Monday, April 19, 2010

An open response to Mr. Pritchett....

The following letter is an open letter from a man named Lou Pritchett. Mr. Pritchett is one of the 2% of Americans that did NOT get a tax cut this year. He wrote this letter and it has, of course, caught on like wild fire amongst the conservative fear mongerers that spend their time screaming "Nazi-Socialist-Marxist-Kenyan" at our President seeking to villify and demonize anybody that does not agree with their extremist and sometimes radical views. I wish to reply to each point in this letter, but not only to Mr. Pritchett, but also to his intended audience. Make no mistake, this letter was never intended for President Obama. This letter was never intended for people like myself that really couldn't give a rat's ass what this man has to say. His letter is intended for the conservative right whom he and others like him are trying to fire up to get them to take back the government so that they can go back to the business of making money by exploiting the hard work of those that actually make the money for them. Mr. Pritchett's points will be in bold and mine will follow in italics.


Dear President Obama:

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

You are a mature man that has seen thirteen presidents. The last thirteen presidents would be (in reverse order from current): Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Of these presidents we had some that were completely incompetent (Jimmy Carter or Dwight D. Eisenhower), some that were rumored to have illegal ties to unsavory groups and nations (John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton), some that went to incredible strides to destroy our economy (Ronald Reagan) and some that were down right despicable (Richard Nixon...Watergate ring a bell?). You truly scare me because despite the short comings of all these men, you choose a man that is actually attempting to fulfill his campaign promises, whether you agree with those policies or not.

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

You scare me because you either do not have the sense to see the information that is before your eyes or you have the character of a weasel and refuse to acknowledge that information so you may use your imagined "lack of information" to create a villian you can use to manipulate the American people to do your bidding. There is plenty of information as to the President's background, his religion (Church of Christ not Muslim) and a myraid of other information out there that you refuse to acknowledge. You scare me because you claim to be ignorant of facts that a simple search of the White House website or even Wikipedia (shudder the thought) would give you. Therefore if you are ignorant, you are willfully ignorant, and that is scary because of the amount of people who are listening to 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 while you claim that the liberals and the democrats are fighting a class warfare it is evident that you see the classes as they "should" be and anybody that does not fit your mold should not be in your class. The underpriviledged should remain so, and anybody that gets a hand up does not deserve it. That you willfully ignore the sacrifices made by a man's family to see to it that he gets the best education possible and that in your own effort to keep people "in their place" you disregard the hard work and efforts made by an individual and his family.

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 seem ignorant of the fact that Hawaii is actually one of the fifty states in the Union, and growing up in Hawaii does not mean one is not culturally American. If by culturally American you mean that he is not one of the "good 'ol WHITE boys" like George Dubya and Jeb Bush, then yes he is not culturally American. If you mean that he is not part of the smelting pot that is American culture, then you are wrong. That you willfully ignore these facts and feed the misinformation and prejudice floating among the right wing conservatives, scares me, Mr. Pritchett.

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

You scare me because you make this seem as though this is a requirement for a president. Where was the experience in running a company of President Ronald Reagan. It scares me that you think that only business owners can be president, and that failure to have had this experience disqualifies them. It scares me that this mentality would put the American people more at the mercy of big business and their reckless and selfish abuse than they are already.

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

You scare me because you think that only a military man can be president despite the fact that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had been a General and a war hero and proved to be one of the most incompetent president's of our time. You ignore the fact that President George W. Bush, the darling of the radical right, had experience that was limited to national Guard and managed to, because of his family, avoid having to face the risk that the other men and women in uniform faced during the Vietnam era. While President Bill Clinton was a draft dodger (and he was, and there is no excuse for it), President Bush was equally a coward (if you want to go by your standards) for hiding behind his family name to shirk his duty. Furthermore, to think that only a military man can be president is to make our nation a militaristic culture, which scares me even more.

