Friday, September 27, 2013

How to Talk to a Republican (If You Must)

The title is a nod to Ann Coulter, but I wanted to share my recent experiences on the phone with Republicans asking for money.

I immediately let them know that my husband is the Republican in the house, since I deemed that party beyond redemption after Obama was reelected and changed my party affiliation to Libertarian the day after that disastrous election.  I give them a quick spiel about how I was first old enough to vote when Reagan ran for his second term, how as a pro-life, pro-liberty, pro-private property woman I had patiently given Republicans time to come around to the Founder's vision, and how I now realized that would never happen.

Our Founders knew that government was dangerous, men were sinful, and freedom is the best hope for men to live in peace as neighbors.  Today I am surrounded by people who believe government is God, God is too old-fashioned, men can achieve happiness through government, and neighbors exist so that others may covet and steal their stuff through government.  The only solution is to starve government until it is too small and weak to do anything except what it was supposed to do in the first place: stay within the limits enumerated in the Constitution.

Despite my full disclosure, the Republicans keep calling the house (hoping to reach Dr. Schimmel instead of me, I am sure.) They always get me, I tell them, because Dr. Schimmel is always working to pay:

  • taxes they won't fight to cut and
  • tuition so our kids get an actual education instead of government-controlled indoctrination.
Perhaps their persistence in the face of my opposition is indicative of desperation among the Republican elite.  Having alienated their core constituencies and reached out way too far to their opponents, their fund raising has got to be down.  Just a guess.

By the way, here's my shameless plug for the Libertarian Party:

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