Thursday, January 21, 2010

Letters to Obama

Letter 1:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

You are being ill-served by your advisors.

The esteemed Republican opposition has no interest in meaningful compromise – they’re not stubborn, they just want to have everything their way!
Bipartisanship is a tactic, not an objective.
When history is written only your achievements will be noted, not the means you used to achieve them.

Your economic team shows little interest in protecting the citizens who elected you, and every interest in cutting deals with Wall Street Wizards who have no claim to authority or respect. We the People are hurting while the Wizards are giving themselves bonuses with our money!... and asserting that the financial crisis they precipitated was an Act of God.

Listen to Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell.
“If we're going to go down, let's go down fighting for something."
Please – find your own voice.
Pick a few key objectives and advocate for them strongly, vehemently, passionately.
Be not afraid to offend the so-called loyal opposition – they want you to fail.

Letter 2:
Dear President Obama:

Get out of DC every once in a while.

Advice from General George S. Patton, from Helpful Hints to Hopeful Heroes:
Corps and army commanders must make it a point to be physically seen by as many individuals of their command as possible --- certainly by all combat soldiers. The best way to do this is to assemble the divisions, either as a whole or in separate pieces, and make a short talk.
I’d adapt this: give a speech in all 50 states during your tenure. Starting now, that’s about one speech every three weeks (counting time off for family & vacations).
Get out to see – and hear from – We the People! – just like the campaign.
We’ll be glad to see you!

My objective in publishing letters on PrivateBuffoon is based on the movie, Pay It Forward. If three of my loyal readers decide to follow my lead and write, and they inspire three of their loyal readers to follow suit, and so on... well, that process could generate a decent-sized grass-roots letter-writing campaign.

... of course, the few loyal readers that I know are a LOT more cynical than I - likely to view my pitiful letter-writing efforts as pointless.
Can't say I can argue with 'em!

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