What is Washboard Express?

Washboard Express is a way for me to express my own opinions, to be a provocative gadfly, by writing a "letter a day" to the President. I may miss a day here and there, because sometimes my family with be my first priority, but my goal is to write a total of 365 letters, representing one full year. To say I have opinions about most things would be to understate the obvious. Those of you that know me, know this is true, those who don't know me, will learn that it's true. The Washboard is a reference to going back to basics and "keeping it clean," so if you would like me to post your comments or opinions on this blog, I only ask that you be respectful. So go ahead, express yourself, and I look forward to an exchange of ideas and opinions.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Day 26... Dear Mr. President...America's glory is not 'dominion' but Liberty.

Day 26
Dear Mr. President,

Yesterday I talked about bringing the 46,000 American soldiers home from Iraq. Today I want to talk about the 94,000 American soldiers in Afghanistan, and urge you to bring them home also.

On this Monday when we honor those who have fought and lost their lives in all wars beginning with the Civil War, let those lives stand for the principles that we should all consider before we send our men and women to a foreign country. John Quincy Adams explained those principles best over 190 years ago. In an address to Congress, then Secretary of State, Adams said that:

"[America's] glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is, Freedom, Independence, Peace."

“America’s” Freedom, Independence and Peace, not Iran’s, Iraq’s, Afghanistan’s, Libya’s, or any other ‘foreign country,’ but our country. Our Government cannot invade another country and fight for the principles that we hold… those countries and their people have to decide that for themselves. What American should be doing is providing a role model for Democracy, not imposing it upon people that need to determine their own destiny.
America’s glory is ‘not dominion’… we cannot remain in foreign countries where we are not welcome and where we have not been invited. The “people” of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya… don’t want us there, they want to fight for their own freedom’s through their own self determination for independence. Give them the chance to fight their own battle for freedom by bringing out men and women home.
We can use help with so many domestic problems where our military can actually ‘serve’ this country. We still have not rebuilt cities and towns destroyed by hurricane Katrina, and now we have areas devastated by floods and deadly tornados.
Let’s spend the money we are ‘wasting’ in endless wars, on America and Americans. Isn’t that what John Quincy Adams would have wanted? Isn’t it time to put down our arms (weapons), and open arms by protecting and serving our countrymen and women in this country?
It’s time Mr. President… Bring the troops home, and let America once again stand for Freedom, Independence, but most of all… PEACE.
Most Respectfully,

Marcia Reimers
The Gadfly Granny

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