Ted’s essays

rare letters to legislators

I found myself in the unfortunate position of having to screw up my courage just to be a messenger. Some of you look at my web-posting history and think I passed that threshold years ago. Yeah, probably. But this morning it seemed I crossed another.

I sent e-mails one at a time to each of the committee members and to “my representatives” even though it is against my morals to beg politicians to do the right thing. I guess I found the middle ground with the messages I sent to members of the committee considering the current abomination.

To the PRO- Health Care Exchange:

You are at one of those rare pivotal moments in history.

Hundreds of your neighbors will remember your vote on the health care exchange.

You will not be able to fall back on ignorance as an excuse. Plenty of information is quite publicly coming your way.

Open campaign finance laws expose unattractive incentives for your exchange votes.

In your political circle of friends, it may appear that it takes courage to resist the exchange.

Look around your neighborhood and community.

Do you think you have the courage to face them when they figure out what you did?

When they figure out your role in destroying lives, what will they do?

Don’t blame me. Don’t think I’m responsible. I am only the messenger.

I am only reporting a future that is easy to see for anyone looking with eyes wide open.

I signed it with my name, phone number, e-mail address and website links.

To those reported as against it:

I commend your public stance against the health care exchange.

What appears to take political courage today will land you on the right side of history and the people tomorrow.

Standing up for liberty now will be remembered by your neighbors when today’s lifestyles are history.

Thank you for being on the right side of this argument.

I signed it with my name, phone number, e-mail address and website links.

Sadly, almost all I sent were the first letter. It seems quite clear that the vast majority of our ruling elite are on the wrong side of today’s political battle, indicating quite clearly that they will be on the wrong side of the great, violent conflict that will soon follow.

Again, to you professional watchers out there: Don’t shoot me, I’m only the messenger, oracle, soothsayer, reporter or whatever name you want to give my role. Those who were looted, raped and pillaged by today’s crop of high-rollers will do what they will with or without me.

The political and cultural future for today’s ‘important people’ will all be self-inflicted.