Dear Mom and Dad,
First of all, thank you for raising me to be an open-minded, independent thinker. I appreciate you reminding me to form my opinions not solely on what is fed to me at home or in school, but to formulate my ideas on the basis of personal research. It is for that reason that I am officially and respectfully separating myself from you in the realm of political ideals.
You both are baby-boomers, and were kids in the late 60’s, early 70’s. Peace, love, and marijuana was your generation’s mantra. The belief that it is possible for the world to unite in a gainful harmony and live happily together reigned in the hearts of many of your peers. Mom, you grew up hearing stories of Grandma fighting for the right to wear pants to school and work outside of the home, and you are a feminist yourself. You were so proud when Roe was victorious in ’73. Dad, the stories that your dad shared about the Vietnam War are still horrifying to this day, and you are anti-war to your core.
Now, in 2010, you and your former hippie contemporaries are in charge of the government. You are in both Houses of Congress, state and local legislatures, governorships, and even in the office of president of the United States. You are in the majority, you are liberal, and you are bankrupting our country.
When I was younger, I believed you when you said that it was the government’s responsibility to help the poor. In high school, I always took the democratic side in government class debates, and I remember saying things like, “Tax-cuts for the rich will never solve the poverty problem.” In college, I wrote a paper about America’s future if we don’t provide health care to everybody. Now I am an adult, working in the “real-world,” and I pay taxes. And I am learning what is happening to my tax dollars, and I am learning about the government’s deficit and how we are moving toward socialism, and frankly I am worried.
Dad, Mom, you have big hearts and want to help people, and so do I. I would love for a country without hunger, homelessness, and hurt. I think it is important to care for others, but taking money from some to give to the poor is not the answer. Taking money forcefully from the productive people of society to give freely to unproductive people creates a nation of people who think that they deserve to live without being productive themselves. By creating programs like welfare and with the looming possibility of free health care, we are in fact creating more poor people. If this happens long enough, there will be no people left who will work to create jobs. And there will be no more money to take from the ‘rich.’
So in closing, I have one small request. If you continue to vote for people set on creating programs to increase the public’s reliance on government and to decrease their productivity, there will probably be enough money to last for the rest of your lives, but not mine. So please, when you are out throwing money around on “shovel-ready jobs” or making America “green,” will you remember me? Will you save some money for me to pay back all of the debt you accrued? My generation will have a lot of work to rebuild what has been lost, and any amount would be appreciated.
Your Son or Daughter
Katie Teesdale, is a coordinator for a not-for profit in Knoxville, Tennessee and is very clearly the beauty and the brains behind her husband. She in fact teaches parenting classes, so she knows her stuff. Her parents are not targeted by this letter, so feel free to send it to your hippie-liberal parents, or comment below.