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An Open Letter to the Speaker of the House...
November 10, 2005
The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert
Speaker of the House
235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Speaker Hastert,
I am a fellow Illinois resident, although not one of your constituents. I have, since I could first vote in 1980, voted for GOP congressional candidates each and every time that the opportunity has presented itself. I presently reside in Congressman Weller’s district, and have voted for him since I moved into his district in 1999. I now find myself questioning those votes.
As you know, our national security depends on the availability of crude oil. At this time we are woefully dependent on imported oil, even though substantial amounts of crude oil exist right here in the United States, including, but not limited to, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). However, it has been reported in yesterday’s news that the leadership in the House has abandoned the effort to open up 0.1% of ANWR to oil drilling, caving in to the pressures of a minority in the Congress.
This is simply unacceptable. Our national security is on the line, sir. The demand for oil is escalating rapidly around the world, and we are being left high and dry by those we elected, like you, sir. Radical environmental activists ought not to be allowed to dictate our actions at the expense of our national security. There is no actual environmental impact from drilling in ANWR. There is no actual environmental impact in allowing the states to authorize drilling off their coastlines.
Sir, had I wished to be beholden to the radical Left, I would not have voted for you, or for the GOP candidates that have stood for the Senate, or for our President. Our President understands this issue and has strongly supported this drilling. Yet you and every other congressperson that left us high and dry have also left our President high and dry. You and every other congressperson who did not fight for this issue to the very end has left every single person who voted you into power high and dry. You have won a majority, sir, yet you are allowing the losers of the last five congressional elections to dictate the policy of the United States of America. We believe in the rights of the political minority, not the rule of the political minority.
Right now, extreme leftists are crowing about yet another victory over the will of the people. And you enabled this victory. The actions of the Congressional leadership are convincing us that there is no detectable difference between Republican control and Democratic control. If you continue down this foolish path, we’ll not vote for you at all. You will not be re-elected.
One prominent Conservative personality referred to our objections to the former Supreme Court nominee as a “crackdown” and not a “crackup.” We foolishly gave you our allegiance back, when the only person who deserved it was our President.
Unless you and the leadership immediately bring the ANWR drilling issue, and every other issue that got you elected (Social Security reform, for example) up to a passing vote, we will refrain from voting for you. After all, if you choose act like extreme leftists, we will treat you like extreme leftists.
A similar letter has been sent to Congressman Weller and rest of the leadership. It has also been posted on my web magazine for all to read.
John F. Tamburo