I saw a bit of your speech in Kansas today, Mr. President. Just so you’ll know, I campaigned for you a bit in 2008. I’d never done that before in any presidential election year. I believed in the hope that I felt coming from you.
In some ways, I’ve liked what I’ve seen out of your presidency. You’ve driven home some key initiatives — both in domestic policy and in foreign policy. On the same night you showed some real courage in looking Donald Trump in the eye and poking fun at his “birther” beliefs at the last correspondents’ dinner, you knew that a special force of troops following your orders were going in to rid the world of Osama bin Laden because he was finally found. That was cool!
There have been other areas I haven’t been so joyful about. The health coverage — I refuse to call it health care — reform legislation was a major step forward for this nation, but it wasn’t enough and it gave too many concessions to pharmaceutical companies and health insurance weasels. I can only hope that this “Obamacare” measure gets strengthened in the years to come.
Despite what so many conservatives say, I know for a fact that you are not “the most liberal President in the history of the United States.” I know you’re more moderate than that, and I knew that going in to the 2008 election.
But, for cryin’ out loud, Mr. President, when Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) can stand in front of a bank of cameras, recorders and reporters and smirk while saying he got 98% of what he wanted out of those debt reduction talks a while back, something is wrong.
Negotiation and compromise doesn’t mean you give away 98% of your house to the other side when they gripe and moan that you’re not doing a thing for them, and hope they’ll give 48% of it back the next time they come knockin’! I’m all for compromise, but I’ve seen a few too many times when your sense of compromise has reached a bit too far to the conservative extreme. Many people think you’re so liberal? At times, I’ve felt like you’ve been the second coming of Ronald Reagan!
I know, I know, it isn’t easy dealing with a bunch of Rush Limbaugh-led, Fox-News-is-the-gospel-truth-so-help-me-God believin’ nincompoops whose only business plan for the U.S. is to oust you in the next election by filibustering damn near every major attempt at doing something constructive in America — like creating jobs — but let’s see some more guts out of you from now on! I know you’ve got it in you!
So, your speech on Tuesday that devoted so much attention to the middle class and income inequality and tax reform … it was good. But give more specifics. You wanted to come across like Teddy Roosevelt? Be more like Teddy Roosevelt! Charge up Washington, D.C.’s version of San Juan Hill! Have the courage to weed out some of those people you have in your Cabinet who helped get this nation into the mess it’s in now before they even made it into the White House!
“Practical equality of opportunity for all citizens, when we achieve it, will have two great results. First, every man will have a fair chance to make of himself all that in him lies; to reach the highest point to which his capacities, unassisted by special privilege of his own and unhampered by the special privilege of others, can carry him, and to get for himself and his family substantially what he has earned. Second, equality of opportunity means that the commonwealth will get from every citizen the highest service of which he is capable. No man who carries the burden of the special privileges of another can give to the commonwealth that service to which it is fairly entitled.
— “I stand for the square deal. But when I say that I am for the square deal, I mean not merely that I stand for fair play under the present rules of the game, but that I stand for having those rules changed so as to work for a more substantial equality of opportunity and of reward for equally good service… When I say I want a square deal for the poor man, I do not mean that I want a square deal for the man who remains poor because he has not got the energy to work for himself. If a man who has had a chance will not make good, then he has got to quit… Now, this means that our government, National and State, must be freed from the sinister influence or control of special interests. Exactly as the special interests of cotton and slavery threatened our political integrity before the Civil War, so now the great special business interests too often control and corrupt the men and methods of government for their own profit. We must drive the special interests out of politics… For every special interest is entitled to justice, but not one is entitled to a vote in Congress, to a voice on the bench, or to representation in any public office. The Constitution guarantees protection to property, and we must make that promise good. But it does not give the right of suffrage to any corporation. The true friend of property, the true conservative, is he who insists that property shall be the servant and not the master of the commonwealth; who insists that the creature of man’s making shall be the servant and not the master of the man who made it. The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they have themselves called into being.” — Theodore Roosevelt
There ya have it! Just my $.02 worth.
Thank you, sir!