Thursday, May 26, 2011

Nope, I Can't Vote For You

E-mail titled "Contributions" which I sent to Republican Senate Minority Leader and Senate Whip on 5/26/2011

Senator McConnell, I am a veteran, recently retired, and since retirement I make weekly contributions to Conservative causes and politicians which promote a smaller and constitutionally based federal government.  I have developed a strategy which allows me to have an influence on politicians who feel safe because I live in Texas and can not "vote" for them.  What I do is to Google their next re-election date, and then Google their possible opponents in order to make a contribution to the opponent who seems to be the strongest Conservative for the cause I am interested in.  Currently I am making "opponent" contributions at an approximately 30% level of my total contributions.

I received an e-mail today that tells me that you and Senator Kyle seem to be of little help in promoting Senator Paul's proposal to protect lawful gun owner's right to privacy from federal interference and also federal restrictions on lawful ownership.  Just like my position on immigration I try to promote lawful use, hinder unlawful use, and prevent my government from passing laws which turn normally lawful individual rights into new "crimes" as in the potential ObamaCare disaster.  I am contacting Senator Kyle's office separately, but since both your voice mailboxes (202-224-2541 and 202-224-4521) are full (not allowing messages), and the Congressional Switchboard 202-224-3121) could not leave a message for you, I am e-mailing your local office in Louisville, Kentucky.  If I receive no response from you to my questions here I will try phoning your DC and local office in a couple of days, assuming that you will have staff listening to and compiling voice messages and then erasing them, to express my point of view.

I agree completely with Thomas Jefferson's view:  "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms..disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one."
-Thomas Jefferson quoting Cesare Beccaria, Criminologist in 1764

Please respond to this e-mail with your position on Senator Paul's proposal, so I can decide whether you fit into my donation plan, or if an opponent might be a better fit.  Yes, I am from Texas and yes I can have an influence on any congressional politician in any state in the United States of America.

Expecting your reply soon and God bless America.


  1. Glad you made it back after the wedding. I presume everything is all nice and tight and legal. :)
    This is sooooo cool. I'm forwarding your link to my friend whose husband is also retired Military, but who is also very involved in the Tea Party!
    I really wonder at times if it is helpful to get involved in another state's politics. Yes, makes me feel better, but in the end, is it productive. Example in point: I donated to Scott Brown's Senatorial campaign two years ago, and then find out that he voted with the Dems. I could have saved my money.
    I tend to think that it's all a crap-shoot of who gets what dollars, because when the newbie gets to DC, all bets are off and either their heads get turned or they are railroaded into something totally different. Look what Allan West just did, and here I thought this guy was going to help repeal Oc. You just never know.
    Is the Texas south so very different from the CA west?
    Don't mean to rant and rave, but your post was right on the mark. Thanks.

  2. Thanks trailbee. I am recently retired, and also a veteran, but I am not retired military. I am a retired civilian....hahaha.

    You are right, it is very difficult to not become discouraged and give up, but it is too important for our children and grandchildren for us to let that happen. It helps me to prioritize my interests, and support my highest priorities first. I don't want to see armed rebellion, but there are other powerful forms of response such as a tax revolt which could, if effective, actually reduce the possibility of armed rebellion. I think that if we do nothing, it actually increases the possibility of armed rebellion.

  3. I think this is a Texan answer, compared to my Calif. whine. Rubs off on me after 50 years or so. But, you are correct. We can't just sit by and do nothing, which would be the kiss of death. Thanks.

  4. Over the last two years there have been occasions where I felt very low. Every time some friend stepped in to boost me back up. I am trying to do that for you.

    I am working hard to keep my own spirits up in the face of lies and misleading "news" from the major print media.

    I mentioned to you in an earlier comment that I feel some shame for not accomplishing a goal that I recognized was important when I was younger. I am working hard to overcome that shame by not wasting my time now. This hard work also helps keep my spirits up when there is an occasional setback.