Dear President Bush,
First, let me congratulate you for winning the election. I did not vote for you, however, this time I cannot argue with the fact that you won both the popular and Electoral College votes. Though I may not agree with the fifty-one percent of the country that voted for you, I feel it is my duty as an American citizen to, for the first time in four years, call you my president. However, I am not writing this letter solely to congratulate you on your recent win, rather I am writing to comment on your acceptance speech.
During your speech you spoke to those of us who voted for Senator John Kerry saying, “To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust.” I wholeheartedly agree with you on the idea that “when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America.” I truly wish you the best of luck in bringing together the country.
After September 11, you were successful in uniting much of this country against terrorism, the fuzzy gray outline of an opponent, as the new face of America’s enemy. Within the first months of the Iraq War, you were successful in uniting some of this country under the continuation of this idea, and repeatedly said, “If you’re not with us, you’re against us” to both your nation and the greater world community.
It is with these thoughts in mind that I urge you to reexamine your current agenda. In trying to unite your constituents against the “activist judges” who, in your opinion, have tried to undermine the moral lines within this country, you have succeeded in alienating at least ten percent of the population. I am speaking about your push to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage. By rewriting a precious document, I feel that you are not living up to your job description. You are dividing an already greatly partisan nation even further. Rather than uniting us, you are tearing the country apart on issues that are moral not legal.
I love the idea that within a democracy I am free to disagree with my neighbor or my President and still live freely. I love that I can live my life without the fear of persecution for what takes place within my bedroom. I love that there is a separation between church and state. However when I look to the future, I do not see myself being able to exercise these rights. Instead I see the line between church and state evaporating at a scary pace. I see a moral agenda overtaking our government at the price of constitutional rights, and I see our country embattled in a cultural war that will be anything but civil.
I realize that I am just one voice, but I know that I am not alone. Although I was not part of the fifty-one percent that elected you, I am still your constituent, and I am not happy. The constitutional ban on gay marriage will not succeed in uniting the country under the idea of a stronger American family unit, it will only further divide us under the guise of who and what is right and wrong. As a Christian and an American, I am deeply offended by your claims that you are working with God’s purpose in mind. Although one of the Presidential duties is to “take care that laws be faithfully executed”, that does not mean that your religious faith should have an influence over the creation or degradation of existing laws. When you are thinking about how to unite the country, and when you reintroduce the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, please keep the other forty-nine percent of your constituents in mind.
Thank you and God Bless America.