Rant to a Rant


I received this anti Obama rant by email, and I just had to respond to it point by point.

Let me make clear this comes from someone who has voted Republican in most elections up till 2006. Since then I can’t seem to get by the fact that the Republican party got us into a endless war in Iraq with no plan to end it and apparently for no real reason. Yet, they and their most fervent supporters seem to take absolutely no responsibility for having made a mistake, even if in good faith at the time, or even that there was a mistake made. I still think the war was entered into in the belief it was in America’s interest, but I think we have to admit now it was mistake and learn from the mistake. It’s the same kind of lesson that Robert McNamara did learn and eventually try to teach us about Vietnam.

With all that as background, let me present the rant, and why I couldn’t let it go unanswered.

RANT AND RANT BACK (MY RANT BACK IS IN ALL CAPS)

“WE NOTICED”

President Obama:

Today I read of your administrations’ plan to re-define September 11 as a National Service Day. Sir, it’s time we had a talk………

During your campaign, Americans watched as you made mockery of our tradition of standing and crossing your heart when the Pledge of Allegiance was spoken. You, out of four people on the stage, were the only one not honoring our tradition.

THIS SEEMS LIKE BLOWING SYMBOLISM WAY OUT OF PROPORTION. CLEARLY I HAVEN’T BEEN IN THE PRESENCE OF OBAMA AT ALL, SO I DON’T KNOW WHY OR IF THIS HAPPENED. STILL I DON’T SEE IT AS SO SIGNIFICANT AS THE AUTHOR HERE DOES.

YES, “We noticed.”

During one of your many speeches, Americans heard you say that you intended to visit all 57 states. We all know that Islam, not America has 57 states.

THE 57 STATES THINGS SEEMS LIKE NOTHING MORE THAN A SLIP OF THE TONGUE. WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF THE 57 STATES OF ISLAM. I’VE NEVER HEARD OF THIS. THE WHOLE THING SEEMS LIKE SEEING SOME KIND OF PLOT OR SLIGHT BECAUSE SOMEONE WANTS TO.

YES, “We noticed.”

When President Bush leaned over at Ground Zero and gently placed a flower on the memorial, while you nonchalantly tossed your flower onto the pile without leaning over.

AGAIN THIS SEEMS LIKE IMAGINING SIGNIFICANCE TO SOMETHING OF NO SIGNIFICANCE. IT IS LIKE SO MANY ISSUES RAISED BY THE RIGHT FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS SOMETHING WITH HOT EMOTIONAL OVERTONES (WILLY HORTON, FLAG BURNING, BOWING TO THE KING OF SAUDI ARABIAN, AND ON AND ON), BUT NOT MUCH SUBSTANCE OR REAL IMPORTANCE TO GOVERNING THE COUNTRY. AS TO INSULTING THE CROWN, AS BEST I CAN TELL THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS MADE GREAT PROGRESS IN IMPROVING OUR RELATIONS WITH MOST OF EUROPE.

YES, “We noticed.”

Every time you apologized to other countries for America ‘s position on an issue we have wondered why you don’t share our pride in this great country. When you have heard foreign leaders berate our country and our beliefs, you have not defended us. In fact, you insulted the British Crown beyond belief.

FRANKLY I THINK A LESS BELLICOSE AND MORE HUMBLE FOREIGN POLICY IS A GOOD THING. GIVEN THAT WE INVADED A COUNTRY THAT HAD NOTHING TO WITH 9/11 NOMINALLY BECAUSE OF 9/11, I THINK WE HAVE SOMETHING TO APOLOGIZE FOR. UNLIKE SOME OF THE TRULY CRAZY LEFT (I DON’T THINK OF MYSELF AS ON THE LEFT CRAZY OR OTHERWISE), I DON’T THINK WE LIED OUR WAY INTO WAR. BUT, I THINK WE SHOULD CONCEDE THAT THE IRAQ WAR AND OTHER THINGS WE HAVE DONE HAVE BEEN MISTAKES (NOT JUST THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION EITHER), SOMETIMES TRAGIC ONES. SUCH AS OVERTHROWING THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN IN THE FIFTIES, PART OF THE REASON WE HAVE THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT WE DO TODAY.