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

You scare me because the concepts of humility and 'class' escape your mere intellect. After a President that was an embarassment every time he got behind a microphone and in front of a camera; a president who's "Bushisms" made a country mock their leader and the world shake their head in confusion, how can you speak of 'class'. As for humility, how can you speak of it when you and those that are of the minority in our governing bodies dare to make their will more important than the will of the majority that voted in the current administration and his agenda. We voted. We won. Yet our will means nothing because in your pride you can only see your will.

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 your faction of the American public has gone to great lengths to distort and to twist at will the facts of these connections. You claim he has not publicly denounced them. He has distanced himself from the ones that he should and has publicly disagreed with the ones he disagreed. Your party has managed to connect him to every enemy this country has fought which makes me wonder if we even have an intelligence system left in this country that could possibly detect how this "Kenyan" terrorist that is a Communist and Nazi (which is ideologically impossible) has managed to become President! It scares me that you think the American people so stupid that we would believe your sack of lies and insinuations. It scares me that you have so little respect for the deductive powers of the people of the greatest nation in the world.

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

It scares me that you and your ilk are completely blind to the fact that our greatness does not abrogate our guilt. We make mistakes too. Like training and making Osama Bin Laden in the first place. Like invading and attacking a country (Iraq) on completely fabricated information. We are not innocent. We can spit in the eye of the international community only so long before the chickens come home to roost. We can abuse our power only so long before we have to pay the consequences. President Obama has not "blamed" America for anything we are not guilty of and has shown the world we actually do have some "class" and are not all cowboys. This is a great nation that has done great things for the world, and it scares me that apparantly you miss the speeches in which he has stated this and defended our decisions. It also scares me that you defend war criminals like Dick Cheney, and think because of our greatness we should give them a pass.

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 your own history, with your ties to Wal Mart one of the greatest destroyers of the American small buisness, shows what you think of the private sector. It is a place for people like you to abuse and use the consumer. Coerce and manipulate the public. Your idea of private sector is big business sucking every dime out of the American public and then telling them to go to hell when they have a need.

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

You scare me because you ignore the facts of the legislation that was passed. You want to take the health of the American people and put it in the hands of the same scum buckets that gave us Enron, gave us Wal Mart and gave us the car industry bailouts. You and your ilk manipulate the opinion of the American people for your own gain and then want to throw our lives and the lives of our children on the altar of your greed. I for one am terrified of health decisions being made by the snakes that run the private sector and the pirates that run the insurance industry. You fail to acknowledge that the president did not replace our health care system but rather the insurance moguls that play loose and fancy with the lives of Americans and with their children's lives and the best hoax of it all is that you have tricked the very people whose lives are actually on the line, the hard working middle class of this country to protest in favor of the moguls that do not give two shits about the existence of the sheep that are protesting.

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 do not care about the planet in which our children will live as long as you and yours can turn a profit. You do not care to even try to find cleaner ways to provide energy. You scare me because the very people that are proponents of digging are proponents of digging elsewhere except for a dim witted half term governor that does not mind selling her state down the drain. But other than the barbie doll girl in a barbie doll world you will find the Governor of California saying he is in favor of off shore drilling as long as it is not off shore of California. You will find the East Coast people in favor of off shore long as it is not off of their shore...if it is such a great idea then why are the "Drill, baby Drill" people so eager to drill off of everybody else's shore except their own. You scare me because you are so closed minded you will not even give clean energy a chance...and the rest of us have to wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that your "good 'ol boys" would have a hell of a lot to lose if we did find a form of clean energy.

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 repeat of things you have already said, just reworded to drive an extra stake of fear in the hearts of your willing I am not going to repeat the spiel about you and your "capitalist" buddies.

