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(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

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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.

Dear President-Elect,

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.

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  1. 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.

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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.

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The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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