“Oh, really,” was the thought that popped into my head when I saw the following fund-raising letter from the GOP Treasurer:
Did you abandon the Republican Party?
Chairman Priebus has written to you already this year asking you to contribute to the RNC and renew your membership. But we haven’t received your financial support yet this year.
Your past support has shown us that you believe in the Republican Party and the conservative principles we stand for. That’s why we still believe you haven’t given up on the Republican Party yet.
So we are giving you one more chance to renew your membership with the Republican National Committee.
Right now you are handing the advantage over to Democrats. That’s exactly what President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid want you to do. With committed Republicans like you sitting out in 2014, the Democrats are able to continue their liberal rampage on conservative principles.
2014 is our last chance to step in, step up, and take back the Senate to regain Republican control in Washington. Don’t turn your back on the Republican Party now.
Renew your membership with the Republican National Committee now and support our fight to defeat liberal Democrats.
Actually, “Go “F” yourself” was the next thought after I read the first line about abandonment. It was not until I understood what those “conservative principles” stand for that I decided to second guess where I had been. They stand for conformity. They stand for the good ol’ boys club. They stand for snobbishness. They stand for every last man for himself. Step anywhere outside of any of those boxes and one is disrespected regardless of the merit of one’s ideas. They don’t stand for new ways of thinking about common problems or practical prescriptions. I tried to help, but I received the “our way or the highway” treatment and I did the natural thing any rational human being would do by choosing the highway.
I didn’t abandon the Party – it abandoned me in so many ways I lost count. I object to tight money. I object to mass deportation. I object to marriage regulation. I object to corporatism. I object to insulting average people, especially those who were victims of the Great Recession and lost everything – careers, homes and families. Nothing about any Republican campaign that I’ve noticed over the last handful of years has been inspiring or uplifting, or hopeful; and none of them have been anything I would consider worthy of praise. They have all been angry and cynical in tone toward not just the opponent, but toward entire classes of voters and some ideas that might actually help our current situation. It’s a losing strategy implemented by angry and cynical losers.
I would tell them to stop hounding me if I only could. The last time I tried I was added to the spam list – a statement that is a kin to “don’t call us, we’ll call you.” Sorry, guys, but I don’t know you anymore.