Can’t Fool the GOP Leadership Ever, it Seems.

I think most adversaries and supporters of George W. Bush have recollections of foot-in-mouth comments the former president made during his tenure as the leader of the free world.  Both sides would at times shake their heads when the president tripped over the English language and feel the embarrassment that exposed our feckless leader to the criticism of the global community and thus our own shame for putting him in office.  One of the unforgettable gaffes he made remains in my memory to this day and serves, I feel, as the defining example of the stupidity that permeated the Grand Ole Party during his administration and which now appears to dominate the leadership he left behind.  It was his “you can’t fool me twice” distortion of a simple age old adage, seen here in this clip.

Obviously you can fool people twice, thrice, even four times over.

Case in point!  I have received in the mail, for the fourth time since last year, the Republican National Committee’s PLATFORM SURVEY.  According to their own words, I have been selected to represent the type of voters their Party feels is opposed to “President Obama’s reckless government spending, higher taxes and liberal redistributionist policies.”  It’s true!  They said so right there in their form letter as I have displayed below.

RNC letter I RNC letter II

click on image to enlarge 

How stupid can they be?  The previous three times the RNC has sent this trash to me I took the time to elucidate that I am their worst nightmare.  I am the Liberal Democrat of song and dance who they vilify and stick needles in a voodoo representative doll of liberal Democrats.  I am burned in effigy on their yachts, motor speedway parking lots, wrestling auditoriums and manicured mansion lawns.

Come election days I am not only a liberal Democrat but find the GOP seriously lacking in any common sense.  I actually spelled all of this out on the previous surveys they sent me, using the margins to describe in detail what asses I thought they were for suggesting things like opposing universal health care and denying the climate science on global warming.

I have voted for Obama twice, enthusiastically supported his stimulus spending (regretting he didn’t spend much more) and applauded his efforts at constraint from intervening in Libya and Syria.  There is much about Obama that displeases me but in comparison to what the GOP has offered voters he is head and shoulders above what the Party of NO continually puts out there.  And yet, Reince Preibus keeps sending me letters telling me how valuable my input is to his Party.  How stupid can one organization be?

This failure to see the writing on the wall reveals one of two things about the GOP.  They are in a state of denial, or, the most likely possibility … they don’t even bother to read the responses in the survey they send out to their imaginary supporters.  I envision their Forrest Gump-like helpers going through each envelope once it’s crossed their desk and immediately rifling the contents, looking for the check or money order they expect to receive while disposing of that “input and advice” their letter to me claimed they “urgently” needed.

Either possibility is not unlikely.  One only needs to observe their actions over the last few years to come to the conclusion that any 3rd grader would.

Public polls have revealed that Americans want health care reformsane gun control legislation and that rapid global warming is man-made and a serious threat.  Further evidence suggest their voters do not want to privatize Social Security and Medicare.  One poll even found back before the 2012 elections that 71% of voters want mandatory cuts in carbon pollution, including nearly half of those who claim to be regular FOX News viewers.   Another found a strong majority -91% – favor abortion rights at some level.  

And yet the GOP continues to act as if such people didn’t exist.  They obviously flipped out once their “free market” fantasies went belly up in 2008 and Americans elected the first black president with a Muslim heritage name.   It must have been a shock not unlike that felt by some fundamentalist christian couple who have discovered that one of their children is gay and the other joined a Hare Krishna sect.  Denial kicks in, they ostracize their children and then move to the other side of town where they are not well known.  PRESTO!  A new life they can live with, even if it is devoid of any genuine history.

The decisions they do make are backed by astro-turf groups that are funded by wealthy special interests that benefit billionaires like Pete Peterson and the Koch brothers, highlighting issues that advantage the wealthy over the average American, as the increasing income gap in this country is testimony to.  This wealthy 1% clan has convinced enough poor white trash that they too can live the comfortable life that only they and Mitt Romney have achieved.  But they must first make sure that their “freedoms” are not robbed by socialist who want to tax them to death and force them to drive electric vehicles.

Their only allies become the nasty, isolationist neighborhood kid at the end of the block, the virulent libertarian who became a card-carrying member of today’s TeaParty.  The GOP leadership always used to find such people both amusing and appalling, so sure they would never amount to anything.

Having said all of this however, I am certain that there is a kernel of intelligence somewhere within this delusional group of people.  And so it with sincere determination that I once again return their form, filled out in a manner that if it doesn’t change their destructive ways, they will at least conclude that the postage they spent annoying me yet one more time could be better spent elsewhere.

For your perusal and entertainment, here then are a sampling of my responses to the 2013 REPUBLICAN PLATFORM SURVEY

Survey questionaire VIII

Survey questionaire I

Survey questionaire II

Survey questionaire III

Survey questionaire IV

Survey questionaire V

Survey questionaire VI

Survey questionaire VII

To get them excited too when they tear open that envelope with the survey will be this bogus contribution to the RNC.

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I know.   It’s a sophomoric prank.   But what else is there to do with someone who keeps making the same mistake over and over again.  The question now is, “Are the people who keep sending me these surveys smarter than a 3rd grader?”

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37 responses to “Can’t Fool the GOP Leadership Ever, it Seems.

  1. I love you, Larry! This is hilarious! Sadly, nothing, not even something written in black and white can help the Republican party at this point. They have chosen to pander to every group of nincompoop out there in the name of their new “inclusive” strategy. They exist in a state of supreme denial about their value in this country and all the good they’ve done stonewalling and obstructing and denying and so on.

  2. Good stuff as always.”The decisions they do make are backed by astro-turf groups that are funded by wealthy special interests that benefit billionaires…”–It is insane how many people fall for this fraudulent activity. Political Hydroturfing is illegal in most countries.

