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Are you a Democrat or Republican? Are you an Atheist, Socialist, Libertarian?
When reporting the numbers in various groups, news agencies generally accept that people are whatever they claim to be. That can result in a rather odd mix of people under the same banner.
Some people who claim to be Christians believe in their own whims more than any god. Some people who claim to be atheists actually have a fairly developed external morality. Some leaders disappoint the group they lead or misrepresent it.
Sometimes magazines will provide a list of questions for people to answer in order to help them fit themselves better into the larger picture. That can ensure the members in a group do think the same way on the issues at hand and provide more meaningful numbers in that context.
Please consider carefully the following three questions.
1. Suppose you have an earache and your mother tells you it happens in your family from time to time and you don't really need to see a doctor, it will pass. Do you go to a doctor anyway?
2. Suppose your blood relative and in-law are not happy in their marriage. Your in-law does not want a divorce, but your blood relative does. What advice, if any, do you give either of them before any divorce occurs?
3. Gun laws usually limit gun ownership, but suppose the government required you to own a gun and take a proficiency test every two years. That won't likely happen in this country, this is only an exercise in thinking. So exercise your thinking, would you; oppose the law, but obey it, oppose the law and disobey it, or follow the law? How much fine would you pay to avoid owning a gun?
Usually when a magazine article asks a list of questions it then tells you what your answers or your score could mean. It assigns a label to you.
This article will not. This is merely an exercise to help you sort yourselves out. Share the questions and your various answers with your friends and relatives. That is, if you dare. Perhaps your news outlet can serve you better after you find your own labels.
This is an election year for federal offices. In Virginia, Republican Ed Gillespie is challenging Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat. Republican and economist David Brat is challenging Representative Eric Cantor, a Republican. Those contests are generating the most buzz, but there are others and various organizational changes.
In Virginia only, in this election cycle only, Republicans appear to challenge themselves more than Democrats. Elsewhere Tea Party and Republican candidates are better preparing to advance.
Of course it is too soon to count the right entirely out here. They, like you, are learning to navigate the organization paradox.
The campaign ads will likely focus on "jobs" with more or less vague references to 1. health care, 2. marriage law and 3. guns.
The questions here were designed to address issues that more people will likely have in their own lives than you might see addressed elsewhere.

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