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Thursday, April 14, 2011

An Open Letter to the Campaigner-in-Chief

“They will come to learn in the end, at their own expense, that it is better to endure competition for rich customers than to be invested with monopoly over impoverished customers.” — Frederic Bastiat

Dear Mr. President:

Yesterday I watched your speech on deficit and debt reduction and frankly I was appalled. You made nothing more than a campaign speech spouting the same old class warfare you have been doing since you were a community organizer on the streets of Chicago. You played exactly like Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals playbook taught you. You mocked your opposition; you blamed someone else for our financial woes and took no responsibility for your first two years in the White House. And what did you do afterwards? Did you stand for questions? No, you ran off to your buddies in Chicago to raise funds for your reelection

During your campaign speech you said; “We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, hard times or bad luck, a crippling illness or a layoff, may strike any one of us. “There but for the grace of God go I,” we say to ourselves, and so we contribute to programs like Medicare and Social Security, which guarantee us health care and a measure of basic income after a lifetime of hard work; unemployment insurance, which protects us against unexpected job loss; and Medicaid, which provides care for millions of seniors in nursing homes, poor children, and those with disabilities. We are a better country because of these commitments. I’ll go further – we would not be a great country without those commitments.”

Mr. President are you telling me that we were not a great country until 1965 when Lyndon Johnson’s administration passed some of these programs or in the 1930’s when Social Security was passed. What about all of the great things this nation did like beat NAZI Germany, turn back world-wide Communism and spend trillions of dollars on feeding and helping the world.

Mr. President I think I am on to you and your Saul Alinsky tactics. You took credit for a $38.5 billion budget cut and then slipped in a little lie. You said this would save us $750 billion in 12 years. Well, Mr. President either you are a bold faced liar or you didn’t take a basic math class at Columbia or Harvard. By my simple math 38.5 x 12 is $462 billion. But that’s okay — I understand someone like you who likes to play fast and loose with the facts. You know Mr. President a long time ago I learned in a class on statistics an old adage that goes, “statistics don’t lie, but liars use statistics.” I guess you thought you could impress the American people by tossing out some numbers. Well, if you are going to do that I suggest you tell your speech writers to brush up on their arithmetic.

Also Mr. President you invited Representative Paul Ryan, who has offered his own budget plan, and other Republicans to sit in the front row at Wednesday’s address, and then proceeded to insult them. I think it was a disgusting display. It was in no way presidential. I think this the incident revealed your real character. You are not this cool, calm collected guy you love to portray and the media proclaims. You are not a good guy. You are a mean, vindictive little guy who is very cold. Is this what Saul Alinsky taught you?

Mr. President your vision of a government taking ever-more from its productive citizens, then acting as a kind of national conscience and clearinghouse that decides who should get the spoils, left me chilled and wanting a different America, one of individual initiative and self-responsibility, of voluntary participation in our community life, and of voluntary contributions of time and money to our fellow citizens in need.

President Obama, you and your party have taken this nation down the road to ruin for years. Thomas Jefferson wrote, "The government is best which governs least," and that sentiment was thematic in all of his writing about the role of government. So what happened to the Party of Jefferson, the once-great Democratic Party, the champion of limited government?

Oh, I know Mr. President that you do not believe in the concepts of our founding fathers or the Constitution. Didn’t you once say “the Constitution is a 'charter of negative liberties', and your wife saying for the first time in her adult life she's proud of America? Even given all of the America sucks history, this is still a shocking statement.

Mr. President I have followed your comments for the past four years and based on your own words this is what I believe you and your party deem believe. You think the government will do a better job of spending my money than I could. When we pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq, you think the Islamic terrorists will stop trying to kill us. You believe people who can't tell us if it will rain in two or three days can now tell us the polar ice caps will disappear in a century if we don't comply with Orwellian government economic oversight. You think English has no place being the official language in America. You reason I'd rather pay $5 for a gallon of gas than allow drilling for oil off the coasts of America or in that vast Alaskan wasteland, ANWR. 'Big Oil's' five-percent profit on a gallon of gas is obscene, but the government tax of 18 to 35 percent on the same gallon of gas is just fine."

Mr. President you believe the following: businesses in America should not be allowed to make profit — it should be confiscated by the government so politicians and bureaucrats can redistribute that profit as they see fit. You and your party believe guns cause crimes and murder, not the sociopaths using them, and, thus, should be confiscated. Besides, when someone threatens my family, I know the government can respond faster with a call to 911 than I can with a gun in my hand. We should be able to marry whomever or whatever we want. It's a right to kill millions of babies while objecting to the death penalty for murderers. You believe five elitist liberal judges should rewrite the Constitution by diktat to suit Leftist agendas that could never pass proper amendment. Freedom of speech and religion are fine as long as nobody is offended by it."

Mr. President a few years ago Senator Mark Warner, a member of your party, said; that the Republican Party "is made up of the Christian Coalition ... It is made up of the right-to-lifers ... It's made up of the NRA ... It is made up of the home schoolers ... It's made up of a whole coalition of people that have all sorts of differing views that I think most of us in this room would find threatening to what it means to be an American." Mr. President I believe you concur with Senator Warner. I find this extremely insulting to me and many of my friends.

Mr. President during your speech you outlined all the many tasks of government that should be preserved. Your plan relies on demanding more-prosperous Americans pay more in taxes, and you would further complicate an already objectionable tax code by "limiting itemized deductions for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans" — another attempt to divide the country based on economic status.

You also said you would cut defense budget by some $400 billion. How do you propose to this when you are fighting three wars, two of your choosing? I know statements like this are meant for your left-wing, loony supporters in Code Pink, but can you be serious. Defense of our nation and security of our borders is one of the enumerated powers in the Constitution you do not respect. Helping children with autism is not.

President Obama, you correctly diagnosed the problem when you said the "debt has grown so large that we could do real damage to the economy if we don't begin a process now to get our fiscal house in order." The nation faces a budget deficit this year of $1.65 trillion and a national debt of $14.2 trillion.

But, Mr. President, higher taxes historically have not always yielded more in tax revenue to government. The opposite is true. As economist Thomas Sowell noted this week, "Cuts in very high taxes ended up bringing in more revenue to government in the Coolidge, Kennedy, Reagan and Bush 43 administrations."

President Obama your approach is not a vision consistent with our nation's founding. Perhaps, as foreseen by Benjamin Franklin, "When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic." President Obama you are correct that there are two competing visions for the future of the nation; one born of our nation's founders and that honors individual achievement and prosperity, or one that extorts from it.

President Obama I would like to remind you something another Democrat, John F. Kennedy said during his Inaugural Address in 1961; "My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country." Now President Obama you and your party have changed that bold statement to; "Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you."

Now Mr. President you go ahead and play your games of golf and hoops and go out to your friends in Chicago and Hollywood to raise a trillion dollars for your reelection and let your little sycophants in Congress and the media demagogue and mock the opposition just like Saul Alinsky taught you. For my part I will support the Tea Party and work towards ousting you from the White House and your minions from Congress.

Mr. President, in closing I would like to remind you of the words of Thomas Jefferson; "Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them."

Today, tragically, your once-noble Democratic Party has embraced bondage and servitude.

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