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by FiveBoxes Staff | 2009-08-13 8:07 

TO: President Barack Obama & Staff
Vice President Biden & Staff
All Cabinet members & Staff
All Members of the House of Representatives & Staff
All Members of the Senate & Staff
The Governors of all 50 States & Staff
All Members of all State legislatures & Staff
All Members of all City & Township legislatures & Staff

I am writing this to tell you that I am not sorry.

I am not sorry that I’m white. I didn’t choose to be white, therefore I’m not sorry with how God made me. I’m not sorry that other people aren’t white, nor am I sorry that I’m not more “ethnic.” I’m an American. To me, that’s all that matters, not where my grandparents or great-great-great-grandparents came from. My roots, while I’m proud of them, do not make me different. They don’t make me better — or worse — than anyone else, nor do their roots make them better — or worse — than me. To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, isn’t it more important to judge a man by his character than the color of his skin?

I am not sorry that my grandparents didn’t own slaves. I’m not sorry that my grandfather didn’t get a handout from the government when he immigrated here in the early 1900’s, speaking no English and virtually penniless. I’m not sorry that he worked menial jobs, I’m not sorry that he stood in line and became a citizen the right way, and I’m not sorry that he worked and scrimped and saved, bought a house, retired with a pension, and never once had a government bailout or handout.

I am not sorry that I’m a man. I didn’t choose to be a man, therefore I’m not sorry with how God made me. While I’m fine that women should be allowed to work and vote and have all the same rights as a man, just being a woman does not afford them special privileges or special rights.

I am not sorry that I believe in God. I am not sorry that I go to Church on Sundays and I am definitely not sorry that I cling to my religion. I am not sorry that I try to live my life as a good Christian, and try to make decisions based on my faith. (Notice I said “try”… I realize I’m not perfect. No one is. Don’t criticize me for every little detail, as I will forever be a work-in-progress.) I am sorry that other people aren’t as religious as I, but I’m not going to shove my religion down someone else’s throat. God did give us free will after all.

I am not sorry that I am heterosexual. I’m not sorry that other people are gay. I’m not sorry that I don’t agree with them, and I’m not sorry that they don’t agree with me. Don’t call me a “homophobe”, because I’m not afraid of gay people. Don’t say I “hate” gay people because I do not hate someone just because I disagree with them. Don’t call me a “bigot” because my opinion on homosexuality comes from my faith, and by calling me a bigot you are insulting my religion. I’m not sorry that I feel the way that I do, and I’m not sorry that they feel the way they do. I’m fine to simply agree to disagree and get on with our lives. You cannot pass laws to force me to like someone or approve of them.

I am not sorry that I’m married. I’m not sorry that gay couples are, for the most part, prevented from getting married by the laws and voters of this country. I am not sorry that I want the definition of marriage — which has stood unchanged since before the days of Moses — to remain the way it has been for all of recorded history. There are civil issues that need to be addressed for the gay community, but again: you cannot pass laws that force me to like someone or approve of them. And I’m not sorry that I don’t approve of gay marriage.

I am not sorry that I’m successful. I’m not sorry that I have worked my butt off since I was 15 to be where I am today. I am not sorry that at one point in my life I had to sell tapes and CDs and plasma and lived on Ramen noodles, and I am not sorry that I never asked you for help. I am not sorry that I now have money in a savings account, I’m not sorry that I have nice things, and I’m not sorry that other people have more money and nicer things than I do. I’m also not sorry that there are other people who don’t have what I have. They have the same opportunities as I do to work, to save, and to be successful.

I am not sorry that I never believed in global warming. I am not sorry that I think that giant thermonuclear furnace called the sun has more to do with the temperatures on the planets and moons in our solar system than a gas that is made by bacteria eating the decomposing banana peels in my compost pile. I am not sorry that I don’t believe that the debate is over, nor am I sorry that I don’t think Al Gore knows what he’s talking about. I am not sorry that I don’t carpool, I am not sorry that I don’t drive a hybrid, and I am not sorry that I don’t take public transportation. I’m also not sorry that I think petroleum has so rapidly advanced the human race over the past 100 years, that I say a silent prayer of thanks every time I fill up my tank.

I am not sorry that I have guns. I am not sorry I know how to use guns. I am not sorry that I carry a gun on my person everywhere I’m legally allowed, and God forbid I ever have to use it to defend the life of myself or my loved ones, I will not be sorry. I am not sorry that you think I cling to my guns, because guns are a measure of freedom, and I certainly am clinging to that. I am not sorry for the 2nd Amendment. I am not sorry that I know that it was written to guarantee an individual right to keep and bear arms, and I am not sorry that it was written because the Founders were rightly afraid that a disarmed citizenry would only lead to tyranny.

