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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.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    Liberal (from Webster's Dictionary): tolerant of views differing from one's own; broad-minded

    by 50sbaby on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 06:00:15 AM PDT

  •  An interesting look at the GOP's approach. (1+ / 0-)
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    thomask

    Nothing of any value there. This old white guy rejects the whole nasty mess. Peibus is a disgusting ass-wipe.

    You are an object from which to extract profit.

    by Syoho on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:04:04 AM PDT

  •  Really, they could shorten it (5+ / 0-)
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    pvasileff, nocynicism, rlb, Lujane, thomask

    Do you believe everybody should be a rich old white male like us?

    Do you believe that everyone in the bottom 99% should just hand over their wallets to the 1%?

    Do you hate hate hate hate hate Obama?

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:26:18 AM PDT

  •  Can't wait to get my copy.... (5+ / 0-)
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    pvasileff, nocynicism, rlb, Lujane, thomask

    I would love for the GOP to know EXACTLY how this
    "old white guy" feels about their agenda.

    "Now watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, a liberal, a fanatical criminal" -- Logical Song -- Rick Davies & Roger Hodgson

    by Over50Lib on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:47:56 AM PDT

    •  But, you have to PAY for them to count it (1+ / 0-)
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      Lujane

      Bet that if there isn't $15 in there, they will just throw it away.

      What a scam to get the results they want.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 12:51:30 PM PDT

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  •  LOL @ (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, thomask

    "OFFICIAL REPUBLICAN PARTY DOCUMENT - DO NOT DESTROY".

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose." - Janis Joplin

    by Uncommitted on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 09:09:10 AM PDT

  •  I notice they are basically saying (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, thomask

    They won't process your survey if you don't give them at least $15.

    Yeah, pay us to count you. That way we can say that we took a survey and got these results, which would only be results from people willing to cough up $15 for the Republicans.

    Talk about making sure the results are skewed!

    Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

    by splashy on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 12:50:30 PM PDT

  •  My husband regularly gets these surveys. (1+ / 0-)
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    thomask

    We are both registered as Republicans (long story why, but we always vote Dem) but for some reason the surveys only come to him, never me.  However, I complete them honestly and mail them back with a note that they are losing "moderate Republicans" like us with these policies and that we won't donate as long as they continue to promote such idiocy.

    I actually DID vote for a Republican for Senate once, but that was decades ago, and he was what at the time was called a "Liberal Republican."  Right now we could use some Democrats like "Mac" Mathias:

    *he argued in favor of home rule in the district and providing D.C. residents full representation in both chambers of Congress...
    *In June 1969, Mathias joined with fellow liberal Republican Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania in threatening a "rebellion" unless the Nixon administration worked harder to protect African American civil rights...
    *Mathias was also an early advocate for setting a timetable for withdrawal of troops from Vietnam, and was against the bombing campaigns Nixon launched into Laos...
    *As an advocate for campaign finance reform, Mathias refused to accept any contribution over $100 to "avoid the curse of big money that has led to so much trouble in the last year"...
    He was actually rated the 4th most liberal member of the Senate in 1974 by Americans for Democratic Action.
    I was only old enough to vote for him once before he retired, but I did it proudly.

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