What is your political Litmus Test?


#1

What positions does a candidate ABSOLUTELY need to have for you to support them?

**For me:

**1. Supports Israel and/or has no history of antisemitism
2. Opposes Keynesian or Socialist ideas like bullying/punishing the Rich.
3. Must be Pro-Life in all cases with exceptions for when a mothers’ life is endangered, rape etc… of course.
4. Must believe in a strong U.S. Military and U.S. Foreign Policy. (NeoCon or at least moderately hawkish)
5. Has a record of Conservative economic policies.

Bonus Issues but not necessary:

  1. Opposing Amnesty completely.
  2. Supporting Gay Rights (Marriage, adoption etc…)

#2
  1. have a sensible and enactable economic plan
  2. oppose gay marriage
  3. oppose convenience abortions
  4. neocon foreign policy
  5. tough on immigration

#3
  1. A firm believer in the Constitution
  2. A promoter of small government
  3. A pro-business man
  4. Open to Marijuana Legalization
  5. Libertarian perspective on social issues and personal freedoms

#4

I’m failing most of the litmus tests already :tongue:

1 Pro-life (or at least supporting more restrictions than current law provides)
2 Supports second amendment rights
3 Not a warmonger
4 Fiscally Conservative
5 General supporter of Civil Liberties


#5
  1. anti-muslim
  2. anti-abortion
  3. anti-queer marriage
  4. pro-second amendment
  5. pro-flat tax
  6. pro-balanced budget amendment
  7. anti-government employees unions
  8. pro-drilling where ever there’s oil and gas
  9. pro-Constitutional amendment requiring National vote for federal pay scale raises, including all elected federal officials and their staff
  10. secure and control our borders
    10.5 (dreaming) outlaw political parties

Not necessarily in that order


#6
  1. Tell me what you know about Abraham Lincoln?
  2. What caused Rome to collapse?
  3. How does this relate to the United States?
  4. What is the definition of government?
  5. Do I have a right to disagree with you?
  6. If so, do I have the right to act upon my beliefs without being imprisoned as long as I am peaceful?
  7. Then how do you justify the state forcing me to pay for wars I do not agree with?
  8. Why should I not be able to freely deduct my contributions from that which I disagree with and add to those I do agree with?
  9. Would this not be true freedom?
  10. Do you believe in things for which you have no proof?
    11.If so, Do you think this may have influenced you to believe that “the state” which does not exist in reality can grant you things it has no way of achieving?

#7

For the love of God please change your avatar.


#8

You dont like it?


#9

No. Neocon foreign policy and a founding father don’t mix well.


#10
  1. Destroy banking system2. Destroy stock market3. Focus only on environmentally sustainable economic growth4. Develop a computer program to manage resource usage5. Change to more automated labor and develop better 3d printing6. Set up system for a college degree to be free7. Only take college graduates into military9. Enter into any conflict where human rights abuses are occurring10. Shift from labor to technology development11. Institute first technocracy as form of government

#11

Why is that? different times and circumstances call for different types of foreign policy. Now we only expand our influence through force but the founding fathers had no problems expanding the size of the US through force.


#12

Perhaps you could point me to your historical references. I’m not saying that times don’t change. I’m saying there’s a disconnect between what you’re saying ant the person you idolize. But I don’t really care enough to continue to argue. I would still like to know your examples if founding fathers hawkish practices


#13

Just because I have a person as my avatar doesnt mean I idolize them, I just thought it was a cool picture of Washington with the liberty bell in one hand and the ten commandments in the other.

There were several small wars with indians due mostly to american expansionism and then of course the war of 1812 also caused by american expansionism


#14

For some reason I thought that was *Jefferson *holding the Liberty Bell in one hand and the Constitution in the other.


#15

I have always been an “issues” voter. I’m fundamentally a conservative. Fiscally I’m to the right of Attila The Hun!! On social issues I’m to the right of center.

However, given our current state of affairs, my basic litmus test has become simplified to the extreme - “R” VS “D” - With “R” getting my support at the polls every time. In primaries I vote for the most conservative Repub candidate who I think has a chance to defeat the idiot against whom he/she will run in the general election. Stripping away all of the BS, this is my current litmus test.


#16

Killing babies… If you are for it you are progressive.


#17

No one is for killing babies. Social conservatives want to ban abortion, because they don’t want to see babies getting killed. Progressives mandate in ObamaCare that every employer in America that offers health coverage must cover birth control pills for free, because they don’t want to see babies getting killed.


#18

[quote=“Jazzhead, post:17, topic:39422”]
No one is for killing babies. Social conservatives want to ban abortion, because they don’t want to see babies getting killed. Progressives mandate in ObamaCare that every employer in America that offers health coverage must cover birth control pills for free, because they don’t want to see babies getting killed.
[/quote] It asked for a litmus test… Supporting abortion IE baby killing is not a conservative principle…Conservative is to conserve not kill.


#19

Why is being pro-life a priority if you support exceptions for rape? When is a life defined and when does it take second priority to other concerns?

Do you support/believe in military Keynesianism often associated with neoconservatism?


#20
  1. Does not promote anything, business, small or large; unions; economic growth; technology; or much of anything, while actively attempting to roll back the massive intrusion of the public into our private lives. In other words, ending, “We’re from the government. We’re here to help.”
  2. Defends human rights. outlined well in the Declaration, against actual aggression.