BTW, I'm most amused that the final line about being a "tax-paying red blooded American" comes from fred_smith.
The line "Billions have been spent on war, and millions have been spent on Tsunami relief: does this make sense?" I added, kinda to help close out the paragraph. Thanks to all who gave a hand :) It goes in the mail today or tomorrow.
To the Honourable Senator Mike DeWine,
I'm writing you this letter to talk about some of the concerns my friends and I have regarding the direction our government is headed.
The fundamental duty of a government is to protect the liberties and lives of those legally within its borders; however, it is also the duty of a government to see that its citizens do not trade freedom for safety. As Ben Franklin said, he who does so deserves neither. We live in a modern age, and as such we need a government fit for modern people, not one based on scare-tactics and empty threats. We need a government that is prepared to admit mistakes, honor strengths, and take what it has learned from the past to build the future -- a future in which Americans need no longer fear the jeopardy of their civil rights.
Fiscal responsibility. (Have you forgotten what that is????) We must not spend constantly and hemorrhage cash from our bloated budgets as if it simply doesn't matter, but neither can we hope to maintain good relations with the peoples inside and outside our boarders if we continually cut programs that are worth not only our effort, but also our time and money. Billions have been spent on war, and millions have been spent on Tsunami relief: does this make sense?
As a tax-paying red blooded American citizen I feel that the time has come to take strong action in this matter if we are to set a strong example to the rest of the world.
Thank you, and bright blessings,
Michael J Dangler (& friends)