As you know, if I had to run for office, I would run as a Republican. This is because I affiliate with the general structure that comes with the “compassionate conservative” connotations, over other ideologies (I.e., progressive, libertarian, neo-liberal). As I am becoming a PhD in American Politics, however, I constantly see conundrums between me as a Republican Candidate and the current Republican Party.
I just got an email from Senator John Cornyn at The National Republican Senatorial Committee that speaks to this conundrum. I know that I’m a Republican if I ran for office, but my public policy recommendations for how I should be represented differs widely from his public policy and how I am represented today. I clearly can’t contribute money to a public policy cause I fundamentally disagree with, because I don’t spit in Thoreau’s face. But I do want people to contribute to the Republican Party… For example, here’s the email I just got:
I love my country. And I can’t stand what the Democrats are doing to it.
For the past six years, Senate Democrats have been rubber-stamps for President Obama’s failed policies. Every promise they’ve made has been broken: healthcare, national security, job creation – theirs is a record of incompetence, dishonesty and dysfunction. Yet, now they plead with the American people, “please trust us – just this one more time.”
There are two sides to a deal. Democrats gave their word; America gave them the government. Senate Democrats broke their word – they don’t deserve to lead our country ever again.
All we’re offering is the truth. Our country is facing major challenges and it’s time for serious leaders to take over; leaders who will return to the time-tested conservative principles that made America great. Senate Democrats had their chance. They had their moment. They failed.
This is so important that I will triple-match every online donation made for the next five days to help us hit our monthly goals. Every dollar you give will carry the impact of $4 – a powerful multiplier.
Let’s Get It Done,
Senator John Cornyn
Below is how I responded to our esteemed Senator from Texas.
Senator John Cornyn, you emailed me through NRSC, and I do not understand your contribution request based on your strange view of Obamacare. As a Republican, and a PhD Candidate in political science, you lost me. Obamacare facilitates a legitimate marketplace for the healthcare industry to offer healthcare insurance to the American people (i.e., voters like me). What’s more republican than that?! And ideologically, it is a “compassionate conservative” response to the some 40 millions of Americans who were not covered and jacking up my premiums because the hospital never got paid by that significant portion of the American population. You should be saying, “We won.” But you say, “We lost.” I cannot vote for someone chanting for less people to be insured or insured through fraud, which repealing Obamacare would promote. Sir, I am writing because I cannot see how “compassionate conservatives” who approve of Gay Marriage, contraception, abortions, and other social issues promoting freedom will ever support you. To me, you are ruining our party name. I hope to contribute in the future, then.
Thus, I think by blogging I solved my conundrum. I can keep all the links necessary to let my fellow Americans weigh in on the issue. This is me participating in American politics as a republican.