I wrote the letter below to Doug Lamborn in response to what I found to be a particularly divisive and condescending attempt at getting votes. Upon reflection, the thing that really bothers me the most about this little propaganda piece is that it really insults the intelligence of the voters. Worse still, our taxpayer dollars funded it.
Isn’t it time for those in political office to stop the charade? Most of us feel that those in power seem to be only concerned with one thing: their own power and protecting that power (is that two things?). Be it loyalty to their party or just to their own gravy train, they only look out for themselves. Perhaps we should enact a law that those in Washington can only serve one term (maybe 4-6 years) and then never be able to serve a again. A nice cap on that policy might be to prohibit them from becoming lobbyists or consultants in any capacity which might draw upon their previous experience in politics. The idea would be to ensure that those we elect are there to serve the people, instead of their party or their own self interest. Our current political system is completely polluted by money and greed. It is a sad day when huge corporations are spending more money on lobbyists than they pay in taxes. But of course, we can’t tax those poor corporations (people) any more. They may get angry and not create the jobs our country needs to thrive.
I just received a mailing from your office and would like to express my opinion on a couple of subjects. I noticed that the mailing was “prepared, paid for and published at taxpayer expense.” Because my money has funded this piece of literature, I feel that I should have a say as to what is printed in the future. Sadly, I likely will not.
First of all, as a voter whose district you represent, I am quite unhappy with your decision to not attend the recent State of the Union Address. Your behavior seems childish and divisive. As my representative, I expect you, at the very least, to be involved in a dialogue with both sides. It seems obvious to me, but I will note that even if the majority of your constituents might be of a certain political bent, remember that a large number of individuals may not be. It is your duty to represent ALL of those in your district, not just those with whom you agree. Politics should be about what is best for all the people, not necessarily the majority.
Regarding your recent mailing, I immediately see a couple of glaring examples of hypocrisy. You claim that “we must cut unnecessary government spending” on the one hand. Yet you devote a large amount of space to not cutting our defense spending. You also state, “Government does not create jobs.” On the back of that page, you claim that reductions in military spending will cost one million jobs. Which side of your argument is true and which is a lie? Twisting the same facts to suit your desired argument is ridiculous and insulting to voters.
Until the forces of another country are at our border, I do not feel it is our responsibility to defend ourselves. Sending our troops to places like Iraq and Afghanistan is a ridiculous waste of lives and money in the name of politics and patriotism. If anything, I feel that the recent military actions of our country have made us even more of a target for our enemies. Instead of spending hundreds of billions (or trillions) of dollars on wars in far flung locations, I would much rather those funds be used to provide valuable services to those in our own country.
How many jobs could be created building new infrastructure with the trillions of dollars that politicians vote to send to overseas conflicts? As a benefit, we would have that improved infrastructure for years to come. Money spent on conflict primarily fattens the wallets of other countries and large government contractors. Countless millions of dollars were squandered in Iraq, without officials even knowing where it went. If you claim to be for cutting wasteful spending, that would be an excellent place to start.
Perhaps we could bring our troops home and keep them here. Perhaps we could use some of the savings to provide job training and education to them (and others) so that they could find rewarding work outside the military after their service. How many people could receive health care with those same trillions of dollars? Our country provides government subsidized health care to its veterans. Why shouldn’t the rest of the country be entitled to some health care benefit as well? It seems that most people would agree that Medicare and veteran’s health care is a good thing. Are the rest of the people not entitled to the same benefits?
I understand that your district includes an area which is very heavily supported by military funding. I understand that those voters support more military spending. It is natural for voters to want what directly benefits them, in the same way that those on welfare would vote for more welfare benefits. However, it would be far more patriotic for those people to do what is right, even if it means giving up some of the things which directly benefit them.
I believe it is especially important for those in political office to also do what is right for the greater good. Watching and listening to the incredible level of divisive politics in our country sickens me. I am not an affiliated voter. I am conservative in some ways and liberal in others. But I must say that the level of vitriol that comes out of the mouths of most Republicans these days sickens me. Sadly, you as my own representative in Congress seem to be one of the worst offenders. It seems that the only Republican agenda is to win the White House and control of the country, so that the will of the party can be imposed upon everyone.
Wouldn’t our country be a better place if those who make the decisions thought of what is best for the country as a whole and not what is best for their own self interest? Is it possible for YOU to be an example?