Someone made a blog with this title and I wrote this comment. I took a little more time than usual to write it, so I thought I’d post it here in case he reads the first line and deletes it, as is the norm on these types of blogs.
Dear President Obama:
“You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.”
Because you are not exactly like me. Things that are not exactly like me frighten me.
“You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.”
Because fox news doesn’t ever show your regular townhalls, interviews and press conferences where you answer pointed questions about your beliefs and policies, because they would dispel the fear-mongering mythology of a ruthless unreasonable dictator they are weaving.
“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 are frightened because of your own ignorance. I don’t know how most presidents paid for their educations. I wouldn’t be frightened unless I actually had some reason to suppose they had done something nefarious.
“You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.”
So you become formative at the age of 7? Again, things that are not exactly like you frighten and confuse you. Obama doesn’t speak with an accent or worship vishnu or eat strange food, but because he’s been out of the country he’s not an american. He’s got a law degree from harvard, fought for americans’ civil rights, taught constitutional law in college, served in congress and is the president of the fucking united states. How much more american do you want him to be? You need him to shit american flags or something?
“You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.”
He never ran a company, but neither have most presidents. He did however work for a financial firm and edit their financial publication, and he’s got people with nobel prizes advising him.
“You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t understand it at its core.”
You know he’s got admirals and four star generals advising him, right?
“You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others.”
I don’t even know where you’re getting this. I listen to the man speak to decide what kind of person he is, you listen to glenn beck talk about him, and make stuff up.
“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.”
Not actually. Fox news is just good at weaving a good yarn.
“You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America’ crowd and deliver this message abroad.”
Actually he said america has made mistakes and then denounced europeans for being anti-american. Fox news only played the first part of the sound bite and turned “america isn’t golden and perfect” into blaming america, “apologizing” for america etc. Taking things out of context is just another form of lying.
“You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.”
No, he’s trying to create a public option to insure those that private insurers can’t make any money off of (like the elderly are under medicare), and let others opt into it so that private insurers which charge <i>double</i> what healthcare costs and don’t cover everything will have to lower their prices and stop ripping YOU off.
“You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.”
Not in reality. That’s just the fox news version of reality. Btw reagan said the same things about medicare/medicaid that people are saying about the public option, that it will be some slippery slope to our dooooom! It wasn’t. They’re just using fear to control you.
“You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly
capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.”
Um, no, he said he would accept more domestic drilling, but only as a larger plan to make us dependent of mid-east oil since domestic drilling alone doesn’t come close to addressing the problem. We give billions of dollars to regimes like the taliban by buying oil from their countries, he’s trying to de-fund these regimes through advancing our technology to make YOU safer, and you’re “afraid” of him for it. Why? Because you’ve been told to be.
None of these opinions are you own opinions, they’re all things people have told you to think.
“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.”
Again, no. The idea that anyone is trying to kill america is just ridiculous rhetoric used to avoid talking about the actual issues.
“You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against certain banks and corporations.”
Ronald Regean told the air traffic controllers that were on strike “if you don’t come back to work on monday you’re fired”. He had no legal authority to do this.
Obama, however, does have legal authority to withhold bailout money to banks that do not change the policies and policy makers that <i>almost destroyed our economy.</i>
“You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.”
What wild and irresponsible spending proposals are those? My guess is you’ve been given some information that isn’t quite accurate, like glenn beck saying he’s given his “private army” americorps (the domestic equivalent to the peace corps, they organize volunteers to tutor kids etc, it has nothing to do with the military), that he’s given them “half a trillion dollars”, when actually he got them 1/500th that in funding, or a little over 1 billion a year. When will you realize beck and the rest are making shit up.
Go to fox news and search “americorps budget”, even fox news doesn’t agree with fox news.
“You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.”
Actually again this is the perception you get when you don’t listen to the man and only listen to the dishonest commentary about the man. He’s done countless townhalls, meetings, interviews and press conferences where he’s subjected himself to all kinds of questions about himself, his policies etc, and he’s actually notoriously respectful and never gets angry with people. Seriously, go on youtube and listen to the man actually answer questions.
“You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.”
This is just stupid.
“You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.”
Um, no. Fox news gets more viewers than almost every other news network combined and they are bent on his total destruction, and there are left-leaning and right-leaning shows on the other networks, and even the left-leaning ones criticize the president. This is just something conservatives say, it’s not really true. Fox news says “the news media gives obama a free pass” when they are the <i>dominant force in the news media.</i>
The other day glenn beck denounced msnbc for being in rockafeller square saying there is communist symbolism on the walls of some of the buildings. Um, fox news HQ is one of those buildings built by the architect that built all of them.
“You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O’Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.”
Quote him. There’s a big difference between demonizing someone and disagreeing with them. Beck, hannity, limbaugh and oreilly ironically <i>all</i> demonize people who disagree with them, especially the president.
“You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.”
No, don’t you see that is the spin they are putting on reasonable policies. It’s like you tried to feed the homeless and pass out bologna sandwiches to people with nothing to eat, and I spun it as “see, he’s trying to CONTROL what people get to eat! This is america, how dare he take away people’s choices!” Giving health insurance to those with none at all isn’t “controlling” people, and improving health insurance and lowering costs for everyone isn’t fascism either, it’s an attempt to remove a gigantic drain on our economy.
“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.”
This is because of your own paranoia and fascination with fox news, not because of anything the president has done. People showed up at his events with loaded automatic weapons and signs advocating political assasination, and he erred on free speech. That you think you’re going to be thrown in some obama gulag because you have a blog on xanga is nothing but paranoia.
Mark on xanga.