I received two separate, disturbing pieces of junk mail from the far-right last week. One was an appeal for a donation to the Republican Party. I wrote a scathing reply which I returned to them in their postage-paid reply envelope. The other was from a blatantly reactionary group called the Faith and Freedom coalition, and my reply to them forms the basis for this specific post.
This Faith and Freedom nonsense began with a letter from ultra-conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin, and was full of typically paranoidal and urgent warnings about the future of this country should Barack Obama and congressional Democrats be re-elected. It promises to “oppose the Obama agenda” and asks the recipient to fill out and return a “Call-To-Action” Pledge to Vote” survey with a donation to said group.
The survey itself was disgustingly transparent, with not even the slightest attempt at actual objectivity. Chock full of far-right, religious-right opinionated and loaded questions, it was designed by founder Ralph E. Reed to incite extremists to vote against the President (a moderate centrist, at most) as well as against all progressives. Additionly, he is attempting to persuade them to donate more than $31 MILLION to his cause. These donations would help this crazed group send out 40 MILLION “voting guides” in a number of key swing districts! While claiming to be non-partisan, their bias is clear. Their stated aim is to “identify, educate, and register millions of brand new, pro-freedom patriots” to vote in the election. Those are, of course, code words for extremist, very conservative, reactionary pro-Republican voters.
The survey came in an official-looking heavier paper that deceptively appeared as if it may have originated from some state or federal government office. It had my Representative’s as well as my Senators’ names listed near the top, and was titled “2012 Voter Registration Confirmation Survey.” Below that, in bold red print, were the words “EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!” followed by, in black print, “If you choose not to participate in this 2012 VOTER REGISTRATION AND CONFIRMATION SURVEY & PLEDGE TO VOTE CAMPAIGN for whatever reason, we would be most appreciative if you would still return this survey blank so we can fully account for every survey we mail and don’t spend needed resources trying to track down what might have happened to it. We must account for every survey we mail.” Uh-huh. Yuh. OK, boss. Pretty damn obsessive and demanding for a bunch of far-right, misguided crackpots!
The questions themselves were outrageous. The very first one asked,
1). “How do you rate Barack Obama’s overall performance as President so far?” This was followed by fill-in-the-ovals spots before each of these responses: “Excellent”, “Good”, “Poor”, “Abysmal”, or “I consider him an enemy of liberty and the values that built our great nation.”Another question followed, asking,
2). “Do you think Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro see President Obama as an ally of theirs? Or do you think Chavez was just joking about President Obama’s Communist beliefs?” The answers to select from on this one were : “I think Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro see President Obama as an ally of theirs”, or “I do not think Chavez and Castro see President Obama as an ally of theirs.”
The next question read,
3). “When Fidel Castro labeled the passage of ObamaCare as “a miracle”, do you think this is because he is honestly concerned with the well-being of Americans? Or is it more likely that Castro sees ObamaCare to be the fastest, surest way to bring Socialism or worse) to America? The responses given for this question were equally as leading and ludicrous as they were for the first two.
Question no. 4 was phrased,
4). “Do you think Leftists like Congressman John Dingell, Nancy Pelosi, and Barack Obama are truly looking to improve health care quality and affordability in America? Or do you think they are mostly using the government takeover of health care as a way to get more control over your life?”
Continuing onward, question no. 8 asked,
8). “What do you think is President Obama’s true political ideology?”, which was followed by these choices: “Mostly conservative”, “Moderate”, “Far-Left”, “Socialist”, “Fascist”, “Not Sure”, or “Other”.
An additional doozy was question 9, which asked,
9). “How much danger do you think liberty is in right now as a result of President Obama’s policies, actions, and agenda for America’s future? The responses for this inflammatory question were listed with the recipient being able to check as many as they thought applied, and were listed as “More serious than the threats we faced in World War II from Nazi Germany and the Japanese because the attack on liberty today is from our own government”, and “More serious than the threat we faced from the Soviet Union during the Cold War”, and “More serious than the American Civil War”, as well as “All of the above?, and “Undecided”.
They also ask how you would define your political views, ranging from very conservative to libertarian to very liberal,.
After asking if you are registered to vote (and, if you are not, they offer to send you one of their “Faith and Freedom Coalition Voter Registration kits”), you are asked to pledge to try and bring like-minded friends and relatives along with you to vote on November 6.
I find this survey to be very misleading, offensive, and strongly biased. It infers that the President is anti-faith and anti-liberty. I also object to this being called the Faith and Freedom Coalition, because its deceitfully paranoid phrasing and apperance have little in common with faith OR freedom and represent a very narrow and twisted perspective on each of those things. A much more appropriate name would be The FEAR Coalition, being that it is unnecessarily alarmist as well. Faith and Freedom Coalition: rather than return this piece of garbage so you can avoid having to track it down, I will instead use it as yoilet paper and flush it away where it belongs.
This piece of garbage is a perfect example of why the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy must NOT be extended! To allow wealthy, anti-government crackpots the extra money with which to circulate unsolicited inflammatory pieces of junk like this must be strictly forbidden! This pseudo-Christian successor to the despicable Pat Robertson‘s original Christian Coalition of the 1990s must not receive continued tax breaks of any kind, nor should any of its wealthy 1% followers! Doing so would be an affront to the MAJORITY 99%, and we have had enough of this failed “trickle-down” nonsense which never has trickled down!