An Open Letter to Congress

Aug 24 | Posted by: Charlie | Tags: Congress

 I am a proud American who believes that America has held - and still holds - a very sensitive and special place in the affairs of mankind on Planet Earth. I believe that America has been divinely blessed and protected in our two centuries plus of existence.

I believe that America has been a counter balance that has cancelled out a lot of tyranny, evil and conquest and, admittedly, we have made a lot of mistakes, but on balance we have exerted a certain Pax Americana in the international affairs of mankind.

It took a lot of old fashioned guts for the Continental Congress to stand up to the world's mightiest military and tell them that we demanded our independence, even at the peril of going up against a far superior force on land and sea with a ragtag army of untrained citizens, many who had to supply their own firearms.

It took courage above and beyond for Abraham Lincoln to push the country into a Civil War that he knew beyond a shadow of a doubt would divide this nation for decades.

It took guts to give the order for American troops to storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, straight into the face of artillery and machine gunfire, wave after wave being cut to ribbons by German shore emplacements.

The history of this nation is written in the blood and courage of men who stood in the face of overwhelming odds, politicians, soldiers, statesmen and ordinary citizens who sought to do the right thing regardless of the cost or the consequences.

Well, ladies and gentlemen of the United States Congress, it seems that that particular pen has run out of ink. The courageous politicians that once championed this nation have been replaced, for the most part, by a breed of milksop, politically correct, scared of their own shadow, pushover, pathetic excuses for public servants who are supposed to be representing a constituency of citizens who have to live with the circumstances of their timid folly.

You don't even have the courage to face down an out of control president, even when he makes a deal with the devil. Don't you bunch of timid capons even care what kind of world you're leaving to your children and grandchildren, not to even mention the rest of us? Are you really party partisans before you're parents and grandparents or even human beings?

Be honest with yourselves a minute, go into the bathroom and look in the mirror and ask the person you see this question.

"Do I really believe that Iran will not use the money we're releasing to them to finance terrorists to kill Americans, and, when, not if, but when, the Iranians develop their nuclear device, will they really use it against America and Israel?"

You can’t hide from the truthful answer to that question forever, an answer will be required of you one day.

You have allowed Obama to tilt the Supreme Court so far to the left that they're little more than a shameful extension of the Executive Branch.

You have talked for decades about the porous southern border but have done absolutely nothing about it.

You have allowed cities in this nation to declare themselves sanctuary cities where they protect the worst of the worst criminal aliens, American citizens paying an awful price for your silence.

You watch an impossible National Debt balloon completely out of control knowing full well that a day of reckoning is coming that will seriously curtail the quality of life for coming generations.

You allow corrupt government agencies like the IRS to run over the very people you are sworn to protect and allow the entitlement society to expand exponentially while you actually entertain the idea of raising taxes on those who still work and shoulder the burden.

You compose a third of the constitutionally mandated ruling system and you shirk your duty
and allow this nation to move a little closer to the edge every day.

I wish you bunch of sold-out, jaded, burned-out hacks would just go home and let some people who still have some vision and whose consciences haven't been seared past the point of reminding them when they're wrong take over and start to claw this nation back on to the path of sanity,

Your ratings are in the single digits, your morals are in the gutter, your minds are on self-preservation and somewhere along the way you traded your honor for political expediency.

You've violated your oaths, you've betrayed your country you've feathered your nests and you've sat on your hands while an imperial president has rubbed your noses in the dirt time after time.

You're no longer men, you're puppets, you're caricatures, jokes, a gaggle of fading prostitutes for sale to anybody who can do you a political favor.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

What do you think?

Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

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(Our?) Politicians do not care what we say about them! They are insulated from us by the power and money we have allowed them to control. They will look in the mirror, smile, and keep the status quo.

Hope, Wish and Pray YOU decide to run for President.

Thank you for expressing what so many of us think!
May god pour out a spirit of conviction and repentance on this nation that once claimed to be "under God"!

