politics

Satirical Political Beliefs Test

I was emailed the following satirical political quiz that you may enjoy…

A SATIRICAL POLITICAL BELIEFS ASSESSMENT TEST: A Humorous Political Party Quiz to Test If You’re an Archconservative, Leftwing Wacko, Antigovernment Libertine or a Commie Sympathizer

Five Sample Test Questions Follow: ==========================================

Key to abbreviations in test questions that follow:
CONS: Conservative (Archconservative)
LIBL: Liberal (Leftwing Wacko)
LBRT: Libertarian (Antigovernment Libertine)
COMM: Communist (Commie Sympathizer)
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1: Government’s practice of stealing from the rich to give to the poor is…
CONS: a crime.
LIBL: a brave, generous and heroic deed.
LBRT: a foolish, misguided attempt at social engineering.
COMM: an inspiration to us all.
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7: The Center for Public-Health Dietary Self Control releases a study that says eating just one jelly donut is as harmful to human health as smoking 10,000,000 cartons of cigarettes. Do you…
CONS: keep eating jelly donuts.
LIBL: demand that jelly donuts be removed from vending machines, and public school cafeterias.
LBRT: hoard jelly donuts before they are regulated off grocer’s shelves.
COMM: hoard jelly donuts so you can sell them on the black market.
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10: What techniques are best for maintaining discipline in the classroom?
CONS: If just one student misbehaves, severely punish the entire class.
LIBL: Force boys who refuse to settle down to take psychotropic drugs, such as Ritalin and Prozac.
LBRT: Anyone who doesn’t want to be in class can leave.
COMM: Anyone who doesn’t want to be in class can be made an example of.
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20: What’s the best way to stop people from illegally crossing our borders?
CONS: Seal the borders so no one can get in.
LIBL: Do nothing to beef up security at the borders, and offer illegal aliens a wide array of free services.
LBRT: Allow unrestricted passage across the borders.
COMM: Seal the borders so no one can get out.
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21: How would you define the word “profit”?
CONS: What business owners earn by selling a quality product at a competitive price.
LIBL: What business owners RIP-OFF from their customers.
LBRT: What business owners are rewarded with for risking the loss of their own money.
COMM: What business owners RIP-OFF from their employees. ==========================================

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Rob Roper to Run Vermont Republican Party Chair

Rob RoperI recently read in Charity’s blog, that Rob Roper is running for chair of the Vermont Republican Party. I think it would be a great thing for the republicans to have him as their chair. I’ve met him and heard him speak several times and I agree with him on many issues.

Rob Rober currently serves as the director for Vermont FreedomWorks. Vermont Freedomworks fights for less government, lower taxes and more freedom in Vermont. Their mission is to turn ideas and policies into action. Those ideas can never succeed unless ordinary citizens are willing to stand up and fight for them. Their goal is to help ordinary citizens play a greater role in the government decisionmaking process, letting no cause involving their own rights and freedoms be lost by default.

Vermont FreedomWorks has helped serve as a collaborative group for both small government republicans and libertarians within the state to work on issues together.  It would seem that if Rob were chair that there could be more opportunities for both libertarians and republicans to work on issues of similar interest.

I think that by having Rob as chair of the Vermont Republican party could help further the causes of liberty by hopefully holding elected republicans and future candidates to principles of less government, lower taxes and more freedom which the party used to stand for.

What I’m thankful for…

Every Thanksgiving, I do reflect on things and think to myself what I’m thankful for. This will be the first time I’ve actually written (or typed) my thoughts out.

For starters, I’m incredibly thankful for my wife Heavenly. I’m thankful for all the time we share together. I’m thankful that I am able to work for myself and work the way I like. I’m thankful for the friends and family I have. I’m thankful for a place to live, food on the table and extra money to invest in the future.

I’m also thankful that I made the decision to move to Texas after high school… the toughest decision I ever made. I’m thankful that my dad believed in me so much and that I had his constant encouragment.  If not for him, I may not have had the guts to go through with it.  The decision to move had a huge, life-changing affect on me. If I hadn’t moved to Texas, there is little doubt in my mind that I would not be the person I am today. I don’t believe I would have had the opportunities to grow personally and financially if I had stayed in Vermont.

It was in Texas where I first felt good about myself and felt I could achieve what I wanted. The general culture was more positive towards achievement and the attitude was that anyone can achieve what they really want. The culture embodies the “can do” attitude that made America great. Whereas, here in Vermont I feel that the general culture is more that if you achieve, you are a bad person and if you have problems its someone else’s fault. Often, the wealthy or big business are blamed for everyone’s problems. These attitudes are so disempowering and do nothing to encourage people to achieve or to believe in themselves.

In Texas, I saw first-hand how a more free-market enabled anyone to thrive that really wanted to… college was very affordable, jobs were abundant, wages were high, costs of living were very low and most people agree that it is because the government stays out of the way. All the positivity and abundance was enough to help me turn my life around and I’m so thankful for the experience.

Please feel free to share what you are thankful for in the comments section…

The Real Meaning of Thanksgiving

The following links are two articles which describe a very different version of history around the holiday of Thanksgiving. I first heard about this version a couple years ago on Free Talk Radio, a Libertarian-leaning, free-market radio show.

The articles below describe how Thanksgiving is really a celebration of free markets and private property over socialism, which had caused much famine and fraud throughout the colonies. 

You most likely never heard about this if you went to public schools… I know I never did.

Read them for yourself and feel free to comment…

Property and the First Thanksgiving
By Gary Galles

The Great Thanksgiving Hoax
By Richard J. Marbury

Thoughts on the Election

First, a big thank you to all the Libertarian candidates that ran! There were several fine Libertarian state house candidates. Unfortunately, I could not vote for any of them because none of them were in my district.

There were very few candidates that I felt comfortable voting for… that I could live with. I had a hard time telling the difference between many of the candidates. It seems that whether the candidate is democrat or republican the candidate still supports policy that will result in more expensive and intrusive government.

I feel that the election results proved yet again that the people are not ready yet for serious change… things simply are not bad enough yet for many people to really take a stand. The best one can hope for is a balance of democrats and republicans so that they will spend all their time arguing and not get anything done… causing us less harm.

I have faith that it’s only a matter of time before people will take a stand and liberty will prevail… as it always does eventually.