Letter to RNC Chairman, Michael Steele

Handwritten note and birth announcement from Sarah Palin

Handwritten note and birth announcement from Sarah Palin

Dear Mr. Steele,
I just received your latest survey, which you called a crucial project, without the likes of which the RNC cannot create a plan. I must respectfully disagree. The RNC has a problem, and the ultimate result of that problem was seen this election cycle. Barack Obama, as much as I despise what he stands for, did not ask people what they wanted, and ask for their money at the same time, BEFORE promising to act on the peoples’ desires. The RNC has got to change this. You speak of wanting to stand for every grassroots leader and individual who shares your values. Well if this is true, why does the RNC not reflect all of our shared values? Why is it that I am still reading about juvenile bickering in the headlines of even Fox News? Have you even thought of what a laughing stock the latest “disinviting of Sarah Palin” makes us look to any and every voter who may have been on the fence? Sure I’ve seen your apology over the Rush Limbaugh “is an entertainer” bit, but it rings hollow. It reeks of “political strategy.” If you honestly felt that way, why apologize? And if you didn’t feel that way, WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU SAY IT? Rush Limbaugh is not just an entertainer. He is an entertainer, for certain. But he, like Sarah Palin, has a specific set of goals, values, and ideals for America (if you don’t remember them, they’re the ones that our party stands for), and he does not apologize for them. He calls it like he sees it. Much in the same manner as Rep. Michelle Bachman calling out Geithner and asking him to show her where he was Constitutionally given any of these newfound authorities he is claiming. There is nothing wrong with that. You should be embracing that. There is a place for “moderate Republicans.” It is called Independent. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. If this party is still the Republican party and if our values are still worth having, shout them from the rooftops. Let no person question what you believe and what you will fight for. If we (the Republican party) don’t even know who we are or what we stand for, I can assure you that no one is going to want to take a stand with us. Who jumps to a ship that they know is sinking? No one does, I’m afraid.

I have listened to your commentaries on Fox for quite some time before you became the Chairman, and at that point, I was all for you being the Chairman, or perhaps a candidate. But you seem to have abandoned your true values and ideals for the sake of “strategy.” The only “strategy” that we need is to get back to our conservative (fiscal, moral, and size of government) values and ideals, and be steadfast in them. Then, and only then, should we DARE to ask for anyone’s money in support of those values. We cannot contribute to the gossip in the headlines, our moral values tell us that we should be above that. And our critics know this, which is why they jump with glee every time they hear a rumble, because they know it will be so well received in the main stream media.

If you have not figured out why so many average, heretofore uninvolved or uninterested citizens have backed Sarah Palin, I will attempt to explain it to you. She is who she claims to be. Her record in the past, and of the present, reflects the conservative values that we hold dear. She does not apologize about those beliefs or voting records. She does not change her stance to go along with some newfound strategy. One can never win when pretending to be someone he/she is not. People WILL donate if they are hearing Sarah Palin speak as a voice for the RNC because they believe that she truly does support and would vote the way our values sway us. I have the utmost respect for Newt Gingrich. But “uninviting” a loved and admired speaker does NOTHING to help in our efforts, and is probably about as anti-strategy as you were able to be. Did you poll your constituents to see where we stood on the uninvitation? No, I know this because I didn’t get an email about it. I read about it in an article in which the author couldn’t wait to point out to America how ignorant our party has become.

