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Are you familiar with online "memes," those little quizzes a person takes and answers about themselves?  A right popular one is the Political Profile meme.  You answer like 20 questions and it breaks down your score by Social Issues, Personal Responsibility, Fiscal Issues, Ethics, and Defense and Crime.  You get a Conservative percent and a Liberal percent.  For example, mine looks like this:


**Your Political Profile:**

Overall: 10% Conservative, 90% Liberal

Social Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

How Liberal Or Conservative Are You?
http://www.blogthings.com/...

However, a co-worker of mine took the quiz.  She is 19 and identifies as a conservative.  However, like most Americans, she has not really done much political thinking.  I've found most of her politics come from her religion (Christianity).  For example, Thou Shall Not Kill to her means no abortions but also no capital punishment.  Interestingly, she has a brother serving in Iraq.  She is unsure how Thou Shall Not Kill applies to him.

But anyway, here was her score on the meme:


**Your Political Profile:**

Overall: 40% Conservative, 60% Liberal

Social Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

How Liberal Or Conservative Are You?
http://www.blogthings.com/...

She posted this to her blog with the retort "whatever Im conservative."  Kind of sums up the doublethink of the current conservative movement, doesn't it?

Originally posted to monkey6079 on Mon May 15, 2006 at 10:48 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I define conservative as... (0+ / 0-)

    ...someone who has never had to take a bus.

    "...the big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart." -- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

    by Roddy McCorley on Mon May 15, 2006 at 10:56:19 AM PDT

  •  In the land of the Greatest Snow On Earth....... (0+ / 0-)

    -A conservative is a liberal whose favorite ski lodge was just burned down by the Earth Liberation Front.

    -A liberal is a conservative whose favorite ski run has been turned into a mud bog by global warming.

  •  This test is too simplified (2+ / 0-)
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    jmaier, ignorant bystander

    First, my scores:

    Your Political Profile:
    Overall: 35% Conservative, 65% Liberal
    Social Issues: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
    Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
    Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
    Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal
    Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

    Now, I was forced to choose on some questions that were not a fair choice.  They were in fact false choices. Take Q. 11 for example:

    1. It's more important for our country

       * Reduce the deficit and national debt
       * To help the poor and helpless

    I'm sorry?  This isn't a choice.  We can and must do both.  In fact, you cannot have social justice without a balanced budget.  I chose the first because that is the only way we are going to be able to fund programs that fuel social justice and help the poor.  Ask yourself what gets cut first when there's a deficit.  Same with Q. 19.  Those are both problems with our criminal justice system.

    •  definitely (0+ / 0-)

      These tests are crap, and the questions are obvious, leading, and always poorly written.  

      "The most heroic word in all languages is revolution." -Eugene V. Debs

      by monkey6079 on Mon May 15, 2006 at 11:43:05 AM PDT

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    •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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      happy camper

      If that girl really wanted to identify as a conservative, I don't see how she could have failed to do so with a simplistic and leading test like this.  How many young people are out there who are calling themselves conservatives (or liberals, for that matter) without even a basic understanding of what this means?

      •  yikes (0+ / 0-)

        From what I've seen (I'm 22), with both conservatives and liberals, young people have no idea what that really entails.  

        However, from what else I've seen, older people have no idea either.

        Perhaps it's because at the people at the top of both sides are completely corrupt and don't represent either side anyway.

        "The most heroic word in all languages is revolution." -Eugene V. Debs

        by monkey6079 on Mon May 15, 2006 at 12:38:58 PM PDT

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  •  It's not simplistic, it's idiotic (0+ / 0-)

    It uses the same black and white, false choice, push polling like questions that pollute the political discourse in our country.

    "Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will." MLK

    by jmaier on Mon May 15, 2006 at 01:10:45 PM PDT

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