I’ve held my tongue (and keyboard) for quite a while now, not writing in this blog since mid-February. Since before the re-election of President Obama, you can see here in my blog my particular disdain for the path the accepted conservative representative party, the Republicans, have taken. I had reached a limit and couldn’t imagine how I could impact our society positively by expressing my opinion; one voice in a cacophony of political blasphemy cannot be heard.
Silence… I got quiet and began to listen instead. Stephen Covey came to mind, and I decided to implement his 5th Habit:
Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
What exactly do American conservatives of the Republican party “stand for”? That’s what I needed to understand before jumping to judgement. I listened… I watched… I read and researched…
Today, I received a note in the mail from Tom Price, running for re-election to the nation’s House of Representatives, representing Georgia’s 6th District. This is how his note began…
The President came to Georgia peddling Obamacare, Big Government stimulus spending schemes, and more regulations piled on the existing ones that have put our economy into a nosedive. His goals are redistributing wealth and punishing success.”
Representative Price continues throughout the letter to denigrate many, if not most, of the President’s policies. He then proceeds to ask for money to support his re-election campaign. But after having read my way through his letter, I’ve decided I can be silent no longer. I have GOT to say something to the Honorable Representative…
Representative Price, thanks, but no thanks. You had the chutzpah to refer to yourself in your letter “Georgia’s Conservative Voice“. You are only about 6 years older than me, so I doubt senility has set in yet. Being in ‘that’ generation, the public school system had not been so destroyed yet, so I am reasonably sure you understand the meaning of your words… Brought up in Lansing and Dearborn, Michigan, at the very least, you didn’t have to tolerate the horrible public school system in Georgia.
Maybe the problem is simply that you have been a ‘professional politician’ for far too long to have any understanding of common words anymore. Either way, sir, you are NOT Georgia’s conservative voice, not by a long shot.
I’ll admit that over the years, you have pandered quite well to conservatives, making the weaker minded of those believe that you yourself are conservative. But, sir, there are those of us that KNOW better. It doesn’t take much intelligence to follow your career and see your latest voting record, comparing what you claim in your letter with facts from other sources.
I’ll also tell you, sir, that I do not coddle my words and have no compunction to “political correctness.” I leave that to professional politicians. I don’t cotton to liars, sir, and when you state things that are not fact, it definitely catalogs you into the grouping of those who lie. Said more plainly, sir, I consider you to be a liar.
In your third paragraph, for instance, you said:
“President Obama is missing one opportunity after another to grow our economy. Too many of our neighbors are out of work. A gallon of gas cost $1.72 here when he took office… it’s twice as high now.”
Really? So this time around it is President Obama’s fault that gas prices are up. Meanwhile, during President Bush’s terms in office, the $4 per gallon felt here in GA during and after Katrina were caused by those liberal lawmakers in Congress, who being in power at the time, had regulated the oil industry to the point of causing gas shortages driving up costs. Sir, I hate hypocrisy as a high form of lying. You tease the public into believing that Obama is at fault now, while the liberals were at fault during a Republican president’s term.
I will NOT defend President Obama. Lord knows I have my own deep and lasting problems with his presidency. But, I absolutely do not like the “voice of conservatives” that YOU claim to be.
“Serving as Vice-Chair of the House Budget Committee alongside Chairman Paul Ryan, plus serving on the influential Ways and Means Committee, gives me the perfect opportunity to apply our shared conservative values constantly to the challenges of curbing spending, cutting taxes, attacking the $16 trillion debt, stopping ObamaCare and making things better.”
Truth, being in those positions did truly give you the opportunity… However, other than paying lip service to the values you claim, you have failed in all of the above; curbing spending, cutting taxes, attacking the debt, and stopping ObamaCare. Failures in EVERY case if you did indeed support the values you claim, then why should we wish to re-hire your ineffective self?
You voted this past year to support HR 933, Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act. What was your conservative thinking on that issue? By supporting the bill, you take away the ONE power that was built into the financing law that led to the sequester of this year. The sequester was the ONLY clout conservatives had to dramatically impact the budget over the next few years. Opportunity? Yes… But, opportunity lost. Ineffective and useless… Are those words that would cause anyone to forward a check for $25, $50, $100, $250 $500 all the way to $2600 donations??
I cannot list all of the issues in your letter that fail to motivate me to send money. You voted YEA on HR 6233, Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012. But yet, claiming that you were trying to reduce spending, you withheld funds from the areas of the country stricken by a nasty hurricane when you voted NAY on HR 152, Disaster Relief Appropriations Act 2013. Are you telling me that it is somehow conservative thinking that one disaster deserves funding while another doesn’t? Lots of folks in the Jersey Shore region of the world that are still homeless… Personally, this conservative would not have supported either funding the central east coast disaster, NOR the funding for an Ag disaster. But, you know better being the real voice of conservatism…
Rep Price, I cannot in good faith tell you that I support your establishmentarian conservatism, as voice of the party rather than voice of your constituents. When you show me that you not only support conservatism, but that you ALSO have been successful and effective in that mission, I may consider supporting you then. Right now, to me, you are just another professional politician, and there is no room in this country for that anymore…
If you contact me, Mr Price, I would be glad to help you understand what real conservatives out here are thinking and why…