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A simple test

Here is a little test, written by Dennis Prager, well known author and pundit. Take it and see how many you get. Hopefully everyone gets a zero, but I somehow doubt it. Add a few questions if you like.

 

Do you believe the following?

1.Standards for admissions to universities, fire departments, etc. should be lowered for people of color.
2.Bilingual education for children of immigrants, rather than immersion in English, is good for them and for America.
3.Murderers should never be put to death.
4.During the Cold War, America should have adopted a nuclear arms freeze.
5.Colleges should not allow ROTC programs.
6.It was wrong to wage war against Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War.
7.Poor parents should not be allowed to have vouchers to send their children to private schools.
8.It is good that trial lawyers and teachers unions are the two biggest contributors to the Democratic Party.
9.Marriage should be redefined from male-female to any two people.
10.A married couple should not have more of a right to adopt a child than two men or two women.
11.The Boy Scouts should not be allowed to use parks or any other public places and should be prohibited from using churches and synagogues for their meetings.
12.The present high tax rates are good.
13.Speech codes on college campuses are good and American values are bad.
14.The Israelis and Palestinians are morally equivalent.
15.The United Nations is a moral force for good in the world, and therefore America should be subservient to it and such international institutions as a world court.
16.It is good that colleges have dropped hundreds of men's sports teams in order to meet gender-based quotas.
17.No abortions can be labeled immoral.
18.Restaurants should be prohibited by law from allowing customers to choose between a smoking and a non-smoking section.
19.High schools should make condoms available to students and teach them how to use them.
20.Racial profiling for terrorists is wrong -- a white American grandmother should as likely be searched as a Saudi young male.
21.Racism and poverty -- not a lack of fathers and a crisis of values -- are the primary causes of violent crime in the inner city.
22.It is wrong and unconstitutional for students to be told, "God bless you" at their graduation.
23.No culture is morally superior to any other.

Those are all liberal positions. How many of them do you hold?

Comment balloon 29 commentsKevin Robinson • July 06 2008 09:09AM

Comments

Kevin, There is one i might agree with if  it were worded differently I hope that doesn't make me a liberal

Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) almost 11 years ago

Kevin!   This is enough to make one stop and think!   But not too hard.  Put me down for zero!    Jerry

Posted by Kai Lani, RE/MAX (RE/MAX Kai Lani) almost 11 years ago

There are a handful that I am borderline on, but I tend to agree.  The government is big and bloated.  Everybody wants to blame something else for their owns problems and expects government to be the problem solver.

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Kevin - Like Hugh & Rob - there are a couple that are close

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) almost 11 years ago

6. It was stupid to destroy Iraq. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are far bigger threats to the U.S. via terrorist activities.

8. Who are the biggest contributors to The Republican Party? The whole system needs to be reworked. Every politician is bought and sold under the current system. Don't fool yourself.

9. Bigotry is never pretty.

17. Abortions should never be used as birth control.

19. Abstinence is a pipe dream. It is the best method, but it won't work. This is the real world and kids need to be given every opportunity to avoid early pregnancy and STD's.

23. What? Who is judging?

I don't have a problem with the rest.

Posted by Israel Barden (RE/MAX Big Bear Village) almost 11 years ago

There's just one that like Hugh, I would word differently, but would basically be on board with. I'm not in favor of the death penalty, but I think each State should vote on it.

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) almost 11 years ago

I could not find any that I agreed with.  I looked for Hugh's but couldn't figure out which one it was.  Okay now I'm curious.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Hugh is against the death penalty just as I am - probably for different reasons, but I'm certain that is the one Hugh agrees with.

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) almost 11 years ago

The problem with these questions is that some are intentionally slanted.  For example:

#12 - Present tax rates are not high.  Some may want them lower and that's fine.  But looking over the past 20-30 years, I cannot say they're high.

#23 - Loaded question.  Everyone on here should agree with 23 because we're all equal.......but then the key word is "culture".  And one can argue that the KKK is a culture and depending on your stance, they're either morally superior or inferior. 

#16 - Most people (at least athletes) don't feel it's good that mens teams have been dropped, rather that more womens teams haven't been created or elevated to NCAA level.

