My husband recently received an "official" GOP Platform Survey and cover letter in the mail. It's really "official" with a registration number in RED and everything. I'm surprised he received it, as we are registered Democrats. However, he is a white male, aged 60 years. Maybe that makes him qualified.
Nothing should surprise me anymore, but this letter and survey is disturbing. It is from the GOP chairman, Reince Priebus, and asks for a reply to the survey as well as a donation to the GOP to "block the Democrats all-out drive to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014".
What surprised me was several statements and the tone of the letter by Priebus. He seems to truly believe that most people like himself - white, male, over 40 - want to stop the "liberal" agenda of Obama and the Dems. Priebus also wants to make sure that there is a plan to "effectively communicate our conservative principles". He also states, with underlining, that he wants "to rally the tens of millions of voters like you who DID NOT vote for more of President Obama's reckless government spending, higher taxes, and liberal redistributionist policies".
Is redistributionist even a real word? Please read below the curlicue for more. My apologies to older white men everywhere.
Many people know that the GOP is the party of NO, NO, NO and their motto seems to be "I've got mine, screw everyone else". I know, I know, this is old news. Almost everyone knows that the GOP is trying to block Obama, The Affordable Care Act, Pelosi, the Democrats, and anything that common sense dictates would help the general public. This letter and survey are proof positive that negativism is the prevailing attitude in the GOP leadership and they have nothing positive to offer in this letter. It isn't enough for me to write about it; you must see the actual letters and survey for yourself.
I would like to point out a few items that stood out for me. On page one, Priebus referred to Obama's "right to ram his agenda down the throats of the American people with no debate..." Gee, I thought Obama reached across the aisle several times. On page two, Priebus wrote that party leaders need reasurance for their stand against "...Obama's drive to raise taxes, expand government spending and implement radical left-wing policies..." Isn't Obama a moderate? Don't we have the lowest tax rate in decades?
The strongest statement I noticed is on page three, at the bottom. Priebus wrote in all capitals - is he yelling? - that "WE MUST REMAIN DETERMINED TO STOP OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS." Hmm... nothing new here. Nothing positive either, no plan to help people.
Wow. Let me say that again: There is nothing positive or productive in the GOP platform survey. It is full of negative language, preventing the other party's supposed plans. There is nothing here to support the American people, grow the economy or help the down trodden. There is nothing good here. Nothing good. Nothing.
Another interesting item to note is the donation box on page four of the survey. There is no choice to NOT send a donation to the RNC. What kind of choice is this?
I have embedded the cover letter and survey below for your perusal. This is the truth of the GOP platform right from the horse's mouth (er... or... whatever). When you have your next discussion about why the GOP isn't a viable option for anyone to choose a candidate, these may give you some much needed answers why.