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Opinion: President Obama: You reassure me

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dear President Obama: Like Lou Pritchett, a most frightened man, I have lived under the last 13 presidents. None have "scared" me, although "W" came closest with his unnecessary war. As a former military officer, I recognize security threats. Iraq was not one.

President Obama, with you in office, I am reassured because:

* You speak confidently and sincerely on subjects critical to our future. Your books clearly articulate thoughts and goals.

* You worked successfully to attend Harvard, demonstrating to all that an Ivy League education is not reserved for the wealthy but for those who are intelligent and diligent. You and your wife have worked hard to improve your family's lifestyle.

* You spent some formative years overseas. Exposure to other cultures does not make one less American. My family has lived overseas. We are culturally American.

* You successfully mounted a political campaign to reach the office of president and are clearly more than equal to meeting a payroll and running a company.

* You recognize the need for civilian control of the military. Lack of military experience would have disqualified Lincoln, FDR and Reagan.

* You accept and are mindful of reality. Admitting fault and accepting blame, as in the Crowly-Gates issue, then setting things right, shows strength and maturity. Having a president who does not "misunderestimate" is clearly beneficial.

* You have experienced a range of American thoughts and opinions. Recognition of faults does not equate to hating America. Neither does expressing an opinion equate to wanting America to fail. Vilification of individuals is redundant when denouncement of extremist positions was made.

* You are not afraid to acknowledge that our society is imperfect. That our flaws may pale beside those of others is totally obvious. Recognizing and fixing faults sends a strong message. Ignoring issues is hypocritical, and other nations are well aware of this. Blaming America is a fabricated conservative construct.

* You recognize that we have no monopoly on ideas. The private sector appreciates government services. Besides highways, air traffic control and police/fire protection, a significant contribution is government stability, which permits legal/financial transactions to be safely conducted.

* You are addressing flaws in health care. Health insurance companies appear to be their own major beneficiary. Exceptions are socialized medicine in the military and Medicare programs. Citizens have a right to government-provided security and police/fire protection and a right to health protection.

* You have embraced energy independence, not just wind and solar, but also nuclear, gas, oil, clean coal and shale. Independence from foreign energy will come when all avenues are being pursued.

* You understand that the capitalist goose, if unconstrained, lays golden eggs only for the capitalists in charge. We provide "the highest standard of living" if -- and only if -- capitalism is controlled by reason. Capitalists must turn square corners when dealing with people and government.

* You have insisted that "certain banks and corporations" provide payback when asking for bailouts to protect private assets. Expecting banks to return what they borrowed in their self-generated emergency is not extortion.

* You solicit input from across the aisle when individuals show the courage and wisdom to speak their minds. Current spending proposals, while expensive, are necessary to counteract the inherited recession.

* You display an willingness to consider "opposing points of view from intelligent people." Refusal to continue yes-man precedents is refreshing. Intelligent, opposing points of view are valuable. A "just say no" mentality does nothing for America.

* You have the ability to ignore insults like "messiah," or "anointed one." False implications of omnipotence or omniscience serve only to degrade the instigators and are accepted only by an extremist fringe.

* You are willing to face the media, nation, and the world openly, honestly and deliver a position in clear, complete sentences. The belief of a "free pass on everything" is another construct of closed minded individuals.

* You are able to ignore hectoring of conservative detractors who pass off personal opinions as news. They demonize themselves by their inability to consider any point of view other than their own. They are entertainers, entitled to opinions, but not to represent these as truths. These commentators cater to individuals described by the phrase, "Don't confuse me with the facts. I've already made up my mind."

* You know that governing is like steering a supertanker. Immediate "controlling" is virtually impossible. Your job requires thinking miles or months ahead in order to keep on course.

After your second term, skeptics will come around, confidence in government will be re-established and freedom of expression will remain, even for the very frightened Lou Pritchett.

Rick Lettau is a Marble Hill, Mo., resident.

