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When I read Kim Powell's lengthy tirade in your paper, I felt compelled to reply.
I'm a conservative Christian businessman who has attended several tea party functions and have found them to be quite informative.
Kim, you mentioned God and your Christian beliefs and you said there is nothing Christian about hating others. You made that statement after calling anyone who disagrees with you an extreme, right wing, uneducated, undereducated, hate-mongering, bigoted wacko! Excuse me! Where is the love in that?
I agree with you that Bush made some serious mistakes as President, but your description of his eight years shows you are a master of the fine art of hyperbole. If you are tired of media which leans to the right, stop watching Fox News. They are the only ones leaning right. All others are steeped in far left dogma.
Kim, what I find most offensive is your label of those who oppose Obama's radical left wing agenda as hate mongering bigots. It seems when one is either unwilling or unable to articulate a rational argument to debate important issues, the race card is pulled from the bottom of the deck. I refuse to remain silent about my beliefs and values formed over a lifetime of searching for truth about God and my country. Are you saying I don't have the right to disagree with someone because of the color of their skin? That is not the America I believe in.
You state there is nothing Christian about people being allowed to go hungry, but the truth is that one of our country's greatest health concerns is obesity of our children and adults. I agree with your comment, "Jesus tells us to take care of the least among us." But then you finally had a royal Liberal Freudian slip when you said, "not give to the rich and hope they will."
You liberals believe everything belongs to the government not to private citizens and by not taking all of the money from the rich you are giving them money when in fact it was their money to begin with not the governments to give.
Our country was not founded on the premise of people created to serve the government, but government created to serve the people.
Kim, allow me to share with you a secret of how to get more money out of the rich. Lower their tax rate. Yes, you heard me. Lower their tax rates and those crazy fools will work 24 hours a day 7 days a week expanding their business, investing, hiring more workers – just to make more money!
Here comes the really funny part. The rich will make so much more money they will actually pay MORE in taxes. I can't believe the rich fall for this. They are so stupid. In fact the top five percent of earners pay about 95 percent of the taxes collected. Suckers!
Kim, if you raise their rates they will be at the golf course and the two of us will have to pay more to make up the difference. We all want someone else to pay for our government-sponsored party. The new American way.
Kim, the truth is that in every survey those that classify themselves as conservative outgive those who say they follow a liberal theme and by a large margin.
Conservatives give more to charity than liberals? How can this be? Liberals are very generous with other people's money, but not their own. When liberals give to the poor through government programs they create a cycle of dependency which enslaves generations of families.
Jesus had very strong words against the hypocrites of His time. Liberals claim to love the poor but they exploit them by keeping them in poverty so they will vote to keep the liberals in power. Liberals have taken hypocrisy to a new level. The almighty God of government is a false God.
Our founding fathers knew this and created limits to this monster. Limits that are being trampled by thinking that government is the solution when in fact it is the problem!
Finally, Kim, I have one final challenge for you.
I invite you to come to our next tea party meeting, Thursday, Sept. 2, at Canadian Valley Vo-Tech at 7 p.m. I believe you will find people who love their country just as you do and are concerned about irresponsible spending and growth in government that will enslave future generations with a debt that cannot be repaid.
If we are unwilling to stop this, who will? And, if not now, then when? I am so confident that you will be heard and you will be treated with respect that I make this promise.
After the meeting, if you can look me in the eyes and tell me you were not treated fairly, I will give you a personal check made out to your favorite charity in the amount of $500. If we are the wackos you describe in your letter this should be an easy $500 for your cause; however, I believe my money is safe.
Come to the meeting and we will discuss important issues in a rational and civilized manner. I invite all who want to witness democracy in action to be there.