Near the holiday season, at end of the year, I always expect to be approached by charities and other organizations looking to raise funds for a good cause. But I really don’t expect to be dogged by political organizations for campaign contributions, especially since we have not yet entered the campaign season.
Last week, I received yet another solicitation from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) disguised as correspondence that I might receive from my local county assessors office. Pretty tricky. It worked, though. I opened the envelope. What I found inside was a “St. Charles County Republican Area Assessment,” not a tax statement from my tax collector. I was actually quite surprised to see that they had the nerve to put me back on their mailing list, since I sent them some pretty graphic pieces of my mind when they intentionally derailed the Akin campaign in 2012. We, in Missouri, have been licking the wounds inflicted by Claire McCaskill, since then. I want to extend my personal thanks to Carl Rove for helping that initiative along. But I digress.
I began to read the four-page letter that quickly got to the point of the correspondence. M-O-N-E-Y. It only took them 4 paragraphs to get the big question. “Will you send us some money, of course, after, you send us your answers to the enclosed questionnaire, which is comprised of leading questions that can only take you to predetermined outcomes, designed by us, the Republican Party?”
Even with plummeting Obama administration approval numbers, the Democrats are still out raising their Republican counterparts. Maybe the reason is because the Republicans still haven’t heard the cries of the conservatives who embody the Republican Party, and those of the Tea Party, who have left the Republican Party, altogether. Actually, it was evident to me as I read the NRSC Republican Area Assessment. Nothing but leading questions with absolutely no evidence of a plan to implement the substance. Just more Kumbaya Conservatives spewing more Yankee-Doodle, with no intention of follow through.
Question 9: Do you believe spending cuts – NOT tax hikes – are the best way to deal with the national debt which has skyrocketed to a record-high $17.1 trillion (and rising) under the Democrats?
They certainly know how to regurgitate the talking points, but they fail to concede conservatives are not going to continue to be led into predetermined, Carl Rove style outcomes. And we aren’t going to follow with false promises of repealing Obamacare, ending debt and entitlement and substantless budget deals/compromises that do nothing to end big government spending, among other things. And we aren’t going to send you any money.
Question 20: Should Senate Republicans continue working to de-fund ObamaCare and strip away the most damaging provision until we have a new Republican Majority that will vote for a full repeal of the law?
Question 24: Do you consider yourself a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms?
It occurred to me that the Republican establishment, and Carl Rove, need a new set of talking points. So, I polled some real conservatives, at the grassroots level, and here are their suggestions. I would bet, if the next NRSC survey had some of these talking points, the Republicans could raise a little more money. And perhaps we could actually save the Republican Party and return it to the Founders intended conservative principles.
• Term Limits seemed to be at the top of the list. Most folks believe that political services should not be a career, and if the president is limited to two terms as are most state governors, so should the Senate, (and House).
• In addition to term limits, a repeal of the 17th amendment was a close second. Many actually suggested with a repeal of the 17th, there would be no need for term limits, and I agree.
• Almost as popular as term limits, and a 17th amendment repeal, were the ideas of adding amendments that require congress to make no laws excluding themselves, elimination of pensions, and to seriously reduce salaries of elected and government employees.
Some additional policy suggestions:
Move all offices to Congressional/Senate districts and drastically reduce time spent in Washington D.C. Suspend ability to engage in the stock market while in office, and require all elected to prove they have read the bill before they can vote on the bill. Implement term limits for the Supreme Court, secure the borders, eliminate the IRS and withdraw from the United Nations. Eliminate the Capitol Gains Tax, revoke the ability for congress to vote for their own pay raises, and tie their raises to a balanced budget. Also, implement a Fair Tax and tort reform, were among the more popular suggestions.
Needless to say, I will again be sending the NSRC a piece of my mind along with their tired, talking points survey, in addition to this list of “Conservative Guidelines,” which will be among the litmus I will be using choose a qualified senatorial candidate in the next election.
Should you receive a similar survey, please include these thoughts in your response and perhaps we can break down the establishment machine. If you don’t receive a survey and would like to send your own message to the NSRC, here is their contact info:
National Republican Senatorial Committee
425 2nd Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002