John Hawkins over at Right Wing News once again took the temperature of the right end of the blogosphere, this time in response to a rather kooky Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll of “self-identified ‘Republicans'”. I honestly don’t remember (Shoebox: I did it. Usually I forget these things. This one didn’t require a lot of thought and I’m good at that!) whether it was Shoebox or I that provided the answers for the blog (it’s been that kind of week), but I’ll fire in my two-cents’ worth (my answers are bolded, and the “not sures” from the Kos poll, which are not tabulated in the RWN straw poll, are not copied here):
Would you favor or oppose giving illegal immigrants now living in the United States the right to live here legally if they pay a fine and learn English? (RWN – 24% favor/76% oppose, Kos – 26% favor/59% oppose)
That doesn’t go far enough. Illegal aliens also need to go back to their country of orgin, apply properly, and enter the line at the point they do so. Shoebox:ditto
Do you believe Barack Obama is a racist who hates White people? (RWN – 29% yes/71% no, Kos – 31% yes/36% no)
Obama hates conservatives regardless of skin color. Shoebox: Ditto
Do you believe ACORN stole the 2008 election? (RWN – 20% yes/80% no, Kos – 21% yes/24% no)
Allow me to clarify. Without ACORN and affiliated groups, including the Soros-bought-and-paid for secretaries of state, Shoebox and Birdman would not be calling Al Franken “Senator”. However, Obama’s election was by beyond the margin of fraud. Shoebox: I voted no because this was based on the Presidential election. I agree with Steve on the Franken mess.
Should openly gay men and women be allowed to serve in the military? (RWN – 53% yes/47% no, Kos – 26% yes/55% no)
The key word here is “openly”. For the record, I am also against co-ed military units where fraternization cannot reasonably be limited. What a military member does off-base, so long as it doesn’t violate the laws or involve intimate relations with another military member, does not matter.
Shoebox: This was the hardest one for me. I believe in equal employment opportunities regardless of sexual orientation, therefore I voted yes. The “openly” for me is almost irrelevant because as best I know, it’s not a good thing to be caught “openly” having heterosexual sex while on duty. I believe the real issue comes down to performance. As long as we keep the ACLU out of it, I think the military has plenty of ways to deal with disruptive behavior of any kind. I don’t think the government needs to micromanage this one.
Should same sex couples be allowed to marry? (RWN – 24% yes/76% no, Kos – 7% yes/77% no
For those who say that marriage is simply a religious function, explain why the former Soviet Union sanctioned marriages and specifically limited it to one man and one woman.
Should Barack Obama be impeached, or not? (RWN – 11% yes/88% no, Kos – 39% yes/32% no
Obama meets the Constitutional requirements of the office of President, was duly elected in accordance with the Constitution, and hasn’t done anything like lie to a grand jury or direct a coverup of a break-in.
Shoebox: I’ll put one caveat on Steve’s point; we haven’t heard the testimony on the Blagojevich case yet!
Do you believe Barack Obama was born in the United States, or not? (RWN – 86% yes/14% no, Kos – 42% yes/36% no)
See above. Shoebox: distraction. Move on!
Do you think Barack Obama is a socialist? (RWN – 89% yes/11% no, Kos 63% yes/21% no)
If one seizes companies like a socialist, one parcels out pieces of said seized companies to favored political interests, specifically unions, like a socialist, and one dictates the maximum level of compensation at companies not quite completely under the ownership of the government like a socialist, one is a socialist.
Shoebox: I marked yes but I actually think he is a Marxist.
Do you believe your state should secede from the United States? (RWN – 6% yes/94% no, Kos – 23% yes/58% no)
We’re not at that point in the course of human events where it is necessary to dissolve those political bands…yet.
Shoebox: Besides, at least while I’m living in MN, there’s no way we’d leave the losing side!
John also asks a question not asked by Kos/Research 2000 that
has had (see below) Shoebox on one side, Birdman on the other, and me somewhere in limbo.
Do you think the Democrats are going to pass a health care bill? (26% yes/74% no)
Call me hopeful, but I don’t see how Nancy Pelosi has 217 (yes, the majority is 217 now that there are two vacancies) votes for the abortion-and-payoffs Senate version of PlaceboCare. I also don’t see the troika of Obama/Pelosi/Harry Reid accepting anything less than full socializatin of health care complete with full abortion-on-demand funding. If they couldn’t ram the full monty through in the 6 months they had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, despite having said full monty allegedly certified for “reconciliation”,….
Shoebox: anything is possible but I think this is dead. I think there are too many electoral bodies stacking up even for ideologues like Pelosi, Reid and Obama.