Open Letter To Voters
I recently sent this letter to our local newspaper. I don't know if they will print it due to it's length, but hopefully they will. Let me know how you feel about it!
An open letter to voters:
I have read over the past several days about the GOP's mishandling of everything from the Iraq War to the Foley debacle. Some would say that it is the death knell for the party, as most people would shy away and vote Democrat. I just wanted to take a moment and lay out in detail exactly what the Democratic Party being in power has cost us. Jimmy Carter was elected during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. His legacy includes: pardoning draft dodgers, stopping the B-1 bomber production, giving away the Panama Canal (which is now controlled by China), withdrew support from the Shah of Iran, a US ally at the time, thereby clearing the way from the current regime, our barracks in Beirut were bombed with no retaliation, kissed the Russian leader Leonid Brezhnev on the cheek shortly before his invasion of Afghanistan and allowed the Soviets to take communism to at least eight different countries. In his budget, he requested a 45% reduction of fighter aircraft, a 75% reduction in ships, an 85%reduction in submarines, and a 90% reduction in helicopters, all during the Cold War!
When Ronald Reagan took office, he inherited a 12% inflation rate, 21% interest rates, a ravaged military and a severe energy crisis. During the next eight years, he fought with Democrats for his economic and defense strategies, including the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). During this time, he moved nuclear missiles to Germany, to checkmate the Soviet threat. John Kerry wanted to impose a nuclear freeze that would have given the Soviets more firepower than we possessed. Democrats labeled his Strategic Defense Initiative "Star Wars" and made light of it. Doesn't seem like such a bad idea today does it? Reagan's tax cuts started a seven year period of growth which produced 20 million new jobs, interest rates dropped from 21% to 7.5%, inflation went from 12% to 3% and oil prices dropped when he removed the price controls on natural gas. In short, Reagan was right, the Democrats were wrong.
Several years later, Reagan stood firm against the Soviets and refused to end SDI research. Gorbachev, fearing that an initial first strike by the Soviets would be a failure, bowed to US pressure and the Soviet Empire crumbled, all without firing a shot. Gorbachev later said that he didn't think the Soviet collapse would have happened if not for Reagan.
Now I would like to discuss the Clinton legacy. During his not-so awe inspiring terms in Office, he blew numerous opportunities to capture or kill bin-Laden, roughly ten or more to be exact. All because of a fear of collateral damage, which apparently bin-Laden is not concerned with. Sure he had some Tomahawks fired and blew up an aspirin factory in Sudan and a few camels and tents in Afghanistan but that was the extent of his response. Osama bin-Laden has said that the US withdraw in Somalia emboldened them because American no longer had the stomach for bloodshed. Clinton ordered the troop withdraw under pressure from a Democratic Congress and America's brave men and women in the Armed Forces were left with a foul taste in their mouths. Other Clinton debacles include: bin-Laden's attempt to purchase weapons grade uranium to kill on a mass scale, first WTC bombing, Khobar Towers bombing, bin-Laden's declaration of "War on America" and calling for the murder of Americans wherever they can be found, US Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam bombed, and the US Cole being bombed. Could these things have happened under a Republican controlled Congress and Presidency, sure they could have. But recent experience would dictate that maybe the first few would have happened then we would have taken the fight to them, as we are doing now.
Other Democratic legacies include the legal barrier created by Janet Reno that prevented the sharing of information between the CIA and FBI prior to 9/11. Clinton administration officials selling defense technology to China, who is currently in the midst of a massive military buildup. The condemnation of current Democratic leaders of the NSA's efforts to intercept terrorist phone calls and bank transactions is another "feather" in the Democratic cap. Not only were they critical, they were more than willing to "leak" the information to the media, thereby warning our enemies.
America, we are at war. Mistakes are made in times of war. There have been mistakes made in Iraq, but to just force our brave men and women of the Armed Forces to bow their heads in shame and leave would be a deadly mistake. There is no dialog with terrorists. They only understand one thing, fear. Either we can have the fear, or we can create it in them. Quitting is not the answer in anything, much less the war on terror!
The question we must all ask ourselves is which party has shown to be more capable in defending this great nation? Is this truly the party which represents your values? Do you even know what the party now stands for? I believe that the current administration has proven it's willingness to make hard decisions in time of need. The Democratic Party has only shown a platform of condemning the Republican Party and a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the stops hunger at regaining power. I won't even begin to delve into the muck of loss of tax cuts, and appeasement attitudes that would come out of Washington if they do regain power. Simply put, don't base everything on things you read, including my opinion here. Do the research yourself instead of being spoon-fed everything. Your very existence may well depend on it.