Dear Mr. President

Make It Count

You’ve been given the opportunity to send one message to one person you wouldn’t normally have access to (for example: the President. Kim Kardashian. A coffee grower in Ethiopia). Who’s the person you choose, and what’s the message?

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(I suspect this one is going to get me some negative feedback.  Please just be polite. I will not publish anything with vile language or name-calling.  You are entitled to your opinion. So am I.)

Dear Mr. President,

Please quit imposing your socialist utopian dream on my beloved country. We don’t want it. It doesn’t work. You are destroying the fabric of America; you are corrupting the character that made this nation great.

Alexis de Tocqueville said that America is great because she is good; when she is no longer good she will no longer be great.  He was right, and Mr. President, it’s not ALL your fault.  We began to lose our way a long time ago, and it’s too long and complicated to explain here.  

But you, Sir, have tried to cash in on our floundering. You have promised rainbows and sunshine, hope and change, a better life for everyone. You planned to make that happen by creating more national debt in your six years in office than ALL other Presidents combined!  You have burdened several generations of Americans with your profligate spending, which you told Congress, when you were still a senator, was an unAmerican thing to do.  Have  you forgotten?

Basic economics teaches that you must not spend what you do not have. At this point, we are indebted to China and Saudi Arabia to the extent that they virtually own us. That should make you, Sir, very afraid. They don’t respect us, and they certainly don’t respect you. The world is laughing at you. You need to pay attention.

None of your policies has lived up to the glories you promised. You cannot legislate–or sign into law by fiat–happiness and prosperity for millions of people.  It doesn’t work that way, never has, never will. If you will take even the most cursory glance at history over the last 150 years, you will see that socialism has been instituted in, say, European countries at the initial cost of great bloodshed.  And the ongoing cost is that in some countries, people are required to hand over 80% of their earnings to people like you, who seem to think you know a lot better than people like me.

All dictators come to violent, unseemly ends. You need to pay attention. You are ignoring our Constitution when you ignore Congress, and you claim to be a constitutional expert.  You say that the Right simply won’t do anything, that they are the Party of NO. That is true only if you believe that you are the ONLY right one, and that any disagreement is wrong simply because it’s YOU they are disagreeing with.  There have been at least 80 attempts, the last I heard, that the House has made to modify Obamacare and make it somewhat workable. The Senate, under your “best friend” Mr. Ried, has killed each attempt. Who is refusing to work together?  Who is the Party of NO?  And that’s just one example.

You really should resign, if you have an ounce of honor. The only problem there is that then we’d be stuck with Joe Biden. And that is not acceptable at all. Not at all. Why should you resign?  Because you do NOT believe in the principles upon which this nation was founded.  You do NOT respect our Constitution, and you have said so. Your “hope and change” was more honestly stated when you admitted that your plan was to “fundamentally change America.”

It is beyond sad to me that so many people are willing to have Big Brother take care of them that you were elected not once, but twice.  Your promises were empty, though, and the polls are showing more and more clearly that people are waking up to the fact that freedom isn’t free.

A President you mock, Mr. Ronald Reagan, said that freedom must be fought for by every generation.  It must never be taken for granted, because there will always be people like you who find a way to rise to power so you can control the lives of people you’ll never meet, and that you don’t care about.

I pray that we average American citizens have not lost our will to stand up and fight.  I think we’re going to need to do just that.

Sincerely,

Wife of one, mother of four, grandmother of nine, who wants to see all future generations still free to decide what to have for breakfast without any interference from the government.

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15 thoughts on “Dear Mr. President

  1. Pingback: Daily Prompt: Make It Count | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice

  2. I was going to write pretty much what you wrote, except in my letter I would have included instances of the president’s betrayal of our food supply… we are *not* free to choose what we want to eat for breakfast now! In polls, over 90% of those who took the polls said they want foods with genetically modified ingredients to at the very least be labeled. A majority wanted them banned from our food supply. Yet if you believe the proponents of organic food, almost everything in the grocery stores that is processed *is* in fact, a container that holds at least some genetically modified ingredients. *sigh* I guess I do need to write that letter. Thanks for your impassioned letter.

    1. There were so many more things I could have said. Tried to keep it a reasonable length. And I really didn’t want to invite nasty comments, which so far I haven’t had to deal with. Thanks for your input 🙂

  3. You sound like an angry woman. This president didn’t get us into a war that cost American lives and billlions in taxpayer dollars. Define socialism, then look at the school system, postal service, National Parks, and the list goes on… It’s not all good, but it’s not all bad either.

    1. Well, congratulations! Yours is the first not entirely positive comment I’ve received on this piece, and if this is as bad as it gets, then I’m happy.

      Let me see if I can answer you, point by point.

      Are you assuming that I’m an angry woman because I disagree with the present regime? Because I’ve been specific about some of the things that trouble me? Because I don’t like socialism, which I’m very well-qualified to define as a history teacher and student of all the “isms” that have influenced the 20th century? I’m not sure what it is upon which you’ve based your opinion, but I’d like to ask you to go back and read through some of the other things I’ve written and tell me whether you still think I’m an angry woman. Having strong convictions is not synonymous with being angry. It’s true that I’m angry ABOUT some of the things I’ve mentioned. I’m angry that my President took about a nanosecond out of his busy golf schedule to comment on the beheading of the first American journalist victim. And I’m angry about the multiple millions of taxpayer dollars he’s used, and will continue to use, on his “vacations” while he badmouths the wealthy (not his Hollywood wealthy friends, of course) and uses one of the most expensive means of transportation available. So yes, I guess that makes me angry. I own that, and I won’t apologize. There are things we NEED to be angry about.

