EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 13, 2013

Letter: Some tough questions that need straight answers

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

I am a 60-year-old, single parent of two college-aged daughters, have a job, run a home-based business part time and am an honorably discharged veteran of the Vietnam War and feel not only entitled but compelled to ask questions of our public servants, from the president of the United States down to our local officials.

When you, Mr. President, promised a transparent government in 2008 and the sharing of any and all unclassified information, did you mean some alternate definition of the word?

Therefore, I ask you directly and from the standpoint of having served in the military to please explain or have Hillary Clinton explain why, long after Ambassador Stevens perished, no help was sent to the two marines engaged in a firefight for over seven hours on the roof of an annex near the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, over eight months ago? I cannot imagine what it must have been like for those two, training lasers on the enemy, which would mean they thought help was on the way, when they realized, unthinkable for any military person, no one was coming and they were going to die. You are commander in chief. Do you understand the basic military code that we all have each other’s back?

Lois Lerner, IRS director-exempt organizations, publicly apologized for targeting conservative nonprofit organizations. Organizations with words in their titles like “Tea Party” or “Patriot” were made to provide excessive amounts of documentation in an effort to discredit them.

Am I wrong in interpreting this to mean if you have a dissenting opinion, or even a minority opinion for that matter, you should be drowned out, labeled, humiliated, attacked and destroyed?

Why are laws, rules and regulations being enacted behind closed doors that will have far-reaching, long-term ramifications for all Americans?

Even more disconcerting are the ones that will limit our personal freedom in the name of something, like public safety or saving the planet.

“The Gang of 8” senators are deliberating immigration reform in private. Meanwhile, really serious problems like the national debt and the projection that the U.S. dollar may no longer be the world’s reserve currency are not even discussed.

Whether it is a complicit mainstream media not disseminating information we are entitled to or just straight out fabrications, our public servants are doing “we the people” a disservice.

Michelle Obama said, when her husband won the presidency, “For the first time in my life, I’m proud to be an American.” With all due respect to my government, for the first time in my life (and I pray, if it is still allowed, that there are others like me out there), I am disgusted and ashamed that the county I love, defended and would defend again, is being transformed into something I thought could never happen, a dictatorship, where the mantra should be, never confuse the truth with the facts.

The blame frankly lies with us; we are in a sleepwalking malaise, being misdirected as in the movie by “The Great and Powerful Oz,” a technological tool called mainstream media. Except for one thing: This is reality, and we can no longer ignore that man behind the curtain.

Neil Westerman