Daily Letters

A selection of letters received.


July 16, 2004

You are too good for that

Dear George:

Let me begin by noting that generally I am a conservative and tend to vote that way. Although as a true conservative I cannot blindly vote republican if it does not support true conservative values.

Recently I received a phone call from some branch of your office inviting me to attend some sort of meeting in Washington where at I could exert some sort of influence on policy making as a small business owner. The gentleman speaking to me on the phone waxed on about several issues including what strategy and or tack was the best to take in the up coming campaign. I suggested taking the high road and keeping it clean. He agreed. He then went on to say that it was of the utmost importance to you and your administration to pass an amendment that would limit marriage to hetero couples denying gays the same rights.

At that point I ask him to hold on and explained to him that he was speaking to a gay man in a monogamous relationship for the past eight years and that on that issue he had lost me. He then thanked me for my time and hung up, leaving me with the impression that there was no room for debate and that my vote was not important.

Wrong! My vote is important! And so is every other freedom loving Gay American. I urge you to rethink this ill begotten plan for your sake and the sake of our wonderful freedom loving country. It is never too late to stand up for what is right and decent. Do not allow yourself to bend to the hateful religious right, leave that kind of behavior to the terrorists. You are too good for that.


Age 52
Maui, Hawaii


You never failed to disappoint me

Dear George:

I just wanted to thank you for providing me with the impetus to finally change my voter registration from Republican to independent. The last time I voted Republican was 1980, but I stayed a registered Republican because I always held out hope that the moderate element of the party would predominate over the religious fundamentalist conservative wing, especially after Clinton was elected president. I guess I should mention that I'm a gay New York attorney.

Then you became president under the most dubious of circumstances, and you ruled as if you had a mandate from the voters. You never failed to disappoint me.

Then 9/11 happened, and I was willing to give you a chance to act as a leader. And initially you did, when you attacked Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Then you pushed for and got the Patriot Act, one of the most extreme encroachments upon our civil liberties.

Then you pushed for and got a war in Iraq, which had nothing to do with the war against terrorism, while Al-Qaeda seems to move about pretty freely between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

But the icing on the cake was your unabashed support for the Federal Marriage Amendment, not only attempting to usurp the states' authority in this area of law, but attempting to codify discrimination into the U.S. Constitution. I'll have to tell my boyfriend to cross you off the guest list for our wedding next year.

Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you for getting me off my butt and changing my voter registration to independent. I don't know what took me so long. Even my dad, who was a life-long Republican, changed to independent at least two years before I did.

Oh, did I mention that you're not getting my vote?

Age 42
Levittown, NY


May America repent of its sins

Dear Mr. President:

Thank you so much for your stand for the marriage amendment, and for your stance against abortion. Even though these stances may not seem to be popular, you are not afraid to stand up for what is truly right. AT one time I supported pro-choice, until a friend of mine who cleaned up abortion remains described to me the severed tiny heads and severed limbs and torsos of the torn up babies. In tears and grief I vowed I would never support abortion again for any reason. It is truly murder of the most helpless of human beings. Let no one berate you for the casualties of people in this war while they support abortion. Over 235 Million babies have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade.

I believe that God has staved off judgment of America for the sins of injustice, racism, abortion, sexual immorality, greed and unbelief in God, because you and others are standing up for His principles, which should be taken very seriously and obeyed. I believe His judgment is just around the corner. You are a true leader, and I pray that you will continue to obey God rather than men. Many respect you highly, and we are silently praying for you.

Please continue to seek God's will in this very trying of times. God bless you and continue to use you. Do not get discouraged by your critics. Bless those that curse you, as Jesus taught. God says vengeance is His, He will repay.

May America repent of its sins, so that God will be able to continue to bless this great country that He loves, but that is poised for judgment by Him, because of its sinful practices. Please continue to lead in the fear of God. We need such a leader as this. God bless you and Continue to use you as a leader that the world can look up to.

Age 49
Honolulu, HI


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