I can appreciate the blurry line between politics and technology just as much as the next guy. But Michael Reagan, eldest son of President Ronald Reagan, is launching a laughable effort to get conservatives to support right-wing causes by using his daddy's name as an e-mail hosting domain.
Granted, his reasoning for the effort is valid. The big tech companies - Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc. - tend to support left-wing causes and offer their financial support to candidates and initiatives that support those causes. And who is lining the pockets of these tech companies and enabling them to support the left-wing causes? Reagan explains and emphasizes key phrases in bold:
People who believe in true Reagan Conservative Values are unwittingly supporting the Obama, Pelosi and Reid liberal agenda! What do I mean? Well, every time you use your email from companies like Google, AOL, Yahoo, Hotmail, Apple and others, you are helping the liberals. These companies are, and will continue, to be huge supporters financially and with technology of those that are hurting our country. Is that where you want your money to go?
That's a powerful question there, Michael, and it's probably pretty scary enough to prompt some right-wingers to dump their Hotmail accounts for a Reagan.com, account. After all, for $39.95 a year, you get an e-mail address on the Reagan.com domain name and the reassurance that your money is "supporting truly conservative causes" and will help Michael Reagan to "promote true Reagan values to win back our country in November and in 2012."
That may be a compelling enough reason for some. But let's dig through the terms and conditions to see what you don't get for your $39.95.
First of all, you should know that "you are using the Services AT YOUR OWN RISK and we are under no obligation to provide you with any support, error corrections, updates, upgrades, bug fixes and/or enhancements of the Service, although we reserve the right to do so."
Ooh, big red flag. But hold on, there's more. This image is from the terms and conditions:
By far, the funniest part of Michael Reagan's entire pitch is that Reagan Mail comes with advanced synchronization for Blackberry, iPhone and Windows Mobile devices - you know, the devices that are made by the companies that support left-wing causes.
For now, it seems that there's no support for Android devices.