An open letter to Obama

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    AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

    Dear President Obama:

    You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others,
    you truly scare me.


    You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

    You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League

    education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.


    You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in

    America and culturally you are not an American.

    You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

    You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it

    at its core.

    You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.


    You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with

    radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals

    who wish to see America fail.

    You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America ' crowd and deliver

    this message abroad.

    You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where

    the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.


    You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

    You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

    You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the

    golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

    You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.

    You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your

    wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

    You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of

    view from intelligent people.

    You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

    You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

    You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys,

    O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

    You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

    Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

    Lou Pritchett


    This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it. Big surprise.

    Since it hit the internet, however, it has had over 500,000 hits. Keep it going.

    All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.

    It's happening right now.
     
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    "You scare me" will be fwd on
     
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    :lol::lol::lol:

    Poor Lou - scared of change. Never mind, there's always the next election.
     
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    Which is the Republican platform of obstructionism and corporate hegemony. Of course I don't see many good "ones".

    Why don't we have healthcare hearings on the Hill? But let's make it under oath and let the politicians' words be subject to the penalties of perjury.........not just the witnesses.
     
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    This is NOT an "open letter". It's a ridiculous "whine".

    " I know nothing about you." You know everything about him. Most Republicans didn't even know that John McCain was involved with the Forrestal "accident" or that he graduated 5th from the bottom out of a class of 899 or that he born in the country of Panama. Fox news sent a film crew to Obama's elementary school and published copies of his Birth Certificate.

    "expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support." A combination of scholarships, student loans and his grandparents money. Plus he wrote two best selling novels that earned millions. When I graduated from college, I owed 56 thousand dollars which I have paid back. He owed considerably more and didn't finish paying off his loans until he was nearly 40. It's no secret.

    "You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in
    America and culturally you are not an American." Growing up in Hawaii makes him not American?

    "You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll." Bush ran three companies into bankruptcy. Name the company Reagan ran.

    "You scare me because you have never had military experience" Bush had military experience, but no one could ever find him. Roosevelt had no military experience.Also
    Herbert Hoover
    Calvin Coolidge
    Warren G. Harding
    Woodrow Wilson
    William Howard Taft
    John Adams
    John Quincy Adams
    Martin Van Buren

    "You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others." I thought he has done a remarkable job not blaming the worse president the US has ever had. Coming into office after 8 years of failure and disaster and he is still blamed.

    "You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with
    radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals" I'm guessing you are talking about William Ayers who is a Democrat in Chicago. They have met a few times and both served on different boards of a very conservative and Republican foundation. Their families never had dinner together. The other, Wright, served in the Marines, was valedictorian in the Navy Medical Corps and received three White House commendations. Wow, what a frigging radical.

    "who wish to see America fail" It's the Republicans who are calling for failure.

    I can't do anymore. Your letter is just too damn stupid. You don't even know what you are talking about. It's like you get your news from FOX. Pisshead.
     
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    looks like we have a fucktard liberal pisshead here
     
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    So... then you would have us believe that "change" is ALWAYS good?

    What if the change is BAD? You still going to ridicule those who oppose it... like me?

    I'm not a liberal like you. I don't LIKE the CHANGE. It doesn't "scare" me, it PISSES ME OFF. I don't live by the quota. I don't have an entitlement mentality. I don't believe in income redistribution. I don't believe in big government. And if THAT'S the CHANGE you believe in, and are MOCKING people that OPPOSE IT, here's an idea, you keep your CHANGE. Keep it right there in your own damn country. Kill the individual. Kill capitalism. Let big government run your life from womb to tomb. I don't give a fuck. But when some mealy mouthed little lying racist prick starts pulling that shit in America, I'll fight that sons a bitch, tooth and nail, all the way.
     
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    My favorite..

    "You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in

    America and culturally you are not an American."

    Somebody save me....I'm scared
     
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    The liberals response so far to the OP.... RIDICULE AND INSULTS... gee what a fucking surprise.... :eusa_hand:
     
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    http://nieciedo.blogspot.com/2009/06/open-letter-to-lou-pritchett.html

    Tuesday, June 16, 2009
    An Open Letter to Lou Pritchett

    Emblematic of the disturbed right-wing fear mongering that has grown up like ringworm on the American body politic since long before Obama was even elected is a piece entitled An Open Letter to President Obama penned by a Lou Pritchett, who was a vice-president of Proctor & Gamble and the author of a business self-help book.

