My Response to Barack Obama’s Email

If you are on the Organizing for America mailing list, you received this message from President Barack Obama on Independence Day 2009 in your inbox.

Friend –

This weekend, our family will join millions of others in celebrating America. We will enjoy the glow of fireworks, the taste of barbeque, and the company of good friends. As we all celebrate this weekend, let’s also remember the remarkable story that led to this day.

Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, our nation was born when a courageous group of patriots pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the proposition that all of us were created equal.

Our country began as a unique experiment in liberty — a bold, evolving quest to achieve a more perfect union. And in every generation, another courageous group of patriots has taken us one step closer to fully realizing the dream our founders enshrined on that great day.

Today, all Americans have a hard-fought birthright to a freedom which enables each of us, no matter our views or background, to help set our nation’s course. America’s greatness has always depended on her citizens embracing that freedom — and fulfilling the duty that comes with it.

As free people, we must each take the challenges and opportunities that face this nation as our own. As long as some Americans still must struggle, none of us can be fully content. And as America comes ever closer to achieving the perfect Union our founders dreamed, that triumph — that pride — belongs to all of us.

So today is a day to reflect on our independence, and the sacrifice of our troops standing in harm’s way to preserve and protect it. It is a day to celebrate all that America is. And today is a time to aspire toward all we can still become.

With very best wishes,

President Barack Obama

July 4th, 2009

P.S. — Our nation’s birthday is also an ideal time to consider serving in your local community. You can find many great ideas for service opportunities near you at http://www.serve.gov.

This is my response:

Dear President Barack Obama,

You are indeed right that this is a day that we should look back on the sacrifices of our founding fathers and all that they risked to create this great nation. They did indeed fight valiantly for the, at the time, unheard of prospect that all men are created equal. Unfortunately, the meaning of that phrase has been altered severely over these past two hundred or so years and your administration has greatly added fuel to that fire.

You see, the key word in that phrase is that all men are created equal. Life is a race, and America is the only country in all of history that has understood the ideal that everyone who runs the race should be allowed to start at the same point; no one starting farther back or after the gun has sounded. However, once the race has begun, our equality is no longer a matter of birthright, but of our own personal choosing.

You claim that we do more every generation to further America’s ideals when, in reality, the exact opposite is true. Through socialistic programs like welfare, food stamps and other forms of free government aid, we have twisted this notion of born equal to mean that we should all stay equal throughout our lives regardless of our differences. While this is true in some respects, (namely in regard to discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation or other aspects of our lives that are not changeable) there are many parts of the human experience where our equality is based on our own actions.

As Americans, we have all but lost our values and a clear understanding of where our priorities should lie. We believe that being free means having freedom from the consequences of our own actions. This is something our founding fathers never intended. Through the aforementioned programs, America has become a nation of beggars. We sit there with our hands out when things don’t go the way we wanted them to, usually out of a misguided notion that our shortcomings are not a result of our own choices. A person who slacked off all through school and never took the time to learn a set of skills that would make them more valuable in the market place has only his-or-herself to blame when they end up with a minimum wage job that cannot support them or their family. Instead of instilling in people that the “American dream” is something they must work hard for and earn outright, we have tarnished our nation by letting people believe that the “American dream” is something all Americans are entitled to!

Mr. President, your administration’s work since taking office has not only allowed this kind of thinking to continue, but flourish! With government bailouts of failed businesses, socialized medicine legislation that would force people to have health insurance whether they want it or not and cap-and-trade bills that insert more and more government regulations into the private sector, you have set the example that people should not be blamed for their own failures, and that government is there to support the people instead of defend them.

Your statement that; “As long as some Americans still must struggle, none of us can be fully content,” is greatly flawed. If a person’s struggle is a result of their own poor choices then their hardships are not the responsibility of any other individual but themselves and thus should not be the burden of the collective. Your statement that; “…as America comes ever closer to achieving the perfect Union our founders dreamed, that triumph — that pride — belongs to all of us,” is also flawed. Triumph and pride belong to those who helped by putting their shoulder to the wheel, aiding to push this nation further into greatness. No glory, triumph or pride is owed or due to those refuse to carry their load, thus casting it, unfairly, on the shoulders of the rest of us.

Mr. President, let us take the spirit of this day to remember what this nation truly stands for. Let us take this opportunity to rekindle the spirit of our great nation; that no person is entitled to more than he/she has earned, but is fully entitled to use his/her property as he/she sees fit once it has been earned. Let us honor the fact that we live in a nation where everyone has the same chance to succeed or fail by their own doing. That is what America is about, and that is what we continue to fight for.

Joe

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