I will share something with you that I shared with Sarah Palin a few days after the election. I voted, for the first time in my life, this past election. I am 32 years old, a mother of 4, and am very conservative. I live in Texas, and for the most part, it is felt here that we’re a Red state, so I’ve always felt that my vote didn’t matter that much. And to be honest, I’ve never been moved by a politician before because they always seemed to talk the talk when it was strategically prudent, and then act in another way that helped them best in the polls. You all seem to know on a basic level that you are our employees and were “hired” on our behalf, but at your cores, you all disregard that when it comes down to it. Sarah Palin was different. Representative Bachman seems to be different as well. She is speaking up, however unpopular it is, to highlight the lack of constitutionality of many of the President’s initiatives. That could turn out to be political suicide. But what these 2 women seem to have grasped, that most of you have not, is that even if you don’t win another election and it is some other Republican who takes your place, it is NOT ABOUT YOU. It is about what is best for our country. If you truly believe that Conservative values of limited government, fiscal responsibility, and the value of life are best for America, then wear that on your sleeve. If one or two or three people speak out against you for it, so be it. THAT is what being a leader is about. Even those few who don’t like what you are saying will admire and respect you for staying true to who you are and what you claim you stand for. For the record, I sent a handwritten letter, 2 days after the election to Sarah Palin, detailing much of what I’m telling you now. What would you have done in response? Probably sent me a generic form letter thanking me for support, with my name merged in, and a scanned signature, so that you didn’t have to take time out to actually sit down and care about me on a personal level, right? That’s what most politicians do. Do you know what Sarah did? She, when no one was looking, the cameras were gone, I didn’t matter on a global scale, sat down and handwrote me a note back. She wrote it on her son, Trig’s, birth announcement, and mailed it back to me. It would have been easier, I’m sure, to have a staffer do a mail merge for the bags of fan mail she was getting, and I’m sure she does that sometimes. But please take an example from her. Get back to basics. Stand for our Constitution, and the values, as written, of the Republican party, and then just run with them. You have the ability to send out these mass emails asking for our thoughts. Well then REALLY LISTEN TO US, and act on what we say, even if you don’t think it is strategically the best move. We are the ones voting, and whatever it is that we want IS the best strategic move because if we don’t feel that you support our values, we not only aren’t donating, but we’re not wasting our time to get out and vote or convince others to.

Please don’t turn me, and the many others out there who have found a love and passion for involvement with our government, off to the idea. Please don’t put us back on the bandwagon that believes, “my vote doesn’t count…they will tell me one thing and then act in another way to better their political standing.” Please show me that you are still a person, and not just another part of the political machine. I’ve attached a scanned copy of the note that Sarah Palin wrote me, front and back. I’m only sending it, hoping that you will look at it, and see what such a small gesture, can mean to someone, and how actually caring about how we feel can make us supporters for life–and you have to know that with that support comes our pocketbooks. Please don’t be so naiive and do the RNC such a disservice as to ask for our money BEFORE you have adopted and acted on our values and ideals. Show us that we can depend on you not to change with the Washington winds, and the money and support will come. Myself and many others, will be your grassroots movement at the most basic level, but you have to stand for what we believe in. That simplistic idea is exactly how a man as extreme as Barack Obama landed himself in the Whitehouse so easily. He promised to do what his constituents wanted, the whole way through the campaign. He may be changing his tune now on some issues, but when he needed the support, he got it by reflecting the Democratic values. He wasn’t telling them his values were the only ones and that people could vote for him or no one. This is the feeling that many of us get from the RNC at the present time. I’m frankly shopping around looking for another party. I can’t consider myself Libertarian because of their stance on Abortion. I truly feel that THIS–the Republican Party–is where I belong, but please get back to what the party has always claimed to stand for, no apologies, no excuses.

With the greatest respect and hope for a positive change,

Natalie Nichols


31 comments on “Letter to RNC Chairman, Michael Steele

  1. Martha says:

    Natalie, you took the words right out of my mouth. I was so offended when I got Steele’s letter asking for money, when the RNC has not proven itself to stand for what it supposedly believes. Only Palin and Bachmann are getting my money these days.

    • I would love to stand behind the Republican party, but like you, I refuse to do so until they actually represent my views instead of just saying that they do. I don’t need their lip-service.

  2. Jean Y Neal says:

    Bravo for your letter to Michael Steele. I am hoping this Tea Party will unite us to get the Republicans back into office. Sarah Palin President and Bachman Vice President.

  3. Sam says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I am total agreement with you. Thanks for posting.

  4. Clifton B says:


    Excellent response to Mr. Steele! I get almost daily calls from the RNC begging for my money. Like you I tell them, the only person getting my time or money right now is Sarah Palin. I tell them I am sick and tired of watching this woman who so clearly, lives and speaks true conservative values, get ZERO support from our party.

    Despite my standard and daily reply, I still get the same recorded messages and script readers blathering on about expanding the party, reaching out, etc.

    What the RNC does not realize is that you cannot attract new members if the old ones are confused about what you stand for. Hopefully, these Tea Parties will stand as a template for the RNC or perhaps a new party as to what We The People expect from their representatives.

    Clifton B

  5. Claire says:

    You have stated exactly what I have been thinking. I won’t restate your words, because they also are mine.

    I too think we need a new party if our Republican Party is going to sell out to the left. We have a left wing party and we need the right to balance.

    I also looked at the Liberatarian Party, but their stance on life issues conflicts with my core beliefs and I cannot support them.

