November 9th, 2008

My letter to the President Elect

For only the third time in my life, I have written to an elected official. Below is my letter to President Elect Obama.

Dear President Elect Obama:

May I first express my heartfelt congratulations and hope for our future. For the first time in my 51 years, I am excited about the future of my country. Both yours and Mrs. Obama have voices that I respect and believe will properly represent our country on the world stage. I know that you will make us proud.

I also know that fiscally and realistically it is impossible to complete all of your agenda. What I would like to see is a reversal of some of the Bush Executive Orders. Including, but not limited to the following:

President Bush, in one of his first acts as President, on January 22, 2001, issued an executive order known as the “Abortion gag rule." The effect of this order was to explicitly scrap the Clinton Administration's policy of funding international nongovernmental organizations that offer abortion counseling.

In August, 2001 he issued a Federal Order limiting embryonic stem cell research to existing colonies. These colonies if not used for research will be discarded. I am afflicted with Parkinson's disease. There may not be enough time to help me, but there is great hope for others.

July 20, 2007. Executive order allowing the CIA to use certain types of coercive interrogation techniques. "The order isn't explicit about which practices it allows—that remains classified—but it may still sidestep the protections in the Geneva Convention against humiliating and degrading treatment."

March 25, 2003. Sidestepping the constitution by expanding the powers of the VP allowing him to classify any documents he wishes.

December 12, 2002. Faith based groups can take Federal funds while refusing to hire people who aren't of their faith.

You have demonstrated a great knowledge and respect for our Constitution. I have great faith in you and optimism for our future.

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I'm sitting in Central Park. It is a beautiful Autumn Afternoon. Yellow leaves falling all around me. The a saxophonist playing in the background. At this moment all is right with the world.
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Great Americans

Sean Hannity is the self proclaimed arbiter of who is and who isn't a great American. We used to have a saying as children, "he doesn't know his ass from his elbow." So I began to think who are 10 people throughout American History that I would consider great Americans. In no particular order.

1) Benjamin Franklin: Probably the most interesting figure in American History. A Scientist, A Statesman, an early Abolitionist etc....The list could go on forever.

2) George Washington: "...the Government of the United States ... gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance. ... May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy..."

3) Sacgawea: The "Tour guide" for Lewis and Clark

4) Abraham Lincoln: "Fondly do we hope — fervently do we pray — that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether." With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations"

5) Mark Twain: The Greatest American Author.

6) Frederick Douglass: Abolitionist, Author, orator etc..

7) Franklin Roosevelt: In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression--everywhere in the world.

The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way--everywhere in the world.

The third is freedom from want--which, translated into universal terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants-everywhere in the world.

The fourth is freedom from fear--which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor--anywhere in the world.

That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb

8) Eleanor Roosevelt: Probably the most influential first lady,. More so than Hillary Clinton.

9) Jackie Robinson: Did more for racial equality than anyone besides MArtin Luther King.

10) Martin Luther King "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"