Believe it or not, I’ve had quite a few self-proclaimed independents tell me that they claim to be “independent” because they’re not sure if either party really represents their values. While many of these “independents” are what’s commonly known as “closet partisans” (people who claim to be independent but vote with one party the vast majority of the time), there are some folks out there who are true independents.
But being that I’m all about helping people, I thought I’d put together 10 quick “yes or no” questions to help people figure out whether or not the Republican party might be for them. After all, it is important for someone to know whether or not they might be a Republican.
1. Are you a light-skinned individual who looks in the mirror and thinks to themselves, “I want everyone else in this country to look just like me”?
2. Do you see other couples, especially married ones, and feel that you should have the right to tell them who they can love and marry?
3. Do you claim that all life is precious and that we must always do what we can to protect the sanctity of that life – yet often enthusiastically talk about going to war to “bomb the hell out of people” and boast about the frequency in which the death penalty is used?
4. When you think of pregnant women, do you feel like you should have the right to tell them what to do with their bodies?
5. Do you base your devotion to your Christianity on church attendance and think freedom of religion means you have the freedom to force your religious views on others?
6. Is your “economic plan” for your future and the future of your children and grandchildren predicated upon giving rich people more money while believing it’ll “trickle-down” back to your family?
7. Do you think the poor and middle class are to blame for the economic crash caused by corruption on Wall Street and greed by the top 2 percent?
8. Do you think guns give you the right and the ability to overthrow a Constitutionally elected government backed by the most lethal military killing machine in all of human history?
9. When you hear the term “scientific fact” do you interpret that to mean “a liberally biased opinion”?
10. Do you believe that the Constitution is based on Christianity even though there’s literally not a single reference to Christianity, God or Jesus Christ anywhere – at all – written in the entire document?
While there are clearly more ways to determine whether or not you’re a Republican (such as if guns make you feel more powerful even though statistics show you’re more likely to shoot yourself than a bad guy), I think this guide can be quite helpful for those who might be a bit curious about whether or not they need to come out to the world as a Republican.
Keep an eye out for my follow-up to this: 10 Ways to Determine if You’re a Progressive