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June 17, 2009 – 10:36 ET
Glenn Beck’s Common Sense
GLENN: I got a letter from a woman in Arizona. She
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Two, the TARP bill, I want it repealed and I want no further funding supplied to it.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 I want the remaining unfunded 95% repealed.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 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 he will 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.
By Ron Ewart,
National Association of Rural
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of the events that have transpired from government excesses and citizen apathy
for a very long time. My interest in politics, freedom, liberty and
property rights in general, began well over 30 years
ago. In researching my early writings I ran across a letter to the
editor I wrote in September of 1975. It warned of the very same things
that are happening today. The letter was written just after the
primary election of that year, when only 17% of the eligible voters voted.
I was only 37 years old at the time and still my perception of that "present"
and the impending future were dead on, as they are today. And as it seems,
not many folks were listening then and way too few are listening
now. The twin evils of apathy and government excesses are still with us in
abundance and growing. The "absolute" in all
this is that the one, "apathy", begets the other,
"government excesses". The 1975 letter-to the-editor went like
newspaper editorials, featured columnists, as well as letters to the
editor. I’ve enjoyed the TV documentaries as they define, or at least
attempt to define, some of the more glaring ills of our growing society. I
can only hope that this information gives me, at the very least, an apparent
representation of what is truly happening in America
be defining a departure by many, but certainly not all people of the United
States, from some values that are interwoven within the very fibers of our
inherent strength, capabilities and heritage. Values such as the validity
of a man’s, or a woman’s, word; his honor, his pride in himself and his work,
his integrity, his responsibility to his family, his community and to his
welfare-ism, unemployment-ism, overt union-ism, riots and radical cults, like
environmentalist-sim. I see a decrease in morality. I see a decrease
in the quality of and pride in workmanship. I see profiteering
without regard to quality of product or service. I see an aimless drifting
into a material world with the idea of getting as much as you can and giving as
little as possible."
media (now almost non-existent today) and its
concerned citizenry, nothing is apparently happening in the right
direction. I see individuals trying, but hopelessly drowned in the
mire. Government, business and labor just keep getting larger and more
complex, more out of hand, unmanageable. Individual man is losing
control. And then, in last Tuesday’s primary election the reasons for the
growing ills became crystal clear."
in our local elections, I commend and applaud you for whatever your reasons for
voting. To the 83% of you (83%, can you fathom that?)
who abdicated your responsibility and the welfare of your life, livelihood and
freedom, I can only extend to you my indignation and
all you older generation crying nobody’s taking care of us poor older folk; all
you welfare takers and homeless with your hands out for a handout; all you
young people wallowing in your irresponsibility; all you business people
lobbying government for more protection. Each and everyone of you
have forgotten why and how you came about possessing the great privilege to live
in a free society and the heavy price paid to maintain
written, a famous man said: "The Price of Liberty is Eternal
Vigilance". This is not only appropriate to the
defense against the enemies we can see, but it is doubly appropriate to the
defense of the enemy we can’t see. That dreaded enemy of all.
Apathy! Time is running out as the door to freedom is almost closed.
And when the giant door of liberty clangs shut in your forlorn faces and the
last faint ring fades quietly into obscurity, may each of you remember in
anguish, the opportunity you had to keep that door open and may your
inaction burn forever in your memories, like a red hot branding iron on
your bare skin."
anything, it has gotten much worse. The only bright spot is that
government is now over-reaching so far beyond their constitutional limits, that
more people are waking up to what their apathy has wrought. As they wake
up, their anger is rising rapidly.
author predicted the future for America in exquisite detail. That
author was Ayn Rand in her novel, "Atlas Shrugged". She
accurately predicted the sad state of America as it exists today.
Let me close by repeating a few lines from the
end of John Galt’s speech to the Nation, from Ayn Rand’s book:
do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the
mindless in those who have never achieved. Do not lose your knowledge that
man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that
travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by
irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite,
the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in
lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to
reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you
desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s
win it requires your total dedication and a total break with the world of your
past, with the doctrine that man is a sacrificial animal who exists for the
pleasure of others. Fight for the value of your person. Fight for the
virtue of your pride. Fight for the essence of that which is man: for his
sovereign rational mind. Fight with the radiant certainty and the absolute
rectitude of knowing that yours is the Morality of Life and that yours is the
battle for any achievement, any value, any grandeur, any goodness, any joy that
has ever existed on this earth.
win when you are ready to pronounce the oath I have taken at the start of my
battle—and for those who wish to know the day of my return, I shall now repeat
it to the hearing of the world:
swear—by my life and my love of it—that I will never live for the sake of
another man, nor ask another man to live for
very essence of individual liberty, the irrevocable gift from our creator.
It is the substance of what millions of men and women have died for in the
defense of freedom. No matter what you may think about his words or his
oath, they are not a repudiation of compassion, as compassion is
an act of volition ….. an act of free choice. Compassion
is not and never should be, a mandate from government.
is rapidly closing. The time and the place to act are right now.
There may never be another chance, our situation being that
Marion A. Valentine U.S. Navy Intelligence/Cryptologist(disabled)
Marion can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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