but rather because they rather not be associated with the current Republican Party that is hell bent on driving out the moderates.