Skip to comments.Yes, I'm a Pure Republican ("I believe in climate change") (Meghan McCain) (BARF-O-RAMA)
Posted on 01/25/2010 2:22:46 PM PST by rabscuttle385
After a College Republican group withdrew its support for a Meghan McCain speech because she believes in marriage equality, she took the GOPs purity test. And passed.
This week I made a little news by not being pure enough, if you will, by College Republican standards. I was invited to speak at George Washington University on February 9 by numerous campus groups, including the George Washington College Republicans and Allied in Pride, an LGBT organization. I take great pride in being one of the few people who brings together the gay community and Republican groups. But somewhere between my accepting their invitation and my presence coinciding with Marriage Equality Week, GWs College Republicans bailed.
They subsequently put out a statement saying: Ms. McCains views on marriage equality align with neither the Republican Party nor her fathers personal stance. Though we fully supported John McCains candidacy for president, we feel that Meghan McCains last name is not near as important as the message she advocates.
Seriously, how many 25-year-old women do you know that have the exact same world view as their 73-year-old fathers? Besides, a simple Google search would have tipped off these young Republicans to my very vocal and active support of LGBT rights and marriage equality in this country.
And lets call a spade a spade herethis is about marriage equality. I would have been less insulted if the George Washington College Republicans had simply come out and said that. By the way, I am still speaking at the university. (After some miscommunication about being disinvited, the young Republicans simply reneged on their sponsorship.) And I am very grateful and honored to be able to talk about where I see the future of the party. Which is exactly what my speech is aboutthe future and my generation of Republicans. Its not a speech about marriage equality (although that topic is mentioned) but rather how I came to believe what I believe about the GOP and where I hope the future leads.
I call the talk, Redefining Republican: No Labels, No Boxes, No Stereotypes, but apparently some student organizations feel more comfortable being able to group all Republicans into one place.
All of this drama smacks of the Republican Partys so-called purity test, which caused a lot of controversy last year. In November, an email circulated around the RNC asking members for comments on a proposal that all Republicans must pass a litmus test in order to receive financial support from the party. It was based on the idea that President Reagan believed that anyone that agreed with him eight out of 10 times was his friend, not his opponent. If you agree with eight of the 10 statements on the purity test, youre apparently the right kind of Republican.
You can imagine how I feel about that idea. Other than the fact that I believe a political party should foster new ideas and encourage widespread support, the word purity alone gives me an uneasy feeling. Any organization asking for purification from something just feels innately creepy and a little sinister.
So, feeling a little vexed by the GW incident, I took the purity test. I went online to see just exactly how radical I am from the pure ones. Because I wanted to see by the GOPs own standards just how moderate I really am.
Just for the record, here are the questions and my answers. The 10 questions are, do you believe in:
1. Smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes by opposing bills like Obama's "stimulus" bill.
Yes, of course. This is one of the central pillars of being a Republican.
2. Market-based health-care reform and opposition to Obama-style government-run health care.
Yes. I am against universal health care. Especially until we figure out how are we going to pay for it.
3. Market-based energy reforms by opposing cap-and-trade legislation.
Yes and no. I believe in climate change and support market-based energy reforms. I also support cap-and-trade legislation, in theory. But I oppose, as my father says, Obamas cap and tax plan. The Obama administration has used this to tax people instead of encouraging the exploration of new technology. As it is, this philosophy has turned into something that could adversely affect our economy.
So put me down for half a no.
4. Workers' right to secret ballot by opposing card check.
Yes. Of course.
5. Legal immigration and assimilation into American society by opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants.
As this question is phrased, I have to disagree againwith half of it. First, we have to secure our borders. There is a huge problem with drug cartels. Then we need a temporary-worker program, and then we have to address other aspects of immigration.
But I grew up in a border state. I think immigration is an essential part of American history and American culture. And amnesty comes with a lot of gray areas. So again, put me down for half a no.
6. Victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges.
Absolutely. This is probably the issue I am most passionate about.
7. Containment of Iraq and North Korea, particularly effective action to eliminate their nuclear-weapons threat.
8. Retention of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Here it is. No. As we all know, Im a huge supporter of marriage equality.
9. Protecting the lives of vulnerable people by opposing health-care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion.
Yes. I am pro-life.
10. The right to keep and bear arms by opposing government restrictions on gun ownership.
Yes. And I am a proud member of the NRA.
So there you have it, my fellow Republicans. One pure no and two half-nos equals 8 out of 10. So I passed. I passed this ridiculous purity test and apparently even President Reagan himself would have considered me a friend. But something tells me a passing grade still wont put the negativity to rest. Because as I have said before, when it comes to separating moderates and conservatives, one of the key issues is marriage equality. If that is going to be the one issue that Republicans continue to use to divide the party, then perhaps they should be putting out an entirely different testone that has one question only.
Until then, is it too much to ask that the Republican Party be more open-minded, that it learns to respect and accept conservatism without labels and boxes and stereotypes?
Because thats what I want for the GOP. And Im a pure Republican.
Meghan McCain is a columnist for The Daily Beast. Originally from Phoenix, she graduated from Columbia University in 2007. She is a New York Times bestselling children's author, previously wrote for Newsweek magazine, and created the Web site mccainblogette.com.
