I received a gift from the congressman today. He sent me a survey, or his toadies did. I don’t recall how I got on the NRCC mailing list, but it’s no wonder. After all, I am a white guy with a decent income who has lived most of his life in red, rural America. Who can blame them for assuming that I am one of them?
But I am not one of them, In fact, I am a sworn enemy, and this survey is a perfect example of the reason why I despise those Trump-lovin’ tapeworms.
Really, the survey isn’t a survey at all; it is a push poll. It asks a set of questions designed to elicit and solidify emotional responses to key terms.
Of course, there is donation request at the end of the thing, and I am pretty sure that enclosed checks are the only pieces of paper which survive “data extraction” to feel the sticky caress of the NRCC toadies.
Anyway, this intellectual hairball must be seen to be believed, so here goes:
Question #2: (I’ll edit out the dry bits) Amnesty is not the correct path for immigration policy.
The possible answers are along a scale from “Strongly agree” (the Right answer) to “Strongly disagree” (the naughty, un-American answer). But what the hell are they talking about? Has anyone proposed amnesty as the path for immigration policy? And what is amnesty anyway – a path to citizenship, a new class of work visas, anything short of a human catapult at the border wall (God bless its steely heart)?
Question #3: The Constitution is not a “living and breathing document.” Its authors had a clear vision that judges must follow.
Huh? Doesn’t every jurist think that they are trying to be faithful to the vision? I guess they mean the Right vision.
Question #6: The IRS needs more oversight from Congress for its extreme targeting of conservative groups.
Speaks for itself. They dropped the pretense at this point.
Question #7: Congress should abolish the death tax that forces our children to pay taxes on their rightful inheritance.
Don Jr. and Eric may pay that tax. My kids will never pay it, nor will the children of anyone I know.
Question #8: The capital gains tax should be reduced to encourage entrepreneurship.
When did you stop beating your wife? Well?
Question #9: Radical Islamic Terrorism (my two cents: They should go ALL CAPS next time. It’s what they want anyway) is the biggest threat we face in the Middle East.
In the Middle East? Nope.
Question #13: Congress should cut Obama-era regulations that have created unnecessary obstacles for people to open and maintain businesses.
Ok, just a couple more, really ripe ones.
Question #17: Welfare recipients should undergo drug testing
To maintain a consistent standard of efficacy, Our Party should also push for funding of weekly prostate biopsies for all its members of congress.
Question #21: Republicans must reverse Obama’s war on coal that has damaged Ohio.
Ohio? I suspect that Ohio has bigger problems. Don’t they have a Superfund site or two?
Now, politicians have always lied and manipulated to advance their fortunes. But tactics like the mailing above go well beyond manipulation. They are conditioning.
“Bark, drool, and puke up some cash for our sustenance on cue,” they say, “and you get a yummy bit of certainty, a morsel of reassurance, and a warm pat of belonging.”