Who Do You Side With?
By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist)
Last night, the Democratic National Convention drew to a close when vice-president Joe Biden and president Barack Obama officially accepted their nominations for vice-president and president. Since I’m writing this post before those speeches, I can’t make any comments on them yet, but I can officially kick off the fall campaign for president with, what else, but an internet quiz!
iSideWith.com has been bouncing around Facebook for a few weeks now and I finally decided to jump in and take the test – something I usually avoid because I’m skeptical about how informed these things are. As a political junkie, I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Most of us are one political party or another mainly because of how we were raised. But as we go through life, we develop our own opinions on important issues because of our experiences. Sometimes we vote a certain way because the candidate has an “R” or “D” next to their name, but do they really believe what you believe?
This quiz ignores political parties and simply asks your opinion on issues, then compares those answers to the views of the candidates running this year – both in major and 3rd political parties. The results can be surprising. Here are mine:
The fact that I side even 5% with Romney is upsetting enough. The fact is, I’m to the left of the president. And according to this quiz, I should be voting for the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein (just to be clear: I am going to be voting for the president in November – more on that in coming weeks). Also, according to this quiz, I’m 97% in line with the Democratic Party, but only 87% in line with its candidate, a distinction I’m glad this quiz makes, because sometimes candidates differ from the base of their party.
Though I am curious what it was that made me side 1% more with Romney than the Republican Party.
Take a few minutes to fill out the quiz. If you want, go ahead and post your results as a comment here and we can discuss. You may be surprised by what you get.
GREGORY JACOBS-ROSEMAN is a composer/lyricist and theatrical sound designer currently developing Save The Date: A New Musical Comedy. www.gregjr.com
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