    Mr. Pritchett hoped to have had his work published in The New York Times but surprisingly never received any acknowledgement of his submission. Nevertheless, it has become a popular fixture on right-wing websites and fodder for e-mail forwards by conservatives to their friends.

    In this letter, Mr. Pritchett sets out the reasons Obama supposedly "scares" him. His work instead has the converse effect of demonstrating the reasons people like Mr. Pritchett scare me.

    Dear Mr. Pritchett:

    I would like to take this opportunity to comment on your "open letter" to President Obama.


    Dear President Obama:

    You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

    You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.


    Who's fault is that? The President's biography and curriculum vitae are public record. You could find out anything you want about Obama by a simple Google search or a trip to your local library.


    You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.


    FOX News, of all outlets, managed somehow to be aware that Obama paid for his expensive Ivy League education through student loans, which were paid off by the proceeds of his book deals. That you, Mr. Pritchett, were unable to discover this is very interesting.


    You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.


    Is there an objective definition of what it means to be "culturally" an American? It seems from this that you apparently believe so, and you believe you have the authority to judge others by that standard and determine whether or not they pass muster. That is scary.


    You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.


    And this is relevant how? You assert that Obama is the first President that has scared you. That implies that Obama's predecessor did not scare you and that you deem George W. Bush a better chief executive than Obama. Bush's record of company management was not exactly stellar. If you prefer a President who proved a repeated failure in running a company to one who has never run a company to ruin, that is scary.


    You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.


    The response to this concern is similar to that above. If Obama scares you because he has never served in the military, were you likewise scared by Bush whose military experience amounted to a brief cushy stint in the Texas Air National Guard without ever seeing combat? How about his powerful Vice-President who could not volunteer for military service because he had "other priorities?"


    You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.


    This is a pretty weak allegation. It offers no details, no specifics, just vague character aspersions. You'll have to do better than that, Mr. Pritchett.


    You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.


    I understand that it is common in conservative media to repeat allegations endlessly until they become memes irretrievably lodged in the public consciousness and thus accepted by many blindly as fact. However, it would be really nice if you happened to be able to name just one "radical extremist" with whom Obama had "aligned himself" and who "hate America" and "wish to see America fail."

    While we're at it, what the heck does it mean to want America to "fail?" Fail at what? America is a nation-state, and as such its purpose is to protect the rights of its citizens and advance their general welfare, so I suppose America would "fail" if it defaulted on those goals. I don't know of anyone associated with Obama who actively seeks that outcome, but it's worth noting which party has been most consistently in favor of policies that restrict the freedoms of Americans based on their own narrowly-defined visions of "morality" and "tradition" and which benefit the most privileged strata of society to the exclusion (and all too often at the expense) of the working people who actually produce the wealth we enjoy. And no, the answer is not "the Democrat [sic] Party."


    You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.


    This suggests that you have apparently never read or listened to a single speech Obama has ever given. Either that, or you equate the honest admission of shortcomings (usually a necessary step in solving those shortcomings and improving oneself) with "blaming America." Perhaps you believe that America is infallible, guaranteed by Divine blessing never to make even the slightest mistake in any policy or program? If so, that is scary.


    You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.


    Given how well the "private sector" has been shown to regulate itself, why is this a bad thing? Moreover, why should one trust the autocratic and undemocratic corporate sector to run things better than the elected and theoretically democratic government? Europeans in general do not seem to be too upset with lifestyle and standard of living that their close cooperation of government and business provides them.


    You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.


    Similar to above, why is this scary? Moreover, it displays your ignorance: Obama has never suggested replacing the private health care system but rather augmenting it with a government-subsidized system for those who fall through the cracks. Our health care system as it stands now stinks. One has to wait ridiculously long to just get an appointment with a doctor in your network, and then you have to gamble about whether or not your insurance provider will grudgingly pay for the care you need. Insurance companies have no transparency or accountability, and I have yet to see any kind of convincing argument why a government-subsidized system would do any worse a job. Canadians and Europeans somehow manage just fine. One has to suspect that the root of what "scares" you is the fear that you will have to pay a little bit more of your wealth in taxes to help support programs for those who didn't have the good fortune to become Vice Presidents of major corporations with generous compensation packages. This is selfishness, pure and simple.


    You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.


    This is absurd, and short-sighted. These "vast oil, coal, and shale reserves" are not infinite. They will run out, probably sooner than we think. Maybe you think that "necessity is the mother of invention" and will trust in market forces to solve the fuel crisis once the world's economy completely collapses; common sense, however, would advise that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That you don't understand this is truly scary.


