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Open Letter to the President

October 24, 2009

You ran your campaign on “Hope and Change” but so far all I’ve seen is change. And when I say change I mean (in your own words) you are on the path to “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” In terms of Hope, the only thing I’m hoping right now is that you stop with all the change.

The role of a President is not to “Transform” the nation. The role of the president is clearly stated in the Presidential Oath, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.” Nowhere in that oath do I see change or transform. Your job is to protect, preserve and defend. Not change, dismantle, and control. And right now I get the feeling that you are doing the latter.

During the summer I became deeply saddened with the way you and the other leaders of this country handled the men and women who opposed your healthcare plan at the Town Hall meetings. They were called Nazi’s, Brown shirts, angry mobs, and Un-American. I was absolutely blown away by the rhetoric. Freedom of speech is one of the many freedoms that make this great country so unique. Unfortunately, now for some reason anyone who is opposed to anything your administration has to offer is deemed a “hate-monger”. In the words of Alexander Hamilton, “Here sir, the PEOPLE govern.” You were elected BY THE PEOPLE; therefore it is your job you listen to everyone. Grant it not everyone is going to get their way but a little respect would be nice. The people at the Town Halls feel as if they have been abandoned by the people that work for them. I watch people on television express concerns that I share and watch them being called “Crazy right wing extremists” and think to myself these people aren’t crazy, nor are they extremists. They’re people who love their country and know how hard their grandparents and great grandparents worked to get us to where we are today. They see that the Constitution is being flushed down the toilet and realize that everything our Founding Fathers have done for us will mean nothing if we continue in the direction we’re headed, and they’re scared. And so am I!

I read about these bills you’d like to see passed and wonder what you’re thinking? As far as I can see bills like Cap and Trade as well as Heath Care appear to be a power grab, not something to help the American people. I become more and more frightened each and every day wondering what else do you want to get your hands on? This country was founded on the principle “that government which governs best governs least.” As I understand that quote it means that government doesn’t attempt to control the people’s lives. In health care I see that my parents won’t be able to make the decisions for what they believe my sister and I need in terms of health care. Soon I’ll be off on my own and I’d like to have the freedom to choose for myself as well. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think healthcare in America is perfect, but a good solution is never to allow the government to control something, especially something as important as healthcare. In cap and trade I see that “taxes would sky rocket”. It isn’t just about my family not being able to afford more taxes but it’s the millions of people who are struggling deeply in this country.

Another area of concern is the people you are surrounding yourself with. There was Van Jones, who rightly resigned. But the fact that he actually made it into the White House still blows my mind to this day. I don’t know where to begin with the others. Anita Dunn, Cass Sunstein, John Holdren, Mark Lloyd. All people who have made some startling remarks in the past. And have some crazy ideas that don’t seem to run in line with the constitution. Anita Dunn has praised Chairman Mao, Mark Lloyd who believes the Fairness Doctrine isn’t enough, and has praised the work of Hugo Chavez. John Holdren who has thought about the option of sterilizing women to control the population and Cass Sunstein who wants to allow animals the right to an attorney?

The most recent activity your White House has been involved in is an attack on Fox News. Back in February in an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace you said “It’s fair to say I don’t always get my most favorable coverage on Fox but I think that’s part of how democracy is suppose to work, we aren’t all suppose to be in lock step here.” Remember that? What happened to that statement? I see this as yet another attack on free speech. You and your White House have also refused all of Fox’s offers for you or one of your aids to come on the show and clear the air. Please sir, if something they are reporting is simply not true, come out and say it. Present the facts and if Fox is proven wrong they will admit it. The lack of willingness to appear on the show speaks volumes. I would love nothing more than you to prove some of Fox’s stories wrong. If you did, I would have a whole lot less to worry about. But until then I will continue speaking out.

