Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Michael Steele and the Politics of Failure

The latest Michael Steele debacle had me thinking about the RNC, and how they seem destined to seize defeat from the jaws of victory. At every turn, Michael Steele shows himself to be more interested in self-promotion than in the promotion of conservative principles and ideals. It is not a new phenomenon for Steele. I looked back through my old correspondence, and thought I'd reprint the letter I wrote to the RNC last fall.

1 November 2009

Republican National Committee
Membership Office
310 First Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20077-1084

Dear Sir or Ma’am:

I have been a Republican since I first registered to vote; I chose to identify myself as such because I believed strongly in the core principles the party espoused: smaller government, free markets, lower taxes, fiscal responsibility, and personal liberty. I still believe in those principles. I am not sure that the Republican Party under the leadership of Michael Steele is capable of standing firmly for those principles.

In the past several months, I have received several solicitations for donations from the RNC. I’ve read each missive carefully, searching for a cogent statement of principle or enumerating the values and ideas Mr. Steele’s GOP embraces. I haven’t found it. Not once, in any of the 2-3 communications per week that I’ve received.

Instead, I have received a succession of requests whose primary focus has been on pointing fingers at the Democrats, casting blame onto Obama, and returning power to the Republicans. I have received requests for donations with “past due” stamped in red on the envelopes. When I called the RNC to register my dismay at the effrontery—the chicanery—of such solicitations, most notably those stamped “past due,” I received not an apology or a statement that the RNC would consider changing its methods, but a letter removing me from the RNC’s contact list. Talk about not getting it!

Meanwhile, I’ve watched the RNC’s leadership endorse RINOs like Scozzafava and Crist, while ignoring the strong conservative credentials of Hoffman and Rubio. Insofar as returning Republicans to power is concerned, the Republicans in Congress, with few exceptions, do not deserve to remain in office due to their betrayal of conservative principles and their support of pork-laden bills and bailouts. Neither do the Democrats, but that is a story for another day.

I have yet to determine exactly where Mr. Steele believes the party should go—I’m not sure he knows. I don’t believe he can lead the party anywhere. The Republican party leadership needs to embrace conservatism and solidify the party’s message—to make it clear, as Reagan so ably did, that a return to conservative principles is not only the best option for the country, but is in fact the only viable option.

The RNC needs to work on developing and espousing a statement of principle that speaks to those of us who still believe that WE are the best arbiters of our own lives, not a ubiquitous government; that WE have the power to change our circumstances through our own efforts, not through edicts from the state, and certainly not through entitlement programs; that WE are best able to decide if, how, and when to spend or save what we earn, not the IRS or the spendthrifts in Congress.

I still consider myself a Republican. Taking me off the mailing list doesn’t change that. However, I am extremely disappointed in the party and in Mr. Steele as its leader. Any donation to the RNC under the current leadership would be throwing good money after bad.


Darcy #############

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