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.
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.