The Republican National Committee (RNC) will shortly (on Jan. 27) be holding its chairperson election.
I’m sorry to say, even if you’ve been a registered Republican and have been donating to their candidates for decades, you won’t be voting. That privilege goes to but three representatives of each state or territory. That’s 168 people in all.
As of the time of writing, there are three candidates for the job—incumbent Ronna McDaniel, attorney Harmeet Dhillon, and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell.
Unfortunately, McDaniel isn’t alone. Her most serious competition, Harmeet Dhillon—Mike Lindell evidently isn’t getting much traction—isn’t exactly Mother Teresa.
Now, we’re not in Nancy Pelosi territory with these figures—not even close—and I’m a believer in the free market and wish people well. But there’s a level of hypocrisy here.
Okay, that was back in 2013, but, as H.L. Mencken famously warned us, “When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.”
So what are we to glean from all this, since the vast majority of us won’t be voting in that Jan. 27 election?
I have a recommendation to make: Don’t make your political donations to amorphous organizations such as the RNC. You have no control over where your money will be going or how it will be spent or even if it will be used to support policies with which you agree. You could be working completely against what you believe in some instances.
Donate your money to individual candidates whose policies you know you approve. You can then follow the actions of those candidates to make sure they fulfill their promises.
When possible, make these donations personally at fundraisers and not online. For some time now, we’ve all been inundated by constant political solicitations by email and text that have made those functions almost unusable for their intended purpose.
Online donations are increasingly difficult to track. Although you think you’re contributing to one candidate, you may be donating to a group. And promises that your contributions will be multiplied by ridiculously high variables are impossible to verify and likely outright lies.
The language used in these online political solicitations makes used car salesmen look good.
Use your political contributions wisely for the good of our republic. It’s the sensible and patriotic thing to do.