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May 17, 2008

My Letter to the Republican Party

I keep receiving letters from Senator McCain's campaign, and from the Republican Party, asking for support and donations. The neat thing is, they always include a postage paid envelope which, until now, has always been tossed into the recycle bin with the rest of the letters. But today I came up with a better idea: I decided to compose a letter about my position on the candidates and the issues this year and to enclose it in the postage paid return envelope. I've saved my letter to my desktop, so that whenever I receive one of these mailers, all I have to do is right-click on its icon and select "Print" to easily and conveniently send the same letter back each and every time.

Here is my letter. If you like it, feel free to copy/paste it into your own Wordpad (or other document) file so that you can do the same:

To Whom It May Concern,

I assume that you are sending me these mailers because I have contributed to George W. Bush and to the Republican party in the past, specifically in the period leading up to the 2004 election. I was very motivated during that election season, as I am now. I debated in person and online with others about the issues, and I put my money and my votes where my mouth was.

This election year is no different. However, I will be staying home on election day, 2008, or I will write in an alternative candidate (which amounts to the same thing), and I argue daily for others to do the same.

To my recollection there were at least a dozen candidates for president in the beginning of this election season, with a few more Democrats than Republicans. Also to my recollection, out of all of these dozen plus candidates, Republican and Democrat, John McCain had the very worst immigration plan.

No, immigration issues are not the only issues this election season, but they amount to 51% of them. (Further, McCain is hardly representative of my positions on other issues, and certainly not enough so as to differ significantly from the candidates of the Democratic party.)

You may continue to send me these requests for support all through the election season, but when you don't receive support in return, and when I don't show up for your candidate in November, I want you to know why. Considering the choice of candidates this year, I could hardly be more apathetic about which one wins.

Disappointedly yours,

<City, State, Zip>

Posted by Jeff at May 17, 2008 08:11 PM


I understand your frustration. I'm in the same place. I think that we're going to see a very low turnout this November. I've heard the argument about choosing the lesser of two evils, but if we keep electing people that we don't really like, support or believe truly represent us then the party will continue to produce these substandard candidates. McCain does not reflect my values!

Posted by: John at May 22, 2008 10:11 PM

i think itīs very nice

Posted by: sayah at July 3, 2008 08:12 AM

Apathy is the very best term for it. While I am not apathetic in regards to the direction the next president will take us, I feel that the electoral process leaves much to be desired. The two candidates we are left with leave me feeling hopeless. I think I speak for many Americans (underrepresented as we may be) when I say that I truly feel like choosing my president is a bit of a carnival game, you feel like you could win, but somewhere inside you feel the outcome is somewhat predetermined. We can choose whomever we'd like... but let's get it down to two representatives, one democrat and one republican, and give them mass media coverage clear up until the election. Aside from that, you have people who harangue you every day to get out and vote. They've said things like "Well if you don't vote you have no right to complain." I disagree. I believe we have a right to our opinions strictly by virtue of being a citizen, furthermore, I believe that the majority of the voting populace are undereducated on the issues/politicians and saturated with media coverage, propaganda from various sources (including those commercials), or an unwavering allegiance to a particular party regardless of their stance. I've not even mentioned "straight ticket" voters, which I believe is a mockery of democracy. The fact that we allow someone to check one bubble and complete an entire ballot shows that we take our electoral process about as seriously as we take ordering fast food, "I'll take the Democrat Combo, and a Coca-Cola." I found this entry amusing and well written. :)

Posted by: Mason at September 29, 2008 02:34 PM

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