Now, I’m learning of the Copenhagen Treaty you will be signing soon. This has me completely dumbfounded. The fact that you are willing to sign away this nation into a New World Order is astounding. America has been known as the most powerful and most wealthy nation in the world. Frankly, that’s something to be proud of. Ask yourself this, why do people from other countries come to America? Freedom, freedom to speak their mind, freedom to choose their healthcare provider, freedom to pursue their dreams, freedom to worship as they please, freedom from oppressive governments if this treaty is signed America will become like every other nation. America will no longer be a free nation. Please, think about this decision. It will be a huge transformation, oh wait…

What I’m about to say next I say as a concerned citizen of this country, not as a skeptic of yours. I’m only 17, and I used to be excited about growing up and becoming an adult, getting a job, and being able to make my own decisions. But the way I see it, at the rate you are going I’m going to be getting another set of parents, the government. Another thing that worries me about my future is that it’s going to be decided for me already. I’ll have no choice in healthcare; I’ll have to own a home that meets certain energy requirements. I’m realizing that if my ideas or beliefs are different from someone, I’ll be told to sit down and shut up because what I’ve said is offensive or I’m just saying it because I hate that person. I love my country, I realize it was founded by great men who recognized we have a Creator and He is the only one who can protect this nation. But He instituted government to protect the people. I don’t feel like I’m being protected. I feel like I’m being manipulated, deceived. I pray you think about the decisions you are making and how they will affect this country.

-Jackie-

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. steve permalink
    October 24, 2009 3:49 am

    VERY’good!

  2. Lori permalink
    October 24, 2009 5:09 am

    It’s for the young people such as yourself (and my kids) that I find current events to be so troubling. I want the young people of this country to have the same freedoms and opportunities that I had when I was growing up and entering adulthood. If only they could wake up and see this as you do — it’s their future in the balance and if they do not fight for it they will never reap the same fruits of their parents and their grandparents.

  3. cmmjaime permalink
    October 24, 2009 1:41 pm

    So very well put. It is a shame that so many of our elected officials have gone away from all of this. You are right to be concerned about your future. We all should be! Our hopes and prayers are that they do not succeed with destroying our country!

  4. Leah A. permalink
    October 25, 2009 2:16 am

    Excellent letter. You effectively expressed what most Americans are feeling right now and would like to say to the president (or scream to the president.) You also enlightened me. Obama plans to sign the Copenhagen Treaty? Were is this is the news?! I think the mainstream media is even wimpier than the Chihuahua on Glenn Beck.

  5. Joe S permalink
    October 27, 2009 12:03 am

    I am most impressed with this young man – its just too bad that we do not have more like him in view of the liberal academic world. This he will find out in the near future. For a young man to have such a command of what is happening in this country of ours is truly astounding. I hope he hangs in there and runs for President.

  6. Jacqueline permalink
    October 30, 2009 2:15 am

    Awesome job Jackie!!!

  7. Caroline permalink
    October 30, 2009 3:46 pm

    Joe S, the writer of this letter is a girl (Jackie).

  8. Jamie permalink
    November 3, 2009 2:25 am

    Well written! We are sorry we fell asleep and left quite a mess for your generation. I read your comments and feel great hope for the future. Keep fighting Patriot!

  9. November 8, 2009 10:48 am

    Hi Jackie,

    I read your blog post “Open Letter to the President” and wanted to share my thoughts in the field here, being as how thats the reason why you allow people to comment on your post.

    First, let me start off by saying that I do realize that some users of WordPress “filter” and “scan” certain comments to make sure spam and naughty websites don’t get posted but I assure you this reply has nothing but good intent and
    honest healthy debate about what you wrote.

    If you do decide to delete this comment and not authorize it to be posted in fairness (like other peoples) then you know exactly what freedom you would be taking away. Although many Americans have different viewpoints on the matter and will disagree to the bitter end, I will fight to the death for your freedom to say it. So please, do not take that freedom away from me as well my fellow American.

    I will start my reply by taking your post piece by piece and doing my best to reply to each part with my own thoughts. Then I will look at it as a whole and give my final input.

    ——
    “You ran your campaign on “Hope and Change” but so far all I’ve seen is change. And when I say change I mean (in your own words) you are on the path to “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” In terms of Hope, the only thing I’m hoping right now is that you stop with all the change.”
    ———

    Well, first off. I don’t think anyone would disagree with you that Obama did in fact say he wanted to fundamentally transform the United States of America. The context of that however has been unfortunately mistaken for something sinister and conniving. Unless of course that is what your beliefs are, that President Obama in fact has in mind to consciously take out America by secretly running for Illinois State legislator back in 1997, conceiving of some maniacal plot to harm America by then running for U.S. Senate in 2005, and then biding his time for just the right moment to run for the highest office of the land in 2008, the United States Presidency.

