Joe-We Are Not Victims; We Are Americans :: By Bill Wilson

Dear Joe, your performance at the last debate was not only typical of a party-machine politician with all the trimmings, it was offensive to me and should be to every middle-class American.

As you pandered into the camera, you said that the debate is “about your family, and your family is hurting badly. If you’re a middle-class family, you’re getting hurt badly now. You’re sitting at the kitchen table this morning deciding, well, we can’t get new tires, they’re bald, because we have to wait another month or so, or are we going to be able to pay the mortgage, or who’s going to tell her she can’t go back to community college. Those are the decisions you’re making.”

Well, Mr. out-of-touch millionaire, neither me nor my family are victims.

Yes, we make decisions. My car with nearly 140,000 miles needed $3,000 in repairs last week. I’m not asking the government to pay for that. I am an American. I make my own bed and I sleep in it.

I don’t need the government’s nose in my relationships, nor do I need you butting in on whether I can pay my mortgage or buy tires or what I discuss around my kitchen table. Or what I have to wear. All my kids that wanted to go to college, by the grace of God, did it. And those who didn’t are successful anyway because they are hard workers, self-reliant, God-fearing, good kids.

Your government had nothing to do with it, except for putting those who did go to college in nearly a lifetime of debt with government loans that didn’t make school cheaper, but lined some leftists’ pockets at my kid’s expense. They are not victims. They are Americans.

Being an American is not an idea as you recently said. It is an ideal. It is the belief that through our hard work, rugged individualism, lovingkindness to our neighbors, and treating others how we want to be treated, we come together as a nation. We share in life’s struggles. We help each other when we need to. We raise our kids the best we can, teaching them God’s values, which also should be American values. We work hard for our money, and we don’t try to scam people with influence peddling and under-the-table bribes or winks.

We are the backbone of America. Yes, the middle-class family. The farmers, front-line workers, laborers, mid-level professionals, small business owners who make this nation great. We are not victims. We are Americans.

You seem to think that the government should be involved in every decision we make. You believe that government is the answer to every problem we as Americans face. The fact is, government is the problem.

Stay out of our lives except to keep things fair. Take care of national security. But you can’t even do that. You say be tough on China. Yet, you and your son have taken millions from the communist Chinese for access to our, what? — OH, our government. How can you with a straight face say you will be tough on China and protect our national security?

We have a problem here, Joe. You see, government is not my God. As my Lord and Savior said in Mark 12:17, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Take your government and leave my family to God. We are not victims. We are Americans.