Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Letter to President Barack Obama

Dear Mr. President, 

I am writing to congratulate you and your party on your victory.  The American people have given you both the privilege and responsibility of another 4 years as our Commander in Chief.  This letter comes to you with the promise of my prayers – both for you and for our Nation.  I am a Republican.  I have never voted for a Democratic Presidential candidate, and I did not vote for you.  The fact, however, that my party did not win the Presidential race shall not discourage me from working and serving my fellow citizens – seeking their good and the good of my community.  If anything, it impresses upon my heart to be even more active, Lord willing, in promoting those things which I believe will lead to greater freedom and prosperity in our land. 

Mr. President, I am a conservative Christian, a husband and the father of 4 children whom I love.  I am a pharmacist.  My wife is a stay-at-home mom who homeschools our younger two.  We are actively involved in our local church.    I am not, I suppose, the type of voter your party is very fond of.  However, I am writing today to share with you the things which you could do to secure from even a voter such as myself, an acknowledgment of respect and support for your efforts.  These are the things I will be watching.  These are the issues, from my perspective, most deeply affecting our Nation and her prosperity and blessing.  Progress in these areas will turn our country around for good, and lead us away from the moral, spiritual and economic collapse that seems otherwise unavoidable.

1.      Please labor to make Abortion less frequent.  If you cannot support making abortion illegal, at least make every effort to reduce its frequency.  Do this, Mr. President, not simply by making contraceptives more accessible.  This has not helped.  We need more self-control not more birth control.  Reduce the frequency of abortion by promoting the importance of Godly families in our nation.  Do this especially, and boldly, amongst those with whom abortion is most frequent.  Promote adoption options as an alternative to abortion.  We must find a way to offer kind assistance to those who have made poor choices, while at the same time not applauding or encouraging those sorts of choices.  I pray that the deafening silence of the murdered unborn would ring every day in your ears.  Let us not be silent in our response.  Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all those who are appointed to die (Job 31:8).”

2.      Please labor to reduce our National Debt.  We must begin to make significant efforts to pay back what we owe, and slow down the spending of money we do not have.  There is no way to accomplish this without a radical change in the way we currently operate.  Federal government programs not essential to the safety of our nation must be dramatically reduced.  When government employees earn perks and benefits that the private sector can hardly ever afford to give, we are asking for problems.  When public schools feel the need to build virtual cathedrals rather than simple classrooms - things are out of control.  We need to change.  Every individual citizen of our nation must contribute financially to this challenge – either through a decrease in government support or a contribution to our government’s debt problem.  No one segment of our country can single-handedly fix this situation.  It is endemic.  If our tax code unethically allows the wealthy to pay a lower effective tax than the middle class, then it needs to be fixed.  But we also need to ensure that every American is contributing financially to our future.  The issue is not primarily how much they can contribute.  We must all do something.  The American people will not willingly tighten their belts only to have the government loosen its own.  Romney’s comment about the 47% may have hurt him.  But the fact is that if we don’t all have our skin in the game, then many will simply not care what happens.  This is not the pathway to greatness.  The steep slope of mounting debt is the fastest route into slavery as a nation.   “The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives (Psalm 37:21).” 

3)  Please labor to reduce the culture of government dependency.  Work to encourage principles and policies and values that will move people toward independence.  As a parent my goal is to raise children who began by being entirely dependent upon me and end up as adults who stand on their own.  The same is true for a nation.  While offering real help to those who cannot work, we must not encourage those who simply will not work.  As someone who has worked with the public for most of his life, I am sad to inform you that the mindset of dependency is rampant.  Government handouts are expected.  Those working 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet are often doing much worse financially than the person who sits home and does nothing.  Is this right?  These things ought not to be.  “If a man does not work, neither should he eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10).”  Help our nation get working again by making it easier for businesses to start up and hire people.  Create strong incentives for U.S. companies and U.S. jobs.  Promote industries that will reduce our energy-dependence on other nations, while providing honest work to citizens of our own country. 

Mr. President – I commend you to the Lord with the promise of my prayers.  I pray that you will have the courage to do what is right, and not necessarily the thing that makes you popular.  Remember, “…the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  May such wisdom be yours, and may you remember that to whom much is given, much will be required.  We, the citizens of this country, will be watching from below, but the Lord will be watching from above.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

Jason Poquette

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