Not a giant topic tonight, as I have a lot to get accomplished at home this evening. I have a hectic week coming up and it may eat a lot of my time. So this week could end up with some spotty posting of articles. For tonight’s topic, I decided that I wanted to share with everyone the absolutely ridiculous questionnaire I got from the RNC. I received in the mail the other day, a “2010 Congressional District Survey” from the Republican National Committee. I found it odd that it was sent to me since I re-registered as an Independent two years ago. But none-the-less, I decided I would sit down and read it, see what it says. As I read the welcome letter from Michael Steele, I was a bit glad to hear that the Republican National Committee was interested in learning how I felt about the issues as they decide on how to go forth in the political world.
Chairman Steele let me know that my opinion was important. The RNC was attempting to get a firm grasp on what people feel. Where do average Americans stand on the issues? My participation in this poll would help the Republican party determine their course forward.
Then I started to read the questions. There were 17 of them. After the second I realized that I had been tricked. The Republican National Committee was not at all interested in finding out what the average American citizen thought on the key issues of the day. Every single question they asked was loaded in some way. I will list them all with the reply that I would give if Chairman Steele had the gumption to approach me and ask these questions directly. Each of the first 16 questions gave you the opportunity to fill in one of three boxes:
1. Do you support the Obama Administration’s efforts to eliminate further testing and deployment of an intercontinental missile defense system?
No I do not support the effort to eliminate this. I am all for any development of a defense only system that will allow us to eventually fall back to a defensive position and stop feeling the need to get “offensive” in order to stop someone from coming at us. I did find it interesting that the RNC didn’t really tell us the situation. As far as I have read, the Obama administration changed the system they were developing, which I also disagreed with, but didn’t eliminate all defense systems. I know D13 was following this, so perhaps he could weigh in.
2. Should Republicans continue fighting Congressional Democrats’ efforts to grant full unconditional amnesty to illegal immigrants?
Yes, they should. But they should also not take that to mean that I would support the idea of not granting illegal immigrants conditional amnesty. Most of the Democrats that I have heard on this issue aren’t talking about unconditional amnesty. But they are talking amnesty. And that is a legitimate debate that should be had.
No I do not. I also do not support the Republican party’s efforts to impose massive war spending on the American people. I have been fairly clear that I support very little in the way of taxes. The bare minimums. However, I want to go a different way here. As I understand it, the Democrats plan is not to impose massive taxes on the American people. Their plan is to impose massive taxes on the wealthy producers in America. The other 95% don’t get massive taxes imposed on them. BUT… I also do not agree with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s efforts to impose massive “hidden taxes” on the other 95%. Some examples would be cap and trade, health care reform, sin taxes, etc. The Democrats are killing us taking more money, they are being more creative than calling it a tax. I don’t support that either.
4. Do you believe that the federal government should maintain a permanent ownership stake in large American banks?
No. But I don’t think their intent is to maintain ownership in large American banks. How about a real question. Do I agree with the federal governments permanent ownership of the fruits of my labor through an ever increasing tax burden? Or do I agree with the federal government’s manipulation of the economy through the Federal Reserve and corporate taxing strategies that continue to push the American economy further towards a non-recoverable state?
I have been clear on this one before. I didn’t like the first auto bailout. So I certainly don’t want to see more money taken from the Treasury and handed to inept companies that put themselves in a position to fail. Sorry auto workers.
6. Do you support expanded exploration and drilling for fossil fuels off of U.S. coasts and on federal land?
Yes I do. In fact I will do you one better. I support the repeal of all legislation that stood in the way of exploration and drilling by government having anything at all to do with exploration and drilling on land off the US coasts. I also support the repeal of all legislation that seized massive amounts of land in the US and claimed it as federal land. So, no I don’t support your RNC position either.
7. Do you support the Democrats’ efforts to create a massive new federal government bureaucracy that would be run by unionized government employees and would have complete control of your health care costs and choices?
No. I also don’t support the Republican National Committee’s complete mischaracterization of what is being debated in the health care arena. There is enough madness without more misdirection in a supposed “survey”. I will do you one better, RNC. I don’t support the federal government running social security or medicare either. Because they, both Democrats and Republicans are far too inept to run anything efficiently or effectively.
I certainly support the expansion of veteran’s benefits. But I don’t think it should be a priority. How about as a priority, we work on making the benefits that veterans are supposed to get actually work efficiently and effectively. There is a priority for you, RNC. Why don’t you fix the VA system, and update the rest of the benefits we were promised to modern times. Once you prove government can run the VA health care system better than the private world runs health care, we can come back to question #7 again.
How about this, Republicans should make resignation of all members of Congress a priority.
9. Do you support maintaining anti-terrorism laws that give law enforcement and intelligence agencies the far-reaching powers to track, detain, and prosecute terrorists and their accomplices?
Absolutely not. What you are asking is if I support the Patriot Act. And I don’t. Anti-terrorism laws that give law enforcement far-reaching powers has resulted in illegal wire taps, surveillance of American citizens, and the harassment of millions to protect us from hundreds. You Republicans gave us the Patriot Act. And I think you are complete assholes for doing so.
I also, given Janet Napolitano and the current liberal movement’s definitions of terrorist, extremist, and radical, don’t trust for a second that more time isn’t being spent securing political power through the use of these tactics than actually securing America.
10. Should the U.S. government normalize relations with Cuba?
Sure, why not? When was the last time that little island did anything other than get side-swiped by a hurricane? There comes a time when we are going to have to ask ourselves whether we can submit to the idea that anyone who has a different form of government is our enemy. The Cuba we hated was less socialistic than where this country seems to be headed. They were communists backed by the communist empire USSR. USSR is gone. Cuba is not a threat to us. Why wouldn’t we normalize relations with a country that is 70 miles off the coast of Florida?
