Tuesday, April 20, 2010


It is widely known by the staff and the readers of this blog that IACLAYST has some of the smartest readers that the web has to offer. What follows is a list of quotes, beliefs and ideals assembled for the purpose of this quiz. Read the quote/belief/ideal, and determine if the it is from a Republican/Conservative/Libertarian or from a Democrat/Liberal/Progressive. Bonus points for naming the person responsible. The scoring is quite subjective and points will be awarded by myself.

In my opinion the ideals listed below are vital to understand in order to make sure that we do not continue down the path that has lead us to our current political state, therefore the answers will not be easy. The questions are purposefully vague, but if it's determined that they are too difficult, additional information will be provided.

I am offering a prize, of my choice, with a value of no less than $20 and no more than $75 to the winner so be sure to play along.

  1. Which party affiliation was held by an economist and adviser to two Presidents in the 20th Century who said that African Americans were 'indolent and fickle'? He also endorsed protectionist laws concerning labor since 'competition has no respect for the superior races'.
    *Additional bonus available for naming the Presidents whom he advised.

  2. To which party did the federal official who believed that the 'overwork[ing] of future mothers is a threat against the welfare of our nation' belong? He also argued that the bodies of women were in a sense, collectivist property.
    *Additional bonus for naming the position he was later placed in, and the individual responsible for placing him in that position.

  3. Which party affiliation was held by one of the first political ideologues to publicly support the case for a national minimum wage, in opposition to his peers? He also professed that it was the power of the congress to 'remove conditions leading to poor health, immoral behavior and the deterioration of the race'.
    *Additional bonus points for identifying the military unit in which he served.

  4. Which party affiliation was held by the men who professed that it was within the rights of the state to perform compulsory sterilization?
    *Additional bonus points for naming the most recognizable man who shared in this profession and what his highly recognizable previous position was.

  5. Which party affiliation was held by the man who was joined by the majority in determining that a defendant must be given access to counsel upon request in a capital trial? This determination eventually opened this door to all defendants.
    *Additional bonus points for naming the group of four this man was a part of and what they stood up against.
There's a lot to chew on here, so take your time and do a little research. I promise your effort will help you and your understanding of today's political climate and it'll help you educate your friends and enemies alike. I will be tallying scores and posting results on Saturday
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6 People Have Had Their Say:

Andy on April 20, 2010 at 7:11 AM said...

1) Democrat Guessing it was Roosevelt & Kennedy...just a guess.

2) Democrat No idea

3) Republican Guessing the Army

4) Democrat No idea

5) Republican

I did no research...just guessing

innominatus on April 20, 2010 at 1:30 PM said...

1. D/L/P Johnny Commons (ironic name for an elitist, eh?) said that while advising Teddy and Woody.

2. D/L/P Frances Piven (Cloward-Piven) said that. She got parked in the DMV by Billary.

Dang. You're right about these being tough questions. I've burned through most of my lunch break and I'll try to finish later...

Anonorickamous said...

Apply this formula:

Sounds offensive -> Democrat
Sounds fair and good -> Republican

I win. Pay up.

Man, that's hard hitting political analysis. You can find quotes that don't fit the prevailing narratives. Deep stuff, man. I'm chewin.

innominatus on April 20, 2010 at 8:40 PM said...

3. Oliver Wendell Holmes. Supposedly centrist but into the Progressive stuff of the day. Massachusetts Militia then Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

More digging after the Blazer game!

classicaliberal on April 20, 2010 at 10:15 PM said...

Rick, you had a shot. You could have accepted the challenge, answered the questions and then taken my money. Instead you chose to be a smart ass. Your loss.

BTW, it doesn't just sound offensive, it is. You can try to justify racism all you want (since it is the historic providence of the left), but it is still wrong.

What prevailing narrative is it you're referring to?

innominatus on April 21, 2010 at 8:41 AM said...

4. I'll guess DLP but I can't pin down a reference. Alexander G. Bell was surprisingly into this movement but I dunno that he's the one you're thinking of for the bonus.

5. Republican George Sutherland. The death penalty case against some accused rapists (who were black) had all kinds of problems.



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