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@AGUGrizzlies: Nick’s Letter To @Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, recently sent out a fundraising letter to members of the GOP:


As we head into the busy holiday season, we cannot forget the critical challenges facing our nation. Your help is crucial to ensure that Washington keeps its promises to reduce the debt, keep taxes low, and create an environment for job growth. We can’t let up now. There’s too much at stake this month and in 2013 to sit on the sidelines – join us and donate today.


Reince Priebus

Nick Ahlborn is a member of AGU-CA and a small business owner. Like many common sense fiscal Conservatives, Nick is frustrated with the current state of the GOP. Were they lying during the recent election cycle or are they lying now?

As Governor Sarah Palin recently said:

We send good conservatives to D.C. to fulfill the promises they made to the electorate, and yet when they stay true to their word the permanent political class in their own party punishes them. – Sarah Palin

The fundraising letter that Mr. Priebus sent didn’t sit well with Nick. Instead of ignoring it or deleting it, Nick decided to take the time to write a note back to the RNC.

Here is Nick’s reply to the Chairman of the RNC:


I understand your concerns, some of which you list. I’ll share mine with you. You state that "Washington" must be held to "keep its promises". I agree we need to "keep taxes low". Sad to say, the GOP Speaker of the House doesn’t agree. He’s willing to raise income taxes by nearly a trillion dollars on small business entrepreneurs like myself. He said so. To him, such people are "rich", so they need to be penalized for their success. And do I hear a word out of the RNC about how preposterous that is? No.

Under attack by the GOP House Leadership are four Congressmen who were stripped of their committee assignments. Apparently among their "crimes" was having voted against the "Ryan Budget", that congressional legislation which makes the claim the nation will reach a balanced budget by…2040. That Republicans hail a bunch of pages of legislation can predict what such pages of legislation will achieve 28 years from now is absurd. Congress has no idea what will happen 28 days from now, much less 28 years from now. Even more revolting is the sheer ruthlessness the GOP House Leadership has shown these elected representatives in their own party. There are more than a few of us out here wondering how they can show such ruthlessness toward Conservative Republicans, yet cower in fear and run to beg for deals from every Democrat they can find. We’re left puzzled how much more support they would have from their own party if the GOP Leadership would treat Democrats the same way they treated these four Conservatives. Has the RNC come out and defended these four Congressmen for supporting smaller government and a balanced budget amendment? No.

The GOP today is not the GOP of Reagan, Goldwater, or of any other proponent of Constitutional Conservatism and limited government. It’s the Progressive Republican Party now, filled with lovers of big spending of taxpayer’s money to entrench their own political eternity – whether they’re in the majority or not. There’s virtually no difference in the philosophy of the GOP and the Democrat Party today. The Democrats want $1.6 trillion in tax increases, and the GOP House Leadership salivate at the chance to offer half that amount, thinking this is a "win on points" and a desirable outcome. It used to be that the GOP defended the rights of INDIVIDUALS to succeed as far as their talents would carry them, and that they should keep as much of the fruits of their success as they could. Today the GOP joins in with the premise – and the language – of the left’s "Collective Responsibility" and "Shared Sacrifice" claptrap. Today’s GOP insists that success is to be punished by the power of Congress to expropriate the earnings of the successful via taxation. Your RNC really offers no real contrast to the Democrats of today. They want to put pedal-to-the-metal and arrive at Socialism as fast as they can. Today’s GOP seeks only to get to the same Socialist destination more slowly using a proscribed speed limit. If the GOP or the RNC cannot – or will not – openly defend against the historically proven inexorable failure collectivism always leads to, then there’s really no use for either of your organizations.

You won’t be getting any money from me. Today’s Republican Party consists now of what were once yesterday’s Democrats – that’s what passes for GOP Congressional Leadership now. Conservatives like me aren’t welcome – as evidenced by representatives like Justin Amash, Dave Schweikert, and Tim Huelskamp.

Good luck for your fundraising. You’ll need it.

Nick Ahlborn

Los Angeles, CA

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  • goldenprez

    Excellent return letter. Copies should be made and sent the RNC from every conservative.

    "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!"

    And do not, under any circumstances, give them any money!

    Throw them all out! The status quo must go!

    Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

    Illegitimi non carborundum.

    Barracudas Maximus.

    • dave7777

       Two bits sez they’ll never read it. Another discontent. Circular file.

      • celestiallady

        What will make an impact on them? Nothing has so far.

