Wednesday, January 02, 2008

What would I want in a Republican presidential candidate if I was an American?

My knowledge of American politics is pretty limited. However, I shall try to imagine what I would want to see in a Republican presidential candidate.

Firstly, I would want my candidate to be opposed to abortion. That might settle the whole question, however, assuming all the nominees were pro-life, I would have to look at other issues too.

I would want my candidate to be:

- Supportive of the War on Terror and prepared to maintain a vigilant foreign policy.

- Pro-immigration and in favour of a well-thought out amnesty plan for illegal immigrants.

- Committed to a free market and opposed to protectionism.

- In favour of generous provision of social housing.

- Concerned about adequate social security and willing to consider a more European model of social security.

- Willing to consider European models of health care.

Would this make me a liberal Republican? And which nominee do you think I would support?


Peter said...

Well, there certainly isn't a Ronald Reagan or JFK in the mix. If there was, they would probably get shot.

It will be nice when the Lord reigns!

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...


Rose~ said...

"In favour of generous provision of social housing"

"Willing to consider European models of health care"

Liberal leanings, yes.
I am not sure which candidate is yours.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Good job I dont need to make a choice then, Rose.

Jim said...

Sounds like you're a Democrat Matthew. You have been corrupted by the socialistic ideology of post-modern and humanistic European philosophy.

Sadly, this disease is rampant over here as well.

We will pray for you! :)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Oh, but I do like George W Bush. He seemed alright.

Palm boy said...

Very liberal republican. You'd probably fit nicely with John McCain, or one of the hawkish-democrats.

Social housing?? I don't understand the need to take money from the earners and give it to those who are climbing the ladder, but thats my libertarian side coming out.

Socialized health care though, I can see a good case for that at all. At least not after looking at what happened with Canada, and what the US buracracy has done to Education and enviromental policy.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I shall have to read about John McCain.

I do think there are disadvantages to a socialised healthcare system (though there is variety among these). But I think there are disadvantages to a completely privatized system too.

I would feel weird voting for the more left-wing party. It would not seem right, even if the more Right-wing party in Britain occupies a similar ground to the Democrats.

I think I would have to vote Republican if I became an American citizen.

Every Blessing in Christ


Jim said...

I like George Bush too, but he has made some serious mistakes and has not governed as the social conservative he campaigned on.

I thought Tony Blair was a nice guy buy he just became a Catholic so what does that say.

It is time to look past partisan politics and support leaders who stand on principle.

God bless,

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...


Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Oh, hang it all! Partisan politics is more fun.

TK said...

Those views really seem more in line with a hawkish Democrat. Maybe a cross between Clinton and Lieberman.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

I don't want to be a rotten Democrat!

Palm boy said...

"Oh, hang it all! Partisan politics is more fun."


Matt, you cracked me up.