An Open Letter to My Liberal Friends

Brother Against Brother

Brother Against Brother

“I was astonished to hear from the prisoners that you was color Bearer of the Regiment that assaulted the Battery at this point the other day.” James continued, “I was in the Brest work during the whole engagement doing my Best to Beat you but I hope you and I will never again meet face to face bitter enemies on the Battlefield but if such should be the case You have but to discharge your duty for your cause for I can assure you I will strive to discharge my duty to my country and my cause.” ~ Letter from Confederate James Campbell to his Yankee brother Alexander after the Battle of Secessionville

I never thought anything could ever separate us again. We were foolish kids together. We came of age together. We explored the frontiers of first loves and broken hearts together. We absorbed The Graduate, Easy Rider and One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest and learned to challenge authority together. We purchased our first adult beverages together…from Ben & Slim at that convenience store next to the Hob-Nob. We hitch-hiked across America together and we cried over lost friends together…and then we grew up to raise our own kids and watch our parents grow older…together!

Look at us now! I was more like you than you were! And today it seems more like we are standing on different planets. There are only two things I can think of that could explain our different perceptions of the very same troubling events. I did not go to college. And I spent eight years of my life from 1986 to 1994 experiencing government from the perspective of a small business owner sweating to make payroll every week.

I’m afraid there exists the same dark energies in our world today to bring about a repeat of 1862…only I wanted to write you before the “Battle” rather than after…because there are things I need to know from you, and there are things I need you to know from me before we cross the threshold. You see, I can understand each Campbell brother’s deeply held convictions that only the misery of tremendous bloodletting was finally able to resolve. But knowing you as I thought I did, there are some things that I can’t make sense of…

For instance, when I commented to you that “It must be exhausting…defending the indefensible (Obama)”, you replied, “It’s exhausting batting away the gnat-like objections to anything Obama ever says or does or supports. No govt program is anti freedom or anti American.”

This is what doesn’t make sense to me. I had two bizarre dreams last night. In the first dream I found myself in the faculty lounge of Brown University trying to fit in, relate and communicate. It was actually pretty hilarious. In the second dream, you and I were with the families at the funerals of Border Agent Brian Terry (Fast & Furious), Chris Stevens, Ty Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith (Benghazi), and the 17 members of Seal Team 6. But when I looked for you in the receiving line when it came time to pay our respects, you weren’t there…you were gone! I need to know where you went and why!

And this is what you need to know from me. Unless you can convince me otherwise, I will believe that you were led away from them by your own denial in following the broken promises of a very convincing liar. Regardless of what he has promised you, the promise of a liar can only be a lie. And what’s worse my friend, those who swallow their empty promises can only become liars themselves.

Please know before the Battle that we are being forced to, that I love you and I can’t imagine anything other than side by side when Truth is known. But it is not for me to find yours…and if you should choose a different course… “if such should be the case You have but to discharge your duty for your cause for I can assure you I will strive to discharge my duty to my country and my cause.” We used to talk together all night long…

Chip Murray: Wide Awake

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5 Responses to An Open Letter to My Liberal Friends

  1. David says:

    this is what happened to our liberal friends…

  2. Chip Murray says:

    Thanks David…and I have to say I got a chill this morning after reading this excerpt from Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty” speech om March 23rd, 1775:
    “NO man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope that it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen, if entertaining, as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony.”
    It is deja vu all over again my friend!!

  3. Kim says:

    Thank you for your thoughts. I could not have said it better than you expressed in this open letter. I have lost liberal “friends” over our differences of opinion. Mind you, I did not leave the relationship; they chose to turn their backs with no discussion or explanation. WHY, I ask myself?
    To this day I don’t truly know which of our differences has divided us because it has never been expressed. I believe it was a social issue of some sort but then again, I’m only assuming this to be the case. And it wasn’t because we had face-to-face discussions or debates over anything that caused the rift. It was merely because I questioned, debated and expressed my views to some of their Facebook friends.
    I have gotten over the hurt and replaced it with anger, anger toward myself for being so trusting and not realizing sooner that they were only acquaintances and never really friends. I feel “taken for a fool” because I always prided myself on being able to distinguish the differences between casual and serious relationships. I want to believe these lost relationships served a purpose at the time but have now lost their worth.
    The people I know whether they be liberal or conservative, who have remained in my life and who have decided (as I have) to look past our differences and respect our relationship are the ones who are worth keeping. Life is too short to beg for friendships. I find myself wary now of forming new friendships. I find myself ever more vigilant to place these relationships in a pecking order ranging from mere acquaintance to trustworthy friend & confidant.
    The tone if our Country is such that people refuse to acknowledge others opinions. I’m not saying we must accept opinions vastly different than ours but that we should act like adults to debate & discuss them in a healthy manner and remain cordial whatever the outcome.
    As far as those lost relationships are concerned, I have “left the door open” for those who have slammed it shut. Though I realize those relationships will never be the same. Perhaps it is G-d’s will that we open our eyes during this time to know who we are and to gain the strength to stand up for our beliefs.
    My 13 year old Son said it best when he equated the actions of those who chose to ignore rather than engage in decide dialogue. He said, “This is just like middle school.” Then he asked me if I wanted his opinion wherein I answered, “yes.” He proceeded, “You want to know what I think? I think they should grow a pair!”
    Out of the mouths of babes!

  4. Chip Murray says:

    13 going on 30 Kim! Yeah, kind of hard to face Truth when your busy running away from it! But I guess when enough people are running in the same direction it can sure seem like the right direction!

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