    If thats what you believe then by no means will you have interest in reading the rest of my reply for it involves actual facts and statements contradicting that. I do acknowledge there has been changes, but in your first paragraph you state that “all you’ve seen is change”. This, is a good thing Jackie, see with change brings hope that tomorrow will be a better day for all of us. The changes taking effect now on this health reform bill is historic and a lot of hard working people (both Democrats and Republicans) put their time and effort into crafting something that can change America, thus bringing a better life to everyone, and especially to those without insurance. See, thats where the hope lays. With those people who have no way to pay for decent healthcare, do not forget about those people, they are still Americans too, no matter how poor they may be. Let us remember the preamble of the United States Constitution at this moment: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, Promote the General Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” I don’t think I have to underline the part that I am referring to.

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    “The role of a President is not to “Transform” the nation. The role of the president is clearly stated in the Presidential Oath, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God.” Nowhere in that oath do I see change or transform. Your job is to protect, preserve and defend. Not change, dismantle, and control. And right now I get the feeling that you are doing the latter.”
    ——–

    Your absolutely right! Well, the first sentence anyway. The role of the President is clearly stated in the Constitution (Article II, Section One, Clause Eight) In the ending paragraph you mention that his job is not to change, dismantle and control [the Constitution] — that is also correct! Although you wrote that you were having a feeling that he is doing just that. I will assure you my good fellow American, he is not. Everything he is doing is completely within law. He, as President of the United States CANNOT directly introduce legislation he CAN however play an important role in shaping it. So fear not, nothing illegal is taking place.

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    “During the summer I became deeply saddened with the way you and the other leaders of this country handled the men and women who opposed your healthcare plan at the Town Hall meetings. They were called Nazi’s, Brown shirts, angry mobs, and Un-American. I was absolutely blown away by the rhetoric.”
    ————

    Really? Every single “leader” of this country handled healthcare reform opponents wrongly in your eyes? Firstly, who are these “leaders” you speak of and why are you lumping the President of the United States in with them?

    If your talking about media pundits, then they are not MY leaders, nor are they the leaders of anyone I know. Of course, no one should be called out Nazi’s, Brown Shirts, Angry Mobs or Un-American — unless of course it was true. Even if it was semi-true and there was ONE “angry mob type” person there in the crowd, do please remember the media sensationalizes a lot of what is really happening. So don’t take it to heart when these “leaders” you speak of use names like that. Sometimes its just to rile you up to take sides, which only hurts the greater good.

    ———–
    “Freedom of speech is one of the many freedoms that make this great country so unique. Unfortunately, now for some reason anyone who is opposed to anything your administration has to offer is deemed a “hate-monger”. In the words of Alexander Hamilton, “Here sir, the PEOPLE govern.” You were elected BY THE PEOPLE; therefore it is your job you listen to everyone. Grant it not everyone is going to get their way but a little respect would be nice.”
    —————

    On that first sentence — Simply, Agreed.
    However, reading further I notice that you write that Obama’s administration refers to their opponents as “hate-mongers”. I really would like to see a statement or press release from the Obama administration stating this kind of language. In all the speeches and talks that both he and his staff display, I have yet to hear those words uttered from them. You might be confusing them with — again — the media pundits. Yet, again, another way to rile you up and get you to take sides. Be careful of what you watch and listen to, and always do your own research when it comes to things you value. Don’t ever take someone’s word (or in this case a whole network[s] word) for truth, but I’ll get back to this point soon, as I’ve read ahead and see you also bring up Fox ‘News’ conveniently.

    Oh, and I agree on the respect part — but from the videos that I’ve seen around (both online and on TV) I can safely say that the people who opposed healthcare reform at those Town Hall meetings were not showing much respect either. But again, not EVERY town hall meeting was like that Im sure, some probably went very well and had great discussion panels that informed the public very clearly of the healthcare reform bill and what it would entail.

