An open letter to congressman Paul Ryan
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Published: December 27, 2013
EVERYONE needs to read this: An open letter to congressman Paul Ryan from another proud patriot Airman.

Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Chuck Wooten. 

Please note that this request by you for a cash donation from me is extremely unfortunate and very ill-timed. You see sir, I am one of the military retirees your “bipartisan” budget just impacted. You and every Republican (both in the House and Senate that voted to pass this travesty betrayed and broke trust with me and everyone like me. You may not know us by name, but we’re the people, Congressman, who answered our Nation’s call, some of us at a very early age to willingly serve YOU and others LIKE YOU so you could safely attend college and pursue your personal ambitions without fear of harm.

You might also want to note that for at least 20 years, my brothers-in-arms answered that call of duty EVERY SINGLE DAY, without fail, without complaint, without enough money to sustain our loved ones we had to leave behind while we DID OUR JOB in every corner of the Earth. And for that service, we were given absolute assurance our so-called retirement benefits would be protected by law. The very law you shattered in your zeal to impress your Democratic cohorts in your back room deal–with the enemy. Yes, I said it. The liberal Democrats are an enemy to the American people and our Nation. Your lack of judgement and eagerness to compromise on the backs of us who protected you is sickening. Congressman, you and every Republican that voted for injuring military retirees have engaged in a complicit, sordid affair with the Democrats who’s objective has always been to dismantle the military. By climbing into their bed on this issue, you have confirmed you are absolutely no better than they and have proven it with your vote.

Congressman Ryan, the audacity which you display is noteworthy, but to unceremoniously snatch earned money from a small group that has added so much more value than the paltry $6B you looked to “save” (which is all smoke and mirrors and you know it), is reprehensible and insulting.

We have, despite the hardships, meager salaries and harsh conditions, have performed with honor and excellence…in silence, which is something most members of Congress have no idea about doing. Our job approval was, is and always be better than yours. We knew our mission and we got it done, then handed it off to a new generation in better shape than we found it.

Your ability to look us in the eye, take money from us (apparently there was ZERO, other source of waste within the federal government that you could have recovered this money from…right, got it), while simultaneously holding your hand out to beg (with passion) for our cash is stunning. Your actions have proven you do not have the tremendous intellect you’ve sold the American people on. I say, with all seriousness, Congressman, what you lack in intellect and spinal rigidity, you make up for in cajones.

I hope you and your cowardly, Republican “colleagues” hear a message from me loud and clear. You will NEVER receive another cent of financial support from me. Further, if you happen to be at a Capitol Hill dinner or at a K Street cocktail party with RNC Chair Reince Priebus, Rep. Ron Barber, Sen. Jeff Flake or Sen. John McCain, I would be honored if you communicate with them that I am launching an effort to ensure NONE of you traitorous “representatives of the people” ever receive another vote from a military retiree. Remove me from your contact lists.

Chuck Wooten,
Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret)
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What infuriates me is how service men and women are called on to do some of the hardest and most dangerous work imaginable, to serve for long terms in either panic or numbing repetitive boredom, all for some of the lowest wage structures imaginable, and yet they still so often become victim to penny-pinching budget cuts by the most overpaid, over-privileged individuals who can't wait for the next flag-waving, photo-op "with the troops"...  

Up here in Canada we're dealing with the same attitudes, from a supposedly pro-military conservative government who is still slashing away at the care and funding of our veterans, especially the most injured and crippled ones...
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grafikdetailProfessional Interface Designer
Republican/Democrat doesn't matter...most are just playing games for money & power
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GlamoroticaProfessional
that is true, that why we need to be very care who we elect. people keep voting for the 
one the media pushes. 
FIREHAWK171's avatar
Thanks for sharing this letter, Congress needs to here you and all Active and Retired Service members loud and clear. If a Military Coup and 2nd Civil War flares up, I would be honored to fight along side you!!!
kendallas's avatar
Timothy McVeigh was a proud patriot too....so what ?

Patriotism, in of itself, doesn't make you right or wrong.

A real lover of their country would want equal rights for LGBT, or ending "Stop & Frisk"....the Founder Fathers owned slaves and participated in murdering Indians.

As a Black Man, the "Patriot" argument doesn't mean much to me.


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GlamoroticaProfessional
As a black man you likely contribute nothing to anyone anyhow.
no one cares what you think.
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grafikdetailProfessional Interface Designer
really man? c'mon!! smfh
nounou27's avatar
Not only, it is said, but the U.S. authorities to take the world's policeman, then they are just thugs in the service of a political-financial mafia serving a lobby I would call it, worthy heir of Nazism and everyone guess who it is. The most unfortunate thing about all this is the U.S. second-class and first line you soldiers and ex-soldiers, you dangled the greatness of America, but it is the greatness of their personal interests that they want to preserve at all costs, even to sacrifice thousands of their fellow citizens in conflicts that have absolutely to do with the interests of the true American worthy of the name.
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Non seulement, c'est bien dit, mais les autorités américaines se prennent pour le gendarme du monde, alors qu'ils ne sont que des malfrats au service d'une mafia politico-financière au service d'un lobby que je nommerais pas, digne héritier du nazisme,  et que tout le monde devine de qui il s'agit. Les plus malheureux dans tout ça, c'est bien les américains de seconde zone, et en première ligne vous soldats et ex-soldats, on vous fait miroiter la grandeur de l'Amérique, mais c'est la grandeur de leurs intérêts personnels qu'ils veulent préserver à tout pris, quitte à sacrifier des milliers de leurs concitoyens dans des conflits qui n'ont absolument à voir avec les intérêts du véritable américain, digne de ce nom.
WeiMao's avatar
Need to pretty much fire everyone in DC, starting with the Executive Branch...
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norse19Hobbyist Artist
There are almost 5600 negative comments on his Facebook page, including this letter, slamming him him for being a total pussy and coward. He is a total fricken jackass!  I thought he was one of us we could trust. Wrong again. I'm smelling revolution in the air.  

 
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It is a shame. We need more men and women from the Military forces to step forward and shut down the CRIMINAL acts the government is pulling off against them.
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WolfsilverwindHobbyist Photographer
Wow! Thanks for sharing!
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