So, how are ya?
First off, I want to tell you how proud I am, and have always been, to be an American. As a people, there are none better.
A country is a lot like a family, we have our wonderful relatives and we have those that are crazier than bedbugs, meaner than a badger and stupider than a brick. We’ve learned it’s best to focus on the ‘good relatives’ and not pay too much attention to the challenged ones.
I respect you, your office, Congress and the Senate. My grandpa always taught me that if you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all. But I have to ask …
What the hell is going on over there?!
I listened the other day as you scolded Congress for their stance and stubbornness. You talked about pulling the band-aid off and eating our peas. I’m pretty sure my mom gave me the same speech when I was nine.
My grandpa also taught me to never take a stick and poke a bear. When you chided Congress on national TV, it kind of felt like that’s what you were doing. Not that they didn’t deserve a good talking to. But I learned a long time ago that if we have to play with these kids in the same sandbox at recess, we better find a way of playing nice so we don’t get the crap beat out of us. Let me know how that worked out for you.
I was a Democrat in my younger years. Then I was a Republican. After that, I took a stint at being an Independent. I don’t know what the hell I am now. It’s all so confusing and negative.
I won’t pretend to understand the ins and outs of politics; I know there is so much that goes on behind the scenes that it would make my head spin. But I do know that politicians are supposed to represent their communities, their states and our country’s best interest.
It’s a lot like a marriage; be honest, do what you say you are going to do, be faithful and know that compromise is essential if the relationship is going to work.
I’m pretty sure this is not the government our forefathers set out to establish. Pork spending, rampant lobbying, big company pay-offs, false promises, preferential treatment, dishonest reporting and unchecked policy making. It’s all just so sickening. I know you are feeling it too, since you probably have coffee with a lot of these guys on a daily basis.
It feels to me that the Republicans and Democrats do nothing but divide the nation. I’m ashamed of how they have all conducted business, and truth is, if they were in the real business world they would have been fired for insubordination and massive acts of stupidity a long time ago. I’ve long said that if we want a good health care package for the American people, all we have to do is take away the current plan enjoyed by Congress and the Senate and give them the same one we have. I’ll bet big money that the health programs would become vastly improved, less expensive and there would be no pre-existing conditions.
I have to confess, I didn’t vote for you. That’s okay, because as soon as you were sworn in, you became my president. I stand beside and behind you in all you do. I’m hoping you are doing the same for me.
When 2012 comes around and it’s time to vote yet again, I’m at a quandary as to what to do. I wish there were a political party that was simply “American”. That would be the line I would stand in.
I think you are probably a pretty nice guy and I wouldn’t mind having you over for dinner one day. (You can bring the dessert). I would love to talk with you about loyalty to our allies, negotiating with the ‘other side’, unemployment, education, gas prices, the Middle East, crazy Charlie Sheen, Harry Potter, the top 10 book sales, the ladies of The View, our weird weather and the fall line-up on TV. You’ll have to take your shoes off because for some reason we purchased white carpet (it seemed like a good idea at the time).
You’ve got a lot on your plate and I sure don’t envy you. I am a small cog in the wheel but I’m hoping everyone over there on your side of the fence respectfully remembers that’s it’s the cogs that make the wheel move.
Keep your chin up, do the best you can, play nice, and when you speak, speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far (I borrowed that from Theodore Roosevelt).
Say hi to the wife and kids for me. And don’t get discouraged.
I’ve got your back. I hope you have mine.
A confused, angry, worried, standing strong American,