An Open Letter to the Grand Old Party, Part IEssays, Featured — By Larry Shallenberger on March 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm
You probably don’t know this but you and I haven’t been on speaking terms lately. The last Presidential Election rattled me hard. I had genuine interest in McCain until I realized that 2008 Candidate McCain had little in common with 2000 Candidate McCain. The stunt of suspending his campaign to return to Washington and fix the financial crisis in a weekend, coupled with enlisting the help of Sarah Palin, left me more than a little disillusioned with the party.
Quite frankly, G.O.P., I don’t know what to do with you. You don’t resemble the party I knew and loved. I admit, it could be me. Yes, in my early twenties I was sure there were no problems in America that couldn’t be fixed by a careful reading of Rush Limbaugh’s latest book. And there was that “Ollie North for President” T-Shirt from my high school days. You have me there. I guess I have moved toward the mushy middle. But I still view myself as a Republican even though I don’t pass all the litmus tests some of your pundits are offering up.
I thought of switching parties. But there’s too much of the Democratic platform that I don’t care for either. I’m pro-life and I do value the idea of limiting the size of government. So I’m sticking around, for now. I will be offering a series of wishes and complaints from time to time. Please see these letters as a form of loyalty. So here’s a few issues that are stuck in my craw. Thanks for listening…
Don’t be the Party of “No.” Shortly after President Obama took office he had a date night with the 1st Lady. And the RNC bitched about the cost incurred by having the Secret Service escort them into New York City and back. I was in disbelief. Didn’t you just get done campaigning on a pro-family platform? America has a young and married couple in the Oval Office that seem to be passionately in love with each other. Consider the crisis of fatherlessness in America and its economic impact in the poorest of our neighborhoods. The RNC should have offered to pay the tab for dinner and the Secret Service. We’ve got a role model for committed married love and fatherhood in the White House, and this is how you respond? I promise you, when I get a letter from the RNC asking me for a donation for the Obama’s next date, I’m in.
How about a Little Distance? William Buckley helped save the party, back in the day, when he wrote a series of articles condemning the Antisemitism that was gaining a foothold in the party. Public pressure ensued, and the party responded and got its house in order. I think we’d agree the G.O.P. is stronger for it. It’s time the G.O.P. return the favor to it’s pundits. I’d toss some enthusiastic cart wheels if some brave congressman would take the podium and distance the party from the Becks, Savages, Limbaughs, and Coulters of the world. The party would present more intelligently and nuanced if it stopped tolerating support from folk who oversimplify the issues and insult the opposition constantly. I suspect the population at large would stop and take notice also.
Thanks all the time I have for now. I’ll be in touch again. Thanks for listening.