The GOP Purity Test

A group of Republicans came up with an RNC resolution outlining 10 principles – many of which are technically platform planks, not principles – for support of candidates.  A candidate must agree with 8 out of the 10 to receive funding from the RNC.

I scored 8 out of 10.  Actually, it’s 8.5.  There was half of one I didn’t care for, but I support the other half of it.  See if you can guess which two I didn’t like.

(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 healthcare;

(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;

Also, feel free to comment on what MSNBC is calling the GOP’s “purity test.” Do you think it is a good idea to have a so-called purity test? Are these items going to help or hurt the GOP and why?

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