Senator John Cornyn
National Republican Senatorial Committee
425 Second Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
April 9, 2009
Dear Senator Cornyn,
I received your letter yesterday that contained the Republican Strategy Survey. While I appreciate your request for my opinion, I fear that this was just a gimmick to get me to send a “generous contribution” to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. My suspicions were heightened because I also received a similar request from Michael Steele and another Republican organization that same day, though they were not interested in my opinion like you.
The survey was simple enough as you asked me to rate my opinion on issues on a scale from “Agree Strongly” to “Disagree Strongly” or “Uncertain.” As I started to complete the survey, I noticed that some of your questions were too simplistic to really express how I feel.
I respectfully submit these comments to better align your survey to conservative values:
Question 4 – I favor a flat tax: I actually favor the Fair Tax as proposed in The Fair Tax Act. I found your survey question even more confusing as you are a cosponsor of the Fair Tax Act.
Question 8 – Balancing the budget should be an important goal for Congress: Balancing the budget should be a REQUIREMENT for Congress. We conservatives are watching how the Senate handles the next budget cycle.
Question 12 – Democrats are catering to Big Labor and other liberal interests at my expense: You could add “and many Republicans” after Democrats in that question. You really should clean your own house (and by house, I mean the Senate) before criticizing the other party. Look how some Republican senators voted for the Stimulus Bill and are likely to support the Employee Free Choice Act.
Question 14 – Our government should make securing our borders and ports a top priority: I “Agree Strongly,” but have wondered for many years why the Republicans did virtually nothing about this issue while you recently controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency. Please answer this question.
Question 15 – More needs to be done to protect Americans from uncontrolled immigration: I am concerned that you choose to refer to “ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION” as “uncontrolled immigration.” If you cannot call it what it is, I doubt that you are serious about the problem. Also, I have wondered for many years why the Republicans did virtually nothing about this issue while you recently controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency. Please answer this question.
Questions 19 (excessive litigation), 20 (Social Security stability), and 25 (dependence of foreign oil): Once again I have to ask why the Republicans did virtually nothing about these issue while you recently controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency. Please answer this question.
Question 26 – Our country should follow the Reagan conservative principles of lower taxes, limited government, and a strong national defense: Sorry to be repetitive, but I, once again, have to ask why the Republicans did follow these values while you recently controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency? I will concede that you were strong on national defense.
Question 32 – I believe the Democrats’ efforts to resurrect the Fairness Doctrine would restrict my right to freedom of speech: I strongly agree with that statement, but also feel that other legislation, such as McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform, also limit my free speech.
Question 33 – I believe our lawmakers and our President have a responsibility to promote traditional moral values: I disagree, as I do not expect you to promote moral values. I would agree that you (Congress) should behave in a moral and ethical way. I would be extremely happy if Congress would limit their role in our lives to what is outlined in the constitution (kindly refer to the Tenth Amendment).
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
You graciously provided some blank space on the survey for me to voice any other issues that are important to me. Here is my voice:
I believe that this survey is a contrived effort to collect money. I will support the Republicans when you become a conservative party again. I will no longer accept your promises, only your RESULTS.
I have to add that Republican elected officials and their staff seem to “come alive” when they are out of power and then and only then return to their conservative roots. I fear that this is because conservative values are no longer the true roots of your party. Your actions in the next few months/years will answer that question.
I will provide some support, as I will affix a stamp to the return envelope to help defray the costs to your committee as you requested.
Framing The Dialogue