Posted by Tchaka Owen (Galleria International Realty) almost 11 years ago

yep

Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for playing. My wife and I both got a zero. My mom got a one, my dad got a zero. My wifes's mom got a 20 and her dad got a 12. Obviously two sets of parents have differing ideas.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer almost 11 years ago

While I disagree with many of the ideas listed on Kevin's "Simple Test", I don't believe that it is a simple as it would, at first, seem.  There are no black and whites when it comes to the issues we face today.  Government is completely out of control, being run by large corporations and those with money, and the rest of us sit on our laurels and complain about what it happening as if we have nothing to do with it.  I don't consider myself liberal, conservative or any other "boxed" type of American.  I believe that I am an intelligent human being watching the existing government push us deeper and deeper in trouble and watch people who believe nearly everything they hear or read from the news media.  Do American's really believe that someone is going to swoop in and correct what is wrong today? 

The questions in the "Simple Test" I see above may be important to some but can we continue focusing on matters which do not directly affect us while ignoring what does directly affect us.  For those of you in Florida, how many are watching our property values drop like a rock, watch food and gas prices go up to the point that we can't afford to feed or families or drive to a place to spend a nice weekend with them?  How many of you have lost much of what you have gained over the last ten years based on the poor administrative efforts of our existing government.  What has happened to "We the People"?

Time to pay attention guys.  We can't continue to sit back and watch what is happening throughout our great country while others run it into the ground.  It doesn't matter what your party affiliation is, we are all Americans and we are being ignored here at home while the government turns it's eyes to other countries with needs they feel are much more important than ours.

Do something, take part, write your representatives and tell them it is time they got back to the issues and beliefs this country was formed under. 

OK, so I know I got carred away and I apologize for it.  I am just really tired of the little things in life taking a more important role than those things we should be talking about.

Thanks.

Posted by Peggy Burt (FLORIDA LAND TITLE SERVICES) almost 11 years ago

Peggy!   Your thoughts have touched my heart for you are surely correct.   It seems as though our government is going hell-bent towards a world government regardless as to where the people want to go or what the people think.   I am not sure if there will be any difference in this regard no matter which person or party get control of the government.  What a dilemma.  And, by the way, the comments on this particular blog have been extraordinarily interesting.  Good work everyone.    Jerry

Posted by Jerry Bangerter (RE/MAX Kai Lani) almost 11 years ago

Peggy, Tchaka and Israel got it right.

Posted by Bill Schwent, Santa Fe Broker (Casa Tierra Realty) almost 11 years ago

Government is completely out of control, being run by large corporations and those with money

An interesting comment, however, if that were really the case wouldn't we have drilling offshore and in Anwar? Wouldn't there be less restrictions rather than more on almost everything?

I agree that government is out of control. I also agree that money speaks louder than most other influences. I could add that government is being run by unions and it would make at least as much sense as the statement regarding large corporations.

Unfortunately, regardless of who is running government, it is being done with irresponsiblity and total disregard to the wishes, desires, needs and benefits of the American people.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) almost 11 years ago

PUT ME DOWN FOR A BIG FAT ZERO. THAT PUTS ME IN WITH GREAT COMPANY. THANKS.

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

PUT ME DOWN FOR A BIG FAT ZERO. THAT PUTS ME IN WITH GREAT COMPANY. THANKS.

Posted by Anonymous almost 11 years ago

Mike - as usual very astute observations from you. I agree entirely with what you just said and agin - please run for something!

Posted by Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services) almost 11 years ago

Simon - thanks, but about the only thing I might be running for is cover!

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) almost 11 years ago

Simon ~ The death penalty is not something we should get into here. That is one that I wrestled with as well.

But Tchaka what are you smoking?  Israel and Bill want some too.

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

My supplier's in Coral Springs.  Right near University & Ramblewood.  Good stuff! 

Posted by Tchaka Owen (Galleria International Realty) almost 11 years ago

Nicholas- If I am smoking things, you must be sniffing glue. Lol.

Posted by Israel Barden (RE/MAX Big Bear Village) almost 11 years ago

Good point Mike. I used to be a union rep. They play pretty lowball and do have a of influence in elections. Libs love them though.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer almost 11 years ago

Mike:  I agree that unions have some influence on what happens in government but if you believe that large corporations do not some more research needs to be done on your part.  Large corporations have the money and the power to hire the lobbyists who push our "representatives" in Washington to pass bills which favor those entities.  The term "pork belly legislation" did not come from our representatives trying to help those of us who are self employed get ahead.

