When the Republican National Committee gets together in January to talk about the things they talk about, the “Resolution on Reagan’s Unity Principle for Support of Candidates” will come up for a vote. The goal of the resolution is to subject Republican politicians to a test that measures their support for ten basic party principles. If someone disagrees with three or more of the policies, the resolution’s supporters want to withhold party money and endorsement. The 80 percent threshold comes from a famous Reagan quote: “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor.”
So, what does the test look like?
(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
So, would the Republican party give you money?
A GOP purity test? [First Read]