I recently viewed a show on which your book, “A Simple Government,” was offered. You spoke on the show of looking to responses to the work to determine your candidacy, and that if people wanted to know what you stood for they should read the book. Having received the book, a signed and numbered copy no less in a beautiful box, I have read it in its entirety today. I was a supporter of yours in the last election, and therefore looked forward to learning more about your views as a potential candidate in the upcoming contest. After reading the book, I still encourage your candidacy but would hope that your aversion to nuance become somewhat dampened – how’s that for nuance. My sense was that you wanted feedback and looked to that for your decision. In that light, I offer the following.
I completely agree with your focus on the family in the beginning chapter of the book. I have said or often thought, show me changes in the collective character of a nation and I will show you changes in that nation’s strength. This character building begins, and is molded by, the family. We must strengthen this critical building block of our democracy and enable it to inculcate in our future generations the virtues required for a democracy to survive and thrive. This theme is not only valuable to our future but also, I am convinced, resonates with a large portion of our polity.
I also agree and wholeheartedly endorse reserving to the
states those powers not specifically granted to the federal government. In other words, I wholeheartedly endorse our
constitution, and believe that we have strayed from its foundational
principles. This, however, is where
nuance is not a four plus 2 letter word.
You, as I, grew up in a racially divided south. I still remember the colored water coolers,
the separate facilities, as well as the race riots, and I have seen the ugliness
which can ensue when localities refuse to uphold individual rights. Again as I have said, because we,
collectively, did not uphold the right, we lost our authority to define the
good. In innumerable instances, as you
have so rightly pointed out, the federal government is in a poor to impossible
position to define the good for a local community. Unfortunately, in many cases, our local
communities and states have failed to protect individual universal rights and,
therefore, lost their moral and political authority to uphold or even define the
good. There remain countless bigots waiting
in the wings for someone to give excuse to their ideologies of hate and special
privilege. Should you disagree, I know a
barber shop in
Your stance on the national debt is, in my opinion, dead on
in terms of the necessity for reducing it.
The key question is how. If you
can run on and convince
Here is my most serious concern – the war on terrorism. I, like you, am an ardent supporter of having
a robust national capability for prosecuting this endeavor. Now listen to this – the reason I voted to
get rid of President Bush was because I believed he had gone too far! The AUMF had given the executive cart blanche. Water
boarding is torture, and I have very few doubts that if
Lastly I would advise that you consider that an
international approach which does not rely on US hegemony and power alone, but
rather relies on cooperation with allies, is both efficient and wise. We cannot afford to police the world alone! We must rely on cooperation with our
allies. We must have allies. Our current now three front war effort cannot
be sustained alone. I am not a Democrat,
but I laud the current administration’s recent endeavors to obtain
international support for operations in
Generally, Mike, your book left me feeling like I’d been listening to FOX – a one sided conversation. It left me concerned that your administration would be similar. FOX news is more propaganda than news, as is CNN. I found it interesting that you did not note something about the lack of unbiased information availability in our democracy. That is alarming, as is the recent effort to get rid of NPR, the last non-corporate owned, unbiased news source we Americans still have.
I am still inclined to support you. I wait your, or your staff’s, response to decide whether I still should.
Mr. Nuance (USMS-ret)