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    “The people at the Town Halls feel as if they have been abandoned by the people that work for them. I watch people on television express concerns that I share and watch them being called “Crazy right wing extremists” and think to myself these people aren’t crazy, nor are they extremists. They’re people who love their country and know how hard their grandparents and great grandparents worked to get us to where we are today. They see that the Constitution is being flushed down the toilet and realize that everything our Founding Fathers have done for us will mean nothing if we continue in the direction we’re headed, and they’re scared. And so am I!”
    —————–

    Yikes! I sure hope those people at the town hall meetings you were speaking of know what you and I know. That those “people on television” you speak of use names and tactics to split us Americans apart on important issues. On this part, I agree with you that they (or anyone) should be treated with a bit more respect EVEN if they themselves were not showing it very well. People have different levels of passion and different ways of showing it.

    So although they have high energy and love their country because their parents/grandparents/great-grandparents have worked hard to get us where we are today, they might not understand the full details and the good impact it would have on America as a whole, and what it would mean for us in the long term.

    To address the last sentence on what the Founding Fathers did for us in the Constitution, and how its being “flushed down the toilet”, do not forget that it was not ONLY the Founding Fathers who have contributed to the Constitution as we know it today. It has been 233 years and between that time we have had MANY great leaders who have helped shaped the Constitution. If it were ONLY up to the Founding Fathers we would probably still have slavery! Yikes!! So remember, the Constitution is not static. Its constantly being changed by the U.S. House & Senate over many many years and will continue to change for years to come. (There’s that word again… change!) So, do not “be afraid!” Every major change/addition that has come to the Constitution has been a good one. 🙂

    ———–
    “I read about these bills you’d like to see passed and wonder what you’re thinking? As far as I can see bills like Cap and Trade as well as Heath Care appear to be a power grab, not something to help the American people. I become more and more frightened each and every day wondering what else do you want to get your hands on?”
    —————

    Seriously? You think President Obama, one of the MOST powerful men in the world -already- is still trying for “power grab’s” and is not trying to help the American people? But then again, like I stated in my paragraph above, if you believe President Obama has been “hatching some diabolical secret scheme” over the past 10-20 years then you probably wouldn’t have gotten this far into my reply.

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    “This country was founded on the principle “that government which governs best governs least.” As I understand that quote it means that government doesn’t attempt to control the people’s lives. In health care I see that my parents won’t be able to make the decisions for what they believe my sister and I need in terms of health care. Soon I’ll be off on my own and I’d like to have the freedom to choose for myself as well. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think healthcare in America is perfect, but a good solution is never to allow the government to control something, especially something as important as healthcare. In cap and trade I see that “taxes would sky rocket”. It isn’t just about my family not being able to afford more taxes but it’s the millions of people who are struggling deeply in this country.”
    —————–

    The United States, was not founded (or influenced) on ONLY ONE principle. It was founded/influenced on many, all be it many referring to King George at the time but many none the less. John Locke is one of the main men to influence the Declaration of Independence (the guiding principles laid out for the Constitution) with his many ideas of value, property, and one of my personal favorite; the separation of church and state.

    So don’t go too far off the cliff with the quote about government governing least is best, because although its a nice idea, we need a unifying government body just as much as it needs us for a great society to flourish in important things like science, commerce, the general welfare, and agriculture. I’m right there with you about not having taxes go up, trust me, it makes me incredibly sad and mad sometimes looking at my paycheck after the taxes. But then I stop and think about all the great programs and organizations conceived by our government to help us with our daily lives and our future that the money goes to. Education, paved roads, healthcare, the common defense, etc. But you want to know one that I really enjoy my money going toward? That oh-so awesome National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Man, where would we be without them right? And if you ask me, you REALLY want to know America’s future? Think “From Sea to Shining Sea” for the 21st century and then let your imagination run wild.

