OK, I’m totally serious here.
I can think of only a few rational reasons to vote Republican.
But I am not a Republican, and my imagination is limited. Can you help me? Tell me why you are a Republican. I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything, so I’m no posting this to GD, though I suspect it invites argument more than is usual in this forum.
To make this easy, here’s what I came up with:
- I am anti-abortion and this issue is more important than any other.
- I am wealthy, and I feel I will pay less taxes/make more money with the GOP in office.
- I feel the GOP manages the economy better, which benefits me even though I am not wealthy.
- I feel the GOP handles international relations better.
I make no claims that this list is exhaustive, and specifically invite other rational reasons to vote GOP.
Answers that are IMO irrational:
A. I am not wealthy and don’t buy #3, but I feel my taxes will be lower under the GOP.
B. The Democrats are bad, so I vote against them even though I am pro-choice or not wealthy (and don’t buy #3) or both.
C. My family always has voted for the GOP, though I am pro-choice or not wealthy (and don’t buy #3) or both.
Feel free to dispute that these are irrational choices, but please help me out by explaining how your feelings in this regard trump the observation that your self-interests can’t be served by voting for the GOP under A, B, or C.