Mr. President, I'm sorry.

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Dear President Obama,

      I am writing this to you to apologize.  I am old enough to remember how Ronald Reagan inspired us to be at our best as a country.  30 years ago, I identified with him and with the Republican party.  Even today I consider myself to be a somewhat disaffected conservative in many areas. 
      So why do I owe you an apology?  Well to be honest sir, tears came to my eyes the night you were elected.  I was so proud of you and our country, and believed your message of hope and change.   Then I learned to hate you.  Yes, hate is the word to describe how I felt in all of it’s ugliness.  I felt you were being needlessly divisive with the American people by pitting the “haves” against the “have-nots”.  I even grew to dislike what I thought of as your Presidential swagger in front of the television cameras.  In short, I did not like anything about you.

      Now I know better.  I’ve been out of work now for four months.  During that time in addition to looking for work, I have been doing some blogging to keep my mind active.  This blogging back and forth with other intelligent folks has really helped me to think independently about many things.

     One thing that I have learned is that you are not the radical I once thought you were.  It is our country that has betrayed its people with policies that increasingly enrich the 1% at the cost of our economy.  Ironically, Ronald Reagan was the catalyst for many of the things that are wrong in our country today.  Main Street has been abandoned by venture capital in favor of financial instruments.  Casino type banking reigns (you know what I mean) and truly massive trade deficits  that over a period of just one of your terms rivals the TARP fund have become the norm.

     I’ve learned that the world will run out of energy dense oil by the end of this century, and that the term "Climate Change" is code for “get into alternative energy as fast as we can or we are screwed on a number of levels”.

     I’ve also learned that when fighting the influence of the military industrial complex to charge unwinnable wars on the national credit card, you have no option but to look as if you are muddled in your foreign policy.

     The saddest thing that I have learned Mr. President, is that [with all due respect] you are a fly caught in amber just like most of our politicians today.  Money from special interests rules foreign and domestic policy inside the beltway.  Social-issue warfare between the two parties is simply a cover for the fact that there is little difference between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to corruption.   
     Most of us know by now that “free trade” does not create new American jobs, nor does it strengthen our economy.  In fact, some of us are wondering why we decided to make China the next world superpower with decades of trade deficit spending. 
     Ironically, that rare day you and John Boehner agreed on something was the day I learned we really have little hope as a country any longer.  I am guessing the bill for your election came due and forced you to promote the outsourcing of yet more of our manufacturing sector to the Pacific Rim.

"oil-money-hp.jpg?w=330&h=300"     After all this, my theory is that in the halls of power today, the more privileged members of the human race are preparing for a future when there will not be enough for its 10 billion people to eat.  Though many of us do not yet realize it, the halcyon days of our fossil fuel economy are now drawing to a close.   I believe that you know this, but there is little you can do about it other than what you have been doing.  So Mr. President, I am sorry for the negative thoughts I had about you.  I recognize that there is only so much you or any President can do in this current age of institutionalized political corruption.  Please accept my sincere thanks for doing the best that you could under the circumstances for the American people.