Charley says, "You have allowed Obama to tilt the Supreme Court so far to the left that they're little more than a shameful extension of the Executive Branch."
Truth is Obama appointed (with Senate approval) two liberal justices to replace two retiring liberal justices - maintaining the conservative majority. The difference is the votes of Bush appointee Conservative Chief Justice Roberts. If you don't like how a conservative judge votes, don't blame Obama or Congress. Your charge that Obama "tilted" the Court is slander.

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Charlie's stating that the Court has been tilted stems from his opinion that the justices appointed by Obama were even more liberal than the ones they replaced, that is hardly "slander".

I am 110% agreed to this letter. I myself have written a letter to the president whether it was received by him or not I do not know. It's time for people to quite standing down and stand up against these people who have torn America a apart. Men and women in the past did not she'd their blood and give their lives for nothing. It's time to stop complaining and take a stand. Anything is possible with God and He is the one who created this world. He will reign one day. Don't stop the fight let our voices be heard!!!!!! I pray for this country. I pray the next election for presidency is great and people go vote and let their votes count! It's so important to follow up and vote for the right one. Let's get our country back!!! ONE NATION UNDER GOD I STAND!!!!!

At the time of this writing, the two men who are leading the Republican polls are not career politicians. It might just take a savvy business man who isn't afraid to speak his mind and can't be bought and a neurosurgeon to stitch this country back together again. Those poll numbers for Trump and Carson may not stand in the end, but I hope that this reflects that the American people are fed up with everything Washington and will even dare to elect two outsiders with no political experience. Ben Carson was clearly the only one who could claim that he had done things that no other human being on earth has ever done when giving his closing statements on Fox news a few weeks ago.

Charlie you are a "STAND UP TRUE AMERICAN" your comments could not have been composed any better! I hope that everyone single one that voted for Beserk Insane Oboomer is kicking their selves in the rear.

I agreed with much of it. Always enjoyed your music, Mr. Daniels. Iran is very dangerous. I trust them about as far as I can throw their leaders. I was a weightlifter, but getting too old to throw these guys around. We will be dealing with Iran later.

Dear Mr. Daniels,
I want to take a few moments to offer my sincerest gratitude to you for your recent Open letter to Congress, as well as offering you a REPLY since most likely you won’t get one from them. Additionally, being that WE hail from the same VOLUNTEER state we might have a few things in common…southern pride, reverential respect for the common man, and a steadfast and unshakeable faith in the good book to name a few. We may also, have some differences as well, but hopefully that won’t come between US. So let me now CUT to the chase if I may. You’ve potentially opened a big can of worms with your comments to the Congress - but will America listen ?? I for ONE sincerely hope so!! Moreover, it’s probably something that’s been eating at you for quite a while now….given the current path that OUR nation is on?? Indeed even Thomas Jefferson had similar misgivings on this subject over 200 years ago:

"I indulge myself on one political topic only, that is, in declaring to my countrymen the shameless corruption of a portion of the representatives [in Congress]... I think I do good in this, because it may produce exertions to reform the evil, on the success of which the form of the government is to depend." --Thomas Jefferson to Edmund Randolph, 1794.

And while I agree for the most part with the thrust of your assertion that our CONGRESS has essentially turned a blind eye to the TRUE NEEDS of the American people that they have sworn to serve, in favor of self-interested political greed and power. I do NOT however believe it is the Congress that has put us on this destructive path (although they HAVE perpetuated it). Instead, it is the Office of the President of the United States (past and present) that has charted this dangerous course. In essence, a collective 23 plus years of poor leadership from OUR nation’s top executive / commander-in-chief. That is, the Clinton years which introduced the deep erosion away from the RULE OF LAW with its countless scandals that severely tarnished the reputation of a nation. Followed in short order by the Bush administrations very UNWISE use of military force in Iraq despite LOUD protestations to the contrary of the consequences we would be left with (http://www.jameswebb.com/articles/foreign-policy-national-security/headi...) which has wastefully depleted untold amounts of Blood and Treasure from our nations existence. To finally, an administration which has overtly asserted the proposition that the United States has been the problem and not the solution with regard to World Affairs (i.e. leading from the rear and not doing stupid stuff…..Libya and the ARAB Spring??). LONG STORY SHORT, who WE elect as OUR next President will either MAKE or BREAK us as a nation in my humble opinion. Moreover, perhaps EVERY American should also take your advice, and take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask what is it WE desire from our leaders and choose accordingly.

