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PR So here is a voter who (in my mind anyway) wants lower federal government spending and a balanced budget, and doesn't want the federal government restricting his lifestyle choices or preaching to him. He believes that of the four combinations of these two variables (fiscal and social), his choice represents the plurality. I think he is right.

Seems like we could have such a party.

After the election, I will be talking more about this party which I have dubbed the "Federalist Party."

This is helpful but I would like to propose a slightly different grid:

Social liberal -- Social conservative
Fiscal liberal -- Fiscal conservative

Furthermore I want to restrict this to policies of the federal government. Here are some examples:

Social liberal: Supports federal policies which insure availability of birth control and abortion.

Social conservative: Supports federal policies which restrict gay marriage and gay civil union.

Fiscal liberal: Not concerned about federal deficits or concerned but [un]willing to raise taxes.

Fiscal conservative: Supports a balanced federal budget with a bias towards cutting spending.

So where do you stand?

8% ( 3 Votes) Social liberal and fiscal liberal
55% (22 Votes) Social liberal and fiscal conservative
0% ( 0 Votes) Social conservative and fiscal liberal
8% ( 3 Votes) Social conservative and fiscal conservative
30% (12 Votes) A more complex combination

So let's imagine that in the wake of the coming debacle in Iraq which leads to a US government default which triggers a global depression, both parties self-destruct. (Debacle, default, depression, destruction -- has a ring to it. :)

During the aftermath, our most sane political leaders come together to form a new party based on centrist principles:

Federalist Government -- let the states and localities do as much as possible. Follow the US Constitution; amend it when necessary.

Individual Freedom -- draft laws which supports these principles while leaving the maximum possible choice in the hands of individuals.

Cultural Neutrality -- eschew all attempts to instruct individual morality and step aside from religious and cultural battles whenever possible.

Fiscal Sanity -- balance the federal budget over any ten year span; encourage US dollar revaluation so as to eliminate trade deficits.

Free Enterprise -- give private (including non-profit, educational, and religious) enterprise as much leeway as possible while protecting worker's rights.

Environmental Stewardship -- protect our children's and grandchildren's natural birthright.

Protection of Citizens -- guarantee basic resources, clean air and water, and fundamental rights for all US citizens. Treat all residents fairly.

Border Security -- protect our citizens from outside threats such as WMD, terrorists, diseases, and illegal immigration by defending our borders and increasing security at home, not by meddling abroad.

International Amity -- cooperate with other nations AS AN EQUAL whenever possible, boycott them when necessary, avoid hostilities.

Democratic Excellence -- encourage democracy in the world by setting the best example at home. Welcome foreign students and leaders.

Post-Superpower -- abandon our former self-appointed role as world protector. (We won't be able to afford it anyway.)

I could go on but you get the idea.

The Federalist Party. Let's do it.


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