I’m happy that you are back for a second term. Although I was distressed (and maybe a bit disgusted) by the “politics-as-usual” campaign, I’m hoping that, since you needn’t worry about re-election, the next four years will be more what I imagined your presidency to be.
My chest-swelling optimism in 2008 was perhaps naive. I knew that there is a limit to what any one person can do as president of the United States; yet I still believed in miracles. I thought that you could make huge strides, even against high odds. And you have done some good work (click for list).
You can do more. Please re-visit your stated goals in 2008: to cross party lines; to mediate; to bring peace, healthcare, and education to the forefront of our country’s concerns. I want to see what I saw in you then: a peacemaker.
I’ve wanted to write you since before the election. Veterans’ Day has helped me find focus; because I am heartbroken each time I see and hear the stories of the soldiers and their families who are scarred and broken by war.
Can you help, Mr. President?
Can you work with EVERYONE, (not just the two-party system) and stop the life-blood of our country from spilling into economic and retributive wars? Can you gather the wisdom of leaders of the United States and the world to transform us into a country where our children are fed, educated and sheltered? Can you shake hands with Mitt Romney and form a team to study what is working and has worked in other countries instead of allowing us as a nation to feed a war machine that is strangling us with debt and starving the minds and bodies of our citizens?
Because war is our problem.
One needn’t look far in the world to see countries that provide necessities to their populaces. These countries, however, are not military machines. They join with NATO to protect third world countries against genocide and other atrocities. They help to keep the peace. And they tend to their people.
I do not resent taxation. What I resent is that my taxes support a cause that is destroying my country. And I don’t believe that I am alone.
The majority of us go through life trying to do our best. We support our friends, our families, our country and its troops. And we don’t believe that our government officials are doing their part. If this is their best, we are doomed.
Do your best, Mr. President. Inspire those around you to do their best. You can’t succeed if you trade your idealism and inspiration for greed and corruption and self-interest. Don’t be a politician. Be a statesman.
I believe you have it in you.
NOTE TO READERS: As with all of my letters, please feel free to change to fit your needs and use. In this case, send your letter to Mr. Obama here.