YES, “We noticed.”

When your pastor of 20 years, “God-damned America ” and said that 9/11 was ” America ‘s chickens coming home to roost” and you denied having heard recriminations of that nature, we wondered how that could be. You later disassociated yourself from that church and Pastor Wright because it was politically expedient to do so.

I CAN ACCEPT A PRESIDENT HAVING RADICAL ACQUAINTANCES, BUT NOT RADICAL POLICIES. I DON’T THINK OBAMA IS RADICAL, NOR HAVE HIS POLICIES BEEN. HE HAS KEPT MANY BUSH POLICIES, SUCH AS DON’T ASK DON’T TELL FOR GAY IN THE MILITARY, HE DIDN’T NATIONALIZE THE BANKS, DIDN’T MAKE THE STIMULUS AS LARGE AS MANY THOUGHT IT SHOULD BE. HE HASN’T PULLED TROOPS OUT OF IRAQ, AND MAY INCREASE OUR PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN.

YES, “We noticed.”

When you announced that you would transform America , we wondered why. With all her faults, America is the greatest country on earth. Sir, KEEP THIS IN MIND, “if not for America and the people who built her, you wouldn’t be sitting in the White House now.” Prior to your election to the highest office in this Country, you were a senator from Illinois and from what we can glean from the records available, not a very remarkable one.

I THINK MISTAKES HAVE BEEN MADE BY THIS ADMINISTRATION. THE AUTO BAILOUT WAS LIKELY A MISTAKE.

THAT BEING SAID, I LOVE THIS COUNTRY TOO, BUT I CAN CONCEDE WE CAN MAKE IT EVEN BETTER, AND WE HAVE OVER THE LAST TWO CENTURIES. WHY DO THESE PEOPLE WANT TO TREAT THE LAND THEY LOVE AS SOME SORT OF FRAGILE MUSEUM PIECE THAT WE CAN ONLY REVERE, NEVER ADD TO CHANGE OR IMPROVE? TAKE HEART, PRESIDENT OBAMA ISN’T GOING TO BREAK THE COUNTRY.

YES, “We noticed.”

All through your campaign and even now, you have surrounded yourself with individuals who are basically unqualified for the positions for which you appointed them. Worse than that, the majority of them are people who, like you, bear no special allegiance, respect, or affection for this country and her traditions.

YES, HE HASN’T APPOINTED PEOPLE AS WELL QUALIFIED AS MICHAEL (“HECK OF A JOB BROWNIE”) BROWN, ALBERTO (THE CONSTITUTION LIMITS THE PRESIDENT’S POWER, REALLY???) GONZALES, AND DON (I NEVER CONCEDE A MISTAKE) RUMSFELD. CLEARLY THOSE PEOPLE WITH THEIR RIGID DEVOTION TO CONSERVATIVE IDEOLOGY WERE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL, THOUGH EVENTUALLY FIRED THEY LEFT FOR PERSONAL REASONS (YES I’M BEING SARCASTIC). ENOUGH SAID.

YES, “We noticed.”

You are 9 months into your term and every morning millions of Americans wake up to a new horror heaped on us by you. You seek to saddle working Americans with a health care/insurance reform package that, along with cap and trade, will bankrupt this nation.

OBAMA MIGHT HAVE BEEN WELL ADVISED TO FOCUS ONLY ON THE ECONOMY TILL AT LEAST 2010, AND I’M CONCERNED THAT COST OF HEALTH CARE MAY TAKE A BACKSEAT TO UNIVERSAL COVERAGE. I’M CONCERNED THAT THE CUTS TO MEDICARE TO MAKE THE PROPOSED HEALTH CARE BILLS WON’T HAPPEN AND THE PRESIDENT’S PROPOSAL MAY PUT US MORE IN THE DITCH FISCALLY THAN PRESIDENT BUSH ALREADY HAS.

STILL, SHOULDN’T THIS PRESIDENT GET SOME CREDIT FOR RAISING THE ISSUE OF HEALTH CARE WHEN THE STATUS QUO IS GROWING INCREASINGLY COSTLY, TO THE GOVERNMENT, EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS. AND, “THE NIGHTMARE OF UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE!!!! “; SEEMS LIKE AN OXYMORON DOESN’T IT?