Norton Louis Added Jun 8, 2015 - 6:42pm
David....this may be a parody for you perhaps, but I am serious........Just stop for a second and try not to think in "us against them" terms when it comes to the Left and the Right. 
Don't you think that political corruption is common cause that unites the Left and Right today?  Bush's expansion of government and spending rivaled that of any Democrat.....and what was the point of Iraq?  The Chief Weapons inspector for the UN was telling us there were no WMDs while Colin Powell was tossing a white vial of powder around while testifying on the UN floor.
James....the intent of my article was to point out the Left and Right are OWNED equally, and not to promote one over the other.
If anything, I think we need to carve an Independent party out of the center that supports term limits, balanced budgets and other reforms.  Or we can just wait to go to hell in a hand-basket.
Norton Louis Added Jun 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
Mark......would you be surprised to learn that while I respect your position on many topics, I also believe that you are buying into the Left vs. Right  BS that increasingly obscures rampant political corruption in both major political parties?  
When you want to see how the magician does his tricks, pay attention to the hand that is not waving around to distract your attention.  
The old political party labels no longer apply.  Thirty years ago conservatives and liberals both never would have agreed to both outsource our manufacturing economy and enrich communist China to the point that it becomes the next world superpower.  Put that in your conservative hat and smoke it.
Our country has been betrayed by special interests.
Norton Louis Added Jun 8, 2015 - 7:39pm
James I get it and even agree with you to an extent.  For you it sounds like the blame is 80% GOP and 20% Dems.  I see it on a contemporary basis as more of a 60% GOP, 40% Dem apportioned blame for our trashed economy.  Faux fights over social issues offer cover to both parties for betraying our national interests.
Boehner looked truly desperate for more "free trade" negotiating power to give the President when he called on Hillary to get involved.  Obama merely looked as if he supported it, while Elizabeth Warren and 59 other Democrats to their credit opposed it.  Looks like 60/40 GOP/DEM blame to me in this example, but at the end of the day the political process is just as corrupted no matter how we apportion blame. 
Patrick Writes Added Jun 8, 2015 - 9:20pm
Don't like Obama? Be angry with Bush and Cheney. They are the ones who set the stage for an 'anybody but another neocon Republican president' contest in the 2008 election (which John "We are all Georgians Now, Bomb Iran" McCain was). Palin was really noise, it was really about not wanting another Bush, or anything like him.
Obama started off okay. He was elected with a clear majority. His left-leaning economic folks did their bailouts, FDR-esque stimulus plans, attempted work programs (which did help prevent the economy from going off a cliff).
A major component of his election campaign was his healthcare plan. So he went to work implementing that.
He was elected as the anti-Bush in foreign policy, so did his apology tour too.
This was all expected. These were all major elements of his campaign.
He failed to restrain his people (and himself) and think on his feet though. The EPA got a little too passionate let's say. The Justice Dept under Holder became too obstinate with Congress, too willing to make headlines with controversial actions. Other federal agencies like the IRS were made into politicized bulldogs for him.
And thinking on his feet, after a couple years it became obvious that dropping printed dollars from helicopters directly into bank vaults wasn't fixing the economy (with interest rates at zero and where they could gamble it in the stock market instead of loaning it out) and shovel ready project money got spent 'saving state government jobs' instead of on work programs. And ObamaCare when the corporations and special interests got ahold of it became a thousand page mess full of political favors, wish lists, unkept promises to citizens, and unknown consequences.

The Dem Congress with Obama could have put Glass-Steagal back to prevent commercial banks from gambling the deposits of citizens in the stock market. Nah.
They couldn't even get the rollout of the website right (it crashed on the first day--this is like IT 101, lots of users on weak infrastructure means crashing).
Patrick Writes Added Jun 8, 2015 - 9:26pm
And finally, Obama proved to be a little wimp against the military-industrial complex. On that, he's practically Bush-lite. The 'wars' he ended were all set in place to expire while Bush was in office.
Guantanamo Bay is still open, still has most of those guys held without charging them with a crime or a trial.
Drones strikes are Obama's calling card against terrorists.
What I used to think was Obama's greatest accomplishments of keeping America out of more Middle East wars in Libya and Syria, I'm re-evaluating because those civil wars have resulted in ISIS strongholds in both countries.
Patrick Writes Added Jun 9, 2015 - 1:56am

