The author of the above piece got a fairly standard fundraising questionnaire from the Republican National Senatorial Committee. It contained the two following questions:
Do you think it’s a good idea to renegotiate international trade deals to make sure we are leveraging our power in favor of American workers and U.S.-based companies?
Generally, is there too much government involvement in our free enterprise system?
It is impossible for an educated person to answer yes to both questions.
If you answer yes to the first question, then the only intellectually honest answer to the second question is no. You could answer no to the first question and yes to the second question. Or you could answer no to both questions.
But if you answer yes to the first question, you are asserting a protectionist/mercantilist worldview, a worldview that is incompatible with free enterprise. So, to be intellectually honest, you must answer no to the second question.
Now I understand both parties send out these crap questionnaires with loaded questions.
But can’t they at least take a moment to ensure they are not contradicting themselves from one question to the next???