Dear Mr. President


So far, so good…but questions
January 28, 2009, 5:03 pm
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Dear Mr. President,

     Why don’t you put your press briefings onto the Whitehouse website?  I can only find them on the website of the Press Corps.  And why don’t you ever answer your mail?  George W. always did, don’t forget!

   Otherwise, you’re doing  fine things out there in Washington!!!  Great interview with Al Arabia.    Good stuff on the economy and the environment. Nice tries with non-partisonship.  Or at least, tries.  Maybe “nice” is the wrong word.  So keep up the good work!

Sincerely, VNV

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Environmentally sound
January 26, 2009, 9:37 pm
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Dear President Obama,

How refreshing your environmental policies are turning out to be! Like a glass of clean, clear water. It seems as if the whole world is sighing with relief, taking good deep breaths full of hope.

Oh dear I am waxing effusive. But I can’t help it. It’s been such a depressing time, particularly for us Americans abroad. It’s been awful having a President who blocked every environmentally sound idea.  

 Thank you for bringing change!  Now if you can get us signed up with the rest of the world…   Sincerely, VNV



Four Days: The “Patriot Act” and the Abuse of Language
Dear Mr. President,
   The “Patriot Act”??  The very name is appalling.  What  does it mean?  An Act of Patriotism?
An Act for Patriots?  A Patriotic Act?  And then the questions:  Is it
“patriotic” to suspend habeas corpus for suspected terrorists?  Is it
patriotic to invade the privacy of people accused of no crime?  Are searches
and seizures patriotic?  Is profiling patriotic?  Is creating a thicket of
Kafka-like bureaucracy around every section of financial reporting whilst
ignoring any sensible regulation patriotic?
     Of course not.  Calling something a “Patriot Act” does not make it patriotic.  Nor does it change its unconstitutionality.  It is merely typical for the use of language in your administration.  “The Patriotic Act,”  the “Clean Air Act”,”Homeland Security”:  All tendentious misnomers. 
    Who but you would call an Act allowing for more air pollution on the part of industry the “Clean Air” act?
Who else would call wounded soldiers “warriors”?  “Warriors” we had under
the Vikings maybe.  We didn’t call soldiers in World War II “warriors”.
The people who did that had another name.  They were Fascists, Nazis.  The
Nazis spoke of Krieger – warriors.  The Nazis spoke of “Homeland”in the sense of “Blut und Boden”.  We used to call it “national”.  National Security.  Not “Homeland Security”.
     So today I fault not only your unconstitutional Acts, I fault your
lying language.  Your “New Speak”.  Your plain and simple propaganda.
Goebbels had nothing on you, Sir.  Now there was a man after your own heart.
A man who made tough decisions and stood by them.  And past-master in
language manipulation:   “Wollt Ihr den totallen Krieg?” he asked, and
thousands shouted “Ja”.
     It comes down to your use of “Good” and “Evil”.  I quote your Farewell
Address:   “I have often spoken to you about good and evil, and this has
made some uncomfortable.  But good and evil are present in this world, and
between the two there can be no compromise.  Murdering the innocent to
advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere.”
    Now that is true.  And that makes you, by your own definition, clearly evil.

Sincerely, VNV



Obama sways
August 3, 2008, 5:30 am
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Dear Mr. President,
    What’s a woman to do?  I would like so much to support Barack Obama whole-heartedly, but he already seems to be metamorphosing into a wily politician.  End the war in Iraq? –  sure – but only to send our troops onward into Afghanistan.  All right already, Afghanistan is where the action is.   But if I were clever terrorists, I would just slip back into Iraq once the U.S.A. slipped over into Afghanistan.  When are we going to start addressing the issues that create these teeming breeding grounds for terrorists?
     And now offshore drillling.  Okay, okay, compromise is good – except when you compromise something really important, like, say, the earth.  Reducing our dependency on foreign oil is a great idea, but it is best achieved by reducing our dependency on oil, not by pandering to those huge oil companies who are rubbing their sticky, oozing hands over this wayward decision to plunder the earth.
So give me a suggestion, Mr. President.  Whom should I support, since McCaine is out of the question and Obama is swaying in the breeze?
 
Sincerely, VNV 


Offshore Drilling
July 15, 2008, 4:53 am
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Dear Mr. President,
    So you’ve lifted the ban on offshore drilling.  Well, you’re the oilman around here.  And, oh heck, Dick Cheney is an oilman, too.   
    I wouldn’t want to cast aspersions (or nasturtiums, for that matter) on your decision.  After all, for you guys it’s a win-win situation.  You win and the oil companies win.  To say nothing of good old Halliburton.
     It’s only the whole rest of our country that loses.
 
Sincerely, VNV


Clean up your own mess!
July 9, 2008, 4:48 pm
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Dear Mr. President,
     Do you have any idea of the mess you are leaving behind when you leave office?  It’s as if you had been a little child left alone at home during a temper tamtrum.  You have smashed up the house with no thought to consequences.       
     You have squandered our wealth, wasted our natural resources, and spent the lives of our young people.  You have made us the most hated land in the world.  You are a dishonor to our country.
     And yet you don’t even seem to care enough to try to clean up your own mess.   Otherwise, something mroe than the “promise of a vision for 2050” might have come out of the G8 Summit. 
 
Sincerely, VNV


G8 Summit
July 7, 2008, 3:00 pm
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Dear Mr. President,
     Well, so far the G8 Summit hasn’t come up with any solutions to
anything.  No food for the hungry, no oil for the poor, no action on climate change.  Just empty phrases.
Maybe next year?
    Your inaction means that for millions, there won’t be a next year.

Sincerely, VNV