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Got my second notice from the Republican National Committee today.

They sent it in an orange envelope, with the red words “SECOND NOTICE” on the front.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over!

A “second notice?” Like I owe them some money or something?

So, what did they say? What did the letter say?

Dear Friend,

I’ve written to you numerous times since becoming Chairman of the Republican National Committee in February, asking you to reactivate your membership, but I haven’t heard from you. I hope you have not turned your back on our Party!

…[blah blah blah]…

Our time is coming. We must be ready to lead the fight. I hope you’ll reactivate your RNC membership today! I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

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Michael Steele

Chairman, Republican National Committee

As you can see, I omitted the main body of the letter, just quoting from the opening and closing. It’s the opening and closing that I want to address.

First, I’ve never been a member of the Republican Party. Or, at least, if I was, I didn’t know it. If they had Congressional hearings, and I was called and asked, “Have you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Republican Party?” I would honestly answer “No.”

So, I’m not really sure how I can reactivate my membership if I’ve never been a member.

Let me also say that I’m not now, nor have I ever been, nor do I see myself suffering sufficient brain damage to become, a member of the Democratic Party.

I’m an independent. A conservative, to be sure. So, I have no party loyalty. I do have a philosophical loyalty to conservatives. And, I usually vote for Republicans, since they are usually the conservatives.

Now, they may have assumed I’m a Republican, because I sent money to two Republican candidates this past election cycle. I sent money to the Fred Thompson campaign. And, after the convention, I sent money to the McCain campaign. And, heck, maybe the fine print said that contributing made me a Republican. I don’t know.

Anyway, maybe that’s why they think I’m a Republican. Or was, until I didn’t send in any response to earlier mailings.

That brings me to the second statement with which I have an issue: “I hope you have not turned your back on our Party!”

Well, if I was a Republican, it was because of conservative principals. So, if anyone turned a back on anyone else, it was the Republicans turning their backs on me. And on other conservatives.

George W. Bush (for whom I twice voted, and would have a third time if it was possible) and the Republican Congress spent money irresponsibly. That’s not what I, as a conservative, want. Overall, I thought Bush was a good president. But he had his faults. He wasn’t conservative enough for my taste.

And the bailout. That was totally against my wishes. But they didn’t ask me. They’re asking me to send them money to rejoin the GOP, but didn’t ask if I thought the bailout was stupid. It was. And so were they for supporting it.

Other things, too. Sotomayor, for instance. They aren’t standing up against the Wise Latina. Or anything else, for that matter.

So, no, Mr. Steele, I didn’t leave your party.

Your party left me.

I’ll let you back. All you got to do is act right. Extreme right.

Consider this your second notice.

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