Perhaps at this point it might be useful to take a few moments and think deeply about some choice words regarding the failure of leadership. It was originally spoken back in 1999.

“When leadership fails, sometimes a fundamental shift overtakes a unit, or a military service, or a nation, that is so profound that it can change an entire ethos. Most often it occurs gradually, not because of decisions taken by senior leaders so much as from their inaction, an acquiescence to insistent, incremental pressures generated from the outside. Usually, the leaders, reacting to and sometimes overwhelmed by these pressures, are the ones who comprehend the changes the least, and in some cases cannot perceive what has happened until it is too late for them to protect even their own legacy.”

Funny how some ideas can withstand the true test of time - our Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation to name a few of the more notable ones. I’d submit the above thoughts also closely adhere to this sense of timelessness. How about you Mr. Daniels??

Where then does this leave US?? On one end of the political spectrum we have a HYPER-PARTISAN Super Tramp if you will who sold her soul to the highest bidder many moons ago, and is still doing so even as we speak. She claims it is her time, and she will shatter the supposed glass ceiling that has held her down. Oh and she has made some HARD CHOICES along the way too - support FOR the Iraq war, Benghazi, Libya (4 dead Americans), and the ICING ON THE CAKE, use of a home brew email server for personal convenience instead of a transparent accounting of her actions for the American people. Similarly, on the opposite end of the spectrum we have what appears to be nothing more than a TWO-BIT used car salesman and deal maker who claims he will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN by building walls?? “I will build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.” Add in a unhealthy dash of demagoguery, and now America is starting to dangerously resemble NAZI Germany with their HATRED of Jews during WWII ??

Sadly what we’re witnessing before OUR very eyes - a Union’s DISINTEGRATION - was tellingly for-warned to us in President Washington’s Farewell Address in 1796.

“I have already intimated to you the danger of parties in the State, with particular reference to the founding of them on geographical discriminations. Let me now take a more comprehensive view, and warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party generally. This spirit, unfortunately, is inseparable from our nature, having its root in the strongest passions of the human mind. It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.” George Washington, 1796 Farewell Address

Yes indeed, an AXE with a very sharp blade of REVENGE has been gradually chipping away at OUR foundation for the last 23 years in my humble estimation.

Despite of all the senseless confusion that the Elite extremes have thrust upon US in an effort to divide and conquer the electorate, there does STAND someone who REPRESENTS a rational and honest alternative for the 2016 field. Moreover, his firm roots anchor common values that are reminiscent of a SIMPLE MAN as opposed to the privileged elites that so often take their place among our leadership circles. For starters, back in 69 as a COMBAT MARINE he stood tall and answered the call of his nation in an unpopular war. Moreover, he selflessly fought and BLED for his country during this war while many elites were off protesting and cowardly avoiding the draft for every reason imaginable. We might also remember that even a former president was a party to this shameful practice of LOVE OF SELF ABOVE LOVE OF COUNTRY, as well as, the ONE who now claims he will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. And if memory serves me Mr. Daniels, you even penned a tune titled “Still in Saigon,” so I believe you might have some intimate understanding of this painful but important era in our nations history. And unlike other career politicians whereby political expediency has determined the path they take, this individuals stints of public service as a congressional staffer and cabinet member (Asst SECDEF & SENAV) have been marked by the highest ideals of Honor, Integrity, (http://www.c-span.org/video/?1099-1/leadership-address-midshipmen) and Principled LEADERSHIP (http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1988/022388b.htm) both of which appear to be in very short supply among the current leaders of our nation. Moreover, as a Senator in 2007 he again took a principled position and forcefully stood his ground against the administrations mishandling of the Iraq war (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVXMU43Qhow). He also authored and tirelessly fought to pass the Post 9/11 GI Bill which has helped over 1 million service members better themselves through a college education.

