Monday, June 25, 2007

I'm Pretty Conservative

Your Political Profile:

Overall: 90% Conservative, 10% Liberal

Social Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Ethics: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
I don't know why, but I enjoy these things.


TexasFred said...

I'm VERY Conservative...

Overall: 95% Conservative, 5% Liberal

Social Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Ethics: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Panhandle Poet said...

Fred: Must have been 1 question we answered differently.

bigwhitehat said...

I must not be. I wonder if it was the dope question? The other thing was the corporate responsibility question. I think they have a responsibility to obey the law, not cheat their investors or employees and deliver a profit.

Overall: 85% Conservative, 15% Liberal

Social Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

Ethics: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

MotherPie said...

I only took the test half-way through and was frustrated as the answers to many of these issues will not be black and white.

For example, I think it is more important for our country to reduce the deficit AND help the poor and helpless. It isn't an either/or. It is tightly managing a budget that allows excess spending that is outsourced and therefore unaccoutable and difficult to regulate (such as outsourcing intelligence, 80% of which is privitized yet publicy funded).

Education is another example. There should be vo-tech tracts for those who don't have the incentive or ambition or capabilities to go further with education. Offering job training would help prepare our workers and allow for alternative paths other than pass/fail or vouchers to top schools. I've worked with Teach for America and Kipp and have been involved in education and literacy problems.

I think we are setting very dangerous precedents where our government spending is benefiting corporations with tax money. Government spending should have transparency and accountability. We are abdicating our congressional duties and our civic responsibilities to allow some of this to happen by executive shenanigans.

When Paris Hilton and some pregnant person's murder dominate our news and the majority of people get their information from (infotainment television), important issues just are not receiving attention. This is how a democracy becomes subjugated to private interests.

I'd rather be considered informed than either tagged liberal or conservative.

Another thing... blog readers and those who read papers online are considered by Pew Research polling to have a greater knowledge of political issues.

This put me on a rant... and I can't be concise.

Thanks for the link.
It made me think.
Thinking in black and white
Disallows for oversight.

Panhandle Poet said...

Mother Pie, I agree that the issues are often complex and that in a quiz such as this, sometimes the "correct" answer isn't offered. However, your answer places you somewhere to the left of center. I don't mean that in any negative sense though. In reality, the political spectrum is multi-dimensional and continuous. I have seen it described as linear and I have seen it described as planer. I suspect it is at least a four-dimensional continuous array. Three dimensions because there is such a wide combination of positions on social vs economic vs other issues and the fourth dimension to allow for evolving positions through time -- either as new information comes to light or as life experience changes our thinking.

As to the black-and-white issue -- much of the gray is a product of the liberal point of view which centers in a morally relativistic frame of reference. Typically the more conservative one is, the greater the contrast between choices -- i.e. things become more black and white. The best illustration that I have heard for this is regarding sin. There is no such thing as a "little" sin in God's eyes. To Him something is either right or wrong. Ask yourself the question -- "how do you make the color gray?" Answer: You take a white base and add black to it. It only takes a little black to make something that is pure and white to turn gray. The white represents truth and right. The black represents sin. It only takes a drop of sin to destroy the truth and rightness of anything. If all you see is gray, look for the sin (the wrongness) in it. Ultimately, on this earth, there is nothing that is pure and right. Sin entered the world in the beginning and it taints everything in it. There has only ever been One who lived a pure and spotless life and that is Jesus Christ. He is the only way to overcome the sin of this world. The answers will never be found in a political system. There are both good and evil people throughout the political spectrum. The ultimate solutions to social problems do not lie within any government system.

One of the primary differences between the liberal and conservative point of view lies in who is best able and most likely to provide a solution to social problems. The liberal typically believes the government is the best vehicle and the conservative believes the government is inefficient and corrupt and the solution could be better handled privately. I suspect the answer for this fallen world lies somewhere in between those extremes.

Incognito said...

I agree.... there needed to be some 3rd options... nothing is ever black and white and some needed to be answered with caveats... looks like I'm more liberal than I thought.