@Tony, it's not that hard in my opinion, what I would do...
1) Put back Glass-Steagall (i.e. banks want to make money, they have to loan money)
2) Reform tax code, remove all exemptions
3) Lower corporate taxes way down (because of number 2, the big boys don't pay the current corporate rate, it would be a backhanded subsidy to businesses wanting to operate in country)
4) Free expat's from having to pay U.S. taxes--sales people, business ambassadors, relationship managers are all discouraged by tax code from living and selling U.S. products overseas
5) Raise interest rates (and stop QE)
6) Reduce national debt via across the board cuts (Tea party would
love this--but military has to get cut as well)
7) Raise minimum wage, it's needed and would be a short term stimulus to economy
8) SELL PRODUCTS TO BRICS! --Australia and NZ figured this out and hitched their economies to China and they never even went into recession during the Financial crisis. And stop antagonizing Russia for goodness sake.
9) Reform immigration to favor SKILLED / WEALTHY MIGRANTS who want to open businesses or do cutting edge technology (kill the H1B Visa--the reason these recipients work for less than Americans is because they know it's temporary and they are going home, so they live like spartans, bank all their money, and spend back in their home country after they leave).
10) Be cheerleader in chief. Reagan / Kennedy (even Clinton) understood this. Encourage people to work hard, to learn for life, turn off their televisions, cell phones, porn-laden computers, nearly pornographic movies. Life is more interesting than watching fiction. Stop chumming around with disgusting Hollywood and Music Industry stars who take off their clothes for a living (that is not culture IMO). Encourage people to stop using drugs, reality is more interesting than altered consciousness. Encourage people to get involved in civic life, to make the world better.
Praise Detroit vegetable gardens as a positive development among many difficulties. Maybe this will take hold in most American cities one day.
Check it out if you haven't seen this:
and here:
Sander de Kool Added Jun 9, 2015 - 2:13am
I like your article. I think that Obama realy did try to his ability to do the things right for the American people. There are just to many not ready for his masage about the economy, the worldwide problems of the wealthiest 1% owning 80% of the assests, climate change and the dependance of fossile fuels.
Sander de Kool Added Jun 9, 2015 - 2:25am
@Jim If Obama is not a Christian, like most of the people in the world, it does not make him a an evil or bad person. And it says nothing about him as a President.
Stone-Eater Added Jun 9, 2015 - 8:41am
Thank you. I hope that a lot more Americans will realize and feel the same, and this could (hopefully) be the turnaround for the US, and for the world. 
Norton Louis Added Jun 9, 2015 - 10:02am
Hey everyone...thanks for responding to my post.  A couple of quick observations.....
First, I tried hard to make it clear in my post that the appearance of Left and Right today is somewhat illusory.  Yet I find people falling into their groove of "us vs. them" very easily.
Just consider for a moment that money and power actually do rule the world.  Do you really think that money and power would shirk one party and stick to the other one exclusively?  To answer that question, take a look at the more or less even split in Presidential campaign funding from Wall Street.  If anything, Hillary appears to be favored by Wall Street at this moment in time.
Second, it would seem to me that you do not believe the evidence of your own eyes.  Examples of corruption exist in both major parties and we see it play out in the world frequently  Yet you gladly swallow the party line and choose to ignore the inconsistencies and indiscretions of your "side".  
You're playing right into the hands of the money that control both parties in the U.S. and much of what happens on the world stage.  The harder you push for your political "side", the louder those that are paying 1 billion dollars plus to elect a Presidential candidate are laughing at how you actually buy into the proposition that you have a voice.