The fact that both Chaney and Bush own interests in oil companies, and that there is now a push for off shore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico should give us all a very broad hint that large corporations are indeed involved in the day to day operations of our government as a whole.  In addition, the fact that large corporations are taxed at a rate which is less than small corporations and, in some cases, individuals, should also be a clue.

I don't believe that large corporations should be taxed out of existence.  However, I do believe there is a middle ground in many States for higher taxation in the corporate environment.  Case in point would be the oil companies who are showing profits in excess of $18 billion dollars while the rest of us struggle to fill our gas tanks.  When the government taxes gas and petroleum products it is not the oil companies who are taxed, but the consumer.

I do not presume to believe that I know all of the ins and outs in Washington.  However, I do see spending which is out of control, legislators who would throw money to any foreign country while Americans who want to work and support themselves and their families sit home with no jobs available, food and gas prices going up (based on futures prices, not on supply) and waste in most every government agency you take a close look at.  Since budgets for government agencies are actually public record, take a moment to do some research.

I own a small title company in Florida.  I have been looking for some assistance, in the form of a loan or grant, to help the company keep going as my reserves have been eaten up over the last 2 1/2 years.  I don't want a hand out, but only assistance so I can keep people employed.  The result thus far is that there is nothing available.  Billions of dollars are being wasted on government spending which is hidden in legislation that, on the surface, sounds good.

Let us say, for discussion purposes, that I needed $100,000.00 in reserves to keep the business afloat for the next twelve months.  I couldn't get that amount of money at this point because of the downturn in the real estate market.  We all know, as does the government, that real estate sales will pick up in the future.  However, the government would rather send $1 billion to China than help out here at home.   Does this make sense to anyone?  Can any of you, who are self employed realtors or lenders or whatever, get assistance or loans in this marketplace to keep your businesses viable?

I will survive as I am very good at what I do and I specialize in commercial which is still active.  However, many were not so lucky.

So, our government was founded on principals of freedom; of speech, of action, of religion and the like.   Look at the history books.  We are at a point where speaking your mind has become a dangerous thing because you might be construed to be a terrorist, if you stand up at a rally you may be arrested and thrown in jail, if you say God Bless America near a school you may be looked upon as a religious zealot.  Have we gotten so relaxed in our own lives that we forget what the original purpose was in setting up a "democratic" government?  I know I had before things got tough down here in Florida.  I was too busy enjoying the fruits of my labors.

Ah well.  We each need to do what we need to do to get through our days and nights, but maybe it is time we sat up as a country and took note of what is happening, before we hit another depression.  Just a thought.

Posted by Peggy Burt, Platinum Land Title Agency, Inc. almost 11 years ago

Peggy,

I am against all forms of corporate welfare. On the other hand though, I know what will happen if we tax them at a higher rate. Simple economics. Prices rise when taxes go up. The govt actually makes more off a gallon of gas than the oil companies.

Of course we all know that corporations have a lot of power in govt. We give it to them when we buy their products. I buy from a company and they have more lobbying power. In a way, I vote with my dollar. But do not kid yourself that unions have little power. They have plenty and a lot of unions do not give their members a choice as to where their dues go. Members don't have a choice as to paying their dues or not. They must pay and the dues go where the union says. For a great case study, look at Cantaffordya (California for you east coasters). The California Teachers Union runs that state. Read up on them.

Stop thinking about getting a grant from the govt. You can make your biz work without it. We all can.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer almost 11 years ago

Hey Peggy you never did tell us your score.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer almost 11 years ago

Hey Kevin:   My score on your test?  I agreed with all but four.  Does that make me a liberal?

Posted by Peggy Burt, Platinum Land Title Agency, Inc. almost 11 years ago

Whatever happened to all men were created equal? Isn't that part of what this country took on as a guiding principle?

Kevin - StormFont.org would welcome you with open arms...

Posted by Inna Hardison, Wordpress for Real Estate & Design, Print HaMedia Group (ha media group) almost 11 years ago

Kevin,  I couldn't help but note your earlier comment about corporate taxes.   Just want to observe that a tax on corporations is a hidden tax on the consumers.   They plow the tax right into the sales price of their goods or services.   No such thing as a free lunch.  Jerry

Posted by Jerry Bangerter (RE/MAX Kai Lani) almost 11 years ago

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