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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Why Waste The Time?

        The "new" state Republican Party recently sent out a survey to get a feel for the attitudes of the Michigan GOP rank and file. Nine of the twelve questions were so slanted that this "poll" can hardly be called an objective tool for measuring sentiment. 
          Besides, the party could have saved the money, as it knows the answers to loaded questions such as: Do you agree that Americans want more socialism in government?
          Should bureaucrats in Washington be in charge of making your health care choices?
          Should Republicans unite to fight judicial nominees who bring a personal, left-wing agenda on social issues to their jobs?
          Or should we stop Democrats from cutting our intelligence agencies or bringing back Clinton-era restrictions on inter-agency communications?
        Geez if any good Republican can't get those questions right , they should be booted out of the party.
        From a journalistic viewpoint, you would want to see the answers to questions such as:  Should fighting terrorists be our top military priority?
        Should Republicans focus on supporting democratic movements in oppressive states such as Cuba, Venezuela and Iran?
        If this is an attempt by new state GOP chair Ron Weiser to reinvent the party, the survey appears to be an attempt to reaffirm the same old policies that have keep independent voters away from the GOP in droves.
        How about a question such as this:  Should GOP candidates who are pro-choice be allowed to run for office?
        Apparently Mr. Weiser doesn't want to uncork that can of worms.


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