Today I ask you, not as a Republican, not as a Democrat, but as a fellow citizen of the United States of America, Are you satisfied with the hateful way we are dealing with one another?
Do you enjoy calling one another hateful names, just to stroke your feelings of being left out of our political process. Do you not feel anything when children are slaughtered in their classrooms by high powered, high velocity rifles for no good reason, just so the NRA can sell more guns out of fear?
Do you enjoy the transfer of all the wealth in this country going to the top 1%, while you are left to live one paycheck away from financial disaster?
Do you enjoy having your health be a bargaining chip so that a pharmaceutical company can make obscene profits off of people in the process? Where your 401k's lose 10% overnight while some broker who knows how to game the system takes that 10% home with HIM?
Do you enjoy making .02% interest on your savings so that you can never afford to honestly retire in some comfort, while the bankers run a casino with your money, making obscene profits for themselves?
Do you want your rivers and parks polluted while national monuments are dismantled so the miners and oil and gas drillers can profit while destroying our environment?
If these questions don't bother you and make you think of the big picture, then I don't necessarily hate you, but I feel sorry for you, because you will never see the beauty of America, it's people, Native Americans, blacks, browns, asians, whites, hispanics, and all others too numerous to mention.
If you do nothing else today, ask yourself these questions and think of the many more questions I could ask, and ask why do I think this way. It may be enlightening!
Dennis M O'Connor for Congress Maine 2nd District