It's about time South Carolinians got the chance to vote "No" on Obamacare.
Do you know how long you have to stand out in a public park with a "socialism" sign these days before a TV camera comes by to record your opinion?
Lucky for us, the GOP aims to please.
The party plans to include a couple of non-binding, "advisory" (i.e., meaningless) questions on its June 8 primary ballot to give everyone a chance to tell politicians how they feel about the health care overhaul and the state's budget (or lack thereof).
Now, a cynic might say this is a way to increase turnout, get the names of a few more potential donors from the State Election Commission or push an agenda. Critics might even say these are little more than push polls -- loaded questions that pollsters ask to sway voter opinions and predetermine the outcome.
Really, it's not like that at all. The health care question simply asks whether the General Assembly should "defend the freedom of all South Carolinians to make their own health care decisions."
Well, heck yeah. No hidden message there.
Karen Floyd, the state GOP chairwoman, concedes part of the reason for putting these questions to the voters is to get more conservatives engaged in the process. To do that, you have to ask questions that just flat-out make voters want to punch that button.
You know, questions like the top-secret ones rejected by the party:
--Do you think it's horrible how the Democrats -- with no control of any branch of state government -- have still somehow managed to screw up South Carolina's economy? Yes/No
--Did you know that Republicans really like tea, and they also like to party? Yes/No
--Did you know that Mark Sanford was never really a Republican? Yes/No
--Since the state can't afford to pay for schools, Medicaid, prisons or pretty much anything else, don't you think it would be good to cut taxes? Yes/No
--Did you know that socialism and fascism are two different things? Yes/No/We didn't think so
--Do you know why Jim DeMint is more interested in the Florida Senate race than stumping for our candidates? Yes/No/Us neither
--Did you know that eliminating the corporate income tax might cause Silicon Valley, Wall Street and Microsoft to relocate to Orangeburg? Yes/No
--Did you know that South Carolina schools do not allow prayer in the classroom, which makes them practically un-American? Yes/No
--Have you noticed that none of the Republican gubernatorial candidates have weighed in on that whole Civil War/slavery thing that got the Virginia governor in trouble? Yes/No/Thank goodness
Of course, the Democrats reportedly are working up their own ballot questions, in case anyone votes in their primary June 8. A couple of questions the party apparently is considering:
--Because most people blame the country's economic troubles on the party in power, and since Republicans run everything in South Carolina, don't you think it makes sense to maybe vote Democratic for a change? Yes/No