    —————
    “Another area of concern is the people you are surrounding yourself with. There was Van Jones, who rightly resigned. But the fact that he actually made it into the White House still blows my mind to this day. I don’t know where to begin with the others. Anita Dunn, Cass Sunstein, John Holdren, Mark Lloyd. All people who have made some startling remarks in the past. And have some crazy ideas that don’t seem to run in line with the constitution. Anita Dunn has praised Chairman Mao, Mark Lloyd who believes the Fairness Doctrine isn’t enough, and has praised the work of Hugo Chavez. John Holdren who has thought about the option of sterilizing women to control the population and Cass Sunstein who wants to allow animals the right to an attorney?”
    ————————

    Quite a doozy with this here, but I’ll give it my best shot to try and understand it from your point of view. Basically, your peeved off that there have been people in President Obama’s administration that have had made some pretty bad remarks or thoughts that were not called for. Im not one to be a “media pundit” and put a spin on things but if its mearly remarks and comments that your peeved at, do they not have a right to say them at least? EVEN if they are TOTALLY crazy and a bit weird (like the animals having a right to an attorney thing). But wait! We’re in America right? They GET to say those things, EVEN if they ARE in the White House. (You know, that whole 1st Amendment thing?) Now, –when those things become ACTUAL law and starts effecting peoples lives — Then we have a story to talk about.

    But, just as a side note to give you a birds eye view of what your talking about, when you have a chance watch a History Channel series called “The Presidents”. It gives you a great recap of each U.S. President and all their glories and pitfalls with the people around them during their presidencies. You’ll soon realize that a good majority of the Executive branches throughout history has had to deal with some sort of scandal or scrutiny because of people around them. Its practically inevitable unfortunately.

    ——————-
    “The most recent activity your White House has been involved in is an attack on Fox News. Back in February in an interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace you said “It’s fair to say I don’t always get my most favorable coverage on Fox but I think that’s part of how democracy is suppose to work, we aren’t all suppose to be in lock step here.” Remember that? What happened to that statement? I see this as yet another attack on free speech.”
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    Wait what? Since when has President Obama’s administration ACTUALLY CENSORED Fox ‘News’? What attack on free speech is being made here? As far as I can tell Fox ‘News’ is still going on with what they have been doing for years and has yet to become handicapped by the White House, but I hardly see that Fox ‘News’ is not able to do whatever they seem to be doing now without much problem. Just because the White House refuses to join in the circus and raise the ratings for Fox ‘News’ by having to defend themselves on issues that are clearly out in public domain (whitehouse.gov, factcheck.org, and other places) is hardly “an attack on freedom of speech”.

    ——————-
    “You and your White House have also refused all of Fox’s offers for you or one of your aids to come on the show and clear the air. Please sir, if something they are reporting is simply not true, come out and say it. Present the facts and if Fox is proven wrong they will admit it. The lack of willingness to appear on the show speaks volumes. I would love nothing more than you to prove some of Fox’s stories wrong. If you did, I would have a whole lot less to worry about. But until then I will continue speaking out.”
    ——————

    But — since you bring up the fact that because Fox ‘News’ has given numerous offers for the White House to “clear the air” and dispute false reporting, you might want to take a look at one certain newsworthy story that parallels your “If-its-not-true-why-dont-you-refute-it” theory. It coincidentally also has to do with a particular Fox ‘News’ reporter, one by the name of Mr. Glenn Beck. I’m sure you know him right? Now, Im not going to get graphic here but all you have to do is type in Google “Glenn Beck” and the year “1990” and you’ll know what Im talking about.

    — Its ok, Ill wait while you go do that.

    — Ok? All done?

    Yea, see? Pretty intense right? So what do you think? Should Glenn Beck have to refute this? Based on your “If-its-not-true-why-dont-you-refute-it” theory, he should — But he hasn’t. But don’t worry, I too agree that it was a fabricated story that only wants to get his attention and make him look bad. — See where I’m going with this?

    Oh, and by the way. If you’ve been wondering why I keep putting the ‘News’ in quotes like that its because technically they aren’t. According to them, their news hours are from 9AM to 4PM and from 6PM to 8PM on weekdays. So the majority of time they are on the air, they are not showing news! Most of it is opinionated spun-to-make-you-riled-up news. There’s quite a difference. I wont say that there aren’t other networks that do that too (both on the right and left) but Fox ‘News’ definitely has the game down in terms of hyperbolic opinutainment. And yes, the link for these facts are below in the links section. (Including the Daily Show clip for a good laugh)

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    “Now, I’m learning of the Copenhagen Treaty you will be signing soon. This has me completely dumbfounded.”
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    Are you referring to the UNCCC 2009 conference that has not even BEGUN yet, [Dec 7th 2009] where the DRAFT of the treaty (not the final version) is still to be DEBATED and finalized for review?

