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Under What Circumstances Would You Vote Republican?

Just as a thought experiment, consider this:

If you are not a Republican, under what circumstances would you vote for a Republican? If you would never, why not?

7 comments to Under What Circumstances Would You Vote Republican?

  • Um…how about if the Democratic candidate were Karl Rove?

  • Jim

    Hee, hee, hee!

    No, really!

  • Mark

    I would vote (and have voted) for a Republican who was a true fiscal conservative and vowed to reduce the budget deficit to zero without imposing harsh measures on those members of our society who are least able to afford cuts in their services or benefits (the elderly, the working poor, veterans, etc.). I would vote for a Republican who truely held to the Republican ideals of less government and wanted to end (or at least severely decrease) corporate welfare and the influence that large corporations have on the federal government.

  • Junga

    The issue is not whether one is a Democrat or a Republican. The issue is whether one contributes to a system of abuse of power. Right now, the entire Republican Party is dedicated to undermining the rule of law and encouraging abuse of power by the Executive. Only if that changed, and the Republican Party became dedicated to defending Americans’ freedom, could I vote for a Republican.

  • Mark

    Junga,
    The problem with expecting Republicans to protect our freedoms is that the right-wing conservative philosophy relegates personal freedoms to a status below those of national security and economic freedoms. Conservative philosophy wants to exert governmental control over your personal morality (abortion rights, drug control, family status, sexual behavior), but wants to limit governmental influence in the area of public policy (Medicaid, welfare, land rights, gun control, economics/business). Conservatives do tend to want, however, more law enforcement and military strength.

    I found the short political quiz on the Libertarian Party page to be most enlightening with regard to defining what it means to be liberal vs conservative (or a libertarian or a statist). I recommend that everyone take the quiz:
    http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz.html

  • Ralph

    I’d vote for a Republican if I believed he or she would actually enact policies I wanted to see enacted. Brand loyalty is not the way to go. Before the madness of King George, Democrats and Republicans were looking like Coke and Pepsi:

    Which party was it that supported the death penalty again?
    Which party was it that wanted to support economic growth through tax cuts?
    Which party was it that wanted to limit abortion?
    Which party was it that wanted to raise military spending?

  • An American Mick

    Junga,

    Arlen Spector (R – PA) is questioning Bush’s blatant abuse of power. Now, let’s see just how hard he actually questions it.

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