I just got off the phone with a guy looking for money for the Republican Party. He called to ask some questions about the direction of the Republican Party and where I thought they needed to go. I told him they needed to focus on the economy as their major direction in the upcoming election and he goes into this long, canned script about how we need to fight the liberals and all that and how I can help with with a one-time financial gift of $75-100. I told him no, I’m not donating because the Republican Party hasn’t earned my loyalty, they put up rotten candidates with absurd religious social platforms, they fight against equality, both gender, racial and sexual orientation and they spend like drunken sailors, showing no fiscal responsibility and so long as their platform is based around religion and acting just like the liberals, they’re not getting one red cent from me.
And the guy just hangs up on me. Typical.
Unfortunately, it really is typical, and not just for the fund-raising arm of the party, but of the entire party as a whole. I’ve mentioned before that I get an endless stream of e-mail from the GOP, begging me to answer questionnaires, take surveys and otherwise advise them on what they ought to be doing to get back into power. I always take the opportunity to give my honest thoughts and opinions, but let’s be forthright about this, they don’t give a damn about anything I have to say because I am not a neo-con. I don’t represent the thought patterns at the top of the Republican Party, therefore, my views and opinions mean absolutely nothing to them.
I’m sure the same thing is true over on the Democrat side, I’m sure they’re trying to get people to give their views and opinions, but especially their money to support the cause. If your opinions fall outside of the liberal mainstream though, if you don’t agree with the people at the top of the political ladder, I’m sure you’re just as ignored as I am.
And this ought to piss us off. Sure, the parties want our votes, they want our checks, but they really don’t care what we have to say. The parties as a whole aren’t willing to entertain or consider new ideas, which is why both parties have diverged so radically, one heading completely to the left and the other heading completely to the right.
It’s really too bad that there isn’t an actual conservative party in this country, where the ideals of conservatism actually matter and are a driving force forward. When I said the Republican Party needed to relocate fiscal responsibility, this guy I talked to didn’t have a clue what I meant. He had to fumble around and find a scripted talking point that he could make fit the conversation. He was clueless and so are the Republicans as a whole. The Republican Party is not my party, but they’re a damn sight better in a lot of ways than the Democrats and even moreso better than the Libertarians and all the third parties. They have to earn my vote and my check and recently, they haven’t been doing it. However, actually being responsive to the voters apparently isn’t on the agenda for American political parties. They just want to fast talk you into supporting them without having to actually do anything that you want them to do.
Republicans, like Democrats and all the rest, are just absurdly laughable.