An Open Letter to Robert Gates, President of the Boy Scouts of America @boyscouts @AP

Dear Mr. Gates,

As our nation gathers for the Memorial Day Holiday this Monday, I want to thank you for your service to our nation.

During your long career of service you have held many prestigious positions….

  • Deputy Director of the CIA under President Ronald Reagan
  • Deputy National Security Advisor under President George HW Bush
  • Director of the CIA under President George HW Bush
  • United States Secretary of Defense under President Barack Obama

In addition to these important positions you have led some of the most prestigious Universities in our nation.

Mr. Gates, your service to our nation is exemplary.  You have led our soldiers into wars and helped spread freedom around the world.

Your leadership has helped solidify the words of the United States Declaration of Independence that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Mr. Gates, when you led our men and women into battle I had all faith that you believed those words and that you epitomized the ideals of all Americans.

I was pleased to see you named President of the Boys Scouts of America this week.  A man of honor such as yourself will be an ideal leader for the youth of America.

In your first interview since taking the position, I was pleased to hear you told an Associated Press reporter that you “would have supported” gay Scoutmasters.

Once again, your lifetime of “all men are created equal” was loud and clear……. but then you said….. you opposed ANY further attempts to address the policy.

So just to make sure I understand, you are in favor of allowing gay Scoutmasters, but not willing to fight for them. Not willing to fight for the ideals that all men are created equal.  Not willing to stand up to bigotry, not willing to stand up for ALL Americans.

Mr. Gates, all that stuff I said above about service to your country, leadership and honor…..  I take that back.  Mr. Gates, you are nothing more than a cowardly politician who likes to talk the talk, but not walk the walk.

Kendall Rumsey

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