Posted by: Dan | September 17, 2008

Letter to Our Conservative Brothers and Sisters

A re-post of mine: I didn’t write it, but it seems rather timely, considering the upcoming Presidential elections.

Dear Conservatives,

I, and my fellow signatories, hereby make these promises to you:

1. We will always respect you for your conservative beliefs. We will never, ever, call you “unpatriotic” simply because you disagree with us. In fact, we encourage you to dissent and disagree with us.

2. We will let you marry whomever you want, even when some of us consider your behavior to be “different” or “immoral.” Who you marry is none of our business. Love and be in love — it’s a wonderful gift.

3. We will not spend your grandchildren’s money on our personal whims or to enrich our friends. It’s your checkbook, too, and we will balance it for you.

4. When we soon bring our sons and daughters home from Iraq, we will bring your sons and daughters home, too. They deserve to live. We promise never to send your kids off to war based on either a mistake or a lie.

5. When we make America the last Western democracy to have universal health coverage, and all Americans are able to get help when they fall ill, we promise that you, too, will be able to see a doctor, regardless of your ability to pay. And when stem cell research delivers treatments and cures for diseases that affect you and your loved ones, we’ll make sure those advances are available to you and your family, too.

6. Even though you have opposed environmental regulation, when we clean up our air and water, we, the Democratic [leadership], will let you, too, breathe the cleaner air and drink the purer water.

7. Should a mass murderer ever kill 3,000 people on our soil, we will devote every single resource to tracking him down and bringing him to justice. Immediately. We will protect you.

8. We will never stick our nose in your bedroom or your womb. What you do there as consenting adults is your business. We will continue to count your age from the moment you were born, not the moment you were conceived.

9. We will not take away your hunting guns. If you need an automatic weapon or a handgun to kill a bird or a deer, then you really aren’t much of a hunter and you should, perhaps, pick up another sport. We will make our streets and schools as free as we can from these weapons and we will protect your children just as we would protect ours.

10. When we raise the minimum wage, we will pay you — and your employees — that new wage, too. When women are finally paid what men make, we will pay conservative women that wage, too.

11. We will respect your religious beliefs, even when you don’t put those beliefs into practice. In fact, we will actively seek to promote your most radical religious beliefs (”Blessed are the poor,” “Blessed are the peacemakers,” “Love your enemies,” “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God,” and “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”). We will let people in other countries know that God doesn’t just bless America, he blesses everyone. We will discourage religious intolerance and fanaticism — starting with the fanaticism here at home, thus setting a good example for the rest of the world.

12. We will not tolerate politicians who are corrupt and who are bought and paid for by the rich. We will go after any elected leader who puts him or herself ahead of the people. And we promise you we will go after the corrupt politicians on our side FIRST. If we fail to do this, we need you to call us on it. Simply because we are in power does not give us the right to turn our heads the other way when our party goes astray. Please perform this important duty as the loyal opposition.

I promise all of the above to you because this is your country, too. You are every bit as American as we are. We are all in this together. We sink or swim as one. Thank you for your years of service to this country and for giving us the opportunity to see if we can make things a bit better for our 300 million fellow Americans — and for the rest of the world.



  1. Ah, I love the smell of irony in the morning.

    Fred (from Holland)

  2. Dan,

    I’m too pooped from addressing your many incisive comments … puff, puff … to do anything here except to say, “There you go again.”


  3. Oh, ps, one of my replies has to do with human migration. Apropos, wouldn’t you say!

  4. We will always respect you for your conservative beliefs.

    I’ll take a pass on that. I respect(abide) their right to hold such beliefs, but the fact that they do lessens my respect(approval) for them. Respect has too many definitions, and is therefore ambiguous.

  5. We will respect your religious beliefs…


  6. ivy privy

    I would point out that no definition of conservative views has been offered here so it’s very much in the “eyes of the beholder” and thus fairly meaningless.

    To respect nature and wild life is “conservative” in the most literal sense, and presumably you are not opposed to such views. Think what “conserve” means.

  7. Questions:
    What if we hunt with a handgun?
    Does this mean I can “marry” my 12 year old cousin, we “love” eachother.
    There are many women who make more money than I do.
    How will you discourage religious intolerance and fanaticism? Does that mean anyone who thinks your beliefs are wrong is a fanatic? Doesn’t that make you intolerant?
    How is it “their country too” if they weren’t born here and they came here illegally? By definition, your country is where you were born or have legal residency?
    It seems your “politics” and “morals” are a little lacking in logic and common sense.

  8. Answers:

    Do you really need to hunt with a handgun? Would you want to?

    Okay, clearly marrying a 12 year old cousin is out. Would you like me to qualify #2? Okay – incest and underage marriages are out. There you go. Anything else? Not that I can see…

    Gender issues and fair employment is something that we could spend a long time talking about. I think it fair to say though that, on average, there is a bit of inequity there. Same goes for race, etc. I believe in equal opportunity, although I recognize it’s sometimes not quite so simple.

    Good question on how to discourage intolerance and fanaticism. Personally, I think education is the key. But what happens when a large portion of Americans oppose their kids getting what is collectively referred to as a “good education”? Hmm…

    Your “their country too” question doesn’t make any sense. This letter was specifically addressed to conservative Americans, not to illegal aliens.


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