YES, OBAMA WANTS SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, LIKE THE MEDICARE OR VA SYSTEM, THE PERSON WHO WROTE THESE MAY BE ON. CLEARLY THE UNITED STATES WOULD NEVER WANT TO CHANGE OR MODIFY ITS HEALTH SYSTEM WITH THE HIGHEST COSTS BUT NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE BEST HEALTHCARE AND LONGEST LIVES IN THE WORLD. OH, THERE I GO WITH THE SARCASM AGAIN.

FINALLY, I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THOSE WHO ARE NOW SO WORRIED ABOUT THE DEBT NEVER SEEM TO MEET A WAR OR WEAPONS THEY DON’T LIKE. THOSE COST A LOT OF MONEY TOO, AND THE BLOOD OF MANY PEOPLE INCLUDING YOUNG AMERICANS.

YES, “We noticed.”

We seek, by protesting, to let our representatives know that we are not in favor of these crippling expenditures and we are labeled “un-American”,”racist”, “mob”. We wonder how we are supposed to let you know how frustrated we are. You have attempted to make our protests seem isolated and insignificant. Until your appointment, Americans had the right to speak out.

PLEASE. FOR I SUSPECT A TOUGH, “LETS KICK THE HELL OF THE MUSLIM WORLD”, TYPE I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW THIS (NOTE ANONYMOUS) CONTRIBUTOR CAN’T SEEM TO TAKE BEING CALLED “UN-AMERICAN”, WHILE THIS TERM I THINK IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE APPLIED TO ANYONE WHO OPPOSED THE WAR IN IRAQ (LIKE OBAMA DID BEFORE IT WAS A POPULAR THING TO DO). NO ONE IS SAYING YOU CAN’T SPEW HATEFUL NONSENSE LIKE THIS. BUT DON’T CRY LIKE A BABY WHEN SOMEONE CALLS IT HATEFUL NONSENSE.

IN ANYCASE, THE AUTHOR AND HIS FRIENDS ARE CLEARLY SPEAKING OUT SO I DON’T SEE WHEN ANYONE LOST THEIR FREE SPEECH.

YES, “We noticed.”

On September 11, 2001 there were no Republicans or Democrats, only Americans. And we all grieved together and helped each other in whatever way we could. The attack on 9/11 was carried out because we are Americans.

AGREED IT WAS A TERRIBLE TIME, AND I THINK PRESIDENT BUSH TRIED TO DO WHAT HE THOUGHT WAS BEST. NONETHELESS, MANY OF HIS DECISIONS HAVE PROVED (I THINK) TO HAVE BEEN TERRIBLE MISTAKES. MOTIVATED I THINK BY PUTTING DEVOTION TO AN IDEOLOGICAL POSITION ABOVE COMMON SENSE OR ACTUALLY PAYING ATTENTION TO FACTS, EVENTS, HISTORY AND RESULTS.

USING TORTURE TO FIGHT BARBARIAN, HAS MADE US (AT LEAST A LITTLE) MORE BARBARIC. WHEN WE FOUGHT ANOTHER GROUP OF BARBARIAN IN WWII, WE RESPECTED THE GENEVA CONVENTION, AND DIDN’T THINK IT WAS “QUAINT” (AS IT WAS CHARACTERIZED BY ALBERTO GONZALES, WHO LATER BECAME PRESIDENT BUSH’S ATTORNEY GENERAL).

THE GREATEST GENERATION DIDN’T INVADE A COUNTRY FOR WHAT PROVED TO BE NO REASON, AND DIDN’T GO TO WAR UNTIL THEY HAD NO CHOICE. WE WOULD DO WELL TO BE AS PRUDENT AS OUR PARENTS OR GRAND PARENTS. I PRAY THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL BE.

And YES, “We noticed.”

There were many of us who prayed that as a black president you could help unite this nation. In six months you have done more to destroy this nation than the attack on 9/11.

