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CONDUCT 2017-02-25 What has happened to honor and decency? [CD-05 CTH]

PostPosted:Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:40 am
by Jim from CD-05 (transcribed)
My name is Jim from State College. I wrote a letter to Representative Thompson and I thought I would deliver it today, save myself a stamp.

Representative Thompson, there are so many issues that currently concern me that I frankly don't know where to begin. Instead, perhaps I can simply summarize my feelings into a question that myself and many of my friends have been asking: what has happened to honor and decency?

I was raised in a Christian household where my mother worked for the church. My grandfather, my father (a good Eisenhower Republican), and myself all served in the U.S. Navy. My grandfather was a fireman and my dad was a cop. Though they're both deceased, I believe I can speak for them and say that they loved their community and their country, and showed it with their service.

I, too, love my community and my country. But I am saddened by the values that characterize the direction we seem to be heading. Everyday I see more anger, divisiveness and bigotry than I've ever seen before. My family, my church and the U.S. Navy all taught me inclusiveness, cooperation and respect. I also learned that disagreeing on issues is not a license for degradation or humiliation of an individual, but rather it serves as a opportunity for personal growth.

My community includes those of many faiths, origins, genders, sexual orientations and political identities. I am grateful for the part that each one of them has played in making me who I am. To all of them, and to my friends who live abroad, I find myself wanting to apologize for the insensitivity and abrasiveness of our leaders. This is not the America that I volunteered to serve, and this is not the America I learned to love.

Whatever did happen to honor and decency? As my representative in the government that I thought championed those ideals, I look to you to take a bold stand and return America to its rightful place as their, and our, standard bearer. I always thought America was great, this isn't.


This from a transcription of the 2/25/2017 State College town hall held by Congressman Glenn Thompson's constituents. The Representative was invited, but he did not attend. Links to the video are available here. The text has been lightly edited for clarity.

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