AN OPEN LETTER TO TEA PARTY PEOPLE

I have watched and listened to the ranting and raving of your group concerning the rise in our national debt and the attempt by President Obama to institute some form of national health insurance. I would appreciate if any of you could respond to the following.

1. In 2000, President Bush inherited not only a balanced budget from President Clinton, but one which had a surplus to be used in paying down our then $5 trillion national debt. Bush decided to unbalance the budget and increased our national debt from $5 trillion to $9 trillion. Why weren’t you in the streets yelling and screaming when Bush doubled the national debt?
2. Or, where were you when President Reagan almost doubled the national debt?
3. Does this suggest your group is only concerned about “America’s future” when Democrats are president?
4. You claim to be concerned Americans, but where were you when President Bush lied to the American people by claiming there were WMD that threatened our security? Does your “concern for America” include being concerned that over 4,000 of our wonderful young men and women died due to a lie and over 30,000 were wounded?
5. Why weren’t you in the streets when George Bush refused to increase medical facilities, like more trained personnel for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or do the medical needs of our gallant warriors hold no interest for your fury and anger?
6. Over 45,000,000 of our fellow Americans lack medical insurance and these days almost daily thousands are losing health insurance due to downsizing. Why aren’t you in the streets demanding health insurance for these Americans? They are our fellow Americans!
7. Do you believe it is dignified for members of Congress to rustle papers, fiddle with their cell phones, and shout out when the President of the United States is the guest of Congress? Do you believe George Washington would have agreed with such behavior? Of course, I infer you have some knowledge about the thinking and dignity of George Washington.

I am certain most of you are passionate and that is a good thing. But, in America, we respect our institutions, we respect the Constitution and we respect the fact our candidate lost an election and this nation selected someone else. From the day in March, 1801 when John Adams got in his carriage and rode home to Massachusetts so Virginian Thomas Jefferson could be the new president, we have shown respect when defeated.

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