BJ, when you first started running against David Price, George W Bush was still president of our country and the leader of your party. You seemed different, a breath of fresh air - you talked about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and seemed to have some idea of the dangers of powerful government.
As a civil libertarian, I wanted to find out more about you, so I contacted you and we had a wonderful three-hour breakfast meeting where we seemed to agree on a lot of principles and issues. After that we met once, perhaps twice, for more pleasant and stimulating conversations. I even invited you to a liberal political group, where you impressed other liberals with your apparent earnestness and even with some of your ideas.
At one point I asked you why you belonged to the Republican Party. You replied that the party was broken, ripe for takeover. That sounded reasonable, given the ways that a Republican President and Congress had tossed away a budget surplus and gone to war against a country that hadn't attacked us. That Republican Party is dangerous, I said, and you seemed to agree.
But now I'm feeling angry when I think about you. When I feel as angry towards someone as I do toward you, it kind of shocks me. I have to ask myself, "What is bothering me? Why am I angry?"
I believed that you represented a better Republican Party, something that our country desperately needs. As I told you, I will never vote for a Republican - I won't go into my reasons here - but our country would be far better off with the the party of Eisenhower than with the party of Rupert Murdock.
What have you become as you try once again to be elected to Congress?
- Your belief in the Bill of Rights seemed genuine and principled. And then you finally admitted to me that you'd use the power of government to stop a woman from having an abortion. So much for principle: you see the Constitution you want, the same way Glenn Beck does.
- When we talked, you seemed to understand that our true problem is not big government but government owned by corporations, government over which we have no control. If you don't believe that this is a fight to wrest control from corporations, why are you running for Congress? Do you now actually believe that "socialists" and not corporations control our government? That's quite a switch in your thinking and one that shocks me. If you still believe that corporate control of government is the problem, why are you so afraid to say so?
- You call David Price, elected to Congress in 1987, a "career politician" and then fawn at the feet of Ron Paul, elected in 1976.
- You imply that David Price is a "socialist". Yes, you really use that word even through you know it's untrue. ("Socialism comes with a Price" is your name for a recent fundraiser).
- You say that "...David Price votes with Nancy Pelosi more than any other congressman - and that principled Americans need to stand up and say NO." So I’m “unprincipled” because I support Price and Pelosi? Please tell me that to my face, BJ.
- In the new Lawson-speak, your supporters are "patriots". People like me must be traitors, right?
So, yes I'm angry now. I'm tired of politicians like you, who claim to be pure, patriotic, trustworthy, different, special while spouting the same vitriol and economic magical thinking that got us into this mess in the first place.
To my surprise I'm finding myself questioning your motivations, where I didn't two years ago. I've gotten to know David Price fairly well over the years, and while I do not always agree with his positions, I've learned never to doubt his motivations: he truly wants to do good for all Americans. I can no longer tell what you stand for, BJ. Unfortunately it's become all to easy to see who you're standing with.