Dear President Obama,
Rather than claiming to have been on your band wagon all along, I’ll be honest and admit to you that I did not vote for you the first time around; nor did I vote for that McCain fellow with the weird running mate from Alaska. However, that being said, I did vote for you this time around; not so much as a lesser of evils or a horse that I wanted to stay mounted on in midstream, but as a man whom I had more confidence in when it comes to doing what’s good, right, needed, and wanted in this country.
There are many who disagree with me. I don’t discuss politics (or religious beliefs) with friends or relatives, if I can avoid it. Both topics are deeply subjective in nature and highly volatile; best to not strain relationships with heated debate over topics that are best left as personal and private. I do rant in this space and others on the Internet occasionally, though. It’s different when I talk about it here because those who don’t agree or don’t care to read what I have to say, have the choice to visit another website of their choosing.
So, you’re going to have another go at it, huh? Well, that’s fine by me. I have a few things to ask of you, though. Please consider the following:
- Place checks and balances on BIG Business and other BIG $$$ interests so that they cannot unduly influence government.
- Continue to maintain emergency and social programs that assist citizens in times of need, but monitor more closely and prosecute abuses relentlessly.
- Restore citizens’ liberties that have been lost in the past decade; stop trading our liberties for warm and fuzzy “security”.
- End the endless wars; bring our servicemen and women home NOW!
- Focus on the United States; let other countries mind their own affairs.
- Tax fairly. Eliminate loopholes and advantages for the ultra-rich and BIG Business.
Pretty big laundry list, huh? Well, you’re a lame duck now, buddy. You don’t have to worry about a second term. You can be more ruthless and demanding in your negotiations with stubborn legislators. You can take more chances. You can make this country a better place than it was when you stepped into that office the first time.
I wish us all luck.
a human being, a participant in this representative republic, a U.S. citizen, a citizen of the world