I didn’t get my T-Shirt so how can I count on you to run our country?

Post-election, I have a burr in my political saddle, thus the question

What prompted my post is that I just received another request to contribute as follows:

On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 7:59 PM, Reince Priebus wrote:

Kurt,

Thank you for all your support. We are sincerely grateful for all that you do.

We are looking forward to 2013 and the many new opportunities it affords. Now more than ever, we must continue to fight for the principles that we believe in. With your help we will continue our efforts to ensure America’s best days are ahead. Please donate today and help make the Republican Party stronger for the future.

http://www.gop.com/donate

Best,

Reince Priebus

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310 First Street, S.E. Washington, D.C. 20003
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Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

Reince,

My response follows:

Hello Reince,

I donated in response to a T-Shirt offer (I Built This Business message on it) and I NEVER received it. I wrote several times. I did start getting calls to donate more. They were good at ASKING for more.  I told every caller who asked me to donate AGAIN, “Hey, send my T-shirt and I’ll think about it!” No one ever followed through on that task, but the calls kept coming.

They could get the part of follow up down really well, but they couldn’t figure out how to actually send me the shirt that was promised.  Promises are easier than follow through.

I guess the Romney campaign not only couldn’t win, they couldn’t even run a “T-Shirt for a donation” campaign either.  Pre-election I often chuckled about how could someone who couldn’t put the people in place to run a T-shirt campaign ever put together a team to run the country. Comical, yes. Silly, yes. But then again – is it?

I was not impressed. I still voted for Romney, but I once again saw the futility of believing in politicians and politics.

Reince, I’ve long felt that the system only chews up and changes the “Good Guys” to such an extent that by the time they get through the process to win, they are so changed and corrupted that no “Good Guy” can possibly maintain that purity and make it.

I have spent 50 years of my life keeping up with political news and following politics. Like many a young person starting out with an interest in politics, I started out believing that the poor deserved to be given more to help them catch up. And like some, but sadly not everyone, I evolved and grew in experience in the real world to learn that all should be “given” the opportunity, not the reward.

Handing out the harvest robs the recipient of the satisfaction of earning it themselves and it robs them of the lessons they would learn as they earned it. Plus, it makes them weak and dependent. It’s much more complex than I just explained. Rather than go there, my point here in this post is about how I met someone who changed their vote from Romney to Obama over one single issue, i.e. that Romney only had an acceptance speech prepared.

That’s right. She voted for Obama over such a ridiculous issue, i.e. that Romney had not prepared a speech for losing, only winning. What? I asked her if that is what swayed her? Yes, she said.

So, in short, both of our votes counted as ONE VOTE. As they should, but frankly, that is depressing to think that my 50+ years of study was neutralized by such a silly basis as that. I feel like my vote has about as much effect as a bug’s fart in a hurricane. Probably less!!

For now, and perhaps forever, I will turn my attention to non-political issues. I see how our country is declining and I can see how it COULD recover, but I can more easily see how it COULD continue to decline because politicians never talk about the real issues. Let me rephrase that. Politicians who DO talk about the real issues, they NEVER get wide acceptance.

In my life, Ross Perot and Ron Paul have come the closest and we saw how those two campaign turned out, didn’t we?

What we need is for a business person to run our country.  Maybe the masses will wake up one day and realize this. We can always hope!

Kurt

How Important Is One Vote?

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