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YRUR? Texas GOP Video Contest

I just received an e-mail from the Texas GOP. Here is the essence of it:

June 11, 2009

Dear Bob,

YRUR Video Contest

Ask a Texan why they are Republican and you might hear one of a
hundred different answers.

People from across the Lone Star State identify with the Grand Old 
Party for a number of different reasons...

They are fiscally conservative
They are 2nd Amendment supporters
They are social conservatives
They believe in limited government

Because you are the most important asset of the Republican Party of 
Texas, we want to hear from you now.

What do YOU tell your neighbors and friends when they ask why you are 
a Republican?  What are some of your most compelling reasons for being 
a proud, card-carrying member of the Republican Party of Texas?

We are asking you to create a short video -- no longer than one minute 
-- explaining why you vote Republican every election.

Of course, anyone that knows me doesn't ask me why I am a Republican, but I fantasize that someone might. I think I would answer somewhat along the following lines:

"Well, actually I haven't voted Republican since the early 70's. I have found a party that honors the visions of the founding fathers - that of free men, acting voluntarily to mutual benefit, with an absolute minimum of interference by the state. A party that knows that free market capitalism is the only moral basis for an economy. A party that upholds not only the second amendment, but all of the Constitution. A party that believes in the goodness of people and encourages them to live out that goodness. In short, I have found the Libertarian Party." - *

I did vote Republican in 1968. Before the election in 1972, Republican president Richard Nixon abolished the last connection between the dollar and gold - opening the floodgates of inflation and unbridled government spending.

So much for Republican fiscal conservatism.

Republican governor Ronald Reagan signed the Mulford Act in 1967, "prohibiting the carrying of firearms on one's person or in a vehicle, in any public place or on any public street."

Republican president Ronald Reagan, in a speech in 1991, stated "I am going to say it in clear, unmistakable language: I support the Brady bill, and I urge the Congress to enact it without further delay."

So much for Republican support of the second amendment. I wonder just what part of "the right ... shall not be infringed" is not understood by Republicans.

Republican president George W. Bush oversaw the largest expansion in the size of the federal government in our history (although it does appear that Democrat Obama will eclipse Bush's record).

So much for Republican support of limited government.

How can Republicans say these things with a straight face?

* - full disclosure - I did vote in the Republican Texas Primary in 2008 - for Ron Paul.