An Open Letter to the RNC, et al.
Last week, I shared this letter with some fellow patriots via email. I was asked to post it, so I humbly oblige. Hard copies have been sent to the addressee(s). I have updated the original letter to include a couple more thoughts.
October 10, 2013
Republican National Committee
P.O. Box 96994
Washington, DC 20077-7556
Re: RNC Solicitation from John McCain/Matching Donation
In response to Senator McCain’s plea that “Republicans must stand united in our steadfast opposition to President Obama and the Democrats carrying out their disastrous ultra-left agenda of ever-expanding government, massive deficit spending, and class warfare for the next four years,” I say YOU FIRST.
The unmitigated gall of Senator McCain and the RNC to ask for “critical dollars” to “rebuild the Party” in light of the attacks Senators McCain, McConnell, Ayotte, Corker and others have made on conservatives like Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul is astounding. Besides, you’re not interested in rebuilding the Party to include conservatives or you would quit hiring beltway consultants and start supporting grassroots activism through The Precinct Project.
I’ve gotten used to the leftists name-calling, but I expected more from Republicans who say “we” must stand united. They refer to Schumer, Durbin and the like as their good friends across the aisle but attack principled men like Cruz and Lee who defend liberty and educate citizens on how Congress works. Perhaps that’s the problem – most politicians prefer us to remain ignorant of the process.
When McCain calls Cruz, Lee, and Paul, who are fulfilling their campaign promises I might add, “wacko birds,” I take it personally since I actively supported those candidates even though I do not live in their states.
When Ayotte demands that Senator Cruz explain himself to her, I infer that she thinks satisfying her ego is more important than the support of conservatives who believed her campaign promises. Senators Cruz and Lee have spoken directly to citizens and been attacked for it behind closed doors. Cowardice is not attractive, and listening to consultants instead of constituents is not a smart move.
When McConnell falsely accuses conservatives of supporting a government shutdown, he is no better than the biased media. I listened to much of the 16-hour non-stop debate against Obamacare despite having to get up and go to work the next morning. What I heard were voices that spoke for me, including my own Senator Jeff Sessions. Not once was there a call for a government shutdown (which we know is a misnomer as well since 80% of the government is functioning). I heard more in those few hours about freedom and conservative principles than what I’ve heard during the entire political careers of McCain, Graham and McConnell put together.
When McConnell implies that I am a traitor because I support groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund, he is no better than the local Democrat in my home state of Alabama who refers to conservatives, tea partiers and Republicans as traitors and seditionists. That means me because I wear all three of those labels, two very proudly – the other one, not so much these days.
When McCain goes to the Senate floor and dares to wonder if the defund Obamacare strategy would have stood up to Hitler after Senator Cruz et al have brought the debate to the attention of the American people, I am left to assume he is interested only in protecting his own interests.
When Graham and McCain dine with President Obama rather than stand with Sen. Paul as he defends the U.S. Constitution on the Senate floor, I realize the inside the beltway politicians haven’t a clue about what I and other conservatives believe.
When most politicians care more about subsidies for themselves and their staffers (which comes out of my pocket while I’m facing increase insurance rates of my own) instead of hard-working citizens, I don’t really believe you when you tell me how hard you fought to get rid of Obamacare.
When House GOP leaders continue to punish conservatives like Marlin Stutzman who stand for principles over politics by kicking them off committees, you are effectively kicking me off your team.
When Alabama’s delegation of House Republicans run around the state calling themselves conservative while proclaiming support for the
farm $940 billion food stamp bill and promising that “we’re likely” to get immigration reform amnesty passed, I start looking around for someone else to support at re-election time. My time and money are too valuable to throw away on those who campaign one way and vote another.
When Corker sides with Dick Durbin, Harry Reid and every single Senate Democrat on the cloture vote which cut off debate and handed Reid the power to fully fund Obamacare with 51 votes, I have no doubt that he is the one who is confused, not conservatives and certainly not Senators Cruz and Lee. I’m not surprised Corker was opposed to citizens watching the cloture vote on the floor so we take note of who voted with the Democrats, a point I intend to drive home to my family and friends in Tennessee, especially at re-election time. We will not forget, but for those who missed it here’s the list of those who voted hand in hand with Democrats: Alexander (TN), Ayotte (NH), Barrasso (WY), Blunt (MO), Boozman (AR), Burr (NC), Chambliss (GA), Chiesa (NJ), Coats (IN), Coburn (OK), Cochran (MS), Collins (ME), Corker (TN), Cornyn (TX), Graham (SC), Hoeven (ND), Isakson (GA), Johanns (NE), Kirk (IL), Johnson (WI), McCain (AZ), McConnell (KY), Murkowski (AK), Thune (SD), Wicker (MS).
These are the 19 Republican senators who stood up for conservatives and voted against cloture: Crapo (ID), Cruz (TX), Enzi (WY), Fischer (NE), Grassley (IA), Heller (NV), Inhofe (OK), Lee (UT), Moran (KS), Paul (KY), Portman (OH), Risch (ID), Roberts (KS), Marco Rubio (FL), Tim Scott (SC), Sessions (AL), Shelby (AL), Toomey (PA), David Vitter (LA).
Frankly, I’m tired of the so-called bi-partisanship coming from McCain et al. and the attitude of just wait until 2014 and/or 2016 and then we’ll fight. I am ready to fight now, but I’d be foolish to believe the GOP has my back when there’s a great big knife sticking out of it and which I’m sure isn’t covered under Obamacare. I have a severe case of #BatteredVoterSyndrome, and I’m not sure how much more I can take.
So I ask you, why would I donate one thin dime to the RNC when the emissary you send to ask for it, John McCain, doesn’t give a plug nickel about my principles and values? Call me when you think you have a satisfactory answer. Until then, I remain
Mrs. Melody Warbington
Conservative, Grassroots Activist, Tea Partier, and active member of my local Republican Party
cc: Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Mike Lee, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Jeff Sessions, Senator Richard Shelby, Congressman Spencer Bachus, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Senator John McCain, Senator Bob Corker, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
P.P.S. Below are some remarks of fellow conservatives regarding the 16 hour marathon of principled remarks on the Senate floor. I share them as an example of the pulse of conservatives and a demonstration that we’re not as ignorant as you think.
“Sen Cruz gave an outstanding civics lesson on all things socialist/fascist Obama administration and government. He also helped remove the veil from which the Establishment GOP hides behind. That’s even more important than the truth about Obamacare. He gave a voice and vision to the people which the malignant media manages to keep hidden. They’re all attacking him for being an honest and decent man.”
“…Lee provided an excellent analysis of the unconstitutional legislating from the bench of CJ Roberts.”
“Cruz and Lee changed the debate. Just as Rand Paul did with his drone filibuster.”
“Cruz, Lee and Paul have shown HOW to use the Senate rules to FIGHT. Had McConnell, Kyl, etc. done this back in 2008 and 2009, we wouldn’t have Obamacare.”
“McConnell stated publicly that they didn’t want to stop the passage of O-care. Their ‘strategy’ was to ‘make it better.’ I heard McCain today say that he ‘fought every possible way on the floor of the Senate’ (paraphrasing) to stop O-care. B.S. They didn’t employ ANY of the possible rules to slow down the legislation. They could have insisted on numerous readings of the bill. They could have withheld consent to proceed without a quorum. They could have filibustered to educate the American people. They did nothing. All of them, all of them, were too cowardly to fight.”