And as for the HERE and NOW as a Presidential Contender he’s basically stood alone in defense of a southern heritage (and flag) that may not be perfect, (http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/jim-webb-stands-alone-the-confederate-flag) but was just as important in shaping who WE are as a nation, as were the horrific actions that we had to undertake to bring about an end to WWII. And where does he STAND in relation to the Deal with the Devil that you mentioned Mr. Daniels?? In vehement opposition!!! (http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/08/21/exp-iran-inspections-webb-intv-e...).

In closing, I guess by now, the cats out of the bag on who authored the above comments on failed leadership. So perhaps it’s worth restating one more time LONG STORY SHORT, who WE elect as OUR next President will either MAKE or BREAK us as a nation. If by chance we happen to disagree on the above REPLY then so be it….but rest assured I will always ADMIRE your music and life’s work for the COMMON MAN who has been and always will be the backbone of OUR Great Nation. God Bless You and Go Big Orange!!!

RAP

Mr. Otis,
If you had 1/100th of the Patriotism CDB had you would be agreeing with him. Nobody, except those getting a handout from this administration, can say that it represents them. Serving in the military is not a prerequisite of being patriotic. You either love your country or you don't.If you are a patriot then you know that it is each citizens DUTY to question and watch carefully those we elect to represent US. Anyone that has ANYTHING to say about a person communicating displeasure in their elected officials is not patriotic nor are they serving the interests of the nation. It only expresses selfish, self-righteous, intolerant ignorance. Those things are the root of racism and prejudice. I may not agree with others statements and viewpoints, but certainly respect their right and their duty to speak it. I pray that you gain understanding and love of others soon. Don't be like the people that go to church on Sunday acting as if they love and serve the lord when in reality they only serve him on Sunday to his own benefit and appearance. God bless you and keep speaking out, it is good!

Revenue had nothing to do with it compared to the industrial north.
It was the south that fired on fort Sumter.No Lincoln was not the worst but the BEST of the 19th century...if ever.Lawlessness and tyranny under Obama is the worst in the history of the Republic.The shame and ignorance resides in your outlook.

I agree with term limits wholeheartedly! I also would like to see an even more important change that I believe would represent our country more accurately: First, No more private money in ANY elections. All evenly distributed tax funds and ALL media outlets are required by law to GIVE at no cost X amount of face and word time to each candidate. You do a news report or editorial or have a discussion panel on a candidate then you have to do one on all of them. Second, Candidates are selected at random from voter registration the same as jury duty. PERIOD.

Any American selected for that duty would be pleased to receive the benefits of that duty. $400k salary $50k expense budget free mansion with servants, limo and driver, private jets and being the guest of honor everywhere you go? I can't imagine there would be many objectors. Finally, Take away the Executive Action privilege except for as applied to emergency Nat. Sec. The elite have had nearly 250 years running this country as a systemic rite and they have driven the country to the brink over and over. Time for a real change.

God bless you Charlie Daniels. You are a Great American. Love your music. But the Devil didn't go down to Georgia. He went to Washington, DC.

Thank you for a very well written and heartfelt letter. You are speaking for millions of us!

Thank you Charlie Daniels!
God bless you, your courage and ability to convey such a strong and bold message to the corrupt politicians. May God continue to bless you abundantly and help you in your work for our troops. God Bless Our Soldiers; fallen, retired and serving. God Bless America. I sure am proud to be an American!!
"Freedom * Faith * Flags".... I like your thinkin'!
One of my prayers is to have an American flag flying at every home in our GREAT nation!
Will you help me make this an answered prayer?
Stand Strong! Wait on the Lord. He will protect you until you stand in the presence of His glory.
Caryn ~ ABCaryn@aol.com

"It took courage above and beyond for Abraham Lincoln to push the country into a Civil War that he knew beyond a shadow of a doubt would divide this nation for decades." Really? It didn't take courage at all, it just took greed as Lincoln didn't want to lose the revenue the South was paying tariffs. In addition to waging a war of conquest and subjugation, Lincoln was the worst president in the history of the republic from a constitutional standpoint. SHAME on you for equating Lincoln's tryanny with the courage of our veterans and patriots.

