Dear Congressman Peters,
I was born in 1950 and came of age in the sixties. I’ve lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassinations of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy, and the Vietnam War. Yet I’ve never been so frightened for my country.
I think you’ll agree that the primary duty of any decent government is to make sure its citizens have the basic necessities of life, beginning with food, clothing, and shelter. Yet millions of Americans are hungry and/or homeless! You folks in D.C. keep spending over $1 billion a day on a disastrous war in Afghanistan (not to mention the hundreds of billions you’ve been pouring into that mess in Iraq), but you refuse to take care of your own people right here at home.
How do you expect us to feel about our elected representatives when none of you has the backbone to speak the truth? You never give major speeches about the Americans who are hungry or homeless, you never explode when you find out that more soldiers are dead from suicide than from combat, and you never talk about what we need to do to hold our country together.
Instead you pass boondoggles like the health care bill. How on earth can anyone understand over 2,000 pages of Congressional obfuscation?!? The only ones who will ultimately benefit are the people running the show (big hospitals, insurance and drug companies, and other businesses) because they’re the ones with the money to hire the lawyers to find the loopholes and maneuver around them.
I don’t want a welfare state. It’s essential for people to feel useful, and when you just give someone a handout you turn that person into a slug. (I have ideas about alternatives, but I’ll save them for a later time.)
People like me, quiet yet hardcore patriots, are turning away from government and starting to deal with America’s problems on our own. In some ways this is a good thing, because we all need to work to pull our country back together. But our growing distrust and distaste and cynicism about government are bad for us and bad for our country.
Quite simply, more and more of us think that all politicians have become corrupt, if only from their self-serving ambition. I don’t trust a single one of you to put your country and your constituents above yourself, and neither do the people I’ve been talking to.
So while I used to be a lifelong Democrat, I now belong to the Throw-the-Bums-Out Party, and I will keep voting out every single incumbent on my ballot until they start paying attention. Americans are terrified that they’re going to lose their incomes, particularly from unemployment, and end up homeless, and until our representatives make this fear their priority and establish a safety net that’s also a trampoline, our country is going to lurch closer and closer to chaos.
Cynthia Rymer Imes