(an employer’s message to President – Elect Barack Obama)
In the Y2002 courageous Wendell Berry, the Hero of the US had written ‘The Citizen’s Response’ to the Bush madness. Anyone can read it now at http://www.quietspaces.com/wendellberry.html
Unfortunately, that was after the President- Select had bared his fangs and all the President’s buttkissers had already lined up for the brownnosing, murder and thievery. This time we have a new era and a new hope. We do have a President-Elect, seemingly intelligent, smart, bright young man. He comes to us with a banner of hope. It is thus paramount to set the record straight from the start and explain to our new employee what we expect from him. This one most possibly will listen.
Congratulations, you are hired. It was a tough process and I admire your tenacity and your stamina. You went through the grueling campaign and emerged seemingly the same as before. That’s commendable. Now, after you have inspected the Residence we, the people had allocated for our Chief Headservant it is time to wake up and smell the coffee. Please read the following attentively because that would be the only time I, Joe- Citizen will explain to you what are my expectations. Next time you will hear from me in four years.
- The commercial is wrong.
I am talking about that idiotic commercial currently shown on TV. It states, ‘Obama, you are ready to lead and we are ready to help.’ Not a chance, Barry. We are ready to live our lives as before and you are ready to serve. You are our chief servant, not the leader. You are a leader of the administrative branch of the US govt, not the leader of the US people. You are a servant and you are accountable. To serve the US people is an honor but it is also highly compensated. As such you better take off the laurels and concentrate on what the employer wants. Much is expected from you You have been given an enormous credit and you better do not blow it.2. Honest work for honest pay, please.
I hope you agree that the money is good as well as healthcare, White House, staff, pension, Secret Service and local gym. As such I expect honesty and 110% effort. No more lies. Your predecessor lied his ears off. So did his team. They lied about the elections, lied about 9/11, lied about WMD, lied about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, lied about the ‘War on Terror’, lied about the casualties, lied about Katrina, lied about climate changes, lied about the economy, lied about everything. They literally ‘lied even to the fish’ As a result they distributed the lying attitude among other people until we became a country of lying suckers. You yourself, (sorry, no offense) lied many times through the campaign. Of course, it was needed, I understand. But even in that case it was embarrassing to see you lying by perceptions when you (looking sideways) declared that you would ‘get Bin Ladin’ or scolded Russia for the Georgian war (which, as you surely knew, was provoked deliberately from the US). You know, Barry, you are not a good liar. You do not have a proper training like Cheney and you are not a nutcase like Bush. It is not natural for you. You are a normal human being, so stop lying, talking nonsense and making stupid sounds. That does not become you. And I will spot it immediately.
3. Power to honest and qualified.
Barack, you surely listened to the recent Congressional hearings when Alan Greenspan was questioned. When asked about the economic disaster looming that crocodile calmly answered that he happened to make a mistake in his model of the world. And he got away with it! My own servants not only let the thief go but actually praised him. No more, I warn you. I am really mad.
I want my household to be run by honest people whom I can trust. I cannot trust people who are either totally stupid like Bush, totally vampirish like Cheney or are exceptional crooks like Paulson. Does he think I was born yesterday? As if I do not remember that Commodity Trade Act ( sponsored by Orrin Hatch and signed by Billy, the Monikaguy, BTW) from which all that deregulation disaster emerged? As if I don’t understand that the oil prices phantasmagoria is a part of the plan and as if I cannot go to foreign sources and read about it in details. I hate to be duped. One more such crook, Barry and you can kiss your ‘people’s love’ good- buy.
That brings me to the people you seem to have lined up for the key positions. I don’t like them. None of them. In general, they are all Clintonian Zombies (not my definition but it works). Mr. Emanuel, OK you like him. But he is seemingly unstable, he is a former Washington insider and as such surely does not qualify as an honest, Sorry. Hey, I have seen that questionnaire of yours, the applicants for the plum jobs have to fill. Did Rahm Emanuel fill that too? His ties to Israel are tighter than the boarding ropes of some ships. His father lives there and even talks, unfortunately. Couldn’t you find someone less ‘connected’ and more qualified?
And what about Mr. Summers, the one candidate for .. OMG, Treasury Secretary? Is that the same Summers who was deemed insane on one of the meetings in the World Bank where he suggested to just dump all our pollution in Africa with the idea that people there would anyway die prematurely and as such will not experience the long- term harmful effects? I think that’s the one. Did he fill the questionnaire? Hey, there are literally hundreds honest, young, hardworking financial geniuses- pick one instead.
Barack, I propose Vincent Bugliosi for Attorney- General. He is surely qualified and he is honest. He proved it. I propose one of those diplomats who resigned in protest against Bush’s wars for the Secretary of State and another one of those- for the National Security Advisor. I propose congressman Dennis Kucinich for Homeland Security Administrator and I propose a bid among the best civil engineers from the 9/11 Truth movement for the FEMA administrator. I propose to nominate a CAREER TRADE-UNION EXECUTIVE for the Secretary of Labor. I propose Seymour Hersh for our UN Rep. And I for sure do not want to see Madeleine Albright, the baby- eater once again. NO MORE CRONIES. NO MORE NUTS like Jane Harman. We have serious problems to solve and we need serious people to solve them.