God bless you Charlie , finally someone has finally stood up an told these slimmy ass, laxy , chicken shit, sons of bitches how us hard workin people actually feel . YOU HEAR US YOU LICE ON SOCIETY !!!!!!! I want to vote for. TRUMP an DANIELS !!!!! Come on people lets make it happen !!!!! Love you CDB !!!!!!!

Thanks for the great thoughts

God Bless you Charlie. If only they would listen. I grew up during the cold war being told to get under my desk and cover my head in case of a nuclear strike. Now my daughter and grandchildren live in a more dangerous world and these politicians are going to let the worst happen. I applaud your letter. My prayer is they listen to the American ;people and you.

I believe you missed the point, there is a reason he never said "Republican" or "Democrat"............both parties consist of the most worthless politicians that this country has ever seen......all paid for by that "citizen" that is known by the name of
"corporation".

I too believe term limits is a must. These people get in congress, establish their networks and ream all they can out of them. Why do we allow it? This is clearly not in the best interest of our country. We have the foxes guarding the hen house!

Donald Trump is reintroducing something we haven't seen in D.C in a LOOOONG time...Kahuna's

Post dated 25 Aug at 209pm stating "you must be an Obuma import". Submitted by dlavender was not aimed at Mr Daniels. NO WAY CHARLIE..

Submitted by Linda (not verified) on August 26, 2015 - 3:47pm.

"That's what freedom is; people are free to do things you don't like"
Plowboy asks; Free to murder babies today, tomorrow free to murder old people that are no longer productive & or a burden on society?
Free today to commit an abomination against God by marrying sodomites, tomorrow NAMBLA will be free to commit atrocities against your children.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste, unfortunately some people don't have one to waste......nuff said God Bless

Of all that has been written,the single most important issue is that there should be term limits of no more than one term.That was the original concept. Today a congressman or senator begin their re-election campaign immediately after they are sworn in.,and power and corruption soon follows

Wrong is wrong no mater which party. In Charlie's He is blasting the gutless republican GOP. then moves on to both parties, including the Illegal Dictator Obama. and bad Court Decisions. Let the people decide and set max term limits. on everything.

I wonder if he'd sent the same letter to congress when Ronald Reagan sold missiles to Iran during an arms embargo. Funny how the opposing political party brings out the fight in people. We're always afraid to turn that critical eye on ourselves and those we vote for.

God bless you for calling out these good for nothing, greedy, selfish, lying and dare I say treasonous miscreants. They, who are OUR representatives have proven their worth as such. It is shameful that more Americans that possess a platform for their voiced opinion have not done so. I pray to God right now that your spoken and honorable word will be the spark that lights the fire in the spirit of Americans across this great nation to organize, lift up the TRUE POWER in this land and stand shoulder to shoulder until every last one resign from that which WE have ENTRUSTED to THEM. You, Mr. Daniels , by choice or not, have now become the voice for those of us they no longer listen to. I ask you here and now to speak further, to gather to you the assistance that God will provide through the hearts, minds, spirits and labor of man, to bring all that are willing, together (with GOD smack dab in the middle of us!! )AND PUT AN END TO THE INSANITY!!! ALL Christians Churches, Pastors, old, young, infirm or able-bodied to STAND UP NOW FOR AMERICA and come together! There is no greater power and it is OUR DUTY eo do so. May God move in all your hearts to do so, in Christ's name I pray, AMEN.

"younger liberal Justices which will keep things pretty much the same for the foreseeable future."

No, because if you look at the ages of Scalia, Ginsburg, Kennedy and Breyer, the NEXT president is most likely going to have much more influence on the Supreme Court than Obama (unless something changes in the next year.)

The conservative justices aren't siding with liberal ones due to political bias. Sometimes you just have to rule on the idea of freedom in this country. And if you believe in "liberty and justice for all" and freedom, that means you are just going to have to accept some things you don't like or agree with. That's what freedom is; people are free to do things you don't like. I am sure you do things other people don't like, but you have the freedom to do that. Just because they rule on an issue in a way you don't agree with doesn't make them liberal or conservative.