My apology to the President was based on the fact that he, like Bush, is really given little choice on how much he can do by those that paid to elect him.  I have no doubt that money and power control him to some extent and the lives and destiny of those he cares about most deeply.  Though you can't see it, there is a figurative gun to the head of our elected officials in many of the positions and votes that they take once elected.  Whether pictures of some past indiscretion, or a threat against a loved one, or the simple calculus of "I donated to you and you owe me", our government is no longer represented faithfully by the will of the people.
To think otherwise is willful ignorance.
Stone-Eater Added Jun 9, 2015 - 1:58pm
A lot of really good comments here apart from the usual scatterbrains. I only wonder
My apology to the President was based on the fact that he, like Bush, is really given little choice on how much he can do by those that paid to elect him
Why is it that a large part of us Europeans have realized that long ago while the Americans themselves seem to have not to a large majority ? Is it only the brainswashed media or has McDonalds some anti-intelligence chemicals mixed into their BigMacs ;-) ?
Norton Louis Added Jun 9, 2015 - 2:36pm
SEF:  It's not a mystery ingredient in our food so much as the pounding, relentless media that first defines what a story is, then pounds away on that story mercilessly........
Issues like "peak oil" get little play, while violence, scandal and entertainment news dominates.  Orwell's 1984 has crept up upon us to some extent.  The majority of us here in the U.S. willingly go along for the (not so informative) ride the media gives us and even enjoy it.
My wife and I joked that the disappearance of Malaysia Flight 370 somewhere off the coast of Australia must have somehow made Kim Jong Un a better dictator of N Korea.  Prior to this plane disappearing, the media was blanketing the U.S. with reports of what a bad guy Kim Jong Un is, and how awful his country is and how bad the people have it there.  The drumbeats of war were just beginning to sound here in the U.S....until the missing plane took N. Korea off the headlines. 
David E.....I watched the link on Michael Ruppert.  Interesting stuff.....thank you.  My take away is that there is a fine line between vision and paranoia....and either is in the eye of the beholder.   I feel sorry for the guy.  I am reminded of the parable of Noah building an Ark for a great flood on dry land, and the derision of his friends and neighbors.....that is until the flood waters came.  The population chart was an eye opener.
Stone-Eater Added Jun 9, 2015 - 2:56pm
“It’s time to stop the culture of corruption.”
Hehehe. Such a blabla guy. New ideas ? Zilch. Repeating populist phrases. Not even original.
At least he acknowledges that corruption is a culture. In the US ? I wonder, since I always thought that the US doesn't have an own but meltingpot culture ;-) Maybe that corruption culture was imported from Africa, where it still is alive and vibrant in the open and not hidden ?
And of course he can't stop the culture of corruption before being elected because he would need it to get elected ;-)
Good clean fun, these polit clowns.
Stone-Eater Added Jun 9, 2015 - 4:23pm
Now on German TV1:
Documentary about "The war of lies" about Iraq and Bush/Rumsfeld.
Still almost prime time here, and that TV channel is the biggest German one.
I wonder if you get stuff like that on US TV ? Would be interested to know!
I mean years have gone since then, but some news are kept under the table much longer.
Barbie Added Jun 9, 2015 - 8:44pm
Norton:  I like the article and was glad to see it on LinkedIn. Thanks for your post. 
Stone-Eater Added Jun 10, 2015 - 10:52am
Your infrastructure crumbles ? Might try to curb attack budget and put it into that ? ;-)
Stone-Eater Added Jun 10, 2015 - 10:54am
Master of Disaster
That's people like the OP, you, JMC, MF, Tony, SEF, and myriad more
When so many people are wrong, I can't be other than right, is that what you mean ? ;-)
Norton Louis Added Jun 10, 2015 - 11:44am
I think some of you are being a little hard on Mark David.  Please take a quick look at this chart:

      That spike on the right was made possible by fossil fuels.  We have a comfy life filled with abundant calories due to fossil fuels.  Barring a technological miracle, we will not be able to replace those fossil fuels when they run out.  Today, it takes 10 calories of fossil fuel energy to create one calorie of food energy.
     Now take a look at this "Hubbert Chart" illustrating Peak Oil.
     There is an obvious correlation to population growth on the upside of the curve.  What do you think will happen on the downside?  Guys like Mark David that are determined to keep what is theirs are going to be better equipped to survive, that's what.
      Mark David's view is going to reign by the end of the century.  There simply won't be enough calories to redistribute to keep 10+billion people alive.  When it literally comes down to fighting you from taking his resources to keep his family alive, frankly his viewpoint will be the correct one. 
       You have been born inside the fossil fuel bell curve.  Congratulations - you are part of an unprecedented surge of wealth for the human race.  I am sorry that exponential growth in humanity is going to be hampered by the limitations of natural resources, but that is the nature of the planet we live on.   The politics inside of this bell curve will not be possible when we are thrown outside of it once again.  Mark David seems to remember the rule of nature, while many of us (though well meaning) have gotten used to the idea that our expansion as a race has no energy limitations, and the free ride will go on forever.
I wish you and your dependents luck in the coming 50-75 years.....we are all going to need it.   To read more on Peak Oil - here is a link to a story:
Stone-Eater Added Jun 10, 2015 - 1:09pm
Are you showing us MD's ? ;-)
Stone-Eater Added Jun 10, 2015 - 1:13pm
BTW Norton:
frankly his viewpoint will be the correct one
That could be correct. When we consider that Einstein was right that the next world war will get us back to stone age, then MD is best suited for that because, as per Tony, he's already living in 1000BC ;-)
We might be better prepared to survive as a species when intelligence is gradually reduced....
Norton Louis Added Jun 10, 2015 - 1:24pm
John...Obama's hard left turn is primarily what allowed me to see how far right my party had turned away from me, which led me to a totally new perspective on just how corrupt both parties are today.
Is there ANYTHING Obama could have done to replace decades of Trade Deficits that deflated our economy?  Even Obama mouthed the line recently that more Free Trade means more American jobs.  Crazy too that he said that we needed to outsource more of our manufacturing to the Pacific Rim to compete with China - who we created in the first place into a world financial power by outsourcing our manufacturing economy.
When both Left and Right agree that deflating our manufacturing economy even further is going to be good for our economy and create more American jobs....doesn't that cause you to think, for just a moment, about who is really in charge in this country? 
I think it is time to can the Left/Right B.S. and create an agnostic to everything but financial concerns Independent Party out of the center.  As long as people continue to think as you do, however, I doubt that will happen. 
Norton Louis Added Jun 10, 2015 - 1:31pm
SEF.....intelligence has been a blessing and a curse for humanity.  We don't have enough intelligence as a race to rule our tribal monkey thought biases effectively.  We either need to give back what little intelligence we have, or give even more for ourselves by taking control of our own genetic code.  We must rise above our monkey thought biases as a race to begin thinking on a planetary scale. 
 Our current blend of monkey bias with some higher thought processes will prove to be fatal for billions by the end of the century......that is unless I am missing something.  Hopefully oil companies are sitting on patents for alternative energy sources they will pull out in the nick of time to save our collective a$$......admittedly a slim hope to base the future of our race upon.
Norton Louis Added Jun 10, 2015 - 2:26pm
Jamie....I don't necessarily disagree with you.  What I am attempting to point out here though is to look at current policies that are stripping our country of its middle class today without assigning a personal bias (as often happens with a President) or a decidedly Right or Left bias.
Frankly, I believe that when we think that we have a target to strike out at in today's political climate, the chances are we are not striking at the correct target.  Free Trade is a good example of this.  We need "free" health care for many, food stamps, and increasingly socialistic policies why?  Not because of ideology so much as the fact that we outsourced tens of trillion of dollars of our consumer based purchasing to Chinese manufacturing.
It is CRAZY to me that both parties defend more Free Trade as being good for the economy and building new jobs.  To me this type of across the board influence of our politicians by the 1% on fundamental issues that affect America's GDP is bigger than Obama circumventing Congress on immigration.....but that's just me.
Norton Louis Added Jun 10, 2015 - 4:40pm
Jon Lee - Thank you for your thoughtful post.  There is a saying that those that agree with us we perceive to be smarter than those that do not.  My friend you are frigging brilliant!  LOL.  
     When I review the comments on LinkedIn over this article, I am frankly amazed at the vitriol, in spite of my attempt to apply an even hand to my treatment of  the overall effectiveness of President Obama.  There are some real haters out there that have made their mind up that all of our problems are the fault of the "other" side.  Not many are willing to consider that most of our Left/Right conflict today is mere Kabuki Theater played out while our the collective pockets of our economy are picked by the 1%.   Differences between the two major parties today are primarily reinforced with conflicts over social issues (Gay Marriage anyone?).  Where it really matters, as with issues of how to direct the still significant wealth of American consumer spending, both the Left and Right are puppets on multi-million dollar strings that are tied to generating wealth on an international scale.    
      I can handle a 1% ruling class that is nationalistic and promotes policies that are good for our country.  I abhor a 1% ruling class that makes money by enriching other countries at the cost of the American economy.      
Norton Louis Added Jun 10, 2015 - 4:59pm
James... I can see the merit in your comment.  In fact, the way I read the below quote from Thomas Jefferson, it seems the two of you are of a mind:   "God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." 
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President quoted in November 13, 1787, letter to William S. Smith, published in Padover's Jefferson On Democracy, ed., 1939
Stone-Eater Added Jun 10, 2015 - 5:08pm
When you hate someone you refuse or are too blind to see even the smallest good spot in him....
Stone-Eater Added Jun 10, 2015 - 5:09pm
...because in reality the HATE is what you NEED to keep your false world view upright. Without it you'd crumble.
Norton Louis Added Jun 10, 2015 - 6:21pm
     Shades of Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb..........Living in an underground bunker designed to allow for the survival of the human species has its merits.  Of course, there would be sacrifices.  Each male may be forced to impregnate multiple females....for the good of the human race, of course.
     If we don't find a way to replace all of that fossil fuel energy that we are using by the end of this century, most of us on the planet will be wishing for a well stocked bunker to live in.
Stone-Eater Added Jun 11, 2015 - 3:45am
Couldn't find a link to that broadcast it was German production...too bad, sorry.
Stone-Eater Added Jun 11, 2015 - 3:46am
When King Jeb has bought his presidency people will realize how reflected Obama was, according to his possibilities.
Mike Haluska Added Jun 18, 2015 - 9:10pm
America is not screwed up because of Capitalism.  America got screwed up by abandoning Capitalism in favor of increasing government intervention and favoritism - "CRONY CAPITALISM". 
Alexis de Toqueville predicted our downfall in the early 1800's when he said America will remain free and prosperous until the politicians learn they can buy votes by using the treasury to bribe their constituents with their own money.   

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