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And thank you for recognizing your own lack of experience and total inablility to manage the affairs of our free nation by letting Congress loose in turning our great nation into Banana Republic. As I quickly age into dependency I am comforted that the government will be able to tend to my every need - that is until we collapse under the massive debt they've created and a coalition of debtor nations takes control of our society. We all can now sleep well, I assume sedatives and Depends will be provided, at least until it is decided when my time has officially ended.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 9:25 AM

Very well written, Mr. Lettau. The sarcastic response by blogbudsman, in my opinion, illustrates even further a mindset that I've seen since Obama was elected. Things were bad, have been bad for the past several years, and when Bush was in office, people blamed Bush. Then Obama was elected, and everyone said "He'd better do something about this!" But when they woke up the morning after he was sworn in and nothing had gotten better yet, everyone seemed to look around, wide-eyed and indignant, and say "But he said he would make things better! It's not better! He's a liar!" They say you only want what you don't have, and our nation is definite proof of that. There's no doubt in my mind that anything Obama could be doing right now would be "wrong". What some people don't seem to realize is that the same would be true if McCain had been elected.

-- Posted by MusicMaker on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 10:42 AM

There will be no second term. The American people are beginning to understand the "glittering Generalities" and campaign slogans are not the answer.

Check your premises, Mr. Lettau, and discover how flawed they are.

-- Posted by voyager on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 2:48 PM

People from Southeast Missouri would complain if Christ himself was elected President. It's the national pastime down here. You'd think with the Brain Trust we have here in Southeast Missouri we would have produced an individual more outstanding than Rush Limbaugh by now. He only made it because he was the King Complainer.

-- Posted by FriendO on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 3:43 PM

It should be painfully clear Christ was not elected President. Obama was, and it is equally and emphatically clear he is not Christ. That is the real and valid complaint.

And why do you suppose Southeast Missouri has not produced a more outstanding individual that Rush Limbaugh?

-- Posted by voyager on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 4:39 PM


Are you saying you haven't complained?

-- Posted by Wiff on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 4:39 PM

I like to complain about the complainers. You guys are true professionals here in SE Missouri: whine, whinge, moan, b!tch, no matter WHO is in office. If Jesus ran, you'd think he was too Jewish.

I at least have perspective enough to realize the hilariousness of a bunch of backwards yokels proclaiming how THEY would do it better, each one patting each other on the back, each one of them having thought they have reached nirvana, the peak of their intellect, in sitting behind a computer in a small town posting to a small town newspaper's website, too lazy to do anything more than type and have "tea parties" ("Whine fests" we should call them).

-- Posted by FriendO on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 9:17 AM

backwards yokels - you mean Americans?

small town - you mean America?

perspective - you mean disgust for Americans?

tea parties - you mean liberty and freedom?

hilariousness - priceless!

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 9:29 AM

I mean some Americans. Whiny Americans. YOU Americans.

80% of our country lives in urbanized areas. Get some "perspective". Cape Girardeau Missourah is not the peak of civilization.

-- Posted by FriendO on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 9:34 AM

Yeah, yeah, yeah. We know that LA, New York City and Chicago elected our new president. We're just not sure we want you to run the country. I doubt if your arrogant indignation will keep us quiet. The sleeping dogs are now awake. Enjoy the day.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 10:56 AM

The dogs here have been awake and yapping since this cow town was founded.

It's like an episode of the Twilight Zone down here. No one ever leaves, yet the population never grows.

Or maybe more like Pleasantville, only with white trash and fast food restaurants. I must be nuts for not considering it to be Nirvana.

-- Posted by FriendO on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 11:02 AM

Dear FriendO,

Why don't you move to LA or New York. Be sure to lock up your goods. Make sure you get on the take and work under the table like everybody else there so you won't have to pay their outrageous taxes. Enjoy your 800 square foot apartment for the price of a mansion here. Be careful of getting mugged on the subway as you ride on heartland-subsidized public transportation. Don't expect to accomplish anything without greasing the palms of politicians, ACORN, and other organised criminals. The coasts are robbing the heartland through federal taxation like Cap and Trade. I've lived all over the world, and we're among the most honest, charitable, hard-working, optimistic, and sincere people imaginable.

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 2:13 PM

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