(silence implies consent)
Received via email - signed by 66 Ohio TEA Party and Liberty group leaders. It was faxed and mailed to President Barack Obama yesterday:
September 7, 2011
VIA FAX AND US MAIL
President Barack Obama
C/O White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20006
Dear President Obama,
We, the undersigned leaders of Ohio liberty groups, are writing to express our deep disappointment in you personally for your lack of moral leadership over the past several weeks culminating in the accusations made this past weekend at the union rally in Detroit. The hateful comments made against the TEA Party, by your supporters, went noticeably unchallenged by you that day and since, despite your calls this past January for “more civility in our public discourse.” Your silence serves to encourage and condone a threat of physical violence made by teamster union leader James Hoffa against common working Americans who simply disagree with your policies and the actions of the unions that support you and those policies.
Furthermore, as the head of the Democratic Party, and a black American, your unwillingness to rein in the over-the-top racially charged rhetoric of Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congressman Andre Carson, and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus is unconscionable. Unless you actually believe that the vast majority of TEA Party participants are indeed racists who truly desire to see blacks “hanging from trees”, you must speak out and denounce these untrue and unsubstantiated accusations as reckless, incendiary and deliberately intended to create civil unrest.
As President of the United States your actions influence the attitudes and actions of many Americans. You have an even more significant impact on many younger Americans. You owe it to them, and you owe it to all Americans, to make it crystal clear that it is the Constitutional right, and in fact duty, of all American citizens to engage in vigorous, civil, political debate without the threat of intimidation or physical violence. You owe it to all of us to make it crystal clear that your administration will protect the rights of all citizens, at all costs, and will condemn anyone who threatens to take away those rights or incite violence. It is your duty as President of the US to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the US, and the rights of every citizen contained therein.
As members of the TEA Party and Liberty movement, we can assure you that we will never be intimidated by any group, either foreign or domestic, including the leadership of organized labor, that threatens our Constitutional rights, individual liberty and economic future. We will continue to vigorously participate in the political process as we work to restore our nation to greatness, regardless of any opposition we must overcome to reach that goal.