        • goldenprez

           celestiallady … Voting them out of office in favor of constitutional conservatives

          The GOP cannot be changed from within.

          We The People must find candidates who are not affiliated with either side of the Government Party, who are true patriots and not party loyalists, and support them, and get them elected to replace the flotsam and jetsum currently ensconced in D.C.

          Throw them all out! The status quo must go!

          Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

          Illegitimi non carborundum.

          Barracudas Maximus.

        • MaMcGriz

           Maybe a one or two week camp out in tahriri square?

      • goldenprez

         David … I wouldn’t take the bet. You definitely have them pegged.

        If there is no check in the letter, it will never get read.

        I lost my head … lol

        Throw them all out! The status quo must go!

        Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.

        Illegitimi non carborundum.

        Barracudas Maximus.

  • AyePatriot

    Thomas – thank you or posting this here.

    Nick, you can’t see me, but I’m giving you a standing ovation!!!!!

  • wiskeyjack

    On the money.  The Rino’s stand for nothing.  They are the worst of it and have to go or forfeit the country.

  • myfairlady

    Thanks Nick for writing this, and thanks Thomas for posting it!  That is what I call, telling it like it truely  is! 

  • suehimel

    Every one of you that is a registered Republican should email and tweet Reince Priebus.  He won’t read them, but his staff will and they will report the numbers.  If you crash his email and Twitter account he will notice it.  What he’ll do I couldn’t say, but politicians don’t stay in power by ignoring vast numbers of voters.  We must make ourselves heard.  If you do nothing….well then…. who is it that said that the only way evil flourishes is if good (wo)men do nothing?  I emailed and tweeted that I am unhappy and want to switch my affiliation.  Do it.  You’ll feel good afterward.  And, then if he does nothing it won’t be because you remained silent.

  • 08hayabusa

    I have said for many years now that the two parties are really just one party but with two faces. And they are both doing nothing more than playing the old game of good cop vs bad cop.

  • friskyness

    Well, said.  The conservatives have to be united for 2014 and 2016.  There can’t be a repeat of 2012 primaries……if there is a rino will win again…………….

  • heshtesh

    Thanks Reince but i can do without you trying to blow sunshine up my…………….

  • MaMcGriz

    Thanks Nick.

    No way Reince misses your message. I’d bet he’s gotten it and thousands more saying the same thing.

    Today one of our clients reported being forced to let go a third of their work force of 250 employees from their electronics mfg business because of obamacare. Their health insurance premiums then jumped to the point that they were no longer affordable, and replacement policies are impossible.  It now looks like their formerly successful operation will not remain in business. They say they can’t survive under obama and obamacare.

    I think Obama wants America to become one big Detroit.

    • heshtesh

      I like to try and tell myself my family will be safe and secure in my native Canada but i don’t really believe that as everything seems to rot around Obama,my family lives 1.5 miles across the international border from Detroit in Windsor Ont.:(

  • Freempg

    The first step is to rid the RNC of Reince Priebus.

  • misterlogic0013

    Michele Steele for starters .. great read  excellent  .. heading in the correct direction ..  

  • Isabel Matos

    I just want to share this with Thomas S Schmitz because you shared the letter above. 

    This was a collective effort by a group of concerned members who wrote letters to the RNC Chair March 6th, 2012.  We sent them in the form of a packet.  The RNC never responded.  RNC never will.  Please enjoy reading the insightful comments by many who knew (and still do) that the GOP has not been on the side of We-the-People since Ronald Reagan. There is only one name B.u.S.h. that has had its hold on the party since 41 and we have seen the party go down because of their liberal progressive agenda.

    I would love for everyone to know that you are not alone. That they won’t listen. And that they are doubling down even as we speak. 

  • slhancock

    Good letter!  The RNC has called us several times to ask for money. We have given them a similar response every time.  It is NOW time for conservatives to organize a new party to take on both the ruling class parties and give America a truly conservative choice.  One of my senators has chosen to agree to tax hikes as a balanced agreement. I told him I would do everything I can to make sure he is defeated in the primary election in 2014.  The form letter response he sent me had little to do with my concerns, so I wrote another letter telling him that he was out of touch, his form letters were not welcome, and if he could not figure out which way our country should go economically, to at least talk to much-respected economists like Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell before making decisions.  My husband says these guys (senators and Congressmen/women) are not dumb, that they have to be smart to become elected. I’m not so sure about that.  Political connections and political savvy have nothing to do whatsoever with knowing what to do to run a country effectively.  We see evidence of this DAILY!

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