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    “The fact that you are willing to sign away this nation into a New World Order is astounding. ”
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    Woah woah woah. First, in order to even sign a treaty it has to be in final form, agreed upon by the including countries within. From the news that I have been reading on about the treaty this seems highly unlikely let alone a long ways off. So before we jump to conclusions that this is somehow a New World Order (which it isn’t) let’s just make sure we have our facts straight shall we?

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    “America has been known as the most powerful and most wealthy nation in the world. Frankly, that’s something to be proud of. Ask yourself this, why do people from other countries come to America? Freedom, freedom to speak their mind, freedom to choose their healthcare provider, freedom to pursue their dreams, freedom to worship as they please, freedom from oppressive governments if this treaty is signed America will become like every other nation. America will no longer be a free nation. Please, think about this decision. It will be a huge transformation, oh wait…”
    ——————–

    I was with you right up to the point of “if this treaty is signed America will become like every other nation…” Really? How do you know this when the final version of the treaty hasn’t even been finalized yet?

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    “What I’m about to say next I say as a concerned citizen of this country, not as a skeptic of yours. I’m only 17, and I used to be excited about growing up and becoming an adult, getting a job, and being able to make my own decisions. But the way I see it, at the rate you are going I’m going to be getting another set of parents, the government. Another thing that worries me about my future is that it’s going to be decided for me already. I’ll have no choice in healthcare; I’ll have to own a home that meets certain energy requirements. I’m realizing that if my ideas or beliefs are different from someone, I’ll be told to sit down and shut up because what I’ve said is offensive or I’m just saying it because I hate that person. I love my country, I realize it was founded by great men who recognized we have a Creator and He is the only one who can protect this nation. But He instituted government to protect the people. I don’t feel like I’m being protected. I feel like I’m being manipulated, deceived. I pray you think about the decisions you are making and how they will affect this country.”
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    So, lets get this straight and out of the way before I go on.

    Your beliefs and your beliefs and my beliefs are my beliefs. That being said, I can only state my mind based on what I know to be true that directly effects Americans in real life and not based on what “could happen” or “possibly happened” if there’s a God or Creator watching over us. So hopefully YOU forgive me if you think I fail to see the reasoning behind not agreeing with you that a divine being, and not a group of free willed men (and women!) came together to thoughtfully plot out & fight for our government.

    Which by the way, on a side note, if you want a real interesting read check out “Thomas Jefferson’s Bible” in Google. I included a Wikipedia link below.

    Anyway, In conclusion,

    I admire your passion for being concerned for our country. Its an rare trait that I believe far too few young generation of people lack lately. When I read your blog post I was glad to see that there are still passionate young people who are very interested in the way government works and how it effects our daily lives. I know I might have posted a reply far too long then normal but I wanted you to know that even though we have different viewpoints on government, I admire and commend your courage to speak your mind and post it here and that you have a counter-part with just as much passion. But I do have some words of advice for you.

    Do your own homework and research. Don’t let others, anyone, or any media outlet tell you “how it is”. Thats how you become exactly what they want you to be. Keep an open mind, be understanding of the issues at hand from ALL sides of the table. Even when there are times it feels you have to gnaw your entire hat off from listening and trying to understand the opposite opinion from yours, its better to lose a hat than to lose your ability to grasp a broad vision of all points to give you the best possible way to reach a conclusion. Even if you are wrong, which will happen from time to time, you know you would have done everything in your power to grasp the issues. You shouldn’t feel that your government is tricking you or manipulating you, but at times it does feel that way doesn’t it? Get involved, learn what things you can do to help the situation. Blogging and tweeting helps, but to actually be involved is how you can take that feeling away.

    Finally, don’t ever let anyone tell you to “sit down and shut up”, There will always be other people just like you, passionate and energetic for our country with different view points willing to fight for your right to speak, even if they don’t agree with you. I certainly would.

