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    Posted September 11, 2013 by
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    Thank You President Vladimir Putin

    Dear President Vladimir Putin,

    Thank you kindly for the New York Times op-ed you wrote to us Americans. I do not speak for anyone but myself, but as a patriot with a strong belief in our Constitution, I applaud you for your grace and dignity. I may not agree with your own policies and politics, but you are to be commended for the way you have handled yourself in light of the Syria conflict.

    You could not be more right when stating we are all created equal. I too disagree with President Obama regarding United States exceptionalism. I do not feel we are better than anyone else. I believe our Constitution is exceptional, not our country's policies. They are not one and the same. A tide has been moving in our country to take away our freedoms afforded to us by our Constitution. There is a huge wave rising to regain back our individual rights and hopefully some humility.

    I personally am embarrassed by our president's arrogance. There is conflict in many countries around the world. We as a world need to do better to stand together to defeat evil. But personally we need to fight that evil in our own country before fighting it elsewhere. We are guilty of killing children here in the United States. All one has to do is mention Waco, Texas and the children that horrifically died there due to our own government over stepping their bounds.

    We may be a "free" nation, but we have to work tirelessly in order to keep that freedom. Unfortunately we are fighting our own government who is supposed to be defending our freedoms. Instead we are being spied on and lied to. They are trampling on our first amendment right of free speech by trying to silence our press. They are attempting to take away our second amendment right to bear arms. They are forcing us into a health care system some of us do not want to be a part of. I could go on, but you get the idea.

    No one is perfect, and there is no perfect country. But if we can strive to get along and bring about peace in our own countries, then I am confident we can help those countries still fighting civil battles. Not by arming rebels, but by being an example of how dignified countries should act. We can also help by bringing food and medical necessities to those affected by war.

    Recent polls suggest 60% of Americans are against any action in Syria by the United States. I personally think it is more like 90% - at least by what I am reading, watching, and paying attention to in my own community. I have yet to hear anyone besides those under our president agree with intervening in Syria's conflict. We would do best by protecting our borders and forming stronger alliances with other peace loving countries.

    Finally I would like to add that President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry do not speak for all of us Americans. They are not representative of us who are more conservative and Libertarian here in the U.S. Many of us are thankful you stood up to Obama's threats to Syria and his "red line". Your letter has not gone unnoticed nor unappreciated. Thank you for respecting us as individual people and not just "a people" under Obama.
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