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Dear President Obama

by ranfuchs (writer), CT, USA, April 08, 2013

Credit: The Liberty Bell 1904 Tour Around the US
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How will history remember the 44th president of the United States?

Dear President Obama,

How often do you stop to wonder how history will remember the 44th president of the United States?

Now that you’ve returned from the Middle East, knowing that the hostility will not be resolved in your lifetime, now that you know that the number of murders in the US will remain the highest in the developed world, nearly 100 times higher than the next country on the list, now that it’s clear that American debt will not stop accelerating, and that America’s position in the world will not stop deteriorating, that you have ticked the Nobel Prize and was elected for a second period, maybe now it’s the time to stop acting as if you were on a never-ending election campaign, and start acting – not only talking – like a president.

Nixon will always be remembered for his Watergate scandal. Economist will remember him as the one that cancelled the gold standard – an act that started contemporary economic instability. He will also be remembered as the president who has turned America’s health care system – until then a model for rest of the world – unaffordable.

Ford … sorry Ford I can’t think of anything you will be remembered for.

Jimmy Carter is the one who led the peace process between Israel and Egypt. In my mind, he will be always linked to nuclear submarines, and peanuts.

Ronald Regan will be forever associated with the falling of the communist bloc. We must not forget the regonomics, a good idea at first glance, which now has been proven to be a slow poison for the very middle class that built America, syphoning, drop by drop, their wealth into the hands of an ever shrinking class of super-wealthy, turning them into super-wealthier.

George Bush the father will be remembered for the first Iraq war, and for his son.

Bill Clinton for Monica … and charm.

George Bush the son is the president that we all hope to forget.

And now let me guess what history will tell about you, Mr. Obama. I believe that you will be the one whose presidency will become the proof that America has lost its greatness: that it is bankrupt, not only financially, but politically, morally and spiritually. You, with high intelligence, rhetoric and good intentions, have proven that greed has become the cancer of America, and it’s gnawing through whatever is left of the body – not so long ago the envy of the entire world.

In your time, a massacre of primary school kids was not enough to increase gun control. After all, scores of politicians paid by the NRA will not push away the hand that feeds them, even if it’s a hand of a leper.

You failed to penalize those who stole the pension of tens of millions of middle class American. The best you achieved was to take more from the victims and feed it to the robbers – this time under the protection of the law. After all, a politician needs over 30,000 middle class pensioners to donate as much as single banker.

You have recognized that the health system is rotten: the US’ public health system, notorious for its third-world standard, is paid by more tax money than in nearly any other country. But it’s not an easy decision for a politician to demand taking the money from the insurers’ shareholders back into medical care. How moral can we expect a politician to be, when turning down sponsorship from insurance companies can result in losing an election?

And this is only the tip of the iceberg of big companies changing the very laws we live by to ensure the syphoning of money – from individuals and small companies – will never cease.

Mr. Obama, my guess is that you will be remembered as the president under which those who are looking at the world with eyes open will not be able to ignore any more, that America’s upward mobility is worse than in most of the free world, that total taxes are higher, that services are lower, and that from the country of the free America is turning into a scary place.

It does not have to be like this. In most developed countries elections are not sponsored by donations, and paying politicians is considered a bribe for which both the giver and the receiver will face the harsh penalties.

But Mr. Obama, it might not be too late. Now that you are not dependent on donations any longer, you have a chance to win the front battle for American freedom: separating American politics from private money.

You should call the American people to demand accountability from their politicians, forcing them to disclose who has paid them, and what laws they supported in return. You should fight for the system to change the very way it’s financed.

This is stepping away from the slope that can lead only to enslavement to ‘big money.’ If this is the only thing you achieved during your presidency, history will remember you as the president who has put America back on the path of freedom.

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By riginal on April 08, 2013 at 05:32 pm

What you're saying is Americans have no need to indulge in memory rejuvination techniques? At least Clinton tried to force a few Bill's through whilst in the oval office. Or does my memory suck too? Don't worry America, Australia had/has more than their fair share of Teledus. (check Java).

