There were several children in attendance at today’s visit to Sanders’ office, including a nine-year old girl who sat quietly writing her own letter to the senator. When she was done, she had it copied by the office staff and then handed it out to those who wanted to see it. I’m re-printing the letter in its entirety below. It is refreshing – to say the least – to see the school-aged lessons in democracy come flowing out so honestly on paper. We’ve got a lot to learn, my friends.
Dear Senator Sanders,
Stop the war. What do you not understand? What about the kids in Iraq? You are sending money to kill people and you can stop this war.
If you want the war to stop like you say, then stop it now. You have the power.
I’m nine-years old and I do not stand by my Mom and Dad. I stand on my own and I have to go against this war. I am not afraid of anyone and I am only nine. You have the same choice as me and you support the war.
I’m not afraid of going with what I believe and you are supposed to listen to Vermonters like me instead of pretending and hiding. Go do your job now.
If you like the war, go fight it. It’s not fun. At least 1,000 people are counting on you.
You have kids. How would you like your kids to die because you send money to Bush? Stop doing it.
People were arrested because they had a belief. You have the power in this world but you can arrest me as much and as long as you want but I will never change my mind because what you’re doing is wrong. This war is not right.
Let there be hope.