I’m not sorry that I prefer to choose where I donate my money. I am not sorry that I don’t trust you to spend my money wisely. I am not sorry that I believe you will waste 90ยข of every tax dollar on useless self-serving drivel. I am not sorry that I have given money directly to people in need and never gotten a charitable contribution write-off on my taxes. I am not sorry that because of my actions, those people didn’t have to turn to you for help. I am not sorry that my charitable actions have created a lifelong bond which can never be created by a check written by some faceless government entity.

I am not sorry that I served my country. I am not sorry that I strapped on a pair of boots and was prepared to fight and to die in the name of Freedom and Liberty. I am not sorry that I served in peacetime, and I am not sorry that others who came after me went to war. While I weep for those lost in the Global War on Terror and I pray for their families left behind, I am not sorry for the cause they died fighting for, for it was the noblest of causes.

I am not sorry that I believe that parents know better how to raise their children than you do. I am not sorry that I believe that a child needs a spanking from time to time, and I am not sorry that I do not believe that it is child abuse. I am not sorry that I do not trust your schools to educate my children. I am not sorry that I believe that parents should have the right to send their kids to whatever school they choose, even if that means home schooling. I am not sorry that I think the public education system is to blame for many of the problems in this country — including the current financial crisis — and I am not sorry that I won’t be sending my children to be taught to the lowest common denominator.

I am not sorry that my mom’s career was being a full-time mother, and a damn good one. I am not sorry that she gave me a smack when I deserved it, no matter how old I was. I am not sorry that she darned the holes in my socks, and I am not sorry that sometimes I wore clothes that she made for me. I am not sorry that she took me to church, I am not sorry that she bought me every book and magazine I wanted to read, and I am not sorry that she instilled in me the morals and values that I have to this day.

I am not sorry that there are three Walmarts within 15 minutes of my house, and I am not sorry that I rarely choose to shop there. I am not sorry that people are always looking to make a buck, and I am not sorry that some people are better at it than others, so long as no laws are broken. I am not sorry for someone who invents a great new widget and makes a fortune from it, and I am not sorry for someone who invents a great new widget and then runs their business into the ground because of mistakes.

But most of all, I am not sorry for being an American. I am not sorry that the United States is the richest country in the world, where our poor live better than the upper middle class in other countries. I am not sorry that the United States has the best healthcare system in the world, where people from all over the world come to get treated. I am not sorry that the United States has the strongest military in the world, who is called upon to help the helpless and defend the defenseless. I am not sorry that despite your meddling, the United States still has more freedom than any other nation.

So no, I am not sorry that I do not trust you. I am not sorry that I believe that slowly, by million of little cuts and thousands of pages of senseless legislation, you are all bleeding us of our liberties and our freedoms. I am not sorry that we as a nation have made mistakes, because we as a nation have learned from those mistakes. And despite what you spout from your ivory towers, I am not sorry for the dozens of things you jet around the world and apologize for in my name.

Because I am an American.

And for that, I am not sorry.

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Comments (6)

6 Responses to “An Open Letter To All Government Officials: I Am Not Sorry”

  1. DianaS Says:

    VERY well written, keep it up. Diana

  2. EagleClaw Says:

    Excellent article my friend. +1,000 on all your points.

  3. PepatT Says:

    I am not sorry that I agree with your letter.
    Well done my friend. Your name is now on a list somewhere in DC!

  4. Dennis Says:

    I am not sorry you wrote this. I am sorry you are narrow minded and cannot think beyond your own needs. Yes, it is human, it is part of the evolution process (whether YOU believe it or not) to think of oneself above all others. I am not sorry you feel this way.
    I am sorry you feel the need to say all these things, because that means, for some reason, you feel you are better than those that ARE sorry.
    I am not disputing what has been said. Other than the Religion and the mom being a fulltime parent, we are very similar in history. I am sorry that America, the country I have fought for, and watched friends die to protect, has fallen into this quagmire of pointing fingers and not holding the parties responsible accountable for the mess they have created over the last 8 years. The current Administration did not create these wars, nor these crises. They are mearly trying to keep a cap on them, as they have exploded beyond belief.
    I am sorry that America is no longer able to hold its head up and say “We ARE the Example” because we, America, have Tortured the innocent, started wars for false reasons, and have brought DEATH to other countries that WE deemed to be ‘evil’.
    These issues need to be corrected.
    Other than write this diatribe, what are you doing to HELP? Other than Not being ‘sorry’?

  5. Stones Says:

    Most racist bigots aren’t apologetic about it! Neither are you, I see.

  6. Thompson Says:

    Allow me to translate. Dennis says, in more plentiful and watery words:

    “I am a single minded moron, brainwashed by Democrats. I cannot see past my belief that the Bush Administration did things I don’t like. Therefore, every other problem in the world at this time must have derived from that Administrations “Mistakes” and is of less consequence. Until such a time as Bush somehow pays for his crimes I will hold to this argument and be ever unsatisfied.”