    BTW, where is the Republican Party’s response to the “right wing terrorist” statements made by extreme left-wing persons over the past couple of days?

    • Lonnie says:

      Sigh all due respect I must comment that there is no such thing as an extreme left. If one goes to the original source of the name “Left”, you will find that there is no mention of degrees. However, there are those among them who say more outrageous things, but that attitude in itselves serves the overall purpose. Similarly, those among them who would appear to be “moderately leftist” serve a purpose: to present themselves as not frightening, thereby drawing in the simple-minded. So don´t help them by playing their games.

  6. David says:

    GREAT LETTER! Thanks!

  7. Laurel says:

    That was really good. Thank you Natalie. You speak for a lot of us.

  8. Just me says:

    Right on! Hope Steele gets the message. I’ve been
    sending his and Newt’s letters/money requests and
    surveys/money requests right back to them without a
    contribution and telling them why. I still don’t
    think they get it. Keep up the good work.

  9. Sarah says:

    this is fantastic. I completely agree. Well done! love it.

  10. Denise says:


    I tink that you hve spoken fora lot fo us with your letter. I have sent many emails to the RNC, Steele specifically on the same issues. I was never politically active until watched Gov. Palin’s RNC speech and I knew than that I had to get involved. I even got my 86 yeay old grandmother out on a col,rainy day to vote fr McCain/Palin. She had not votes since Carter was in office! Keep up the good work. You might aso want to join http://www.teamsarah.org if you are not already a memeber.

    • Denise,
      Thank you for your comments, and that is awesome to hear about your grandmother! That’s what it’s all about. I am definitely already a member of Team Sarah, and posted the letter I got from Sarah Palin there as soon as it came in the mail, lol. I hope that having the link posted here will spark some interest in others who haven’t heard of it, so I’ll post it again. http://www.teamsarah.org

  11. bachmann2012 says:

    We absolutely have to take our party back. It starts with US. And I don’t mean the United States.. I mean good Christian Republicans like us who have morals and stand up for the right things. God bless ya Natalie!

  12. Scott says:

    ” We The People ” must live out loud…….. Let your voice be heard. Kudos Nat.

  13. Lonnie says:

    Well said, Maam. To me, a moderate Republican is a Democrat.
    With all the strategyzing (also known as trickery) the “Republicans” are acting like Democrats.
    Conservatism used to be Christianity in Practice.
    I wonder if Michael Steele reads his bible. Or does he have one?

  14. Xirj says:

    I’ve got an idea. Stop humping the bible and embrace a leader that is not an idiot.

    • Hi Serge,

      I hope you are having a glorious day. You may have assumed that you would just anonymously insult me, and the Bible that I do hold dear, and that I would delete it. I started blogging to share my thoughts, as well as express my disdain with a slanted media that dismisses dissenting views. If I deleted your comment, or others like it, I would be no better than the Main Stream Media (MSM). You are free to insult me as you wish, for the record, they even foretold that in the Bible.

      On another note, I’m sure there are people reading my words who haven’t yet found their voices, who think that someone else will speak for them, and we’ll all be better off. But by sharing your views, hopefully it will be a wakeup call to other Christians that we are called to speak up, even in the wake of criticsm. I hope it is a “lightbulb moment” for them so that they realize we can no longer cower in a corner, reading our Bibles in our own homes. We are to be examples of God’s love and to speak the truth to anyone who will listen. You took the time to read my words, so whether you heeded my message or not, I was able to reach you. No one can force you to make the choice to do and feel what is right, but we are still supposed to try.
      Natalie (aka 1 Conservative Momma)

  15. Malinda says:

    Thank you for your inspiring letter Natalie. I like you am a mom and concerned about my son’s future. He is growing up in an America that 10 years ago I never believed we would see.

    I am praying for our country and I think if we continue to speak out as we did on April 15th, Washington will hear us.

    God Bless You!!

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  21. Chris Mack says:

    I really enjoyed the letter Natalie. There are many things occuring in our country and around the world that are biblical. We each have to use the special gifts that GOD has given us to make a difference. Thank you for the efforts that you are making and for the Christian vision that you are sharing. Keep your family rooted in GOD’s word, that is what is most important to remember! Good luck and again thanks for sharing.

    God Bless

  22. Carolyn Mair says:

    Natalie, I love your Blog and your letter truly spoke to me! I too am very concerned about the future for our beloved Country, especially since the future will greatly impact our children and our grandchildren….Just want to say thank you!

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