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Sen. Barack Obama: "Had enough''


In a fundraising letter for the Senate Democratic political operation issued today, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) rallies against nameless ``so-called leaders.''

Many direct mail solicitations confront by name political rivals. But you don't see the word Republican or President Bush in this Obama letter. It's a strategic decision, since obviously, when you read the note below, it's the GOP controlled House, Senate and White House Obama is talking about.

Dear Friend,

Sen. Barack Obama

I don't know about you, but I think we've all had enough. Enough of the broken promises. Enough of the failed leadership. Enough of the can't-do, won't-do, won't-even-try style of governance.

I've had enough of so-called leaders who don't think government should even try to solve the big, national problems. In their clouded philosophy, government is the problem. I've had enough of the attitude that we'd be better off if we just divvy it up into individual tax breaks and let everyone fend for themselves. I think we've all had enough of being told to buy your own health care, your own retirement security, your own child care, your own schools, your own private security force, your own roads, and your own levees.

This idea of America can never actually work because it so fundamentally ignores our legacy as a people. Our greatness as a nation has always depended on our sense of national community and mutual responsibility. Everybody has a stake in America. We're all in this together and everybody gets a fair shot at opportunity.

As Democrats, we still believe in the idea of America. We're ready to compete in an increasingly interconnected world. We're ready to conduct a smart foreign policy that matches the might of our military with the power of our diplomacy.

In short, we're ready to lead. Electing a Democratic Senate is the first step to rejecting the failed leadership and failed philosophies. It's a step we can accomplish in just a few short months, but only if the DSCC can rely on your support. Please make a contribution today and do your part to help change our country.

Click here to make a secure online contribution of $50, $75, or more. Your donation will help the DSCC elect Democrats in Senate races across the country.

It's the timidity - the smallness - of our politics that's holding America back and making our people uncertain. The idea that some problems are just too big to handle, and if you just ignore them, they'll go away.

You and I have seen what this can't-do attitude has brought us: failure.

We, as Democrats, have a responsibility to change our politics. Now is the time for us to stand up and make our mark on history. It's time for America to learn how to dream again and to do great things in the face of serious challenges.

That's the idea of America our Democratic Senate candidates are fighting for. Today, they need your help. In state after state, our candidates are leading in the public opinion polls. But they still face an uphill battle because our opponents can simply outspend our candidates and drown out Democratic ideas.

Now is the time to take action. With your help, the DSCC can make sure Democratic Senate candidates have the resources they need to compete and win. We can only begin the hard work ahead of us once we have changed the balance of power in Washington. Please make a contribution today.

Click here to make a secure online contribution of $50, $75, or more. Your donation will help the DSCC elect Democrats in Senate races across the country.

Electing a Democratic Senate is the first step in changing our politics and our country. It's a step that we can accomplish in just a few short months. And it's the sole mission of the DSCC. We need your help to succeed.

Please join me today and make an investment in the idea of America Democrats hold dear.


Barack Obama


Dear Senator Obama,

We, the citizens of these United States, are tired of officials like you who think Big Government is the answer to everything. Look at our failing schools for example and then you want to manage our healthcare as well? NO THANKS! Our elected leaders should stick to what the Constitution says and nothing more. Thats the oath you took, to uphold and defend the Constitution.

We've seen the failures of your "New Deals" and "Great Societies". We don't need or want any more socialism in this country.
If we the taxpayers had more money left in our pockets, we could give to enough charitable causes that we could take care of our fellow citizens and not have a nanny-state do it for us. We voters of legal age are old enough to make these decisions on our own and don't need you to legislate morality or common sense or redistribute our income to those who have none.

Your failed social programs have created generations of people unable to fend for themselves, as demonstrated each time we have a disaster in this country, like hurricane Katrina. Remember,JFK said "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Please stop trying to act like our parents and shelter us from all that is bad. We can take care of ourselves. All you have to do is protect us from those who would harm us by attack or invasion. Protect our freedoms and liberties.
Thats all we ask of you.
Oh, and do it with the least amount of goverment and money.

Senator Obama,

Both parties, I'm sorry to say, have abused our trust and their authority. Now that the Republicans are a bit more blantant we are left with the decision of chosing between the lesser of two evils.
It has taken decades to destroy social security, and in that time both parties have had the reins of government. Lobbiest have been purchasing the government for decades if not more, catering to both parties. So you see, both parties are guilty.
And how is it that both parties have just as much proof, and can argue on opposite sides of the same point with witnesses, documentations, and reason. Who can we believe? I cannot research every aspect of a issue. How is it that we are now finding out that our ports are not under our control. That's what the elected officials are for. But I was told that they don't even read, or understand half of what they are signing into law.
We need a new start, fresh minds, deep thinkers and advent readers. And mostly, take down the for sale sign of America.

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