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This is why we lose

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I received a couple of email messages today.  Well, I actually received several, but two of them pointed out why it is Democrats seem to win so many battles while we Republicans are left in the dust trying to figure out why.

The first came in a little before noon Pacific time.  It was sent by President Barack Obama to the Organizing for America mailing list – his continuing campaign machine.  It was just the latest in a series of messages from him and others, stirring up support for the health care bill.  It was full of talk about bipartisanship; about how it would  reduce health care costs and the deficit, and how it would create jobs.  It even had a couple of emotional stories touting the benefits of socialized medicine – er, excuse me, the President’s health care package.  Pretty much standard fare, but the critical part is what he asked his people to do.  He asked them to contact their elected officials and tell them to support the plan.  “Now is the time to make a decision about the future of health care in America, ” he wrote, challenging his followers to bombard the Capital with an echoing message – and then gave them a link to a website where they could quickly and easily do exactly that.

Then, a couple of hours later, I got a note from Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee.  Entitled “Obama Won’t Stop – Unless You MAKE Him Stop,” it recounts the problems and dangers of the bill, and expressed appreciation for the effort everyday Americans have made to get our voices heard.  But then, rather than encouraging us to make one final push, to tell our legislators in no uncertain terms to stop the bill and restart the process – this time, in the open – it asks for a donation.  No call for action, much less a means to do so; the RNC saw this as a fundraising opportunity.

Obama and his team are ready for an all-out, last-stand type of pitched battle while the RNC holds a fundraising event.  They’re on the battlefield with any weapon they can find while we’re in the meadow looking for Benjamins.  Is it any wonder we routinely lose the battle in the legislature, much less in the marketplace?

Don’t get me wrong; I understand the importance of fundraising, and have no trouble with political parties and candidates tying appeals to hot-button topics.  The OFA had a fundraising component, once you got to the website, and there have been plenty of appeals from both sides during the health care struggle.  That’s not the issue.  The problem is that, while the other team has their head in the game, our side is pretty much operating as if it were business as usual.  They need to figure out – as the other side has – that we are at the do-or-die stage of this effort and get ready for war.

After all,  it’s our liberty at stake, and we can leave the money-gathering to when we’re not in the middle of a fight for the future of our kids and grand-kids.


Written by Jeffrey S. Smith

3 March 2010 at 4:14 pm

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  1. It happened again.

    I received a message yesterday morning from OFA, asking me to contact my US Representative to encourage him to support the health care bill expected to come to a vote in the next week or so. They promised this was just “Day 1” of this sort of call to action; they promise to contact me daily to keep me up to speed and give me new directions as needed.

    Then, late last night, I got an email from Michael Steele and the RNC, making note of the ethical problems recently revealed about a couple of national Democrat legislators and used it to promote a new commercial and – you guessed – ask for a donation.

    To be fair, I’ve gotten a number of messages from folks connected to the Tea Party movement which have encouraged and enabled me to contact my Representative and express my opposition to the health care bill. They’re showing leadership where the RNC is not.

    No wonder some Tea Party folks consider the Republican Party part of the problem…

    Jeffrey S. Smith

    11 March 2010 at 8:47 am

  2. I have voted Republican in every election since Senator Barry Goldwater ran unsuccessfully against LBJ. I have embraced the GOP’s philosophy. However, the trend of rhe RNC in recent months has been a complete turn off for me. I WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK, and I can’t see that happening because of any effort by the GOP. The more I see and hear about the Tea Party and/or the Liberterian Party philosophies, rhe more I am convinced that they will work hard to bring our country back to us.

    Don Ferris, DTM
    Liberty Talkers Toastmasters

    Don Ferris

    12 March 2010 at 10:43 am

  3. Finally, nearly two weeks after Barack Obama – working through the official White House campaign arm, Organizing for America – called their troops to a last-ditch fight, the RNC has joined the battle. This morning, an email crossed my screen providing a link to a fairly mediocre bot site that allowed me to send a pre-packaged message to a set of predetermined people. It’s a little lackluster, but it’s a case of better late than never.

    I figure if I’m going to complain about when the RNC does it wrong I need to be fair and note when they do it right. Even if it’s just days before the vote and we’ve been busy elsewhere for thirteen days.

    Jeffrey S. Smith

    16 March 2010 at 12:08 pm

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