An Open Letter to Diane Black

Dear Mrs. Black,
I’m writing to you, as a constituent of Tennessee’s 6th congressional district, to express my immense displeasure with your most recent statement on the President’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay. I’m posting this letter on the internet because I hope it will elicit a better response than the one I would have received from your interns otherwise.

Statement from Rep. Black

President Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay and bring detainees to the United States will remain just that: a plan. One that should not be enacted. The President says this facility “undermines” our security. Does he think bringing terrorists to U.S. soil doesn’t?
This President knows he needs the approval of Congress to move Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S. because his own Attorney General and Secretary of Defense have stated publicly that acting alone on this issue would be against the law. We must not give him that approval.

First, as someone who describes herself as a fiscal conservative and spends most of her waking day preaching the importance of fiscal responsibility, I find it absolutely perplexing that you would be in favor of keeping a facility open that costs American tax payers almost half a billion dollars a year to operate.

We spend almost $5 million dollars per detainee per year at Guantanamo Bay, which is roughly 158 times more than we spend on the average high-security inmate in the United States.

But I’m sure you knew that.

Secondly, I find it equally perplexing that your argument for keeping this facility open is that relocating these individuals to US soil somehow presents a threat to our national security.

In fact, the last time I checked, the United States has perfected the art of putting people in prisons. The idea that somehow the most advanced nation in the world is incapable of putting 91 people safely behind bars and keeping them there is an absolute absurdity and is one that, frankly, you yourself cannot possibly believe to be true.

Which leads me to my third and final point, and the real reason for this letter.

I’m not writing to you because I’m angry that the only thing you seem to be capable of doing is trying and repeatedly failing to repeal Obamacare. You know, like they say, maybe the 58th time is the charm.

I’m not writing this letter because of your refusal to even listen to the President’s budget proposal. After all, every once in a while we all get tired of doing our jobs — why should you be any different?

I’m not even writing this letter because of your tireless effort to make sure some human beings don’t have access to basic health care.

I’m writing this letter because I’m tired of you lying to your constituents.

Please, for the sanity of us all, stop making idiotic excuses to the people in your district on why you make the decisions you make, and be frank with us — your sole purpose in government is to make sure anything Barack Obama tries to do does not ever get done.

And in regards to that, I must say, you’re doing a fantastic job.

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