Fw: A Letter From An Unhappy Voter

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Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it.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 I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed.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 brave.

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 hewill rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made of our constitution.

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.


Marc with a C said...

Shorter time!

Prelude: Despite my personal views on politics and society, I've always been a die-hard liberal. But, in the last 6 months the Dems have just gone too far! O America, hear my song!

1) I'm not a racist. I just want to keep all the brown people out (unless they're Cuban). Reagan would have approved.

2) The free market got us into this mess. The free market will get us out (soup and breadlines are socialist).

3) Czars? What do you think this is, feudal Russia?

4) If global warming is real, how come it's still cold in winter?

5) Whoa! Getting legislative work done in the middle of the night when no one's watching? What do you think this is, the Bush administration?

6) Repeal the 12th, 13th, and 14th amendments.

7) When poor people vote, we lose. Disenfranchise them with a quickness, yo.

8) Rich people are my moral superiors and I owe them my life.

9) Public education and welfare is communism.

10) See point 5 above.

11) I'm sorry, I've been hit on the head with rock and have no memory of the last 8 years. I demand government transparency!

12) Spending is bad. Unless it's used to buy some kickass bombs!

Marlowe said...

OF COURSE he trots out the demonstrably untrue ACORN-doing-the-census crap, i.e. "Ain't no negroes better come to MY house". But HE'S NOT A RACIST.

Zymo09 said...

Ah yes, the Janet Contreras love letter to Glenn Beck.
She is a known activist for the GOP, and always has been.

She may take credit for that letter, but I bet Glenn Beck wrote it himself.

CMcD said...

with apologies to the Sadlys

Shorter Right-Wing forward:

I feel completely desperate and powerless, and want to lash out. You there, congress-critter, you'll do! BTW, everybody get off my lawn!

Celia said...

Doesn't ACORN just help register voters? What needs investigating?

Anonymous said...

@ Celia

ACORN does help register voters. And a very, very small number of the people it paid to register people decided that to increase their numbers they would submit a bunch of fake registrations.

How did this get found out? Because ACORN itself reported them as probable fakes to the government. Potential fakes were reported and flagged for investigation. ACORN acted responsibly and policed itself. But to conservatives/wingnuts, this handful of self reported fake registrations is proof that ACORN is an evil commie nazi black panther organization who committed massive election fraud in favor of the Black Anti-Christ and is now coming to your home to steal your money and force your daughter to sleep with black men.

And now ACORN has become a buzzword for wingnuts. Whenever folks like Beck, Hannity or Limbaugh want to get the blood boiling they shout about ACORN and the evil it embodies. Essentially its the new "ACLU", with the added bonus of underlying racist subtext.

Hibryd said...

Ah, Marc, I do love your work.

"I work for my money. It is mine."

You were only able to work for money and claim it as your own because you live in a world of laws with an educated populace. Keeping everyone safe and secure costs money. You benefit from the system, that's why you pay for it. The more money you make, the bigger stake you have in a civilized society, the more you should pay.

"I never got a job from a poor person."

I've worked for a lot of small companies, and not all of them were doing so well. Here in the real world, business owners can struggle hard and not make as much as their own employees. The fact that someone is poor doesn't not disqualify them from running a company or employing people.

Anonymous said...

It's like a movie trailer.

She was a life long Democrat....
who finally voted Republican...
but now both parties...
*needle rip*
...are too right-wing!

Marc with a C said...

Left wing, I think you mean.

Anonymous said...

Everyone else covered the points so well. Yeah, the demonization of ACORN, is, as a prior post states, just one of those "red meat" words to toss out to the nutso base to rile them up into a frenzy of racism.

Yeah, yeah, absolutely none of these hoons is a racist, but let's whine on endlessly about how teh illegals stealing "something" from ME!

And then, yes: I should be able to work for "MY" money and not have to pay for those damnable brown people.

Guh... same old, different day. Maybe some days these nuts will come up w/something different and SHORTER!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sometimes I wonder if they put in the crazy stuff like ACORN in hopes that it sticks when we concede the occasional (albeit increasingly infrequent) reasoned point. I support health care reform, but am also for taking the time to do it well. That's a reasonable position. If they want to argue the effectiveness of Cap & Trade, that can be a reasoned argument too. But holding up Cap & Trade because there's a "debate on global warming?" WTF?

My personal favorite is the constant cry for "checks and balances". After Dick "I'm more own branch of governement" Cheney, and George "Unitary Executive" Bush, its almost comical.

katz said...

SEND IT TO THE PRESIDENT. Or better yet, your senators and congressperson. You got a gripe, send it to the people you're griping at. Forwarding it around won't help anything.

Anonymous said...

Response to Katz: you make a very good point. I agree.

I DO write to the President and my (and other) Congress folks all the time, plus my State governor & legislators.

However, I respectfully disagree that "forwarding it around won't help anything." You're right in that this blog probably makes no impact on elected officials.

However, I feel personally that blogs such as this serve a valuable function in educating ourselves on how others think. I think it's both instructive, and yes can ALSO serve as a platform for assisting us in writing appropriate letters to elected officials.

but thanks for your input.

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