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

You call extortion what others call regulation. Your buddies on Wall Street got their money on the backs of the American taxpayer. You scare me because it was YOUR President (Bush) that gave them that money, and you have somehow managed to twist the American public into thinking it was President Obama that got a bill passed before he was even President. You have managed to get the protestors to somehow place the blame of all of the government's decisions on the curent administration when he has actually been working to fix the mess. When he speaks of financial reform your buddies twist what he proposes so as to make it seem he is trying to further provide bailouts when nothing is further from the truth. And it scares me that the sheep you have conditioned so well follow your bidding like blind fools without realizing that your Wall Street buddies care nothing for the people on Main Street that are so vocally fighting for them.

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

You scare me because your party promotes violence and fear mongering, openly hoping for the failure of America by openly hoping that the President fails, not realizing that our fate is closely tied to his. When our leaders fail then our nation fails. In your party's desire to take power they would wish that America fails. The last thing your party wants is for Americans to get jobs, for the economy to recover and for the American people to be happy. It is in the discontent of the American people that your party rejoices, it is in the failures and losses of the American people that your party thrives. You would encourage the nutjobs to take up arms and violence, pointing at the opposition as though it were their fault when it is your own rhetoric, placing our leaders on an equivalent status as our (historically) most hated enemies. You want your party back in power and in order for that to happen the President must fail, and the American people must suffer more than we already have. You scare me because you point at the "irresponsible" spending proposals of a President that at least does so with a heart to help the American people, but did not sputter a word of protest at a president that spent even more on bombing and killing innocent people abroad, people that we only know as collateral damage. You scare me because you would build an empire on the bones of children cemented by the blood of their mothers..and for that you would spend trillions...and would find it "irresponsible" to take that same money to see to the health and wellfare of the American people.

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

You scare me because of the people that you find intelligent. The Sarah Palins and the Michelle Bachmans. People that are beyond ignorant, yet you somehow see them as intelligent. You scare me because you don't have the good sense to even recognize who is intelligent. Furthermore, you scare me because the way you see it is that the President is not only supposed to listen and consider but he must prove it by implementing. I am terrified because I spent eight years under a president that was a cowboy that did not listen to anybody...our people, our allies, the world...yet his actions were acceptable in your eyes. This president has made a huge point of trying to pull in people that were totally uninterested in bipartisanship or compromise, yet somehow it is his fault because he would not bend to their will. Yet you do not hold them responsible for their actions and attitudes.

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

Really?? This one is so laughable that it does not even deserve a response.

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

You scare me because you do not realize that the media is exactly They are in a constant struggle for the ear of the public and both sides use the machine for their benefit. You are ignorant that your own party has their own arm of the media and they wave it at will and defended the previous President, hailing him as a hero and defending his every act. You scare me because you do not see when the media is critical of the President and choose to ignore it and use your fear mongering to better establish your empire.

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 don't even know where to start here. Limbaugh? Hannity? O'Reilly? Beck? Are you serious? These are men that do nothing but excite the greatest fears of the American people and feed off of negativity. You scare me more than ever because you find these men to have a viable voice in the political landscape of this country with their constant hate and rhetoric. You Sir, scare the hell out of me if for no other point than this one.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

You scare me because we just came out of an era of a President that trampled the laws of our country. Willfully removed the rights of habeas corpus, the rights to be protected from the government having to go through due process to invade our privacy and many other basic human and civil rights...yet you speak of control instead of governing. You scare me because you have no idea what you are talking about yet so many are willing to listen. You scare me because your President violated every human right in the book yet you somehow think he was "governing" instead of controlling.

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.

Finally you scare me because you feed the fears of the American people. You goad the ignorant and the irresponsible to action. You prey on the easily influenced and manipulate them to protect you and the other idiots that care more about their own wealth and well being then they do about the American people. You incite the American people to violence like this woman...

This is the America you promote. This is the violence you incite. You Sir scare the hell out of me because we will have another terrorist act, but it will not be an Islamic attack. It will be a home grown nut job that you have incited to action against the government with your rhetoric. You do not care about the voice or the well being of the American people. You root for our failure. Because our failure is your success.

Lou Pritchett

Julio Caceres



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