      You are correct that Obama didn’t get us into Desert Storm or Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. What bothers me about that kind of argument, though, is that if those wars had been allowed to come to the most effective conclusion, Mr. Obama wouldn’t have to be sending troops and planes back there to start all over again. Who or what stood in the way of finalizing those wars? The Democratic Congress. And contrary to Mr. Obama’s practice, the other Presidents did not abuse their power by signing multiples of Executive Orders in spite of Congress refusing to work with them.

      Here’s a new one to throw into the pot of what I’m angry about: Mr. Holder’s resignation, hinged on getting a replacement, created enough of a firestorm that Mr. Obama was able to Executive Order the military to induct illegal aliens into our armed forces with very little reaction from the media.

      Really? That doesn’t bother YOU? It should! While Mr. O has been busy downsizing services to soldiers and their families, and to veterans, he is now saying it’s ok to PAY illegals to be in our military? Where’s the logic? Seems to me he’s got tons of compassion for illegals and known terrorists, but not much for homegrown military people.

      Yes, that makes me angry.

      But I take issue with you that I am an angry woman. No one who knows me would agree with you. I also find it interesting that the first thing you chose to use as criticism was to attack my character. You need to think about that.

      Did you know that rat poison is about 95% harmless? Only 5% is poison. It’s not all good, but it’s not all bad, either.

      When our government school systems were first established, patriotism ran high and teachers were paid low. A sad thing for those dedicated, hardworking people, often single young women who were shunted around the district from one month to the next to board with families who had children in the school. But things went surprisingly well, and if you would look at what an 8th grade graduation exam was like back in, say, 1880, you’d be amazed at what those students could do. Our 8th-graders today would be hard-pressed to keep up with them. When school districts were run by the people in the district, things were pretty good. When the Federal government started to enter into the picture, we began to lose quality, and funding became a huge issue. I could go on about all this for a very long time, but I won’t. I would, however, like to encourage you to do some research into the history of education in America, and track how literate our high school seniors are today compared to 100 years ago. Government intervention almost always creates a deterioration in quality. That’s across the board, from business to manufacturing to education to child-rearing.

      Please don’t use the postal service as an example of government success. They are constantly out of money, threatening to have to stop delivery on Saturdays, and demanding a great deal of unpaid overtime from their route people. The private sector would do a better job, no question about it.

      You didn’t mention the health industry. I’m surprised. It’s Mr. Obama’s biggest “achievement” and it’s still not working very well. I work in the mental health field, and I can assure you that all of the regs that have come into play because of Obamacare have done nothing more than complicate our work. Doctors and nurses are retiring at a phenomenol rate because of Obamacare. It’s a mess.

      So no, I’m sorry, socialism doesn’t answer these issues, never has, never will. For years, people around the world have come to America to get health care that is not available to them in their socialized-medicine countries. They won’t be doing that much longer.

      I repeat: Having strong convictions is not synonymous with being an angry person. My disagreeing with you doesn’t mean I’m angry with you, or that I hate you, or that I want to lop off your head.

      It means I disagree with you.

    2. Just me

      Dear ms/mr feline fidelis. I know granonine and I can assure you an angry woman she is not. She is kind, intelligent and passionate but not angry. Kind I am not so let me dissect your reply. Let’s start with your screen name. What an oxymoron. Fidelis means loyal. My dogs anxiously greet me at the door, ferociously defend me when a stranger is at the door and rarely leave my side. As long as they had food my former cats couldn’t care less if I was home. Cats loyal, I don’t think so. The wars have not cost billions it is actually trillions. I hope you are not an accountant. Socialism a good thing……really? Let’s hear the words of some very rich but very compassionate philanthropists. Bill Gates said “nations grow rich if they embrace capitalism”. The living conditions in India and China have greatly improved because they have embraced capitalism. In the words of u2’s Bono, “I still haven’t found what I I’m looking for”. Oops wrong quote. He said “aid is just a stop gap, commerce- entrepreneurial capitalism- takes more people out of poverty then aid. You extol the virtues of the government. If our schools are so wonderful why are our children lagging behind other industrialized nations? If the post office is so great why do they lose billions each year while FedEx and ups make billions? I will give you the national park argument. Yosemite and the Grand Canyon are two of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Oops, God made those so I guess we can’t give Woodrow Wilson the credit for that one. I leave you with the words of Francois Guizot who said”not to be a Republican at 20 is proof of want of heart; to be one at 30 is proof of want of head.”

  4. What a great letter! I totally agree with everything you said. I have written something like that on my own blog. I would be honored if you’d drop by RushBabe49.com. I will be following you. Best wishes to you and your family.

  5. Thank you for a well written and succinct letter, and an even better response in the comments. You would make a wonderful debater. I particularly liked your comments, “Having strong convictions is not synonymous with being an angry person.” How often those of us who feel as you do labeled “angry.” It is a classic intimidation technique utilized to shut opposing views down. Time to stand up and say, enough.

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