You believe we’re broke. I believe we live in one of the wealthiest nations on earth.
You believe public employees don’t deserve good health and retirement benefits. I believe everyone deserves good health and retirement benefits.
You believe it’s okay to silence your opponents. I believe everyone’s voice should be heard.
You believe might makes right. I believe a bully is a bully, whether he’s an angry kid on a playground or an angry man in a suit.
You believe government should be vilified, belittled and shackled. I believe government is the only institution in the world in which we can all share and participate equally.
You believe in every man for himself. I believe we are better and stronger when we work together.
You believe “we can’t…” I believe “We can. We must. We will!”
And so, in this time and place, I plant my flag and make my statement. With all the fervor and strength I can muster I tell you now, 


There is room in this world for honest disagreements. There is room for differing policy views and different world views. But there is no place in this state, in this world, for the behavior you have chosen. There is no place for those who would trample the rights of anyone, be they in the minority or the majority. There is no place for those who would hide from the voice of the people behind armed authority . There is no place for those who would serve the interests of wealthy corporations ahead of the poor or disadvantaged. There is no place for those who would say “We have nothing to discuss.”

I did not ask for this fight. But you have brought it to my home, so fight I will. I will not allow you to create the ugly, selfish, hateful world of your vision. We are better human beings than that. While your world view insists that self-interest is the way forward, my world view rests on the power of community.

The new day starts now. We are going to clean house. Your power derives solely from the consent of the governed, and we no longer consent to be treated as your subjects. Your experiment is over…


Dennis Deery
March 11, 2011

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Comments (74)




  1. Well said, sir!

    Comment by Dave — April 17, 2011 @ 7:20 am




  2. Well said!!! Posting to f/b

    Comment by Loyd N Dunaway — April 22, 2011 @ 3:31 am




  3. unfortunately, they don’t believe these things…they just do them to increase profits for themselves and their corporate sponsors.

    Comment by gern — May 25, 2011 @ 4:40 pm




  4. I can only hope you are not a front for some other corporation. I firmly believe in everything stated in the piece and hope you and I can get through to the Becked and Limbaughed people in this country before it is too late

    Comment by john morgan — July 30, 2011 @ 7:16 pm




    • If everything you said was true then the Democrats would still control all the houses instead of just two. The people spoke last November, and will again in 2012. I’m not heavy into the political process, but what I do know is that I had more money in my pocket when the other guys were in office. I have a hard enough time paying my own bills and putting my kids thru college.
      Your president said, the cost of living hasn’t gone up, I beg to differ. According to the IRS, 50% of Americans don’t pay income taxes, so what gives this administration the right to increase taxes on the wealthy and corporations that create jobs, pay health care for their employees, contribute to employee retirement plans. This administration has done nothing but hurt this country and put the USA deeper into debt. Taxes will be going up in 2013/14 to cover pay for Obama Care. But as usual, they will just blame the Republicans and George Bush….”GOD BLESS AMERICA” “Hope I didn’t offend anyone by writting that, its a freedom of speech thing”. By the way, I don’t watch Beck or Limbaugh, I think I’m smart enough to know when I’m being fed a hamburger instead of steak…

      Comment by Bill — July 31, 2011 @ 7:34 pm




      • Thanks Bill for injecting some realism into this. Dennis, you have already taken my ‘State’. I have many wonderful liberal friends. They are the personal conscience of the country. I share the general desire just not the method. The political vision of the liberal finds its worst incarnation in progressivism- totally unfettered empathy- with a childish belief that all of these things can be had by reaching into the pockets of someone else, for the progressive is ‘already’ contributing enough – or that the failure of the process is not their fault because they have done everything personally possible. If we just force the ‘rich’ to pay everyone’s way, there will not be a problem. Wake Up! We want our State back! You could take every dime from the rich and you would still not solve the dilemma. Progressive ideas are eating away at the core values of the individual. It is not for nothing that we desire to return to “We the People” rather than become worker ant servants of the ‘National State’. Liberals- Progressives- Dems – you can solve this problem- you can take your paycheck and give it to the State- the IRS has a well documented process for this. I on the other hand want to give the minimum needed to provide for those functions of a federal state given to it by the constitution with a balanced budget and to be able as American did in the past to show my strength and personally support those in true need by my charity.

        Comment by Jim D — July 31, 2011 @ 8:37 pm




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