Climate change has happened cyclically since the dawn of time.
Human activity can not alter it in any way whatsoever.
a chip off the old block(head)
Meghan McCain was Snow White...but she drifted.
Why doesn’t someone TELL HER she is NOT a Republican?
Just claiming to be one, doens’t make you one.
moo moo moo moo, momoo moo moo moo Thankmoo very moo
At best,she’s a “moderate” RAT.Which,at best,makes her only a itsy bitsy bit better than Babs “Don’t Call Me Ma’am” Boxer and Barney “Hot Bottom” Frank.
Spring , Summer , Winter , Fall .....Yes the Climate changes
this family are really pissing me off .
I hope JD wins in a landslide but also who the hell is this girl.
She’s just become a republican and now thinks she’s in charge of the party as she hangs out with a bunch of homosexuals
They're the same, if you knew about the issue then you wouldn't support any part of this scam.
Her other answers are "weasel words".
She also believes in eating all the deep-fried items put in front of her.
So she wants people to be able to marry kids and dogs?
After all, who are we to stand in the way of love?
She answered the mcAmnesty question..she just spun it. To think she’s a member of the NRA makes me want to surrender my card.
“Meghan, what’s a gun?”
“Weelll, a gun is this thingy where a thing comes out of it..like, to kill stuff. Here, let me show you by pointing this barrel at my face..”
she’s just joined the NRA and become a republican and now feels she has to tell the party we have to change to her views.
I really cringe when I see this family, first she’s crying she can’t get a guy, I wonder why ARF then she hangs out with homosexuals and now says we as a party has to agree with her
Will someone please tell this dozy girl to shut the hell up
I believe in climate change!!! I would like to drastically change the climate in our three branches of government.
Cmon, Rabs. You gotta control your gal better than this!
Why does it not surprise me that the mccain bimbo is uncomfortable witht he word "purity"!
Fat, stupid and slutty, usually ends a girl in the penal system....although Megan probably considers that sexual and chic.
She’s just a boob.
How about the Easter Bunny? Does she believe in the Easter Bunny?
The American Public
She is neither pure nor Republican, and neither Republican nor republican. An honorable person would give up this charade and join the Democrats in pushing their immorality and depravity onto the nation. And as you can see, its counter-intuitive. She’s not honorable BECAUSE she has bad morals.
As far as I’m concerned, she isn’t worth posting. Waste is a terrible thing to mind.
Meghan and Mrs. McC might be the final nails in Juan’s coffin. One can hope.
Wonder what the left will do when we conservatives start playing her up to embarrass her father, to promote JD Hayworth? She wants a political megaphone, needs attention and to feel relevant--I say we help her out. I feel kinda sorry for Sarah, she's going to have to stand on a stage with them both.
There's some beautiful payback ahead. Remember all those times that Mac insulted conservatives, stuck his spiteful little knife in our backs and laughed at us when we got mad?
Who cares about the ill-formed blatherings of some unimportant chubette?
Well Meghan you stupid slut,
There are three main issues that most folks who call themselves “conservatives” just won’t bend on. Being raised by John McCain, you wouldn’t understand.
1. Marriage. We already HAVE marriage equality in this nation, you dumb bimbo. Any rump ranger can marry any woman that I can marry. Any rug muncher can marry any man that a non-muncher can.
2. Amnesty. There is no gray area. You are either for the law or you are NOT for the law.
3. Cap and trade. Why would any self respecting American WANT to further damage our economy with the BS that both YOUR FATHER and OBAMA want to do to us?
Next time ya have a thought, let it go.
So she believes the Global Warming cult. You have to believe since there’s no proof.
Pray for America and Gov Palin
Bite your keyboard! This is worth millions in campaign donations to JD! LOL. Keep talking, McBimbo.
Sounds like she has Republican mixed up with plumper.
Someday this chip off the old block will discover the same thing the Old Man did....
Those who love you now and fawn over your openness, tolerance and stances against the faithful will someday throw you under the bus, off the boat or from a plane without a parachute if someone is squaring off against you that meets their ideological purity test.
I guess dad never taught her that all the media love and adoration disappeared when it came time to actually win an election and she was far too stupid to grasp that fact herself despite witnessing it first hand.
Here’s my stance on marriage equality. Let the voters in the states decide. So far it’s 31 against the defined “equality” and 0 for the defined “equality”.
Is my score sheet off a state or two?
As one who grew up not far from the Grand Canyon, I would assume she has been there a time or two. All anyone needs to do is stand on the edge and wonder what forces it took to create that magnificence equals just how much in the capabilities of man.
I'm anticipating a moderating of the temperatures in the near future...I will call it SPRING.
Why does anybody here care what that girl has to say about anything? Just ignore her, please. She’s just a 20-something with no creds. Let it go. You empower her by reacting.
I am getting pretty tired of all of the sudden all we are hearing from the RINOS that should have been Democrats in the first place.
She should go crawl back under rock.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus
Let the pig continue squealing.
It's free advertising for J.D.
The Big Boob with Big Boobs.
she think she’s a republican because she’s born into it.No matter what ideology or what you believe in. See she’s the party as like a club of ppl with different points of views with nothing in common