The conversation went something like this:
Republican National Committee (RNC) rep
: I’m calling to see if you are willing to support Republicans with a contribution. We noticed that you haven’t given anything to the party for a long time.
: Yes you are right. I've been an Independent for years, and I’m now a registered Democrat.
: May I ask why you switched parties?
: How much time do you have?
: (pause…) Well, was there a particular reason? And can we get you back?
: The answer to the second question is “no.” The answer to the first question (abridged version for blog readers) is that I am a veteran, and the Bush administration has ignored or played lip service to veterans and our military including our reserves and national guard. I’m especially concerned with this administration blowing off veterans’ health care, lack of support to disabled and homeless veterans, and the shameful misuse of our military for preemptive warfare without evidence of WMDs or ties of Al Qaeda to Iraq. Somebody in the Republican party is taking veterans’ support for granted, just like they always have, and forgetting that millions of voting veterans are involved in this election – many of whom now feel like I do.
That’s just for starters.
: Thank you very much. Good afternoon.
: Good bye.