A Letter to President Obama
(posted a bit early… hey he’s got his schedule, I’ve got mine)
Just typing those words… they don’t send a tingle up my leg but a shiver down my spine.
You sir are the embodiment of two great American adages. The first being that anyone can grow up in America and become President.
You are now the personification of that phrase. Not through hard work, nor long service, nor personal or professional accomplishment you have now risen to the highest office in the land. Perversely, you have done so by not doing any of those things. When I was young people said; ‘work hard, make something of yourself, and some day you could be President.’ After today they will say; ‘and don’t ever leave a paper trail.’
You are truly a man of your times, a man that is famous for… well… for being famous. Your only claim to fame is… fame. In nearly all the endeavors that you have been a part of… Law School, The State Senate of Illinois, the US Senate… in each of these you have been always the lesser man, the one least qualified. By this path you came upon the national stage a clean sheet, a blank slate, someone that can be all things to all people precisely because you have never been anything to anyone.
If there is one thing that you might be able to lay claim to it is the seeming ability to swim through that political cease pool that is Illinois without taint or tarnish. Cold reality would tell us that in fact you have not actually done so… only managed to keep hidden from view the facts. The machine either put you there, or thinks that it did. This is a fine dance that you have not yet paid for, and it should make for interesting watching.
The other great American adage comes to us from Abraham Lincoln “You may fool all the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.”
In this you truly are a success. The media in the country will be seen as those that you have ‘fooled all of the time’ The voters, some 66 odd million of them will be, hopefully, those fooled only some of the time. They will be fickle, the public, for they have been sold on your ‘brand’ of hope and change, after having been told for 8 long years just how horrible things were, they are likely not to be in the mood to wait… or compromise. You have sold them… or perhaps better said you have been sold to them… not unlike New Coke… Indeed that is the thing I think of most closely resembles you and your election. All marketing and no taste. None. Nothing behind the hype. No there, there.
You have been of late, marketing yourself as Lincoln reborn… yet most clearly you are another Franklin Pierce… president almost by accident, ill-equipped for the job at hand, and destined for the same fate… the worse in the nations history. In this you will, by the end of your time in office made it near impossible for any other Black person to challenge for the office.
Yet here you stand. A charlatan, an empty suit. Totally inept, completely unprepared, and the barer of half the countries political hopes and dreams. Most anyone else writing something to you would say at this point: ‘well good luck with all that!’
Sir I wish you no luck at all… save to live a long life in bitter reflection at just how miserable you were as President.
You fooled the American people who, so ill-advised, put their faith and trust in you. As they will and must taste the bitter fruit of your failure so I wish for that bitter taste to stay with you for many long years to come. Bitterness and ashes is what I wish for you. Failure at every turn. You stole this election on false pretences and you should be made to pay for this… not with coin and not with your life but with your failure.
We too must now pay for the folly that is and will be your time in office. We will do so with time, treasure and regrettably with our lives. For your policies will hold nothing but pain and suffering for our people, and for the world at large. These next few years will be dark ones as the villains; the truly evil people abroad in the world, prove to you that your policies do not work, and that you are truly not ready for the office you hold.
We who apposed you then must now appose you more then ever. We must be there for those hurt and disillusioned by you, to rally with them, to give them hope and comfort and to unite and build an opposition to you and your party… to drive you all from office as quickly as our laws allow. Our task will be long, like you we are just now starting on it. This job will be difficult, fraught with unpopularity at first. But it is something that we must do, a burden placed upon us and one that we must see through to success… nothing less than the fate of our nation, and the fate of all free people in this world depends on us, we that now stand apposed to you.
You now must go about your tasks as we will go about ours. You must find such comfort as you might… in your own way. For me, in times such as these I take comfort in the words of my God spoken through blessed men many years before. They to labored though difficulty and yet with their faith persevered to victory. I take comfort in Psalm 13:
How long, O LORD ? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, O LORD my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;
4 my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the LORD,
for he has been good to me.