As a caregiver for my 85-year old father, I feel a bit compelled to challenge, you, Mr. President, to switch places with me for one week before you make one more decision that will affect this country.
Because 'the old US of A' is no place to grow old in and…
Medicare is pulling back tremendously.
Ha! You say, ‘Let’s go to universal medicine’ because…
Give me a break, Mr. President, will you please!
(Ahum, sorry… sometimes I tend to get a little worked up, y’know…)
Apparently my dad, who’s left with only 20% of his heart can’t get a prescription for oxygen without a lot of bureaucracy [still no oxygen yet he’s been rushed to the hospital four times in two weeks) and,
he’s had diarrhea for the past 4 months but Medicare will not cover the runs…
Did I tell you, Sir, that my dad served in WWII for 6 years in the United States Navy for you, Sir?
Did I mention that he also was a NY police officer for over 30 years?
And the funny thing, Mr. President…
My dad’s crime, Sir?
He’s worked hard all of his life and now, in the winter of his life, is not allowed to grow old with dignity.
Ain’t that a hoot, Sir?
Well, with all due respect, I am convinced you just have no clue what 'the average joe’s' going through…
so, my challenge to you, Sir?
Switch places with me for one week!
(Betcha can’t do it… LOL)
I gotta tell you, Sir, that I’m mighty upset with you, you know. How dare you to think you know what’s best for the people who have helped create the land you live so freely in!
My husband and I are tired, Sir, very tired.
Oh, before I forget, did I tell you, Sir, that my husband, who’s successfully been in business for over thirty-five years lost his business,
in which case we lost our wonderful home,
and now we’re renting?
Another hoot, huh?
Mmmm…. let’s go over this, Sir: the house we put $80K down in cash was lost because…
what did your guy Biden say?
‘You guys misjudged the economy’ yet…
you’re just dying to go after another stimulus, aren’t you, Sir…
but you know what? We’re [hubby and me] are not beaten and we are striving to re-build our lives without government intervention because…
well, I know this is no longer the American way, Sir, but you really wanna know why?
Are you sitting down, Sir?
Okay, here goes: because we are not afraid to fail and are smart enough to rebuild our own lives with our own God-given talents (and hard work) so we have something for to hand down to our children but…
your screwing up our children’s future!
Oh, my but you’re all upside down, Sir, now, aren’t you…
Check it out: this is what I believe in, Mr. President,
I strongly believe that, as Americans, we need to look to God and draw on our own strengths; not Washington's.
[Btw: what the heck was that “change” crap in your campaign anyway? I certainly didn’t buy into that one, but a lot of people surely did…]
Now what's disturbing to me, Sir, is that you, along with many in our government, totally disregard what ‘we the people’ want. It's disturbing to me that Washington’s arrogance is ignoring us and taking huge strides toward socialism. (by the way, Mr. President, how is Nancy and Harry doing these days…)
As an optimist, I have to tell you, Sir, that I believe there are still Americans within our great nation who believe in the way things are supposed to be. I have to believe that there are still those of us who choose not to be "the common man".
Ooops, if you’ll excuse me, Sir, my dad had yet another accident in his pants. I’ll need some time, so why don’t you grab your I-Pod for awhile… diarrhea is not easy to clean on an adult but…
we’re switching roles for a week, right?
Okay, Sir, thanks, I’m back… now, where was I…
Oh, yeah, Mr. President, so in conclusion, I’m thinking of the piece, "An American Creed", which was written by 1Dean Alfange and published in The Readers Digest October 1952 and January 1954.
Here goes, ‘ya ready?
An American Creed
I Do Not Choose to Be a Common Man
It is my right to be uncommon if I can.
I seek opportunity not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.
I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout.
I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid;
to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, This I have done.
Great piece, Sir, huh?
Now, if I may, let me make one suggestion, Sir. Should you decide to take me up on my challenge, (to trade places for one week, remember?) I propose you hand America back to her people (you know – those who really love this nation and know what she stands for) and let America heal as she should…
and, for heaven’s sake, you gotta stop with the apologies, okay – that’s really been getting on my nerves!
Oh, sorry, but there’s one more thing. This abortion thing? Not good – nope – you gotta scratch that one out and stop getting in God’s way – life and death is His thing, Sir, not yours or…
anyone else’s. Oh, yeah, I am a Christian… that’s still okay, isn’t it… not that it matters…
Okay, I think I’ve covered enough for now, so…
we got a deal, Sir?
1The Honorable Dean Alfange was an American statesman born December 2, 1899, in Constantinople (now Istanbul). He was raised in upstate New York. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I and attended Hamilton College, graduating in the class of 1922.
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