Thursday, June 4, 2009

The RNC Wants You!

In the past few weeks, I’ve received two surveys from the Republican National Convention—an odd state of affairs as I’m a rather vocal Constitutionalist these days.

It’s the usual stuff, with the Republicans struggling to realize what they need to do, and fundamentally they just have a bunch of recent bullet points that Obama and company have been working on, and give everyone the option to cast a yea/nay on their “survey.” Ultimately, what the survey is saying is “if you elect us again, we’ll not be big-government liberals this time, we promise.”

Yeah, I’m holding my breath for that.

But what amuses me the most about these ballots is that the last question is asking for money. The first one, was fairly standard and only gave two options (yes, I’ll contribute, here’s X or XX amount, or yes I support you, but I don’t have money right now, here’s $11).

I can understand, gaining and keeping power is expensive these days apparently.

But, as I said, I’ve gotten two recently, the latest of which came in today. While the previous one was labeled a “2010 Congressional District Survey” the new one has a title of  “2009 Republican Party Census Document.”

Just the titles of these things are amusing, but what really got me, was the last question of the “Census Document.” It read the exact same way as the first one (well the “I don’t have money right now” option went from $11 to $12) but with the addition of a 3rd option.  Now, they had a no option, and it read “No, I favor electing liberal Democrats over the next ten years.”

I laughed. Heartily, and loudly.

Then I got up, went into the other room to show it to my wife, who in turn laughed.

I’m amused, and disgusted, because the RNC just doesn’t get it. They still don’t understand, and they assume that I’m stupid enough to just forget the past 8 years of big government policies which they’ve endorsed and pushed through.

Their survey yaps about not supporting Obama’s bailouts, but happily overlook the fact that the Republicans started it. 

Public Law 110-33 (H.R. 1424) was passed with the following votes:

  • House: 263 Yea; 171 Nay
    • Democratic: 172 Yea; 63 Nay
    • Republican: 91 Yea; 108 Nay
  • Senate: 74 Yea; 25 Nay; 1 Absent
    • Democratic: 41 Yea; 10 Nay
    • Republican: 33 Yea; 15 Nay

And then signed by a Republican President.

Of course, the Republicans suddenly remembered their “fiscal conservative” roots once Obama took office, and no House Republicans voted for Obama’s “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” (Public Law 111-5) which is some 1,000 pages that absolutely no one in either the House or the Senate actually read in its entirety.

Which is why I do support a “Read The Bill” Amendment to the Constitution, something which forces both houses of Congress to have every piece of legislation read aloud prior to a vote.

But I digress.

The simple fact is that the Republicans have lost touch. They did nothing to stop the growth of government during the Bush years (on the contrary, they happily helped it along). They did nothing to shrink the government during all those years when they had power.

They gained power during the mid-nineties on a small government platform, yet  that never came into being. Instead they hemmed and hawed and passed pork-laden bill after government growth bill.

There is no way that I’m voting along party lines for this group. I’ll find the person who votes (or promises to vote) for smaller government, for less taxes, and to do away with any and every government program out there.

In the end, I’m not sending the RNC there suggested donations. I’m not sending the RNC the “$12 to tally the survey.”

No. I’d rather have a Liberal Democrat in office---after all, they’re honest in their liberalness as wrong as I view it-- than a Republican who claims to be a Conservative all the while voting for big government, insane spending bills and/or higher taxes.

Anyways, my $12 would be better spent buying myself a book, a meal, or even just shoving it under my bed.


Blogger Kimmie said...

I just received one of these today and was searching to see if anyone else was a disgusted as I am over their requirement to "donate" to have my survey tabulated.

After being a Republican for many years but becoming more and more disgusted with the party, this bit has made me opt completely out.

I will be checking more into your Constitutionalism - sounds like something that will apply to me.

July 28, 2009 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Stephen Wrighton said...

@Kimmie - I didn't read it in its entirety at first, and was going to fill it out. Just another way for the RNC to get money from us to build bigger government. The stupid things have now made their way to the local garbage dump.

And yes, do check out the Constitution party ( You'll probably be very happy with their platform. I am.

July 28, 2009 at 2:15 PM  

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