    You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.


    This is an example of several memes that are routinely spouted as if they are unquestionable truths.

    Can you cite any evidence that Obama has any interest or intention of undermining the capitalist mode of production? That he seeks to abolish private property and collectivize the means of production? Has Obama advocated worker ownership of capital? If so, I would be thrilled. Obama is no threat to capitalism, Mr. Pritchett. Indeed, his policies may succeed in keeping the system up and running for a while longer.

    As for the notion that America has the highest standard of living and that capitalism makes this possible, how do you measure and determine that result? Is it taken by average? If so, I hope a businessman of your stature would understand the simple mathematical reality that the obscenely high standard of living enjoyed by our population's wealthy elite games the numbers when applied to rest of us. The wealthiest 1% of the US population owns 33% of the nation's wealth, and the top 10% own nearly 70%. It is an inevitable result in capitalist economies that the greater the over-all wealth of a country, the larger the population of the poor and disadvantaged. Moreover, a disturbing ignorance is further revealed in this limiting focus on national economies; capitalism recognizes no national borders. Ours is a global economy inextricably tied with markets and producers scattered all around the planet. The poverty and economic disenfranchisement experienced by the underprivileged here at home is nothing compared to the simply inhuman conditions endured by the workers in Asia, Latin America, and other Third World locations who suffer to produce these "golden eggs" of yours.


    You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.


    "Extortion" is very loaded word, Mr. Pritchett. Would you be so kind as to provide examples of any improper coercion employed by the Executive branch?


    You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.


    Even if were were to assume that Obama's spending proposals are in fact "wild and irresponsible" -- these are your own subjective opinions, for which you again curiously provide no substantive examples -- you apparently seem not to understand how politics and political parties work. Did the Republican Party challenge President Bush on his "wild and irresponsible" policies? I don't think so, at least not until the fallout from those policies had sown enough discontent among the general population that it became unwise for their own political survival to continue to blindly support the man who believed God had chosen him to be President.


    You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.


    If anything, Obama has bent over backward to accommodate himself to soi-disant "centrists" and conservatives. His agenda has never really been as "liberal" as you and your comrades make it out to be. Regardless, if Obama has not considered opposing viewpoints from intelligent people, it could very well be that no such viewpoints have been presented.


    You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.


    This is another sad attack, Mr. Pritchett, just like your jab at his supposed lack of humility and class. I cannot find any documentation of Obama claiming for himself God-like powers. I do seem to recall a President not too long ago, however, who claimed that God Himself had selected him for the job...


    You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.


    Why should that arouse your fear of Obama as opposed to perhaps something more appropriate like maybe disgust at the media? Now, I am not making a fallacious tu quoque argument here, but the point must be restated that Obama scares you but Bush apparently did not. Bush, too, was granted a "free pass" by the media until the market for infotainment shifted. Did that scare you, too?


    You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.


    I have not noticed any statement in which Obama has "demonized" any of these individuals, although his strategy of treating Limbaugh as the de facto leader of the Republican Party is political genius. More serious, though, is your charge that Obama seeks to "silence" these media figures. Last time I checked, they were all on the air. You wouldn't be engaging in the same kind of groundless fear-mongering these individuals are known for, now, would you?


    You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.


    Yet another empty accusation. Honestly, what am supposed to do with something so vague?


    Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

    Lou Pritchett



    Ooohh! Now, that's scary! Is this because you fear that the government will consider your dissenting opinions "unpatriotic" and have you investigated and harassed by the FBI and maybe even the NSA? Do you worry that you might be identified as an "enemy combatant" and whisked away to a concentration camp in Cuba or a secret CIA "black site" -- or just tossed in federal prison and allowed to rot for months or years without charges? Because surely that has never happened in this country before and you have reason to fear Obama more than any other President...

    Oops. Wait a minute. I forgot. Another President has done those things.

    Let's talk about your "fears," Mr. Pritchett. If this little essay of yours is a sincere expression of your real, honest, personal concerns, then I am very concerned for you. It displays an unhealthy detachment from reality and I would seriously and honestly encourage you to seek out the assistance of a mental health professional to help you work through these issues of anxiety, paranoia, and possible schizophrenia.

    If instead this is a crass and venal piece of propaganda, intended for no other purpose but to spread baseless fear and hatred to worsen the polarization of this country, to fuel the fires that divide and weaken us, then you are clearly a person who hates America and a cheerleader for those who wish to see America fail.

    And that scares me.
     
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