In Yesterday’s mail, just as I had predicted, I received four separate communications from the Republican Party in one form or another. Each one of the communications was designed to separate me from the hard earned fruits of my labor, and each one promised to use those resources in order to fight for our conservative principles and to fight the leftist agenda which plagues America. Their exact wording follows as thus:
We must not lose faith in our conservative principles, and never stop working to restore our prosperity and security and make America the greatest country on Earth.
And we must begin today, with confidence in our cause, to meet the challenges ahead and continue to resist Barack Obama’s extremist ultra liberal policies.
Special note to the RNC: your communication mistakenly combined the words ultra and liberal into one word, which does not exist in our language. You may wish to take $50 or so and invest in a spell checker for your word processing before you send out mass communications.
What follows is my response mailed back for each and every one of the communications received.
To whom it may concern,
I do appreciate your communication and efforts to reach out to me in order to fight the, “ultra liberal,” agenda which is unfortunately becoming a reality as a consequence of the two most recent Presidential elections. I do have some thoughts on this, which I am returning in your prepaid envelope in lieu of a check. I believe that some message from the rank and file of your party needs to be imparted to the leadership, and I further believe that it would do the leadership a world of good to actually hear that message, so please bear with me. The money is only temporarily being withheld, and my part of your financial spigot will be restored if at some point in the future I feel that you do intend to represent my values.
I have become increasingly disenchanted with the Republican brand recently, and not for the reasons that you are probably telling yourselves. I have always considered myself to be a person who is more to the right politically speaking, and have conducted myself as though the Republican Party shared that philosophy. While I do realize that the word conservative means vastly different things, depending on who was speaking at any particular point in time, there have usually been some central principles that have been shared by the entirety of our voting base.
The concept of free market economics, limited government intrusion into the private lives of Americans, strict and literal interpretation of our Constitution, respecting all the Amendments found in our Bill of Rights, sane government spending, balancing our budget, constraining the size and scope of our government, and returning our vast federal behemoth to the size, scope, and limitations envisioned by our nation’s founders, has been a central tenet of the bulk of the GOP voting base for as long as I can remember. The problem I have is that while those who run for office under the GOP brand may give lip service to this concept, once elected, their actions do not match the promises made. What’s worse, is that recently I have heard and read much about how the Party needs to swing itself to the left politically in order to appeal to various special interest groups, or to groups identified by differing ethnic backgrounds rather the the generic term of all American citizens. This new rhetoric started with the class of television pundits, (who by the way have zero interest in Republican electoral success,) and then found itself being agreed upon by our own party leadership.
How does this square with your communication to me, promising to be conservative in the future? Do you believe your voting base to be stupid? It’s not just the rhetoric, but the actions that have me convinced that the shift leftward is real. The last two candidates for the Presidency nominated by the GOP have been the two fellows who were furthest to the left politically in our field of candidates. I realize that currently, on a national level we are at a disadvantage. I am not an idiot, however there are things that we can do as a party to stand up for what we believe in. Recently, our House Speaker just signed onto a deal that increased the rate of taxation in exchange for a huge increase in spending, while there is still no budget in place.
I have heard nothing positive said about the Tea Party by any Republican leader. All the Tea Party did, was to deliver a wave election to your midst for 2010. After that historic victory, you thanked that movement by insulting them, ignoring them, and capitulating on the Obama agenda. Being a member of a political party that asks for my money, feels entitled to my vote, and disdains my voice does not work for me.
Conservatism wins elections. It works each and every time it is tried. There is a reason why Republicans hold the Governorships in 30 out of 50 states right now, and why we as a party are doing tremendously well at the state and local level. Since Ronald Reagan, and our eschewing of his philosophy, how have we done as a party on the national level? The practice of becoming the Party of Democrat Lite has not been successful by any stretch of the definition of success. What on Earth makes you believe that it will work in the future? I can tell you that governance by the Democrat Lite brand interests me no more than being governed by the real thing. Judging by the electoral results of the last two decades, I am not alone in this thinking.