…at this house, in any case. To say I’ve not been happy with the Republican Party of late is an understatement. I wish I could set aside the antics my local Committee is performing but I can’t. As a man is known by the company he keeps, so, too, is a Party. The LCRC’s fanatical attitude toward anyone who doesn’t swallow their entire line of “real Republicanism”, their cheerful flouting of their own Party Plan, and the descent into ad hominem (“they’re just RINOs!”) attacks against anyone who expresses disagreement has sincerely soured my view of the Party.
That the state Party (RPV) allowed the tyrannical behavior at the 10th District Convention I attended to pass with the barest of hand-slaps tells me the RPV isn’t really interested in maintaining party structure, at least at this level.
The national party elects, as chairman, a man who stands completely against the concept of securing the border against illegal entry and in favor of allowing all those who came here illegally to just step up and become a citizen. The NRSC and the NRCC refuse to hold Senators and Congressmen accountable for their votes
Then we have the actual elected politicans of the GOP who managed to stomp fiscal responsibility into the ground and spit on it before running to the pork troughs as fast as they could. Their answer to the obvious lack of proper leadership in this regard was to re-elect the same leaders that oversaw the GOP’s thumping loss in 2006 back into the leadership. And while some of them are holding true, I need only point out such abominations as the Gang of 14, McCain-Feingold, and the aforementioned votes on the “non-binding” anti-war resolutions to show that all is not well in GOP-land.
So, what have I been doing with the various GOP fundraising letters I’m getting? The ones that are asking me to cut checks to the party in general so “we can keep Hillary Clinton from getting into the White House”? I’ve been dumping them into the trash. Every one of them. Specific candidates, I’ll support. But I will not support a party apparatus that does not work to handle the issues that the rank-and-file of the center-right Republicans have loudly articulated are important. Which brings me to this morning’s phone call.
The kid who was on the other side was obviously doing his damnedest to get to the end of the script he’s supposed to read, but I wasn’t having any of it. I told him that I’d not send or commit a single cent to the GOP until I see action from the GOP leadership on these issues I’ve mentioned: border security, support for the GWOT, fiscal responsibility, and having government’s default behavior to be butting out of my personal business. When I see evidence of that, then I’ll consider it. Until then, I’ll save my money for the candidates I see are going to make progress in these areas.
Until then, GOP, lose my number.