    (Below are citation links for review of my statements and facts above)

    Links/Refrences:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_office_of_the_President_of_the_United_States

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Declaration_of_Independence

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke

    http://science.howstuffworks.com/ten-nasa-inventions.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_the_Beautiful

    http://www.history.com/presidents

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_scandals_of_the_United_States

    http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200910180004

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/business/media/12fox.html?pagewanted=2

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-october-29-2009/for-fox-sake-

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Climate_Change_Conference_2009

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Bible

  10. November 21, 2009 3:28 am

    Hi Jackie. In a word Excellent. You have tremendous potential as a writer and as a politician. I am a former Sky News London producer with a background in rhetoric and you have the skills of a seasoned pro. Best of luck to you and I hope you get an interview.

    Locke’s second treatise is a great text. Locke contradicted himself much in his other works, he was not taken by our founders on his every point. There is no separation of God and State in the United States Constitution, rather there is ‘no state religion.’ People often get this wrong. Perhaps why some seek to view the constitution not as a set of principles but as a ‘living’ document in need of change.

    Our sovereignty is at stake.

    Roads and education are meant to be state based, not supposed to be federal, except in the case of military use for which we need to have good roads and waterways for army passage which fit right in with Federal role of defense. The fed gov has long taken money and redistributed it forcing states to do its will by threatening to withhold.

    Space program also defense related, except for non-military satellites which private companies and other countries pay for.

    ‘General welfare’ does not mean create a welfare state.

    You may want to read the Federalist papers, you can find them easily on the web at yale U.

    Very best of luck to you, you are a patriot. Keep it coming. You can make a career starting right here and you have a great blog name. I will pass it around.

  11. Ashleigh permalink
    November 21, 2009 6:56 am

    Wow, Jackie, I just came to your blog and wrote you something on your post about Sarah Palin and thought I’d check out your blog a little more. I wish I had been as involved as you when I was 17. It’s really fantastic and encouraging to see someone your age speaking and thinking seriously about political issues and not just been captivated by things like Obama’s good looks or charming words.

    I wish you well and hope you keep it up. I think you have a great future from you and maybe will hear more of you in the years to come if you ever decide to run for office! Maybe God allowed this most recent media run-in as a sort of preparation for what might lie ahead.

    God bless, and keep your faith in Christ!

  12. SallyW permalink
    November 22, 2009 7:54 pm

    Xander: Yikes!! LOL

    Keep up the great work, Jackie!! America’s proud of you. Don’t let’m talk down to you and just because they can come up with more words than you doesn’t make them right or correct. You’re right on point with all of your facts and We The People are proud to have your voice among us!!

  13. Polly Anna permalink
    November 25, 2009 3:14 pm

    Interesting that Jackie-the-tool uses the moniker “hate monger” against Dems when it was her neo-con lying Repukes who organized their lemmings to disrupt town hall meetings, not with facts but, just with yelling. Now THAT is the way to 1) betaken seriously and 2) argue intelligently. OMG!

  14. Pogue Mahone permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:19 pm

    The answer to every one of her post is the same, and I quote, “When fascism comes to America it will be waving the flag and carrying a cross.”

  15. November 27, 2009 1:10 am

    The Presidential Oath does not contain the words “So help me God”.

    • Terry in Georgia permalink
      January 12, 2010 12:54 am

      Yes, it did include those words.

  16. Terry in Georgia permalink
    January 12, 2010 1:14 am

    Great job, Jackie. Your open letter provides ample proof that you have indeed studied the subjects of which you discussed. In fact, most irritating to those who criticize tea partiers is the fact that so many actually HAD read the house health care bill. When the members of congress tried (and repeatedly failed) to pass off the “Nancy Pelosi approved talking points” to their own constituents who were clearly more prepared for the debate, often citing by section and verse the exact location of those passages. From what I saw of the videos recorded at meetings, those congressional members greatly underestimated the intelligence level of an angry constituent determined to expose the evil hidden in HB3200. My comment to those members: We only look this dumb!

    I have to say how very grateful I am that my congressman was fully opposed to the government takeover of healthcare and aware of the great financial burden that was involved. Though even he was not as prepared as the folks at the meeting. In fact, many of the mostly elderly (but also groups from hospital, doctors, nurses, etc. in the community) often referred to specific passages which the representative had not seen but admitted having been brought to his attention at earlier town hall meetings.

    I applaud your thoughtful letter to the president and only wish all of our youth were as knowledgeable on civics as you have become. And I know Sarah would be proud of you and your determination.

    Sincerely,
    a Georgia mom

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