An open letter to two senators, from a citizen of the state of Washington
This letter was circulated via email. Its validity would have to be verified by writing the author listed at the end of the letter.
The email stated: “Written by a resident of Washington state. This is a really great letter. I am most impressed that the fellow that wrote it signed his name and address to it. And it came from a Democrat! He certainly hits the nail on the head. Google also has his letter posted on their web site. This is so well-written it should be read by everyone in these United States! It is really quite impressive. You can be Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, Independent, or Libertarian and I’ll bet this will strike a nerve.
Senator Patty Murray
Senator Maria Cantwell
Washington, D.C. 20510
I have tried to live by the rules my entire life. My father was a Command Sergeant Major, U.S> Army, who died of combat-related stresses shortly after his retirement. It was he who instilled in me those virtues he felt important – honesty, duty, patriotism and obeying the laws of God and of our various governments. I have served my country, paid my taxes, worked hard, volunteered and donated my fair share of money, time and artifacts.
Today, as I approach my 79th birthday, I am heart-broken when I look at my country and my government. I shall only point out a very few things abysmally wrong which you can multiply by a thousand fold. I have calculated that all the money I have paid in income taxes during my entire life cannot even keep the Senate barbershop open for one year! Only Heaven and a few tight-lipped actuarial types know what the Senate dining room costs the taxpayers. So please, enjoy your haircuts and meals on us. Last year, the president spent an estimated $1.4 billion on himself and his family. They have had 8 vacations so far this year! And our House of Representatives and Senate have become America’s answer to the Saudi Royal Family. You have become the “perfumed princes and princesses” of our country.
In the middle of the night, you voted in the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare, a bill which not more that a handful of senators or representative read more than several paragraphs, then crammed it down our throats, and then promptly exempted yourselves from it and substituted your own taxpayer-subsidized golden health care insurance. Let’s eliminate that Special exemption and put Congress under the Affordable Health Care Act.
You live exceedingly well, eat and drink as well as the “one percenters”, consistently vote yourselves perks and pay raises while making 3.5 time the average U.S. individual income, and give up nothing while you (as well as the president and veep) ask us to sacrifice due to sequestration (for which, of course, you plan to blame the Republicans, anyway).
You understand very well the only two rules you need to know – how to get elected and how to get re-elected. You do this with the aid of an eagerly wiling and partisan press, speeches permeated with a certain economy of truth, and by buying the votes of the greedy, the ill-informed and the under-educated citizens (and non-citizens, too, many of whom do vote) who are looking for a handout rather than a job. Your so-called “safety net” has become a hammock for the lazy. And, what is it now, about 49 to 50 million on food stamps – pretty much all Democrat voters – and the program is absolutely rife with fraud and absolutely no congressional oversight?
I would offer that you are not entirely to blame. What changed you is the seductive environment of power in which you have immersed yourselves. It is the nature of both houses of Congress which requires you to subordinate your virtue in order to get anything done until you have achieved a leadership role. To paraphrase President Truman, “It appears that the second oldest profession (politics) bears a remarkably strong resemblance to the oldest profession.” As the hirsute first Baron John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834-1902), English historian and moralist, so aptly and accurately stated, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” I am only guessing that this applies to the female sex as well. Tell me – is there a more corrupt entity in this country that Congress?
While we middle class people continue to struggle, our government becomes less and less transparent, more and more bureaucratic, and ever so much more dictatorial, using Czars and Secretaries to tell us what we much do – (just to mention a few) what kind of light bulbs we must purchase, what size soda or hamburgers we can eat, what cars we can drive, gasoline to use, and what health care we must buy. Countless thousands of pages of regulations strangle our businesses costing the consumer more and more every day.
As I face my final year or so, with cancer, my president and my government tell me “YOu can no longer receive treatment. Your only choice is to take a pill” while you, Senator, your colleagues, the president, and other exulted government officials and their families will get the best possible health care, on our tax dollars until you are called home by your Creator while also enjoying a retirement beyond my wildest dreams, which of course, you voted for yourselves and we pay for.
The chances of you reading this letter are practically zero as your staff will not pass it on, but with a little luck, a form letter response might be generated by them with an auto signature applied, hoping we will believe the you, our senator or representative, has heard us and actually care.
But this letter will, however, actually go on line where many others will have the chance to read one person’s opinion, rightly or wrongly, about this government, its administration and it senators and representatives.
I only hope that occasionally you might quietly thank the taxpayer for all the generous entitlements which you have voted yourselves, for which, by law, we must pay, unless of course, it just goes on the $19 trillion national debt for which your children and ours, and your grandchildren and ours, ad infinitum, must eventually try to pick up the tab.
My final thoughts are that it must take a person who has either lost his or her soul, or conscience, or both, to seek re-election and continue to destroy the country that I deeply love. You have put is so far in debt that we will never pay if off while your lot improves by the minute, because of your power. For you, Senator, will never stand up to the rascals in your House who constantly deceive the American people. And that, my dear Senator, is how power has corrupted you and the entire Congress. The only answer is to clean up this cesspool with term limits and replacing the Congresses’ retirement with the same Social Security and Health Care plan the rest of us will receive (if they don’t bankrupt the country first!) This of course, will kill the goose that lays their golden eggs. And woe to him or her who would dare to bring it up.
BIll Schoonover3096 Angela LaneOak Harbor, WA_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Click here to return to the Political Musings menu_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________