Maybe it is we that should be afraid.
by Astyanax, Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 08:20:33 AM EDT
Recently, I was sent this email.
Letter from Procter & Gamble Exec to Obama
Please read, even if you are an Obama fan.
It is legitimate, written by respected, Lou Prichett, formerly of Proctor and Gamble. Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America's true living legends- an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as partnering. "Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.
AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.
You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.
Procter & Gamble Exec
This is my reply.
Interesting, isn't it. These two-faced S.O.B.s were not scared when the government was reading all our email, tapping all our phone conversations, offering no-bid contracts to Halliburton to the tune of billions of dollars, and then allowing them to set up their corporate headquarters in Dubai, where all those earnings of tax payer contributions can't themselves be taxed.
They weren't scared when the Bush Administration was pressuring the U.S. Office of Homeland Security to raise the terror alert whenever it was politically beneficial to them.
They weren't scared when Bush "bailed out" the airplane industry and the insurance industry to the tune of 8.5 billion dollars for loosing four planes (1.8 billion of which went to the compensation packages of their CEO's) weeks after 9/11, which by the way, he failed see coming.
They weren't scared when Bush and Company took us into a full-blown war in Iraq with only the pathetic evidence Colin Powell was forced to present to the United Nations that Iraq was a threat and that cost of billions of dollars and thousands of American and Iraqi lives.
They weren't scared when the Bush Administration gave tax cuts to the rich, spent money on a war that was not necessary and paid Blackwater billions of dollars for mercenary soldiers that have carried on a holy war in the Middle East making us the most hated nation among the Arab nations and making the Clinton surplus into the Bush deficit.
They weren't scared when the Bush Administration almost got away with selling our homeland ports to Dubai, a catastrophic threat to our own security.
They weren't scared when Bush set the climate for the runaway greedy capitalism that caused the financial industries to fail all over the world, leaving the new president with mountains of debt and the possibility of a depression that could have wiped out the world economy and putting us back to an economic stone age.
They weren't scared when in the Bush eight years, we violated every environmental and humanitarian treaty we had with other countries and ran secret torture camps in violation of our own laws.
They weren't scared through all of this, but an highly intelligent, empathetic young African American president and family man is elected, not as Bush was the two times he was barely elected, but by the vast majority of the American people and an overwhelming number of electoral votes in an election that did not have to go to the Supreme Court for validation, seems to scare them to death.
So much does he scare them that they have begun rumors that he isn't a citizen, that he will bankrupt us and our children and grandchildren, that he is organizing FEMA reeducation camps, death panels to euthanize our elderly and kill our infants. They have organized "tea bag" meetings (as if they are again fighting off the British), and compared him to Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot. And all in this president's first 6 months of office.
They are showing up at town meeting run by senators, congressmen and the president himself, armed with knives, guns and rifles, when, a few years ago, a couple was arrested by the local police at a Bush rally for wearing anti-Bush tee shirts.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, militias and white supremacy groups are on the rise. They are stirring up an atmosphere of hate and violence. It is not the American Revolution that they are inciting, but the American Civil War.
It is their hate, greed, selfishness, and redneck ignorance that is scaring me. When do all the noise they are making and the climate it creates qualify as shouting "Fire!" in a crowded movie theatre?
They cry that they "want their country back." Well, this is their country. It is all our country. Our democracy has stood for over two hundred years because we have grown and expanded not only our economy but our minds and hearts in order to include many ideas once alien to us. We have grown through civil debate and agreeing to disagree. We have always strived to be inclusive, not exclusive, taking in the poor, needy and the "huddled masses yearning to breath free" from all over the world. That is "our country."
Our country is not represented by the lynch mob of ignorant rednecks that seem to be the most visible and the most vocal at the present time. Oddly enough, these people are scared and have every right to be. They have been ginned up by the lies of very cool and calculated right wing politicians that have always seen this country as their own private preserve. The irony of it all is that these mobs are of no interest to these "cool, cool considerate men" unless they can bring down the present and return us all to the past where, for them, "children were working in coal mines, and life was a beautiful thing." These right wing men of money and power are the real danger, and they always have been.
These right wing rabble rousers are calling the president and his party "socialists" in order to scare the ignorant and protect their exclusive way of life. There is nothing wrong with capitalism, but these particular capitalists and their overarching greed have almost destroyed our whole economy and there is something very wrong with that. The irony of it is that in this present climate of high unemployment, these particular capitalists have escaped with billions in compensation packages, leaving the working men and women to fend for themselves. And it is the tax money of these hard-working unemployed people that are bailing their out the corporations of these very particular capitalists.
It is these capitalists, like Lou Pritchett, who are using their lies and guile to yell "Fire!" in a crowded theater; a theatre filled with people who are frightened by the economic crisis, the layoffs, and the unemployment and who don't know who to believe. If this President is trying to silence the clowns at Fox and Boss Limbaugh, he is doing a very poor job.
Lou Pritchett shouldn't been afraid. He has already raped the system and is living under his golden parachute. A parachute, I might add, that is so exclusive that it doesn't offer protection for any of the very people he and his cronies are inciting.
For the discord that they are sowing in our country, all for their own selfish reasons without regard for the consequences, maybe it is we that should be afraid.