Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Letter from Arizona

GLENN: I got a letter from a man in Arizona. He writes an open letter
to our nation's leadership: I'm a home grown American citizen, 53,
registered Democrat all my life. Before the last presidential election
I registered as a Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic
Party represents my views or works to pursue issues important to me.
Now I no longer feel the Republican Party represents my views or works
to pursue issues important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any
political party or representative in Washington represents my views or
works to pursue the issues important to me. There must be someone.
Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell me that you are
there and that you're willing to fight for our Constitution as it was
written. Please stand up now. You might ask yourself what my views and
issues are that I would horribly feel so disenfranchised by both major
political parties. What kind of nut job am I? Will you please tell me?

Well, these are briefly my views and issues for which I seek representation:

One, illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal
immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground tunnels. Stop
the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No amnesty, not
again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I'm not a racist.
This isn't to be confused with legal immigration.

Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding
supplied to it. We told you no, but you did it anyway. I want the
remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.

Three: Czars, I want the circumvention of our checks and balances
stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars. Government
officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop trampling
on our Constitution and honor it.

Four, cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There
is more to say.

Five, universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another
expensive decision. Don't you dare try to pass this in the middle of
the night and then go on break. Slow down!

Six, growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty
fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. Shrink it
down. Mind your own business. You have enough to take care of with
your real obligations. Why don't you start there.

Seven, ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our
2010 census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory
escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal
that closes. Stop the funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending
impartial audits and investigations. I do not trust them with taking
the census over with our taxpayer money. I don't trust them with our
taxpayer money. Face up to the allegations against them and get it
resolved before taxpayers get any more involved with them. If it walks
like a duck and talks like a duck, hello. Stop protecting your
political buddies. You work for us, the people. Investigate.

Eight, redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It
is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I have
because they gave me jobs. That is the only redistribution of wealth
that I will support. I never got a job from a poor person. Why do you
want me to hate my employers? Why -- what do you have against
shareholders making a profit?

Nine, charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor
person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local
communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent
and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.

Ten, corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Sink or swim like the rest of
us. If there are hard times ahead, we'll be better off just getting
into it and letting the strong survive. Quick and painful. Have you
ever ripped off a Band-Aid? We will pull together. Great things happen
in America under great hardship. Give us the chance to innovate. We
cannot disappoint you more than you have disappointed us.

Eleven, transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how
about it? Let's have it. Let's say we give the buzzwords a rest and
have some straight honest talk. Please try -- please stop manipulating
and trying to appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you
obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms
making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your
criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.

Twelve, unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.

Take a breath. Listen to the people. Let's just slow down and get some
input from some nonpoliticians on the subject. Stop making everything
an emergency. Stop speed reading our bills into law. I am not an
activist. I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a
militant or a violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work.
I'm busy. I'm busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected
competent people to take care of the business of government so that we
could work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little
recreation, complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our
personal goals, cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be
responsible contributing members of society and teach our children to
be the same all while living in the home of the free and land of the

I entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the
checks and balances to keep from getting far off course. What
happened? You are very far off course. Do you really think I find
humor in the hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all
through a bill that you signed into law without knowing what it
contained? I do not. It is a mockery of the responsibility I have
entrusted to you. It is a slap in the face. I am not laughing at your
arrogance. Why is it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make
a single decision about my own life and how I would live it but you
should expect that I should trust you with the debt that you have laid
on all of us and our children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said
no. We would repeal it if we could. I am sure that we still cannot.
There is such urgency and recklessness in all of the recent spending.

From my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also
know that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel
that your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want
it to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being
rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have
forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you
are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with
our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot
afford to spend on you to bring our concerns to Washington. Our
president often knows all the right buzzword is unsustainable. Well,
no kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group
cost to come up with that word? We don't want your overpriced words.
Stop treating us like we're morons.

We want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job
we want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants
done. You work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long
because we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented.
You think we're so busy with our lives that we will never come for
you? We are the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work ,
pay taxes, obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the
grindstone and we are now looking up at you. You have awakened us, the
patriotic spirit so strong and so powerful that it had been sleeping
too long. You have pushed us too far. Our numbers are great. They may
surprise you. For every one of us who will be there, there will be
hundreds more that could not come. Unlike you, we have their trust. We
will represent them honestly, rest assured. They will be at the polls
on voting day to usher you out of office. We have cancelled vacations.
We will use our last few dollars saved. We will find the
representation among us and a grassroots campaign will flourish. We
didn't ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off. We do not
come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us or you will
be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates among us when
he will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our

Democrat, Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We
don't care. Political parties are meaningless to us. Patriotic
Americans are willing to do right by us and our Constitution and that
is all that matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who
abuse power and seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we
want it back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are
dishonorable. You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you.
You have brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants
and needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of
the objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no
longer care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us,
not to them. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you.
If you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up.
Make your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak
up. I need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be
herded out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole
damn congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for
you? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we
are coming. We the people are coming.

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