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By John Nelson on April 10, 2013 at 03:27 pm

Our healthcare system has NEVER been a model system, especially true during the late 60’s and early 70’s. We have always trailed behind Western European nations and Canada (at least post-1945). Our for-profit-private insurance based healthcare system is ranked 37th in the world behind third-world countries like Costa Rica, Columbia, Chile and Morocco. If it weren’t for Medicare/Medicaid we’d be ranked even lower! Of course for the wealthiest Americans with “Cadillac” coverage, the system is just fine and WONT change.

Obama did not crash our economy or initiate bank bailouts. He’s tried to rebound the economy, but with only limited success. It is interesting to note that Corporate America and the top 5% of Americans have done great since 2008. Corporate America has seen record profits at a time when most Americans are struggling and unemployment is up. Obama did roll-over to the banks and let them force us to bail out their risky practices and NO ONE went to jail. Bankers who steal don’t go to jail….Too big to fail, too big to jail. This bail-out was bipartisan (Bush then Obama).

Taxes however in the U.S. are not as high as Europe. The taxes on the wealthiest Americans are extremely low compared to other industrialized nations. Lowering taxes, especially on the rich isn’t a solution in a downward economy. And certainly it is not appropriate that someone who makes $25 million a year pays a lower tax percentage rate than someone who makes $150k a year. That’s just absurd, but Obama wouldn’t get any change to that through our corporate-owned Congress even if he wanted to. Certainly no Republican in Congress would support it.

Obama had nothing to do with the Citizens United decision that essentially ended a citizen-led government. That decision was made by the Supreme Court and the five justices put on the court by Republican Administrations.

Obama won’t tackle gun control in any meaningful way, he gave in to Republican demands to weaken Social Security and he won’t reform the plutocratic system that we now have (and Citizen’s United has guaranteed we’ll have in the future.) We have the Republican Party that is an unapologetic party of the wealthy and Democrats who are also the party of the corporation and wealthiest 1%. The average (working-class) American has no Party looking out for them.

We’re basically a monarchy, but instead of kings, lords and barons we have the richest 1% who control everything. They’ll steal our Social Security and everything else in good time. They’ll try to turn us into low wage slaves. They have to do it slowly to keep us from rising up and they’ll need to make sure that most Americans see the nation as Dems V. Republican, because as long as we’re fighting amongst ourselves we won’t take the fight to the ruling class. We won’t take our country back!

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By ranfuchs on April 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm


1. Australia, under Howard, tried to replicate the US health system.

2. It was never claimed that Obama Crashed the economy, but only that under his government, those responsible got away with it. It was under his government that investigation took place

3. The tax is lower for the top tier. For middle tier, however, total tax (not only fed) is higher. Unfortunately I am not at the top tier, but I am currently paying higher overall tax to that I paid in the UK 4 years ago, for the same income

4. Citizens United has nothing to do with Obama, and this is only part of the problem. It's donation that is the problem. The system is probably too corrupt to be changed, but is it beyond the theoretical power of the president to change it?

5. Not only republicans. Too many democrats are bribed by the NRA, and will not support any gun control whatsoever.

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By Shane Joseph on April 14, 2013 at 09:57 am

obama's campaign was "yes, we can." and i'd like to add "...if you will let me." the intransigence between the dems and reps has been the stumbling block to progress, not the president's willingness to enact positive change.

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By ranfuchs on April 14, 2013 at 10:04 am

The world is full of people with lots of good will, most of them are not qualified to be president. A president is someone who can make the good will happen. Unfortunately, Obama cannot.

You may argue that nobody can. In this case, the role of Obama is to highlight the reasons it's impossible, and change the system to make it possible.

In my view, it is the control of money over the political system that makes it impossible, and this is the first thing that must change.

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