THIS MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE TO ME. THINGS ARE DIFFICULT, BUT I THINK THAT HAS MORE TO DO THE STATE THE NATION WAS LEFT IN ON JANUARY 19, 2009 THAN ANY THING ELSE. ANYONE NOT BLINDED BY PARTISAN RAGE, STOKED BY HUGE AMOUNTS OF FOX NEWS, AND TALK RADIO COULD SEE THAT.

You have failed us.

YES, “We noticed.”

September 11 is a day of remembrance for all Americans. You propose to make 9/11 a “National Service Day”. While we know that you don’t share our reverence for 9/11, we pray that history will report your proposal as what it is…a disgrace.

ONE OF THE MORE POSITIVE THINGS ABOUT SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 WAS THE SPIRIT OF GIVING, OF PEOPLE WANTING TO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY AFTER THAT TERRIBLE DAY.

I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW A DAY DEVOTED TO NATIONAL SERVICE OF THE TYPE WE JOINED IN ON 9/12/2001 ISN’T REVERENT FOR 9/11/2001 AND THE BEST THAT CAME OUT OF IT. THOSE WHO OPPOSE THIS IDEA SEEM TO WANT THAT DAY TO BE A PERMANENT WOUND, USED TO KEEP THE POPULACE ANGRY AT FOE OR FOES AND TO SUPPORT JINGOISTIC POLITICIANS. TO THE AUTHOR, IT APPEARS THAT REVERENCE FOR 9/11 MEANS KEEPING THE WORST THINGS FROM THAT TIME ALIVE, NAMELY FEAR, AND ANGER. I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU SIR OR MADAM.

YES, “We noticed.”

You have made a mockery of our Constitution and the office that you hold. You have embarrassed and slighted us in foreign visits and policy.

AT THIS POINT IT SHOULD BE CLEAR I THINK ANY FAIR MINDED PERSON WOULD SEE THIS STATEMENT AS GIBBERISH OR THE WORST KIND OF POLITICALLY MOTIVATED STATEMENT. IT IS SAD THAT THE CONSTITUTION ISN’T GIVEN THE KIND OF RESPECT IT DESERVES, DEMOCRATS MAY BE ACCUSED OF SETTING IT ASIDE TO IMPLEMENT BIG GOVERNMENT SECURITY BLANKETS. BUT DOES THIS PERSON RECOGNIZE THAT ILLEGAL WIRETAPS, AND WEAKENING OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES IN THE NAME OF NATIONAL SECURITY ALSO MAKES A MOCKERY OF THE CONSTITUTION?

YES, “We noticed..”

You have blatantly disregarded the request for more troops in Afganistan, thus placing those already there at greater risk.

I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT HASN’T DECIDED WHAT TO DO HERE YET, BUT, AT LEAST FOR NOW, I GIVE HIM THE BENEFITS OF THE DOUBT THAT HE WILL DECIDE WHAT HE THINK IS IN THE NATIONS BEST INTEREST. ULTIMATELY THE PRESIDENT MUST DECIDE, AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF, NOT JUST RUBBER STAMP WHAT HIS FIELD COMMANDERS RECOMMEND. FURTHERMORE HESITATION IN MAKING MORE MILITARY COMMITMENTS RECOGNIZES THERE IS A LIMIT TO HOW FAR WE CAN STRETCH OUR MILITARY.

YES, “We noticed”

You have placed partisan politics ahead of your country.

I’M SURE THE PRESIDENT IS AWARE OF POLITICS AS ANY PRESIDENT MUST BE. STILL THIS CHARGE SEEMS MORE POLITICS THAN ANYTHING ELSE.

YES, “We noticed”

We have noticed all these things. We will deal with you. When Americans come together again, it will be to remove you from office.

I ADDED THE BOLD. I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS A CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT OR ASSASSINATION. I DON’T THINK IT IS ANY CRAZIER TO SEE SUCH AN IMPLICATION THAN TO TAKE SUCH HUGE OFFENSE AT REFERRING TO 57 AS OPPOSED TO 50 STATES. I CERTAINLY SUPPORT OUR PRESIDENT AND HOPE HE MAKES WISE CHOICES. SUCH BLATANT THREATS I CAN’T SEE PRODUCING ANYTHING GOOD.

Take notice.

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