An Open Letter To Reince Priebus

Today, I received this letter from the Republican Party, soliciting funds:

Here is the letter I am sending in reply:

Dear Chairman Preibus,

I received your fundraising letter, and as a loyal Republican who has donated to the party in the past, I wanted to take this opportunity to share my concerns.

I have voted Republican in state, local, and national elections since I first turned 18 in the year 2000.  Over the past 13 years, I have kept a close eye on the GOP, and I do not like where I see the party heading.

The Republican Party is supposed to be the party that stands for conservative values, yet in the last two presidential elections, the party has run extremely moderate candidates, even though there were several stronger conservatives in the primary races.  I have watched as the party leadership in the House has seemed to take a stand against President Obama’s radical socialist agenda, only to cave time and time again, allowing the creeping incrementalism of the Progressive agenda to continue to shape our nation.

Speaker Boehner is perhaps the greatest concern I have in continuing to support the GOP.  It seems that as more time goes on, the more willing the Speaker seems to be to capitulate to the president’s agenda, and to fail to fulfill his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.  And make no mistake: I see President Barack Hussein Obama as one of the greatest domestic threats the U.S. Constitution has ever faced…but when the Republican Speaker of the House goes into a media interview and says that he “absolutely” trusts the president who just spent most of a month lying about the effects of sequestration, and who spent most of the month of December lying about the Fiscal Cliff, and who still has not provided acceptable answers about Benghazi and Fast and Furious, it makes me question why I still support this party.

Then there is the Growth and Opportunity Project report that the Republican Party recently released.  Several media outlets have stated that you personally have referred to this report as an “autopsy” of the party taken after the loss in November’s presidential election – and according to what I read in that report, “autopsy” is the right word for it.  As I read through that report, I did not see a strategy to bring the party back toward the type of Constitutional conservatism that millions of Americans crave today.  What I did see was what will surely amount to a post-mortem on the party.  Focus groups, race-based pandering, and the same kind if inside-the-beltway politics will not help bring the GOP out of its recent slump.

The actions recently taken by Rand Paul seemingly present a golden opportunity for the GOP – one that the party seems intent on squandering.  The fact that Senators McCain and Graham took to the floor of the Senate to condemn Senators Paul, Cruz, Rubio, and the others who stood in filibuster to force the Obama administration to finally provide a clear answer on an obvious constitutional question without clear and forceful condemnation from the Party is shameful.  The fact that Speaker Boehner can state in an interview that he “absolutely” trusts President Obama after the president openly lied to the American people without condemnation from the Party shows that the GOP is not as interested in fighting the Obama agenda as you would have us believe.

If you truly wish to stop President Obama and halt his agenda, the time is now to send a clear message to the American people.  The kind of wishy-washy, half-assed wannabe conservatism that has been coming from the Party up to now will not cut it under the onslaught of socialist progressivism we face from the President and the Senate’s Democratic majority.

A stand must be taken, and as the leader of the Republican Party, it is up to you to provide the vital leadership that the Party needs to stand united in real opposition to President Obama and Senator Reid.

When you are ready to lead, I will be ready to donate.

-Robert Cleveland

Bakersfield, CA

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