The following is the full text of the letter I transcribed in part from a KTLK program in my April 1st post. All emphasis is mine to highlight the most hard-hitting statements. To date I have not been able to find this letter anywhere else on the Web.
Dear Brave 12....
Today is a sad day. Today we vote on an enormous K - 12 Omnibus bill. A bill that spends more money than last biennium. A bill that grows government. A bill that adds new bureaucracies. A bill that has new programs which calls for new spending. People...we are broke.
The checkbook is empty and we are adding new programs??? We are adding new spending??? We need to cut the entitlement programs within K-12....cradle to grave is not the answer. It also goes against our principles.
Principles....I wanted to join in with the 12 who signed the letter. I would have really loved to stand up for principles over government but I watching the vocal few get shunned and marginalized frightened me.
Doug Wardlow, Steve Drazkowski, Kathy Lohmer, Kurt Bills, Mary Franson, and of course Tom Hackbarth and Mark Buesgens are being marginalized and beat down for taking a conservative path. A conservative path on which they were elected on. I was elected on conservative principles....the K-12 bill goes against my principles to vote for and goes along the 12 I am sure. I overheard one say that they were sick all night long and another one saying that they couldn't sleep because they were putting their principles aside to vote with the moderates.
Why are conservatives not being heard? Why are the moderates being appeased? Why should I be afraid of standing with the 12? Why should I be afraid of going into a meeting with leadership? It's because I don't want what is happening to them happen to me. I hear the comments that are being made in regards to the rebel rousers. Let me tell you that's not that great. Leadership wants to silence you. Leadership would like nothing more than for you to become a moderate and be a follower and not a trail blazer. I guess you could say that I am a go along, get along kind of person because that's what is expected for us members to be and do. I am so upset to see this caucus falling apart.
It's sad that I heard a few of the 12 being called extremists because they want to curb spending, reduce government spending, reduce entitlement programs, oh and let's not forget stopping the implementation of Obama Care. Yes, Leadership is calling you extremists and they are putting you in a box. Notice how you are being ignored and shunned - and that's why I can't join in with the few of
you standing up for principles and morals.
We are in trouble as a state. Our supporters are not happy with us. By voting with the party...i.e. the status quo, we are saying we are no better off then the democrats.
I hope we can grow a spine and say No no more spending, more government growth, and no more new programs. Also, it's time for the leadership to stop treating you like you have some disease. We all have election certificates....I feel that we were used for our true conservative principles and now that you got the majority the true conservatives are being pushed aside because they don't represent the rest of the Caucus. Horribly disgusting. I wish I wouldn't have gotten into this mess.
There will be no majority of things don't get better.....there will be no majority if we don't have respect. Thank you for the few that have stood up and don't lose hope. So we are at war.... Real Conservatives vs. Real Moderates. Question is: who will win?