My letter to the RNC...Submitted by vman45 on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 13:46
The other day, I received a 2008 GOP Census document in the mail. Did anybody else get one of these? Apparently, I was selected to represent the Republican voters in my voting district. It was chock full of leading questions that I answered contrary to their wishes (I'm sure) and still seemed to be playing the fear card. It was also blatantly asking for money, which I pretty much ignored, but then I looked on the back. If you donated at least $25.00, you could select the candidate that you recommended or endorsed. To my surprise, Ron Paul was one of the selections, so I returned it with a check. The census and included letter led me to believe that the party is in disarray, as I suspected anyway. I looked at this as a golden opportunity to voice my opinion to the Chairman on the RNC. I'm not sure if this was a good or bad idea (I'll be looking out for a black helicopter), but I wrote the following letter and sent it directly to him. As a dedicated RP supporter, I'd like to share it with you. Please understand I thought it best to downplay my fervor for RP in the letter. I welcome your thoughts on this.
January 23, 2008
Mr. Robert M. Duncan
Dear Mr. Duncan:
I am writing this letter in direct response to the 2008 GOP Census in which I was invited to participate. I have completed and mailed the Census Document, but wanted to take the opportunity to convey my deeper, personal opinions to you and the RNC, directly.
Apparently, the Republican voter base is in disarray. Otherwise, I don’t suspect the Census effort would be necessary. As a concerned citizen, I am offering my insight on this matter. I don’t expect you to like or agree with it, but I will offer it just the same. If you would like to get back in touch with the grassroots, please read on. I, for one, will do everything in my power to avoid another Clinton Presidency, but there is a dilemma which I suspect you have realized. There doesn’t seem to be a Republican Candidate that can beat her. God knows, the party has tried to force most of them down our throats, but none of them have stayed down.
I come from a deeply conservative family in Southeastern Pennsylvania and have always viewed political matters through Republican eyes. In recent years--the last seven to be precise--I find myself questioning the direction of the Republican Party. It seems that there is no longer any distinction between Democrat and Republican. From the average citizen’s perspective, the two party system is a two-headed beast. It doesn’t seem to matter who’s in office, things just seem to get worse. Additionally, John Q. Public is now convinced that his elected representatives don’t really care about him or his problems. Serving special and corporate interests seem to be all that matters.
I recall President Bush’s inaugural promises to maintain a humble foreign policy and to avoid nation building. I also recall him swearing to uphold the Constitution. Of course, the events in September, 2001 changed our perspectives, but they should have never changed our principles. If I may offer a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Since that terrible day in September, 2001, the U.S. Constitution seems to have been kicked to the curb. The Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, H.R. 1955, and a host of other knee-jerk legislation have done nothing but erode the very fragile fabric of Personal Liberty, which is paramount to the health of our Republic, and will do nothing to prevent terrorism. Our ignoring and straying from the Constitution, in my view, is a firm victory for those who would do us harm.
In regard to Iraq, in the opinion of many Republican individuals that I have spoken to, this was an unnecessary distraction. Our justified efforts fighting militants in Afghanistan was harmed by this decision. This was an unjust attack on a sovereign nation for the sole purpose of getting control of the oil spigot and awarding contracts to military-industrial contractors. Our country is going bankrupt because of such irresponsible behavior. The insistence that Iraq is the front line in the fight against terrorism is ludicrous. One of the main reasons that the voter base cannot accept this is the fact that our Southern border is wide open. Dangerous criminals and/or worse can walk right in the front door and vanish. If we were really concerned about our safety, this would not be the case.
I have dwelled on the GOP’s current dilemma for several months. I have put hubris aside and tried to look at things from a purely mechanical perspective…one that would keep a Republican in the White House. The conclusion I have reached is that the party needs an anti-war, fiscally conservative candidate who can return it to its core values and tenets. The only one available is Congressman Ron Paul. I feel he is not the best option; he is the only current option. His grassroots campaign can no longer be ignored and his message is purely, traditionally Conservative. The question is…Is there enough time left to adequately promote him and make him a viable candidate?
I sincerely hope you will consider what I’m saying. I’m frightened by the Socialist leanings of the Democratic Party and the prospect of it controlling the country again. I, as I assume you are, am concerned for the future of our nation. I feel that nominating a pro-war candidate at this time will cost us the White House. Will we allow that to happen?