This diary is an open letter to the Democratic Congressmen from North Carolina. The first group made me very proud. The second group is incredibly disappointing. If I can fight my way through all of their web forms I will actually send these letters, but god forbid they make it easy to contact them.
The first three are Brad Miller, Mel Watt and David Price. These three men stood up to protect our troops, and I am immensely proud of them.
The other four are Mike McIntyre, Bob Etheridge, Heath Shuler and GK Butterfield.
I'm not one for writing long letters, but these are busy men.
Letter One, to the good guys:
Yesterday you voted to bring an end to the Iraq War. I want to thank you for your vote. The courage you showed today in standing up for our fighting men and women is admirable. You were given a free pass by the leadership to vote for a blank check, and instead you went with your conscience. I hope to one day be as strong as you were today.
To borrow a phrase from one of my least favorite people, "I will go to the gates of hell" to support you in the future. In 2006 we worked incredibly hard to give you the reins. Some of your colleagues have thoroughly disappointed us. But you proud few stood up for what is right, and I commend you. I would ask that you make every effort to end this war. Now that your fellow legislators have decided not to end this war with the "power of the purse" we are relying on you to end this another way. Thank you for your commitment to ending the war, and good luck in your efforts to convince your colleagues.
Letter Two, to the others:
Your vote to give George Bush a blank check is thoroughly disappointing to say the least. Election night 2006 was one of the proudest moments in my life. We had achieved the unthinkable, and won back power from the Republicans. After years of being called traitors for exercising our freedom we had the power. The power to make things right.
Today you abandoned that power. I gave you my trust and you have failed to follow through. In the future it will take significant steps by you to gain back my trust, and the trust of everyone who believes this war should be ended. You can begin earning that trust back by immediately making a full effort to end this war. If you aren't willing to end it with the "power of the purse" find another way to end it. Bring our men and women home, not for my sake, not for your sake. For their sake, and for the sake of their families. Please. We beg of you. Stop the war.
(Front-paged by Anglico)