Dear President Obama,
Congratulations on your election.
As you take the oath of office, ponder your words carefully. You will swear to protect… Americans? No. American Sovereignty? No. The American Way of life? No. Democracy? No. The Republic? No.
You will swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. The idea and ideal of America.
As you ride the wave of optimism and hope, remember that both your predecessor (“No Nation-building”) and his predecessor (“The most ethical administration in the history of this country”) rode in on similar waves of optimism. And both departed the White House under a cloud.
I would not presume to tell you how to preside, but it would be good to listen to the sage words of others:
“Choose your enemies carefully, your enemies will choose you” (Yassir Arafat). America has been historically awful at choosing friends. In the past, we have supported such paragons of Virtue as Idi Amin, Ho Chi Minh, Manual Noriega and Saddam Hussein. More recently, most of the 911 Hijackers came, not from Iraq or Iran, but from our “Good Friend”, Saudi Arabia. Currently, China enjoys “most favored nation” status, though nobody has been able to furnish me with a single good reason why.
But enough from the father of Terrorism. Let’s see what previous occupants of your new office have to say for themselves: Perhaps we should follow Thomas Jefferson’s wise words: “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none“
There are about 190 countries in the world. American Military personnel are stationed in about 120 of them. They can’t all be necessary for national security. But keep the military strong: “Walk softly and carry a big stick” (Theodore Roosevelt)
Another Democratic President – John F. Kennedy – said “I do not believe in a superstate. I see no magic in tax dollars which are sent to Washington and then returned“. These words from show how much the party has changed in less than half a century. The Department of Education costs the taxpayer billions every year, and it educates nobody. It does, however, buy the “co-operation” of our schools – with grants taken out of our our own dollars.
And what about your hero, Abraham Lincoln? This one might make you chuckle: “These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people’s money to settle the quarrel” That sounds shockingly familiar…
I will end with what George Washington reputedly said to his successor, John Adams, on the latter’s election as President. “I am fairly out and you are fairly in! See which of us will be the happiest!“
History beckons, Sir. I wish you well and hope you are up to it.