Lee  Culpepper

Dear Senator McCain,

Without knowing you personally, I have judged you rather harshly during your campaign based on what I consider some lousy decisions in your past and public service. In forming those judgments, however, I did not consider the full-time job I have trying to make the right decision all the time myself. We should all probably look very closely in the mirror before condemning someone else, especially regarding decisions in his distant past. For failing to practice what I know is wise, I sincerely apologize to you.

I am an every-day guy, Senator McCain. I realize that the blessings in my life are owed to God, family, country, and fellow Americans. I am proud to have served America as a Marine. And today, I am trying to inspire young people to make the most of the opportunities America provides them. I believe I have discovered my “Greater Cause” in contributing to the lives of students and in encouraging them to rely on facts, not feelings.

During your convention, you offered many encouraging words and facts. Among them, I heard you say, “I will keep taxes low and cut them where I can… I will cut government spending… Keeping taxes low helps small businesses grow and create new jobs. Cutting the second highest business tax rate in the world will help American companies compete and keep jobs from moving overseas…Reducing government spending and getting rid of failed programs will let you keep more of your own money to save, spend and invest as you see fit.”

Senator McCain, your opponent is planning to ruin our country by increasing taxes so that he can pay for more failed government programs. He knows his government programs will not succeed, but they will win him votes from people who think America owes them something. I know you do not favor harsh interrogation methods, but it is past time for you to unveil why you are not Mr. Congeniality in Congress. Take your opponent to task for his tax plans to wreck our great country.

I am not an accountant or tax lawyer, just an average guy. I think part of the problem with our tax code is that ordinary guys with common sense did not write it. Americans do not need more cockamamie solutions from self-proclaimed liberal geniuses with Ivy League degrees. We simply need easy-to-understand, easy-to-implement solutions for common folks.


Lee Culpepper

Lee Culpepper is a recovering high school English teacher and former Marine. He currently teaches firearm courses and has resumed his passion for writing.