Wednesday, April 30, 2014

E-mail from George H. W. Bush

I don’t know what your guilty pleasures are in life, but one of mine is socks....
I’m a self-proclaimed sock man. The louder, the brighter, the crazier the pattern -- the better! It’s usually the first thing people notice I’m wearing whenever I’m out in public and that’s the way I like it.
So when Chairman Reince Priebus asked me to write to you on behalf of the Republican National Committee (RNC), I told him... my letter to you had to involve socks.....

Republicans are up against an opposition that is willing to do, say and spend whatever it takes to expand their hold on power. The Democrats are desperate and determined to fully implement ObamaCare and force their agenda of higher taxes, more      spending and less freedom on the American people.
You can get your own [socks]  today or as a gift for your favorite Republican by sending a special campaign contribution of $35 or more to the RNC now...
George H.W. Bush

 And my reply:
Dear Mr. President:

Is there anything I have said or done that made you think I'd be receptive to this approach?

I am very opposed to the Republican agenda! 

If you like, I can offer detailed reasons:

--I am pro-choice. You, George H. W. Bush used to be, too, before you changed your position to run with Ronald Reagan.

-Congressional Republicans oppose the President at every turn, following an obstructionist agenda. We voters
do not forget who shut down the government, closing our national parks, et cetera.

--State Republicans have gerrymandered districts to a fare-thee-well, and are now trying to
push unconstitutional restrictions on the right to vote.

--Republicans are associated with the Koch Brothers and other billionaires who are destroying our
democracy and our economy.

--Republican fiscal policies are cruel. For example, the Republican states that have refused
Medicaid expansion have hurt low-income and unemployed persons substantially. For another
example, House Republicans have been trying to make cuts in programs that help the poor, while
continuing to subsidize the mega-rich with tax breaks.

And just for the record, I remember that you, George H. W. Bush, initiated the methods
of Roger Ailes in 1988. You owed your his election to lies about Kitty Dukakis using cocaine and burning an
American flag. The dreaded "Willie Horton" ad set the standard for negative campaigning. Ever since,
I have noticed that Republican candidates have a problematic relationship with the truth and even
with reality.

Sincerely yours,
Pat Andrews