Amish Paradise Lost: An Open Letter To President Bush.
It’s time to bring the troops home from Iraq. I say that, not as a carping liberal critic, but as someone who has voted 95% Republican ever since 1980 when I proudly cast my first vote for Ronald Reagan.
Mr. President, while we are supposedly winning the war against terrorism abroad, we are losing it at home. The terror in our homeland is not terror caused by fanatical Muslims but by our own people, grown American men who storm into schoolhouses and kill young girls.
It’s time to come home and focus on our own spiritual bankruptcy and our own tendencies for terror and violence. Yesterday’s attack on an Amish school was the last straw for me. What happened on 9/11/01 was unthinkable, but what happened on 10/02/06 was also unthinkable.
I voted for you twice, Mr. President. I thought it was right that we invaded Afghanistan. Initially, I also supported the War in Iraq. But I can no longer support the war. We allegedly are exporting democracy to Iraq, but in many people’s minds that has come to mean secret prisons, torture, being detained without counsel, illegal wiretapping, ignoring the Geneva Convention, and ignoring the wishes of the American people embodied in both branches of Congress.
This issue is so serious that I don’t plan to vote for any Republicans this Fall. I am pro-life, pro-military, support the death penalty, and am against gay marriage, but all of those issues are going to take a back seat because the most important issues to me right now are bringing our troops home, restoring civil and human rights for all Americans and for all people who are under the jurisdiction of the American military, and the ending of terror and violence in America, not just by Islamic radicals, but by our own people.
Daniel T. Weaver