Dear Mr. President.
I know you are under a tremendous amount of pressure these days; seems like everything you touch turns to crap and your polling numbers are falling faster than a lead balloon. And now, in the middle of all your woes, there is this huge debt issue hanging over your head and the tea party Republicans’ unwillingness to roll over on the debt ceiling thing is threatening a financial meltdown and certain economic catastrophe.
So I want to offer you a word of encouragement and make a little suggestion. Since those pesky Republicans seem bent on a balanced budget amendment to the constitution, why not just agree with them on that point and let them take it to the people. I don’t see where that would make any difference and you could benefit from the bump in your approval ratings that are sure to come when the people are deceived into thinking that you are serious about reaching a compromise for the good of the country.
You should not fear a balanced budget amendment. You have no respect for the constitution anyway and in fact, already hold much of the archaic document and the amendments in contempt. Furthermore, your administration is engaging in warfare against the people’s rights as articulated in the first, second, fourth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, fourteenth, seventeenth, and perhaps other amendments so the passage of this stupid, new amendment seems an insignificant little bone to throw to an unsuspecting and ignorant populace. Those of us who are more informed already know that you, your administration, the courts, and even congress have no desire or intention to let a little annoying constitutional law stop any of you from your corrupt, despotic, and illegal rule.
So just let them take their proposed amendment to the peopIe. There is always a chance that it will not be ratified but, if it is, they will soon forget all about it and you can just ignore it like you do the rest of our laws. I hope you will consider this friendly suggestion; I’m just doing my part to help you out.
Ralph M. Petersen