Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Whatever This Means . . .

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


Seems it was "fiscal issues" that really tipped the balance!

12 Comments:

Blogger Patti said...

It seems to me that you know the gospel well. You answered the questions based upon your moral stance based on the teachings of the church. It always stands up for the poor. That makes you liberal.Doesn't mean that is the way you will vote (democrate being liberal and republican being conservative) I think Jimmy Carter was an excellent Christian President.

7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's curious that I get such a very different set of numbers while not at all ignorant of the gospel and considering myself 'liberal' in charitable (Catholic) sense of it.

One wonders why we can differ so radically. I sometimes suspect it might be in the nature of a fundamentally conception of what constitutes lesser (temporal, for instance) goods in their relation to greater (spiritual) goods.

My for instance is on the 'right to health care' question. I bet you answered yes. Many unthinking people would. I didn't, because of the negative implications o fit.

I'm certainly not at all opposed to health care, but I reject the unthinking consumerism that has encroached on our conception of what has come to be a 'health industry'. I think making it in the nature of a 'right', like a right to 'life' or 'freedom of conscience', takes away from what should be it's central aspect as an exercise in charity to another at an individual level. It makes it a government institution, a faceless 'processing' like going to the DMV. It makes health care a new tool for lawyers and unions to extort money from the public. It removes, fundamentally, the 'care' by giving the responsibility of it to a beaurocracy, which has 'no ass to kick, or soul to save'. As such, it would be taking a good and valuable source of vitalization and compassion and making it something venial. I reject the consumer version of health care for the same reason. It has been my experience that it is a privilege to care for the sick and elderly in the small ways I am allowed to in our litigious society, and encourage others to do the same, and be open to more along those lines.

Overall: 85% Conservative, 15% Liberal
Social Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Ethics: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal

8:44 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

Don't you love the Catholic blogosphere! A silly little quiz can turn into muckraking, and by yet another damn "anonymous"!

Because isn't it SO obvious that any THINKING person would know it's ridiculous to think that people have a right to health care!!

What you're really saying is that the only "thinking" people are those who think like you.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Susan Rose, CSJP said...

I was thinking your score was skewed more by your thorough knowledge of what makes (or doesn't make) a just war!

To the issue of healh care as a human right, I've got some thoughts on my own blog.

Cheers.
Susan

2:00 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Anonymous said ...
It has been my experience that it is a privilege to care for the sick and elderly

... it may be a privilage to care for them, but it shouldn't be a privilage to get the care ... health care should be available to everyone, yes, as a right.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Actually, I understand what anonymous said, although he did say it in a very uncharitable way. Basically when the government becomes responsible for things it tends to muck things up - look at healthcare in Canada or our school systems here.

Yes everyone should have healthcare - it is a right to be able to stay healthy. Only, it's the government's job to provide it, but our's as an act of charity.

4:14 PM  
Blogger &cumSpiri2.2.0 said...

I was the previous anonymous, and, looking back at my comment, you're entirely right - that part of my comment was insulting and, more importantly, uncaring.

I wish I could hide behind some excuse, like "I intended to convey something more like 'it's a no-brainer to call it a right, if you don't think about the implications...'", but I cannot. The venial truth is, at the time I wrote it, I intended exactly what I said, responding in a fit of pique to the first poster, and it was my intent that was, in fact, wrong - 'very uncharitable' is an accurate description.

I apologize to you and your readers, and ask for your forgiveness. I will try to do better in the future.

2:46 AM  
Blogger Steve Bogner said...

Here's mine:

Overall: 65% Conservative, 35% Liberal

Social Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

Ethics: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

I do think people have an inherent right to healthcare; but on some of the questions I wanted to be able to say 'yes' to both options.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Liam said...

Here I am:

Overall: 5% Conservative, 95% Liberal

Social Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Not a terrible surprise there, though the quiz, like all these quizes, is quite silly. Not much room for subtlety.

11:21 AM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

&cumspiri2,

Thanks for your words. I appreciate your honesty, and humility.

One of the dangers of the internet and blogging is that we can share our immediate reaction, without sufficiently thinking about it.

When I get worked up about something, I try to type it up in Word first, let it sit, and then go back and edit it before I post it. This has helped me avoid saying some unfortunate things!

2:09 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Here's mine ...

Your Political Profile:
Overall: 10% Conservative, 90% Liberal

Social Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 0%
Conservative, 100% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

2:10 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

FWIW,

I thought the quiz was very poorly worded.

That said, nobody will be surprised at my score.

AMDG,

-J.

12:05 PM  

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