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We can agree to disagree, my point was trying to clarify what Charlie meant. - TeamCDB

Thomas Mills (AKA Ogrebeast) the angry liberal Atheist troll who is so obsessed that he's banned from Charlie's website (again) that regularly posts his soapboxes on his own Facebook page and rails agains him is going through a rough patch.

He's in a sling after getting dermatitis after surgery on his arm, poor guy...

To see such a hate-filled, mean, nasty person going through such a painful and challenging ordeal, you know what that makes me feel like doing?

Praying for him.

Praying for his soul, praying for his nature, praying for his healing, both physically and spiritually.

I ask that many of you here will join me in doing the same.

Hope you feel better, Thom. God bless!

BB

You go CD. I love everything you stand for and you said it all. The only one we can trust is God. I pray they get rid of Obama I never wanted in office to start with. God bless you, love a long time fan.

Mr. Ogrebeast Mills thinks that because we banned someone who told Charlie to not give his opinion and stick to music means that we only allow "fawning admiration".

Obviously he doesn't read the comments, he just sees what he wants to see. - TeamCDB

This letter captures exactly how I feel. Whichever of the Republican candidates speaks as Charlie has -- sincerely, heartfelt, concerned -- will take it all, because we will back a principled fighter.

Great Letter Charlie and it sums up exactly the way our entire family feels about our government. Very well said.

I am copying your letter with you receiving credit for it and mailing a hard copy to congress, senators and King Obama who is squatting in our white house.

Everyone out there copy this letter and flood the politicians and Obama with it.

Then vote all of these career politicians out of office.

GO CHARLIE DANIELS_MY KUDO's to YOU

I am so glad to hear this. Maybe with a famous name, congress will listen cause they sure do not listen to the ordinary person. Bless you C Dd

Thank you Charlie for being willing to use your platform to say what needs to be said. I agree with you totally. Well done my brother.

Finally the truth has found its way to congress, maybe they will read it if enough Americans tell them to!

Is that what is taught in Southern schools that President Lincoln pushed the Country into a Civil War - I beg to differ on that - it was an inevitable consequence related to the Yanks not wanting the Rebels slavery - "A house divided cannot Stand" It broke his heart to see brother against brother and when asked how he would treat anyone that fought against the North should they come home well Mr. Lincoln replied: "As if they never left" shades of the prodigal son parable in the Bible - the North moved on - only because the South felt that they had "lost the war" did hatred and bitterness die out slowly if at all. Hey, we are all entitled to our opinions - it is America - first amendment - for saying any of this I would be hanging from a crane in the town square in Iran tomorrow - no trial no real charges - just 100 lashes then choked to death at the end of a noose hung from a huge construction crane - Americans need to wake up and realize the atrocities and brutality in Iran - our minds simply cannot wrap around the evil regime in place there and chanting "Death to America" as we speak - Amnesty International, the United Nations all fine organizations with their hands tied - Do not agree to weapons of mass destruction in any way shape or form if you want your children to see adulthood - Pray - get on your knees and plead God protect us that we are not all rainbow "sin is in" "Adam and Steve" - not even - it gives me much hope, helps me get out of bed in the morning, helps me sleep thinking of the multitude I have encountered on the Internet - that are believers just like me - struggling sinners desperately clinging to the hem of his robe not willing to let go Abraham Lincoln also said that "America will never be destroyed from outside forces, she will destroy herself" how prophetic is that - please have a look at this video - it "hits the nail on the head" and gives good perspective -

Jonathan Cahn on Capitol Hill, addresses Members of Congress and Leaders with a prophetic message to the Supreme Court, President Obama and America.

https://youtu.be/stPCMvM3R_M

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Thank you for your history lesson with regards to the start of the Civil War.

