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From: Joel Wendt
Date: Thu Jan 29, 2004 7:16 am
Subject: if you like, please share, otherwise delete
Dear Senator Kerry,
I am writing this to you, in order to speak
for something yet forgotten - something deeper than mere politics,
something not about winning elections, or gaining power. This
something does not have a clear voice, although its tone and
nature will be familiar to you. It lives in hard work, in suffering,
in hope, and in faith. We sometimes call it the American Spirit,
which while not a bad name, does not really capture its true
In a way, as an individual Citizen of the
United States, and of the World, I speak for this forgotten voice
having earned the right to do this through working in a factory,
in a mental hospital, and in many other places such as led me
to cleaning the toilets in fancy homes, and washing the dishes
in fancy restaurants. I am the opposite of a Karl Rove, who is
one of the Rasputins of the rich and the elite. Instead, I speak
for the consciences and hearts which raise the children and create
the wealth. I seek neither riches nor power nor the satisfaction
of ambition. All that I yearn for is to hear and speak the simple
truth, and for the chance to be a good person.
Listen to my voice, for there will never again
be any advice you will ever receive that is as needed as what
I am now going to tell you.
This election is not about issues, or the
war or the economy. It is about one thing only, and that is whether
ordinary Americans, and other Citizens of the World, can trust
the sitting government of the United States of America.
In another context, I wrote previously: "The
only real coin of any value, passed between the citizens of a
Nation and their public servants, is the truth. With that coin
in circulation, nothing is impossible to such a People, for truth
leads to trust, and it is mutual trust that binds us together
into a Whole."
For a long time now both major political parties
in the United States have failed at creating trust. Here is the
one true explanation for why less and less people have been willing
to vote for many many years, but also why in this election, so
many are returning to express their rage and their frustration.
We raise the children and create the wealth,
leaving to our public servants the work of caring for the Republic
and preserving our form of government from its enemies both foreign
and domestic. In essence, we have trusted you, and you and your
kind have failed us. Yes, you should take this personally, for
it is precisely the Senate, which in our form of government was
intended to be the deliberative voice of the People, and which
has instead become a place of privilege and power, where greed
and ambition have ruled, and the Ideals of our Republic have
been sacrificed on a cross of commerce.
For decades now you have lied to us about
social security, making us believe we paid into what was meant
to be a trust fund for our retirement, but which instead became
just another source of revenue that could be spent and used like
some kind of pyramid scheme. You and yours gave away the monetary
power of our Republic to a private banking cartel, the so-called
Federal Reserve Board, which has nothing to do with something
Federal at all. You squandered our taxes on defense contractors
that need wars and the blood of our children to sustain their
corporate growth, and on energy companies that destroy our Planet
in the name of the dark God Profit. In the last decades you agreed
to trade treaties that gave away more and more sovereign power
that is not yours to give away, but which is ours and which you
were meant to hold dear and in trust. You took our airways, and
granted unlimited license to huge corporations which neither
inform us or enlighten us, but instead turn these same airways
into a means to seduce and destroy our culture and our youth,
all in the name of their own bottom lines.
All this and more, while granting yourself
higher and higher wages, the most remarkable retirement plan
and health coverage, and increasingly fixing our election laws
to benefit your own re-election campaigns.
You are not public servants, but thieves and
scoundrels, worthy and deserving of every obscene joke ever made
about politicians. You've sold the Republic to the highest bidder
and you ought to be ashamed.
If ever there was a group of people who needed
to create a 12 Step program it is the America Politician. You
have been criminal in the extreme, and need to confess and feel
remorse. You need to stop lying to yourself, and surrender to
the Divine within and without, seeking forgiveness from the People
you have abused, but most especially finding those deeds that
are needed in order to make amends.
Words are empty now, only actions will mean
What the American People, and the World's
Peoples as well, most need now is for a true Statesman to become
our President. If we have to suffer the vanity of another politician
in that office, we might well never recover.
So, Senator Kerry, confess to your errors
as a member of the Senate. Confess to the lies and the bad judgments,
the failures of courage and the seductions of ambition and greed.
Make this election about something real, which is not issues,
but about the truth and about trust. Don't defeat Bush by putting
him down, but by humbling yourself - for by this act of sacrifice
you will raise up from its degeneration and decay the whole art
and craft of public service.
Have the guts to be human, to acknowledge
error, to seek forgiveness, and to not lead but to follow our
People into the 21st Century, not on a cross of commerce, but
on the plain truth and the simplest of virtues. In this way you
can give us, and the world, no greater treasure of spirit.
Your brother in ordinary human failure and
error, himself an addict in recovery, Joel A. Wendt, dated and
written, this day of our Lord, January 29th, 2004, in Prescott,
From: b m <bryanmillermail>
Date: Thu Jan 29, 2004 9:42 am
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] if you like, please share,
Well, Joel, I would just add a PS:
And when you're elected, don't forget to legalize it.
And as an unasked for bonus, here go my predictions for this
election. If Dean gets the nomination, he loses the presidency.
Two reasons: too far to the left, bad smile. Not necessarily
in order of importance.
Clark gets the nomination, he loses the presidency. Two reasons:
left sees him as a liar pretending to be a democrat, right sees
him as a traitor to the conservatives.
Kerry gets the nomination, he beats Bush.
One main reason: he has this vague enough to be subliminal resemblance
to Abraham Lincoln. Inspires trust.
Edwards won't get the nomination. This time.
He may be the vice president in a Kerry ticket though.
From: dottie zold
Date: Thu Jan 29, 2004 12:06 pm
Subject: Re: if you like, please share, otherwise delete
I like what you have written very much. I
think you might consider going a step further and seeing if you
can get people to sign it and send it forward on line. I think
the end stop would be you and you could present it as an online
letter to the campaign with thousands of signatures and then
also a hard copy to the headquarters as well.
The only place I think you might reconsider
is where you ask him to co-sign everyones personal indiscretions.
I don't think it can be presented that way if you truly hope
to inspire him to look at the core issue of your paper and present
it as an issue he sees facing the American public.
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