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Letter to Dr. William Bennett

Dr. Bennett,

Enclosed please find my contribution to the Claremont Institute.

I’ve been a member for many years, and contribute when I can.

I also give to the Heritage Foundation, CATO Institute, Hudson Institute, Hillsdale College, Americans for Prosperity, Accuracy in Media and many, many more.

I’m a conservative first, before being a republican, and I can’t agree with many of the pronouncements/policies emanating from GOP luminaries such as Rove, Kristol, Krauthammer, Coulter, Levin and Ingraham. All are pitching who they consider to be an electable candidate, rationalizing he/she may not be perfect, but they’ll be a heck of a lot better than Obama. However soft or rino-like they may be, they’re still better.

I’ve heard Ben Stein talk this way, and Sean Hannity on occasion, even Rush. I must confess, I’ve never heard you on the radio, so I’m not sure how you stand? If you subscribe to these other main-stream viewpoints, I think we need to stop for a moment.

My private view is, we’re in trouble. Deep trouble. I’m an accountant, not an economist, so I don’t pretend to understand global economic currents and fluctuations, but I know zero accountability can’t be good.

We keep spending more than we take in, borrow irresponsibly, make no effort to seriously focus on debt, print money at a whim, continue to expand government and all the entitlement programs, and talk of new ways to raise even more money, like taxing the rich or having a national sales tax.

Since I absolutely believe we’re in trouble, I cannot accept just any candidate, or agree that something is better than nothing, not at this stage of the game. We’re on a path of destruction. We must find a leader who will take us off this path, right now! Slowing down will only put off the inevitable. We can’t go on, not without becoming another Greece.

We need a real honest-to-god conservative if we’re to have hope.

We need someone willing to pull the legs from under the Washington establishment, and stop it dead in its tracks. Conservatives and independents, even centrists/moderates, will rally round such a person, though I’m grieved to admit it may be too late. We’ve drifted so far left the past twenty years it’s going to be a fight, something like what’s happening in Wisconsin.

But it must be done, or America is done. At least, the America we’ve all known and loved these past 200 years. If that’s the case, so be it. I just hope history will be clear and make no mistake: it was unbridled liberalism and statism that brought us down, combined with the collusive and incremental effect of RINO-ism.

Our republican leaders sold us out, caving in over and over to the demands of media, political correctness, self-indulgent cronyism and plain old stupidity. They thought they would always be able to turn things around and get it back. But here we are . .

Let’s not have one of those in the White House when it all deconstructs. Better to have a paradigm of fallacious political thought and purpose, like this president. Let it fall on his watch, not our’s!

Perhaps we need this great catastrophe, if we’re to rise again. And I believe we will. We can get it back with a small critical mass of men like yourself, who will be there when the time comes.

Let our grand but sick old republic fade into history. Let it die under the weight of impossible dreams of egalitarianism/utopianism. Let those who foolishly pursue such dreams go down with it.

I hope it doesn’t come to this, that Romney won’t let it happen.

I hope he isn’t a wolf in sheep’s clothing or a status quo bureaucrat who will talk and dance while old glory fades. I hope the pundits and powers are right that the others are unelectable, for I wouldn’t have to hope nearly as much, if I was voting for them.

A Friend and Supporter

Al Shane


Explanatory Remarks

I wrote this letter back in January’12, but got no response. I still don’t know how Dr. Bennett stood, or now stands, regarding Mitt Romney. I hope he and his peers are watching closely, and will not mince words if this man is not the real deal. We can’t afford to play games anymore. We’re in sudden death. Winner take all.

Alvan I. Shane Author, The Day Liberty Wept 2270 N Euclid Ave Frequent Op-Ed Contributor Upland, Calif 91784 Political Donor to Cons Grps / Causes (909) 946-5104 Ex-Marine / California native Tax Accountant / Mar 43yrs / 1 son
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