Charlie merely simplified the beginnings of the Civil War since that was not the crux of his letter. To say that Lincoln pushed the country into a Civil War is only to say that Lincoln could have backed off and let the South secede into the Confederate States of America, but Lincoln did not let that happen. I'm sure Charlie could have gone into much more detail, but it was a very small part of his overall letter. - TeamCDB

Why is it always the Koch Brothers and never a word about that foreigner, George Soros or any of the other billionaire leftist? Your comment falls on deaf ears due to your intellectual dishonesty.

You watch an impossible National Debt balloon completely out of control knowing full well that a day of reckoning is coming that will seriously curtail the quality of life for coming generations."

One more bit of truth. Most of the debt is held by Americans. Not China, not Japan, not Saudi, but Americans. If Americans would like to forgive the debt owed to them, they can. But I don't see anybody in line to do that.

You have allowed Obama to tilt the Supreme Court so far to the left that they're little more than a shameful extension of the Executive Branch."

Charlie...let's be truthful here. Obama has appointed only two justices. FIVE...count em...FIVE of the current justices were appointed by Republican presidents. They hold the majority. They are Scalia, Kennedy, Roberts, Thomas, and Alito. Look, it's okay to disagree, but we gotta stick to the truth here.

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Being appointed under a Republican or Democrat administration has no bearing on the way the Justices vote.

Formerly conservative Justices have sided with the more liberal ones in recent years, and Obama has replaced outgoing liberal Justices with younger liberal Justices which will keep things pretty much the same for the foreseeable future. That was Charlie's point, but he didn't feel he had to explain every minutia of his letter. - TeamCDB

When being a left wing hippie was in vogue for your fans, that's what you were, Mr. Uneasy Rider.

Now that you're old and heading to the grave, you've become a flag waving chickenhawk (where did you serve again?).

Because that's where your fans are. You're a shrewd, calculating man but as shallow as a puddle.

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Mr. Otis,

Charlie's Facebook page has over 1.8 M "Likes" and over 223 K followers on Twitter.
He will perform over 100 concerts this year, not counting his appearances on The Grand Ole Opry.
Just raised over $300,000 for his charity, The Journey Home Project, which helps our heroes adjust to civilian life after serving bravely, and the show that raised the money, the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam, was one of the most talked about shows of the year.

Look it up.

Not bad for a guy who, as you characterized him, is "heading for the grave". Thank you for your concern, but he and his fanbase are doing just fine.

And Charlie did not serve because he failed his physical due to his poor eyesight. - TeamCDB

You know, our backgrounds couldn't be more divergent, Mr. Daniels: I'm from a North Eastern city, I have no specific religion, I'm more of an alternative rock of the 80's musician (although your stuff is a lot of fun and very well done - you have a lot of talent), and simply put, I disagree with you on your view on our president. Although he's far from perfect, he was in my opinion, "less bad" than his opponent. All that being said, our separate paths lead us to the same destination - Congress has become a joke and needs to start doing their job. They are our EMPLOYEES, aren't they? Whatever one's political party, they aren't meant to make decisions based on personal beliefs, they are there to do the things that their constituents want them to.

Also, where did this "us or them" attitude come from? That "stand my ground no matter what" thing. Why is it so bad to admit you might have been wrong and change your mind to the wish of your "employers". Why not sit down with someone from "the other side", give and take a bit, come up with a good plan, shake hands and walk away knowing that things are better because they listened to someone from the "other side" with respect. I applaud you, Mr. Daniels for your honesty, and as someone who has very different views on a lot of things, I wouldn't mind sitting down with you over a cup of coffee, learn a bit about you and your beliefs, maybe let you know a bit about mine, and leave a better person because I treated you with respect. I hope you would do the same. Anyway, if you want to have a cup of coffee with me, let me know, lol!

Indeed Charlie! I agree with every word, what more will come unraveled before Obama is out of office! He & his wife are a disgrace to America! Maybe enough Americans will wake up now, not only sad but scary what has become of our country! Pray for our troops & may God Bless America!

Because you have NO FACTS to counter with...because you are one of the IGNORANT people that either
A: voted for Obama because of his skin color.
B:Voted for Obama because you want more "Free" stuff.
or
C: Doesn't have the brains to research to find out just how far this Country has strayed from the original intent.