11. Do you believe that Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress have the best interests of you, your family and your community in mind?
NO I DO NOT!!!! I also do not believe for a second that the Republicans in Congress have the best interests of me, my family and my community in mind. You are all hyenas looking to steal whatever food I can gather for myself. Quit pretending that you care one bit about anything but power and re-election. Assholes.
12. Do you believe that American business and industry will be able to compete in the world economy if the Obama administration bends to pressure from radical environmentalists and implements draconian regulations on emissions, energy consumption and transportation beyond what is required in other industrialized countries?
A couple of thoughts here. Draconian? Load your questions much?
Last time I checked, the Obama administration is facing the fact that we haven’t begun to take the measures that other industrialized countries have already taken. They aren’t looking to go beyond what other industrialized countries are doing. They are looking to finally participate and be part of “the solution”.
That being said, I think all the other countries are just as dumb and small minded and we are now moving to match their level of incompetence. The environmentalists ARE radicals and all of the steps we are taking have nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with power.
And further, I don’t believe American business and industry will be able to compete in the future because of the actions of the federal government (both sides) to ruin our economy, implode with debt, and handcuff private industry in ways that will force our best and brightest to make economic decisions to move businesses abroad. The “sociofascist” movement in America today will ruin this country. And it will do so even quicker so long as Americans fail to reject personal responsibility, self reliance, and hard work while accepting entitlement attitudes and class warfare.
I think this is a waste of a question. Social Security won’t be there when I get to the age anyway. I support the repeal of the social security act immediately. Make the cutoff age 45. Anyone under that age will not get social security. They also will not pay another dime into it. Sorry they lost what they paid in so far.
14. In you opinion, should Democrats like Representative Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd, who were in charge of congressional oversight committees that refused to pass tighter regulations on banks and financial institutions such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, share responsibility for the housing crisis caused by high risk mortgages?
I have made this clear. I absolutely think that those two assholes should be heal accountable for the housing crisis. However, I also have another 533 names I would like to add to your list of people who need to share in the responsibility for ruining this country. You can try to pin the housing crisis on two Democrats if you like, but we all know that the mess we found ourselves in was caused by ALL OF YOU.
15. Do you believe that this nation’s founding fathers intended for the federal government to micro-manage state and local functions such as setting education standards, health care, child care, and unemployment assistance?
No I don’t. I also don’t believe that the founding fathers intended for the federal government to micro-manage state and local functions such as defining marriage, regulating intra-state business, or protecting us from the decline of religion. I think the founding fathers did not intend for the federal government to create any of the following federal laws that are forced on the states:
- Federal abortion law.
- Federal crime and punishment laws (Including the death penalty and hate crimes)
- Federal drug laws
- Federal education laws
- Federal employment laws
- Federal…. You get the point. There is very little the founding fathers felt was supposed to be handled at the federal level. And both parties have trampled all over the founding father’s intentions. So please stop pretending it is only Democrats.
No. I also found that total Republican control of both chambers of Congress and the Presidency did not make out nation more prosperous, safe and free. Quite the opposite actually. I think that the only thing that will make our nation prosperous is the massive reduction in federal government that I have espoused in the past. Democrat, Republican, it is all the same. There is one party wearing two different shirts in Washington DC. So lets not pretend that splitting the Congress and Presidency between the two different shirt helps anything.
But my favorite part was when I got to number 17. Number 17 was different. There were only two options for answers. Here is question 17:
17. Are you ready to actively support Republican candidates in your area and across the country who are fighting to stop the liberal Obama agenda and reinstitute conservative Republican policies and principles such as personal responsibility, lower taxes, cutting government waste and keeping our defense strong?
Well my answer to this is that I haven’t seen a Republican candidate that met those criteria in many, many years. Perhaps if one comes along who actually supports, and further lives, those conservative principles that were mentioned, I might consider supporting them. But they sure are far and few between. And I will find them and support them personally, rather than trusting the RNC to support the candidates that I could believe in. (As a side note the article on a candidate that I am supporting and want to present to all of you is coming very soon!). Unfortunately there were no ovals to fill in for my answer. I was given two choices:
Yes! I want to join the RNC’s effort to win control of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate in the fast-approaching 2010 mid-term elections, safeguard our values and principles, and get America moving towards a strong, prosperous and secure future. I am enclosing my most generous contribution of: $500, $250, $100, $50, $25, $___ Other (Choose one)
I cannot pledge my support this year, but would like to include a contribution of $11 to help the RNC fund this survey and its tabulation.
You got that right. If I wanted the Republican National Committee to hear my voice on the issues, at a minimum I had to contribute $11. There wasn’t an option for “because of you jackasses I have no job and no money but my opinion still matters, right?”
I have to say that I was really kind of pissy by the time I was done reading the RNC survey. It showed me, yet again, that they are not at all interested in my opinion. They aren’t interested in the opinion of anyone else either. Go back and do a quick read of those questions. Is there a single one that they don’t know how every Republican will answer or how every Democrat will answer? Of course not. They weren’t trying to get a finger on the pulse of their base. They were trying to get a hand in my pocket. They wanted my money, nothing more and nothing less. In the end I was given two choices. I could pay $11 to have them hear my opinion on questions they already know the answers to. Or I could pay more than $11 to have them hear my opinion on questions that they already know the answers to.
I imagine that if I receive a 2010 Congressional District Survey from the Democratic National Committee, it will be just as loaded. My guess is that it would have more emotional appeals to saving the poor, protecting vulnerable turtles, and stopping big bad capitalists from oppressing the world. But the message would be the same: We are going to do what we want. Give us money.
Need any more proof that the Republican party is no longer a bastion for values and principles?