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It Occurs to Me

Open Letter to President Bush
By Michelle Anderson
Jan 7, 2004 - 5:30:00 PM

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Dear President Bush,

I hope you don't think I'm silly when I say that I have agonized over this decision. It quite likely does not matter to you, but it matters deeply to me. I cannot, in good conscience, vote for you this year.

While I am thrilled to have a Christian President in office, and I trust your intentions, I can no longer trust your judgement.

While I applaud your concern for our children, your No Child Left Behind program enlarges government even further by enlarging the Department of Education.

As if that weren't enough, today's proposal is the last straw.

You've done a great job with the war on terrorism, though your not closing our borders has left a gaping hole in our national security for quite some time. The near lack of enforcement of INS policies is appalling, both from a national security standpoint and an economy standpoint. And your newest stance, to reward those illegal aliens who successfully broke our laws, is just intolerable.

I am a second generation American. My grandparents came to this country from Mexico legally. They studied hard, took the test, and renounced their Mexican citizenship in order to become citizens. This policy cheapens their obedience to the law of this country, their sacrifice, and their hard work.

While countless would-be immigrants line up to participate in a lottery for one of the 50,000 green cards, you are now proposing that millions of those who "successfully" broke the immigration laws of this country may be rewarded for that success.

Allowing people who entered this country illegally should not be tolerated any more than breaking into someone's house should be tolerated.

I cannot support a candidate who stands for bigger government.

I cannot support a candidate who does not understand that the needs of our school children are better understood at the state level.

And I most certainly cannot support a candidate who rewards illegal behavior.

For these reasons, I cannot, in good conscience, vote for you this upcoming election.


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