Every now and then, I get one of these surveys from the GOP where they want to know how a select group of people think about the issues of the day. Let’s be honest, it’s also a way for the GOP to beg for money since they always want you to include a “small gift” with your returned survey. Yeah, not going to happen, you have to earn my money and you’re not doing it. In the past, I’ve just posted the answers to the survey on the blog for all to see so I think I’m going to do that this time as well. After all, they didn’t even include a SASE, I’d have to pay for return postage and I already know they couldn’t care less what I have to say because I’m not part of their core constituency.
However, as I started to look over this, I wanted to provide better answers than they give the opportunity for and if I did all of that, this would be an extremely long post. I will, instead, do this over a series of 4 posts, each on a different section of the survey. Therefore, let’s get started on Section 1.
Section I – Political Profile
1. Do you generally identify yourself as a: The options are “Conservative Republican”, “Independent Voter who leans Republican”, “Libertarian”, “Moderate Republican”, Liberal Republican”, “Tea Party Member” or “Other”
I really don’t know. I’m registered Republican because I’ve been registered Republican since I turned 18 and haven’t seen any other party worth changing to. The GOP is the party most associated with conservatism, although we all know that there isn’t an actual conservative party anywhere in America these days, at least not as I define it, therefore, I suppose it’s a lack of credible options and lack of real interest in changing my registered party. It doesn’t really matter. I’d like to say “Conservative Republican” but we all know that would be misunderstood by the GOP as a hyper-religious asshole.
2. Do you plan on voting in the 2016 Presidential Elections?
Yes. I vote in every election. There was one election I didn’t vote in, I was dog-sick, it was late, it was raining and the line at the polling place was massive. There was nothing in the election I really gave a damn about so I just went and laid down in the car while my wife voted. That was a very long time ago and now, I only vote absentee, specifically for that reason.
3. If yes, do you plan on voting for the Republican Nominee or the Democrat Nominee?
How can I say that without having a clue who either of them are? I never vote party line, I vote for the specific candidate whose platform I support, or barring that, for the candidate likely to cause the least damage, which is how I’ve voted for almost every election in recent memory.
4. If yes, how do you plan on casting your election ballot?
I have permanent absentee ballot status. In California, it’s just something you can sign up for, it doesn’t require any disability or any other requirement. See above for my reason. It’s just easier.
5. Do you have any interest in serving as a volunteer to help your local Republican Party headquarters or to assist a Republican candidate in your area?
Nope. Not a chance. My local Republican representatives have been, almost without exception, hard right-wing religious idiots that I didn’t want in office to begin with.
6. What age category below applies to you?
Old enough to know better.
7. How close do you think your views are to other voters in your community?
That’s a hard one.
8. From what media source do you receive your political news?
9. Do you agree that Republicans need to start now to set the strategies and tactics that will help us win the 2016 race for the White House?
Yes, but your idea of “strategies and tactics” and my idea of “strategies and tactics” are diametrically opposed. When I say “strategies and tactics”, I mean constructing a platform that appeals to a wide variety of American voters. When you say it, you mean “double down on the religious stupidity that appeals to your fringe voters”.
10. Do you believe the Republican Party should continue to embrace social issues or are these too divisive when it comes to winning elections?
It should embrace the right side of social issues, but, as we shall see in a moment, it has zero interest in doing so.
11. Please register your opinion on the following social issues (1=support, 2=oppose, 3=no opinion):
Every single one of these is a horrible, awful idea and every single one needs to be dropped from the GOP platform. They won’t be, of course, but so long as these are front and center religious stupidity, they’ll never win another Presidency again.
2 – School prayer
It’s been decided by the Supreme Court. You can’t do this. Why fight for a lost cause?
2 – Ban burning of the flag
So the party that spends all it’s time touting the Constitution wants to violate free expression for a piece of cloth? What a bunch of idiots.
2 – Ban human cloning
Why? Religion, of course. How stupid.
2 – Ban all abortions
Seriously, you lost this one with RvW. You can’t ban abortions. It has already been decided by the Supreme Court. What a bunch of idiots.
2 – Faith based initiatives
Oh hell no. Keep your stupid religion out of my politics.
2 – Fight against same sex marriage
Likewise, this is another lost cause that only resonates with their core religiously stupid audience. The Supreme Court will hopefully find that gay marriage is legal nation-wide this month.
2 – Ban federal funds for birth control
This is a difficult question honestly because while I’m wholly in favor of birth control, I think it ought to be up to the individual to pay for their own. That’s the core of personal responsibility which is the basis of conservatism. However, they don’t want to do this out of conservatism but out of religious fucknuttery so no.
2 – Ban federal funds for abortions
Likewise here, they aren’t acting to uphold conservative ideals, they’re doing it because they can’t get their face out of the Bible and anything that has to do with religion in our pointedly secular political system has to be opposed.
As you can see from these responses, the GOP won’t pay any attention to me at all, I don’t fit into their little box of what a Republican is. They only care what the full-on religious crazies want and I’m not one of them. Therefore, I don’t know that it’s worth the cost of a stamp to tell them what they couldn’t be bothered to listen to.
Next time: General Issues