An Open Letter to D.C.

19 May

Dear Officials in Congress and the White House

You folks have a tough job—serving a nation that is deteriorating in patriotism and substance.


Yes, I ‘m afraid so. You see, I was a child during World War II. At that time, I lived in Southeast Texas with my parents. My only brother was in the Marines. He served as gunner on a fighter plane. He was wounded in battle.

Our family and all others were focused on winning the war. We gathered scrap metal and brought it to our school grounds. This metal was then picked up, melted down and used in making equipment for the war effort.

We faced rationing of food and gasoline.

In a word, we were all at war.

I’d never seen anything like it until that fateful day when terrorists took down the Twin Towers. For a while, our citizens had a sense of unity and outrage. It seemed as though patriotism was born anew.

But then, back to the usual pace of life—personal comfort and pleasure seemingly the goal of individuals, with only a hint of what it means to belong to the “greatest” nation on earth.

I intentionally emphasized the word “greatest.”

We are no longer the “greatest” in terms of national pride and purpose.

First, we are torn apart by racial tensions. And with the advent of terrorism, we are not comfortable with newcomers to our shores.

Second, we have only a trace of patriotism left in our nation. I don’t count as patriotism the hateful slander aimed at persons with different political views. It is simply inexcusable verbal violence.

Third, you folks “inside the beltway” are little or no help at all. Your bickering and arrogance, in Congress and in the White House, are both shameful and harmful.

Personally, I’m sick of it all.

You un-inspire me. You alienate me. Why?

Because, you are not leading us as “one nation under God.” You are creating resentment between yourselves and the citizens. And the citizens, if they respond as I do, are fed up with what comes off as quests for power for power’s sake.

And now we come to substance.

Where is God in this “one nation under God?”

Your rhetoric—and the slightest “nod to God” in all of society—falls way short of a belief and dependence on the One who made this nation great, who inspired the colonists to lay their lives on the line for freedom. Your mouthing of patriotic slogans falls way short of the sacrifice of those who daily risk their lives for all of us—our troops on land and sea and in the air—as well as our peace officers and firefighters who serve unselfishly.

One last word to all of you in Congress and the White House:

 Get real — you know what you have to do. And, trust in God — check with him first.  We are, after all, “One nation under God.”

 God bless you and all of us!




9 Responses to “An Open Letter to D.C.”

  1. Mike Brockman May 19, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

    Thank you Henry that was well said. I have posted it to my Facebook page as we all need to be reminded of this.

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  2. Tom Galaida May 19, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

    Good Job Henry!!! you spelled it out 100%!!!!! Let’s All get Together!!!

  3. Brenda May 19, 2017 at 10:57 pm #

    Excellent! So true.

  4. Mike Schuermann May 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

    Hello my brother, I too feel as you. It seems as most of those elected to SERVE our country have somehow forgotten what they were elected for. Serving the needs of all the people is no longer important. Our country is polarized by selfish, self serving politicians. Both the social media and the main stream media continue their attack on “God and country” We all need to take a more active role not only in praying but also supporting those who promote Godly ideals locally and nationally. “They will know we are Christians by our love.” Henry, I am so happy that you continue to lead in this regard. Keep the faith and keep up to good work. Your Brother in Christ, Mike

    • Henry Libersat May 21, 2017 at 11:23 pm #

      I miss those many lunches we shared over the years. I pray and all the family are doing well.

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