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Dear President Obama (9 November 2016)

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Dear President Obama:

Today, you said the following:

Everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team.  We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we’re Americans first.  We’re patriots first.

But you know what, Mr. President?  That’s not necessarily true.  After all, I’m not sad.


Because in 2000 I left the Democratic Party.  I watched back then in dismay and disgust how the Democratic Party and the Republican Party establishments attacked the greatest American lawyer to graduate from Harvard University to date (from your alma mater, as a matter of fact):  Ralph Nader—a man who has done far more to protect and advocate on behalf of all Americans than anyone else that comes to mind.

And today, I no longer know for what the Democratic Party stands.

Perhaps a few examples will illustrate my point.

First, you ignored the single-payer, public option to the Affordable Care Act, allowing the profit-driven men and women in the American Health Care Industry to run amok.

Second, you have yet to close down Guantánamo Bay prison, where human beings are still held indefinitely and force-fed against their will.

Third, you failed to prosecute the men and women on Wall Street who caused the second Great Depression in American history (i.e., the “Great Recession”).

Fourth, remember your triumphant bailout of General Motors?

Fifth, how about your continued perpetual global warfare foreign policy?

Sixth, or how about your use of drone warfare?

And seventh, or how about your insistence to permit United States of America intelligence agencies to spy on Americans, contrary to some of the most fundamental basics of U.S. Constitutional Law?

You see, Mr. President, back in 2000, the Democratic Party died with Bush v. Gore, 531 U.S. 98 (2000), when the United States Supreme Court—for the first time in our nation’s history—decided who would become the President of the United States of America.

And when you became President in 2008, more often than not, you sided with Big Business, and you maintained the Status Quo:  allowing the economic disparity between the top one-tenth of one percent (.1%) to persist—and even thrive—in America.

Meanwhile, the biosphere on planet Earth continued to die as a result of a few hundred years of heavy world-wide human industrialism and overpopulation of our species.  If you should ever return to Chicago, Illinois, when time permits, take a tour of East Chicago, Indiana, or Gary, Indiana, and see what has happened to the land and the water and the people and the other flora and fauna that call those cities home.

But all that said, I want you to know that I will miss you not being President of the United States of America.  To me, the greatest victory in your two-term presidency is that you were (and still are) the first non-white man to hold the office of the President of the United States of America.  And even that symbolism was never lost on the likes of me, even though I never cast a vote for you because I disagreed wholeheartedly with the majority of your policies.

Nevertheless, your oratorical prowess will be in sore need in the weeks, months, and years to come.  And so, perhaps you shall move into a second new career, working on those projects that you could not—or would not—address while you resided and worked at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.

I hope so.  I believe you are a good man, a good husband, and a good father.  Besides, the position of the President of the United States of America has always brought with it some rather “unique” workplace impacts onto the person who held the title.  The late Mark Twain once wrote:  No matter how healthy a man’s morals may be when he enters the White House, he comes out again with a pot-marked soul.

And speaking of authors, in his first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the late James Joyce wrote the following stanza to depict the place in the universe of his protagonist, Stephen Dedalus:

Stephen Dedalus
Class of Elements
Clongowes Wood College
County Kildare
The World
The Universe

The reason I wrote this essay to you tonight, Mr. President, is because I disagree with your premise from earlier today.  The American citizenry is far more than a group of people who subscribe to the ideology espoused by one of two political parties.  Our planet is in bad shape, and we are all but a mere speck in time residing in a universe of monumental proportions.  The sooner the American voting populace awakens to the fact that the Democratic Party and the Republican Party have had their day in the proverbial sun, and that now it is time to bring about real political change through other people from other parties, then and only then will the American people be in a better frame of mind when they participate in civic discourse.

Although seeing as how Donald John Trump will become the 45th President of the United States of America, I’d say the chances of that happening—though not impossible—are remote at best, based on recent past events.

But hope and change are always possible, correct, Mr. President?


In conclusion, I want to take a moment to thank you for your service, Mr. President, and I want you to know that I wish you and yours nothing but the best and brightest of futures.

But seriously, Mr. President:  get on board with addressing climate change.  Its the only thing that matters, these days.  And besides, your descendants will eternally thank you, if you do.

Take care, Mr. President.

Travis Ray Garner

Copyright © 2016 Travis Ray Garner
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