The GOP must be getting desperate if they have gotten down to my relatively unimportant name on their mailing list. And as a result, I received a rather bland photo of Senator and Mrs. McCain which I have taken the liberty of making a remark on, and have sent back to the kind folks who first put it into the mail to me:
In case my scrawl is impossibly illegible, it reads:
“Thanks, but no thanks. No McSame.
I’m voting for the Constitution.
I’m voting for Dr. Chuck Baldwin.”
That, and along with some creatively artistic flourishes with a Sharpie pen, I added some distinguishing facial hair to Sen. McCain’s ever so gentle visage. (I was tempted to add the same flourish to Mrs. McCain, but she is something of an innocent bystander, or at least, an accessory - who really doesn’t need any uglification. That would simply be ungentlemanly of me to do such a thing.
I did wonder why I received any mailings from McCain… I never got anything from Bush in 2000 or 2004. Despite the fact that I rarely if ever donate anything to any political candidate (I donated some to Fred Thompson’s ill-fated primary campaign, and that has somewhat soured me on making any further contributions to anyone else - given my poor track record at backing political winners).
I also donated a token sum to my local candidate to Congress, Kieran Lalor (NY-19) on the hopes that he can unseat first-term incumbent John Hall, whose victory in an otherwise Republican, conservative Catholic majority district was something of a protest against the former Sue Kelly’s ineptitude in her final term.
I think that might have bumped me up a few notches on the mailing list.
I have been rather opposed to McCain being the nominee — I would have rather have seen Dr. Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo or Duncan Hunter… or even Mitt Romney as POTUS before McCain. In fact, this wholesale unravelling of the GOP has lead to my embracing of the Constitutionalist movement, and finding my home in Paleoconservatism.
Or to paraphrased a much abused idiom - I did not leave the GOP, the GOP moved left and left me.