I see where Mr. Lee is going w/his voluntary civil society statement. Mr.
Lee-you think all someone has to do is reach out to their community &
everything will be hunky dory w/roses & sunshine 'cause everyone always
jumps at the chance to voluntarily help whoever is in need? I challenge Mr. Lee
to visit Primary Children's. That wonderful hospital has to run several
fundraising programs every year & STILL has to write-off MILLIONS each year.
Why would they ever have to do that if all these great voluntary organizations
are so successful, as Mr. Lee claims? And that's just one hospital in one
city! Then guess who will be FORCED to pay higher premiums because of hospital
write-offs? That's right, those w/insurance. So voluntary charity is
helpful, but doesn't cut it, or no hospital would ever have to write
anything off. So what's the alternative? I thought Republicans were the
party of life? Do we allow people to die if no one wants to volunteer to help
them live? Visit any hospital Mr. Lee. There are many at each one w/no
volunteers coming to their rescue.
You may believe Mr. Lee that life liberty and the pursuit of happiness are God
given but they mean little until they are incorporated into a system of
government that honors those concepts. In fact the idea that freedoms are God
given often gets in the way of a full expression of life liberty and the pursuit
of happiness, just ask those seeking marriage equality today. Freedoms do require responsibility and I personally believe that in many cases
our government has done a poor job of enabling responsibility as it guarantees
freedom, however, to hear a rich white kid raised with every privilege talk
about responsibility just because nobody took his privileged law school tests
for him is offensive. And the irony of Mike Lee talking about how the founding
principles require cooperation..well that's beyond the pale.
Lee's propaganda is all well and good. What he says is true, but only to
the extent possible when generous people have the ABILITY to donate. But when
family incomes have been drastically cut for so many middle class families that
parents may be forced to work more than one job, when personal medical expenses
or other economic factors push families to the brink, then their ability to
donate money or even volunteer time is affected and limited.I have
only one question, and I wish Senator Lee would actually answer it in plain
English.Senator Lee, when do you plan to simply stop saying NO to
everything and make a sincere effort to get along with others in the
Congressional sandbox?This letter is a disgusting example of the
blatant hypocrisy of Senator Lee and most of his Republican colleagues.
We need to be careful about how strongly we consider our rights and nation as
divinely inspired or empowered. Horrible things have been done in the name of
religion because it bodes no consideration or challenge. It's a little more
humble, but I think we're safer to consider our institutions mortal and
responsible to man.
Freedom is having the time, ability and permission to do what you as an
individual wants to do.
Senator Lee is very articulate, and his lofty words certainly sound nice, a
feel-good message on the 4th of July.But does he live in the same
economy the rest of us do? "We're all in this together"? Is he
talking about Capitalism in the US today? Is he including the financiers like
Mitt Romney, who move their money off-shore to avoid paying for schools and
public service programs here? "Ask yourself, 'How can I
help'?" Maybe he means "how can I help myself?", like taking a
short-sale on his own house, and slipping out of a couple of hundred thousand
bucks worth of obligation to lenders.So, the next time you see your
job evaporate due to technological progress, or because the corporation, chasing
additional profits, moves your job to another country, just remember to ask,
"how can I help?", and remind them "we're all in this
together", and see how that message helps.If Senator Lee truly
believes we're all in this together, economically, he really should share
whatever it is he's smoking, because the rest of us could use some of that
Oh please, spare us the sanctimony, Sen. Lee. You and your party are the ones
telling us we're all on our own. BTW, with all your talk about
personal responsibility, when do you intend to compensate the bank depositors
who lost money when you "short sold" your mansion and welched on your
"...Both in our free-enterprise economy and our voluntary civil society,
success in America is ultimately based not on competition, but
Republican Senator Mike Lee and his band of obstructionist Republican
cohorts?Cooperation, by Republicans, in the House, who say,
"...it is good to oppose the black guy in the White House..."?Cooperation, by Republicans who from 1/20/09 going forward have tried to
impeach the POTUS?Cooperation, by Republicans who vowed from the
date of the 2008 election to obstruct all legislation in order to make the POTUS
a one term President?"...success in America is ultimately based
on...cooperation...".So, with an agenda that from the get-go was
premised on obstruction, the Republicans were planning to sabotage success in
When will this governmental tea party stalwart quit pontificating and do some
actual work for the good of the American people?
Senator Lee, I have recently retired. Thank God (not you) I have medicare. But
my wife is younger than me so I will need to pay COBRA on her for 18 months.
But my former employer is being slow getting the COBRA letter to me. Soooo,
right now my wife is uninsured. I would have to come up with money upfront to
pay for her critical RX's and any medical care. I could be destroyed in a
matter of minutes financially. So in fact I HAVE NO RIGHTS, unlike yourself
with your big fat congressional pay and health care package. Thanks for
Doesn't 'working together' consensus & (gasp!)compromise? Aren't those traits the 1st 2 steps on the road to socialism??