An Open Letter to our President

Dear Barack Obama, Come on, Mr. President. The YouTube generation elected you. Generation X. You took enough of the baby boomers to get by, but counted on America’s youth much more. I understand that you grew up listening to the musings of Frank Marshall Davis and, later, Jeremiah Wright, and that it is your mission in life to redistribute the wealth. You have said so. You have plainly stated it over and over. We are the YouTube generation, and we have seen it. Once upon a time, a man named Joe said “I’m getting ready to buy a company that makes two-hundred and fifty… uh, seventy, eighty thousand dollars a year. Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?” We all know why he asked the question. He heard you promise to raise taxes on those who earn over $250 k. It was a fair question. You responded by saying, “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” Upon your gaffe of actually stating your genuine intentions, the liberal propagandists attacked Joe’s credibility. The media actually paid to send opposition researchers to Joe’s neighborhood and ask for any dirt on the man. They called him a liar for claiming that he was a plumber. Of course, he never said that he was a plumber. And he never said that he made over $250 k. How could I possibly have the exact quotes? How could I possibly ignore the overwhelming evidence of the shouting heads on NBC? Because I have watched the primary evidence on YouTube. Later, you shrieked at a crowd “how many plumbers you know making a quarter million dollars a year?” The suggestion, of course, is that it was Joe who was disingenuous. Come on, sir. We are the YouTube generation. Some will say I haven’t provided evidence for my claim that you stated you wanted to “redistribute the wealth” over and over. Well, the people can look that up on YouTube, also. Years ago, you stated that it was a travesty that the Warren Court “never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and… more basic issues of political and economic justice.” Unfortunately, “it didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed on it by the founding fathers and the Constitution.” You followed this by mournfully sighing that the Constitution is a “charter of negative liberties” in that it “says what the federal government can’t do to you, but it doesn’t say what the federal government must do on your behalf.” I apologize. You did not say it was a travesty. You used the word tragedy. It was a tragedy that our country was ‘too court focused’ and did not bring about “redistributive change.” Yes, it’s all there for the people to watch. I watched this clip before the election, and showed it to many. Most who watched it did not care. They just wanted change – whatever that meant. “I’m not optimistic about brining about major redistributive change through the courts…” you later claimed. Soon we learned where you were going with that statement, and the reason I decided to record this document, to my future peril, (as Nancy Pelosi has requested that all citizens who receive “fishy emails” report them to the White House so they can be recorded). Yes, when you said the courts weren’t structured for major redistributive change, you meant that it would take the Democrat party capturing both chambers of Congress and the Executive Branch to pass such an agenda. In your own words, again, “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer, universal health care plan… but we may not get there immediately, because first we’ve got to take back the White House, then we’ve got to take back the Senate and we’ve got to take back the House [of Representatives].” Once this is accomplished, the federal government can pass health reform with a public option. “But I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer based coverage immediately,” you later claimed. “There’s going to be, potentially some transition process.” Yes, I have seen you say this. Thanks, YouTube. Thanks, America, for documenting these statements. Now, back, in a rather circuitous manner, to why I am writing this. In your town hall the other day, I listened astutely in a sincere attempt to understand what your goals were. I wanted to give you a chance to convince me that my life would improve if this bill is passed. Let me give you some advice, Mr. President. It does not help when you lie to my face. “I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter,” you bluntly stated to the calm crowd. Flashback “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer, universal health care plan.” OK, give us the facts and explain what you want to do. Make it clear, concise, and comprehensible for all of us. Another bit of advice. It is not a good strategy to allow Nancy Pelosi to call the protestors Nazis, or for you allow the DNC to claim the Republican Party “has no plan for moving our country forward, so they’ve called out the mob.” Prominent democrats have also claimed that “desperate Republicans and their well-funded allies are trying to destroy President Obama.” The host of MSNBC saying that “the word socialist is becoming the new n-word,” cannot help either. I just don’t think that this is how the Democrats should go about arguing their side of the issue. Pelosi has even claimed that people who are asking questions are “un-American.” Wait… pause… I thought freedom of speech was a part of the first amendment to the Constitution… you know… along with right to assemble and petition the government. Regular Americans are concerned with the direction their country is headed. You have stated that you feel the constitution is “an imperfect document… that reflects some deep flaws in American culture.” In any event, you must follow the terms of that imperfect document so long as it exists in its current form. Our country is organized as a representative democracy. The reason that a whole bunch of veterans, seniors and even youngsters, are unhappy right now, is because instead of representing the masses, 62% of which disagree with the passage of your health care bill, you are insulting Americans by telling us “I want the folks who created the mess just to get out of the way so I can clean up the mess. I don’t mind cleaning up after them, but don’t do a lot of talking.” I say; well… no. I didn’t particularly help create the mess, and I am not a Republican, but I am a member of the group you are referring to when you speak to all those who have the gall to stand up and ask questions about the bill that is going to involve a government takeover of a full 1/6th of the US economy and turn the country into a socialist country, by definition: which, by the way, has nothing to do with the n-word. Yes, you want me to shut up, and get out of the way. Yes, the aforementioned quote is totally accurate and in context. How do I know? I watched it on YouTube. Come on, you should know this, dude! You have a Blackberry! Stop smearing those who have genuine concerns. Instead, maybe you should take the shocking and novel approach of actually addressing those concerns. Sincerely, (not fishy), Graham K. Helsabeck


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