America is a land of donors.
How great it is that we are able to give to causes, charities and political candidates.
At times, many cause-centered donors give with strings attached.
HUGE political donors of both parties give and seem to DEMAND that their recipients mirror their mind-thoughts.
Recently, an exclusive conclave was hosted by Mitt Romney in Park City, UT.
The LA Times put it this way:
"Susan Crown, a 2008 supporter of President Obama who became a key fundraiser for Romney, said that "the extremists — the 2% on either end — were the squeaky wheels that dictated the conversation."
The party, she said, "really has to reconcile its fundamental principle, of government staying out of the people's lives, with its recent history."
The views expressed by many donors in interviews this week about the direction the party should take stood in stark contrast to the current concerns of the 168 members of the Republican National Committee, who determine the party platform and its rules."
Stark contrast, indeed.
The national GOP stands perched on a precipice; the rich Republicans believe it to be a launching post for flying high into the future.
I'm not so inclined to think that.
I think it may well turn out to be a post from which the party may plummet, if it listens to the mega-rich donor base and follows them.
They REALLY believe these things.
Most "moms and dads" in GOP county-level activities firmly support the platform. If they didn't, they wouldn't volunteer monthly as precinct committee members. I'm one of those, for my own local GOP county committee.
National GOP rich Republican donors? I'm guessin' not....
So, they hire Obama's '08 supporter to help with Romney's unsuccessful '12 race, to then have her help give advice to the party for '14. Does this make sense?
Well, not "common sense", as the word is traditionally used.
Wealthy people in politics think differently than the rest of the folks who are involved, only by the way they want to change it with their money. They think they have more power because they have more money.In essence, they "want another pony"...
For example, "The conversations last year about deporting more than 11 million illegal immigrants were harmful to Republican efforts, said Andrew Puzder, the California-based chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc (Carl's Jr.) He noted that mass deportation would require an enormous expansion of government, which to him seemed antithetical to Republican views. "We're losing for a policy that we couldn't even implement," Puzder said in an interview in Park City."
So, let me get this straight: our political philosophies should be utilitarian - we should support issues of today that we can solve in one political presidential election cycle? Kind of like fast food? Hmm. Pulling up to the drive-through window on election day and receiving our fresh, hot helping of... what?
Look, I honor those who have made great wealth in this nation. Their wealth allows them to start new companies and hire new employees and give dreams to others to start new companies.
And hear me here: just because a person is wealthy does not give them more credence to help guide public policy for the nation.
Just as we cannot be governed by a spirit of poverty, we must not be guided by a spirit of wealthy arrogance. Regular work-a-day people are repulsed by both attitudes.
And the GOP mega-donors better beware.
My guess is that the majority of the 168 National Committee members will stand fast on principle at the edge of the precipice I earlier described.
And the arrogant-rich?
They may well want to fly off to a "more inclusive" destination: The Democratic Party.