The following "letter" was posted on my pastor's FB page yesterday. Enjoy.
"Dear Mr. President and members of the House and Senate,
I am a U.S citizen who loves his country, but is embarrassed and concerned about the current and future state of our nation. Let me express my admonitions to you.
To all politicians…
- Stop trying to preserve your party and start working to preserve our nation.
- Stop bickering and wasting time. Instead, get to work on solutions to our problems. Stop arguing about the consequences that come from your inaction and poor leadership (e.g., S&P’s lowering of our credit rating.) While you’re defending your lack of leadership and poor decisions, our nation is falling deeper into a hole.
- Our nation has been through harrowing times in the past. Look at some of the tried-and-true principles we’ve utilized to get through the storms (e.g., the Great Depression, the economic strains of the late 70’s) and learn from them.
- Stop bankrupting us by throwing us deeper into the well of entitlements. You rob our working citizens of their livelihood and you cripple and steal the self-esteem from those whom you give paychecks for not working. At least tie the checks to some sort of job.
- Answer questions. If you have an opinion, express it. Not everyone will agree. But you weren’t elected to be reelected. You were elected to help lead our nation. Do it. We desperately need leaders. Be one.
- Our nation is filled with brilliant economic and business minds not bound to party lines. Please call on them for assistance.
- Stop telling us that it’s no big deal. It is a big deal. People are losing their life savings and many will be unable to retire in spite of their best efforts. The public is not privy to the retirement and health plans of Congress. We suffer in bad times. We pay the price for your poor handling of our nation’s business.
- Don’t be embarrassed to pray. Our nation was founded with the principle of religious freedom. Why? Because our country historically values the spiritual dynamic of humanity. Don’t stop praying because a handful of people are offended by it.
- Please lead. The United States is not a socialist nation and the majority of Americans have no desire for our country to become one, but socialistic concepts such as Obamacare and the cry to redistribute wealth take us in that direction. America’s capitalism has been the bread and butter of her economic prosperity. If you’re going to lead – and we need you to do so – then lead us as a capitalistic republic. Capitalism is not perfect and there are ways to improve the system, but socialism isn’t one of them. Europe’s economy and standard of living woes scream that socialism is hazardous to a nation’s health.
- Stop blaming President Bush for our problems. He was not perfect and neither are you. When you ran for President, I assumed you would own the issues confronting our nation. As long as you blame others for our challenges instead of owning them, you will not seek to fix them. Pointing fingers never solves problems. Stop casting blame and start creating solutions.
My desire is not to speak frankly without offering prayer and support. Our nation longs for substantive leadership from those who are elected to our country’s highest offices. Get to the task of helping our nation recover and preserving what is known as the most powerful and generous nation in the world. Please – I’m entreating all of you – lead.
Dr. Tom Kinnan"