Litmus Test

In evaluating the intent of those who enter into the conversation surrounding advancing the common good of the people the following litmus test can be utilized to help determine how heavily their opinions should be weighed.

Motive

  • Are there any potential conflicts of interest
  • Who are their friends and business associates
  • To whom do they owe favors
  • Who do they represent
  • By whom are they employed and/or whom have they been employed by
  • Who stands to benefit
  • Does their position represent the common good of the people

Money

  • Where does their money come from
  • What investments do they have
  • What will they stand to gain
  • To whom do they owe money to
  • Is there full transparency of all financial interactions

Morality

  • What is their history in terms of ethical and moral behavior
  • What is the history of those with whom they associate
  • Might their position lead to any physical suffering by any living person or the environment
  • Might their position lead to any emotional or psychological suffering by any living person
  • Matter of Fact
  • Is there evidence to support their claims/statements
  • Is there historical precedent to support their claims/statements
  • Does it increase or decrease size of government
  • Does it increase or decrease the spending of government
  • What are the short term and long term risks and benefits
  • Does this fit with philosophy of our forefathers
  • Does it advance the common good of the people