For anyone in this country to honestly believe the treaty with Iran will protect is sad indeed. Read the Quaran. Study history. Our first war with Isalm was the foundation for the Marine hymn, ...from the shores of Tripoli. We fought them and won. We knew our enemy. The Quaran clearly states Muslim can enter into any treaty, agreement, etc. knowing ahead of time they can sit there and smile, shake their heads in agreement and not honor one word of it. I have communicated with the Senators who are on the committee reviewing the treaty now - they are objecting to many items in the treaty, one major point Iran will investigate their own nuclear facilities, they will report to us to tell us they are not making war heads. How stupid can anyone be. Thank you Charlie, for bold truth. When you stand before Jesus He will say, "Well done My good and faithful servant." If only Americans would listen, research for themselves, read their Bibles and wise up.

Human savagery is only exceeded by greed. I'm a former E-5/SSgt of the United States Air Force with over 12 years of active service from 1984 to 1996. I was awarded 2 Commendation Medals, 2 Achievement Medals, 3 Good Conduct Medals, other various ribbons and was Airman of the Month 5 times, Airman of the Quarter 3 times and Airman of the Year. Unfortunately my love of mother nature (cannabis) ended my career abruptly, and in a general court martial I was given 1 year confinement, reduction to E-1 with forfeitures of pay and allowances, and a Bad Conduct Discharge. So now that that's out of the way and you have an idea of who I am, I'm simply going to say "Thank you Charlie". I admire the fact that you have the stones to write these letters condemning the government bureaucracy of the United States of America primarily because it so desperately needs to be done. I don't always agree entirely with everything you write, but that's due mostly because of your religious convictions of which I have none myself. But you are 'spot on' in describing your disgust with the current sad state of this once mighty Union. Indeed, a true patriot must always be ready to defend his/her country from it's government. I just hope it isn't too late for something to actually be done to reverse the direction the good old USA is currently headed. As for me, I'm getting ready to exit stage left by going back to Asia where I've lived 9 years of my life. I feel alive and free there compared to the this country (is that really so crazy?). Of course, that's if the USA will reissue me a passport. They revoked my last passport in 2009 because I needed repatriation to the US from the Philippines where I had become broke financially and destitute. So, we both have our own issues with the United States government that we have to deal with in our own way. And something tells me neither one of us is going to back down until we are satisfied, so good luck with what you're trying to do. Isn't it ironic that you're fighting to make this a great country again, but I'm fighting to get out (hehe)? I'll end this comment by just saying fight the good fight, but give peace a chance. Love ya Charlie! (from a short haired city boy with an uneasy ride ahead of him because he's still in Asia).

I am 55 yrs old born and raised in Oklahoma. Started listening to CDB in the early 70's and the release of the "Fire on the Mountain" album. I have listened to you on vinyl, 8 track, cassette, CD, and now MP3. Unfortunately, we part ways when it comes to how we see America. The problem with America today boils down to one blatant issue. Money in politics. The death nail was Citizens United. We no longer live in a democarcy. We live in a plutocracy. This country is run by and its policies determined by the richest of the rich. The Koch brothers come to mind. The money they spend on elections is not only obscene but corrupt and criminal in there intent to buy elections. When it comes to the Iran deal. I have not read the terms as I bet U have not iether, but I equate it like this, deal means no war, no deal means some kind of military action. As a veteran I will side with peace every time. If U look at the history of U.S. Iranian relations in the 20th century, it is us that should not be trusted, not Iran. In 1953 we overthrew an sovereign government and installed our puppet, the Shah of Iran who was a murderous dictator. We supported Saddam Hussien during the Iraq Iran war. We shot down a civilian Iranian ariliner in 1988 killing 290 civilians 66 of which were children. Who seems not trust worthy?

Thank you for being a voice for America.

Charlie, I'm thinking there's a good chance the choice will be Trump. Not sure if that is good or bad but I am sure it would be good "IF", you would consider running as his Vice President!!! Seriously. thx

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