Response to letter from Reince Priebus

Recently, I received a four-page letter from Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee. As before, I had been “selected to represent Voters in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District.” A census form was enclosed.

The form-letter conveyed a private and urgent message: “Mr. Smith, because of your high level of political involvement, your personal input on the questions presented in your census document is critical to our nation’s future.”

Wow! That’s flattering—and a heavy burden for me to assume. But I could relieve it by sending money.

At the end of the first page I was asked to “include a generous contribution… to help underwrite the costs of this project and enable us to strengthen our grassroots operations and better deliver our message to all Americans as we fight to win the White House and maintain our Majorities in Congress.”

My financial help, wrote Mr. Priebus, would be “absolutely critical” to “fight back against Hillary Clinton and the Democrats and elect a Republican President who can work to reverse the damage that Barack Obama has done to our nation and the world.”

With all due respect, Mr. Priebus, what has your Party done about this destruction over the past eight years?—at least, during recent years when you had a congressional majority in both houses. You had the “power of the purse” to prevent much of the “damage” by this administration. But from down here at the roots we looked up and always saw Democrats stealing our grass, so to speak—with little opposition in sight.

Some of our elected “Tea Party” people in Congress gallantly tried to hold back the socialist tsunami and earthquakes of activities to increase bigger, more intrusive government with higher debt, more programs and increasing regulations; but the real conservatives were not fully supported by well entrenched, career Republicans.

We saw this failure to fight as appeasement and lack of principle—a sell-out of We the People.

We now know that career politicians all work together to feather their collective nest filled with lobbying parasites. They eat away at the fabric of limited government, and vote to feed from the pork taken from us and distributed through Washington, D. C.

Excuse me if I don’t rally to support your feckless cause. I’m not playing your identity –politics game to “reach out to women, minorities, young Americans and other voting blocs with an inclusive message of fiscal responsibility and pro-growth policies.” If your “message” doesn’t resonate with individual voters no amount of pandering to interest groups or money will help.

Americans want to hear bold truth and proposed action to protect our values without fear of what the press will type and the violent attacks by radical leftist activists.

We want results, not empty endless talk.  Your Party record isn’t good. Two loser presidential candidates–McCain and Romney– ran on weak, pathetic go-along-to-get-along platforms in both recent presidential elections. Now it seems that John Kasich is being promoted because it appears that he will grant concessions to our political enemies.

What extra cash I have will go to specific candidates who I believe are worthy of my support.

For your information, Sen. Ted Cruz is one of those people. I admire his record of being conservatively principled in State and federal roles and as a superb debater. He’s wise to the workings of leviathan government, understands domestic and foreign issues, shares traditional American values and stands courageously against those opposed to America and our constitutional government.

Incidentally, the reported dislike of Senator Cruz by established politicians in Washington is another good reason he deserves the support of us “grassroots” voters. Cruz is clearly a threat to their comfortable, crony positions. We need people such as him to represent us, not more mealy-mouthed, treacherous career politicians.

Don’t bother to contact me again; I’ve changed my political party designation to “unaffiliated.”


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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