The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 April 2006

The new litmus test

Allen boils it down to one question:

I think perhaps every Democratic candidate should be asked, when announcing that they are running for president, a simple, single yes/no question. "Would you have dropped the atomic bombs on Japan during World War 2?"

If the answer is yes, they are a member of the old-school (Truman) Democratic Party. If they take a poll first to see what the public thinks the response should be, they are a member of the political calculus (Clinton) Democratic Party. And if they look aghast at the mere thought of asking the question and ponderously answer with a 3-page policy paper as to why, in a multi-cultural world that should embrace, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah ... They are a member of the modern Democratic Party.

Allen, it appears, comes from the Old School; I know I do.

And while we're seriously outnumbered these days, we're not entertaining any ideas of jumping to the GOP, which has some rather severe schisms of its own.

Posted at 10:37 AM to Political Science Fiction


That nails it nicely -- I've been trying to explain to a nice lady at my church why I insist on being registered as a Democrat when, in her words, "they're wrong all the time." Even if I agreed they're wrong all the time, they haven't always been, and I have yet to encounter much evidence the other party doesn't have the same problems in saying some things it doesn't believe.

Posted by: Brett at 11:01 AM on 24 April 2006

And that exact same question should be put to every Republican. Nowadays I sincerely doubt that we have 2 parties anymore. We have one party and they only difference is this "When we take YOUR money, who do we give it to that doesn't deserve it?"

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 12:48 PM on 24 April 2006

Yup - reason enough for my leaving the GOP several years back and registering as an Independent. George Wallace was right -- there isn't a dime's worth of difference between the Ds and the Rs.

Posted by: John Owen Butler at 1:57 PM on 24 April 2006

George Wallace was right -- there isn't a dime's worth of difference between the Ds and the Rs.

Actually, there is. Unfortunately, once you adjust for inflation...

Posted by: McGehee at 8:17 PM on 24 April 2006

Give 'em hell, Harry!

Love that question. Probably half the Republicans, and all of them here in Tennessee, would get the deer in the headlights look and express total disbelief that we ever bombed Japan.

Actually, the way they have morphed over the past 20 years or so, both parties sucketh. Too bad, and quite amazing, that in spite of that, they are still the only 2 games in town...

Posted by: Winston at 10:07 PM on 24 April 2006

Too bad, and quite amazing, that in spite of that, they are still the only 2 games in town...

And both of them are craps.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:40 AM on 25 April 2006

Faro tax, anyone?

Posted by: CGHill at 9:45 AM on 25 April 2006