    • Hey Don. Glad to hear you’re still around

      “Political Hydroturfing is illegal in most countries.”

      It’s capable of becoming an Olympic sport in this country :-(

  3. “The decisions they do make are backed by astro-turf groups that are funded by wealthy special interests that benefit billionaires…” If more people understood this, we would be in better shape. Good stuff as always!

    • “It appears as if the GOP is at war with itself”

      Yes, War and the GOP go hand in hand. Without war profiteering most GOPers would just be poor Democrats. :-)

  4. These are bogus surveys. They really don’t care what your opinion is. I would be shocked if they actually processed those forms. What they are looking for is whether or not you returned the form, period. If you do, then you are an “active” Republican and they can hit you up for money, send other pieces of propaganda, etc. The DNC does the same thing.

    Wouldn’t it be interesting if there were acurate polls of what people in each Congressional District wanted and then at election time, we judged incumbants by how “on task” they were. Whether they effected any of the things we wanted and whether they dithered away what little time they spent in meaningless votes over unpassable legislation?

    • “and they can hit you up for money, send other pieces of propaganda, etc. “

      As long as they keep paying for the postage I can keep sending them bogus checks. ;-)

  5. Very entertaining and you made my day! Eventually – some day – hopefully sooner rather than later, the pendulum will swing back to moderation and sanity and these Republican relics disappear, going down on the wrong side of history.

    • “Eventually – some day – hopefully sooner rather than later, the pendulum will swing back to moderation and sanity and these Republican relics disappear, going down on the wrong side of history.”

      Hi Meryl. Your comment here almost had me breaking out a chorus of, “Somewhere, over the rainbow …” :-)

    • I’ve never doubted that idiots worked in both Parties Sean. But in all honesty, I think yours has the excess in brain dead types. For the time being anyway :-)

      • “I’ve never doubted that idiots worked in both Parties Sean.”

        Agreed. I also get the Republican version as well, and as you’ve demonstrated here, it is equally idiotic.

        “But in all honesty, I think yours has the excess in brain dead types. For the time being anyway”

        Agree to disagree. ;-)

        By the way, what do you think of President Obama’s plan to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Are you as perplexed as I am? (See http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/07/us/politics/obama-fannie-mae-freddie-mac.html?_r=0).

        Democrats who support this move are hypocrites as are Republicans who oppose it. It should expose the pure partisans for what they truly are.

        At first glance (and admittedly without delving into further analysis), I support the move. But then again, I support Obama’s drone strikes as well (unlike the Rand Pauls of the world).

      • “what do you think of President Obama’s plan to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Are you as perplexed as I am?”

        What is it that perplexes you exactly Sean. Fannie and Freddie are not government entities and have contributed their share to the mortgage fiasco prior to the 2008 recession. What’s important here is that efforts need to be made to focus on two of Obama’s points – access to safe and simple mortgage products like the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage and more affordable rental housing.

        I was able to buy my first home with a VA backed loan. If something were in place like that through the government for low and middle income buyers, I don’t see why we shouldn’t take Freddie and Fannie out of the picture. Rates are historically low and probably will be for the foreseeable future. I could envision the newly formed Consumer Protection Agency protecting legitimate low-income borrowers from exploitive lender practices here.

      • “What is it that perplexes you exactly Sean. Fannie and Freddie are not government entities and have contributed their share to the mortgage fiasco prior to the 2008 recession. What’s important here is that efforts need to be made to focus on two of Obama’s points – access to safe and simple mortgage products like the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage and more affordable rental housing.”

        LB, technically, Fannie and Freddie are government sponsored enterprises overseen by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. While they are not direct government agencies, they are certainly quasi government entities. What perplexes me about Obama’s actions is that a big part of the cause of the financial crisis was that both banks and these quasi government entities marketed home loans to people who couldn’t possibly afford them. In fact, the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 required these entities to “meet specified goals for purchases of mortgages that finance housing for very-low-, low- and moderate-income families and families living in areas traditionally underserved by the mortgage market.” (see http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/gse.html). In essence, Obama is tacitly admitted that government mandates, in addition to over-leveraging by banks, was one of the root causes of the financial crisis. I tend to agree with him here, but am surprised by his sudden change in opinion about the fundamental causes of the financial crisis. I never expected him to admit that government was part of the problem.

      • Sean, I’m not aware of anyone in government with half a brain who has ever denied that Fannie and Freddie were not responsible for some of the toxic mortgages. Many conservatives would like to blame them as the primary source but there’s nothing to support that. You might disagree but there’s one economist that is willing to pay anyone $100,000 if they can prove this contention. Check it out here

      • LB,

        I definitely agree with you that Fannie and Freddie were not solely responsible for the mortgage crisis. As in any financial crisis, there is plenty of blame to go around, from greedy bankers to government to greedy/ignorant homeowners.

  6. Obviously, these are push polls. They don’t really care about your opinion. But I’m sure you knew that. A guy I met at Drinking Liberally told me that he was working to make the Republican Platform better. He got one of these surveys, too. I didn’t try to explain what a push poll was. Instead, I encouraged him to be a delegate to the state convention and get on the platform committee for the Republican Party. Then, he could actually impact their platform.

    • “I encouraged him to be a delegate to the state convention and get on the platform committee for the Republican Party.”

      Oh my Amy! I’m afraid the building would implode with my presence at such an event. I want to see them change too but some sacrifices aren’t worth it. :-)

    • Merely subscribe to a conservative blog like Newsmax or the Weekly Standard for a week or two and then cancel. You’ll be receiving all kinds of junk from the RNC and their ancillary organizations for life.

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