Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dear Obama Letter

This letter has been widely circulated among conservatives on the Internet via e-mail, which is still an important channel of communication in the era of the blogosphere. It is interesting to note both the repetition and the initial misspelling of Lou Pritchett's name. Like many chain e-mail letters, establishing the speaker's ethos is an important part of its rhetorical appeal. The rhetorical figure that he is using with the repetition of "you scare me" is known as anaphora among classicists.

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.


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'Relllys 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.

Lou Pritchett


This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it. Big surprise! Since it hit the internet, however, it has had over 500,000 hits. Keep it going. All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing. It's happening right now.

It is interesting that it closes with other references to authoritative citations with a dig at the New York Times and an invitation to check before forwarding. (Many right-wing e-mails do not pass the Snopes test.)



Blogger bob c said...

What really scares me about this kind of chauvinistically dishonest propaganda is the usual sidestepping of the fact that the goose that lays the golden egg for some feeds on the lives of many that would be happy just to share, in an equal way, in the value their life creates instead of being fodder for greed and bankrupt moral alibis.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As usual the "commentator" dismisses the many, many reasonable reasons to be scared, without explaining why they shouldn't be scary, please look up "propaganda" .

7:31 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Bob C are you secretly hoping to someday to live in France where you can live among people who despise America? Please look up chauvinistic as I am not sure you understand it's meaning. Is Chauvinist a catch all put down for you or are you a woman really who does not get it? In regards to an equal share-this is not a Communist Country last time I checked so why should the people who work harder(business owners like Joe the Plumber) pay more taxes because some people in U.S choose to sit on their fat behinds and not work yet expect to get everything in U.S. for FREE!! I agree Banks should stop gouging America but instead of going after corporate bonuses why not make banks forgive US our debts as we forgive our debtors, as it says in the Lords prayer? It seems that Obama has not figured out a way to stop Banks from making more people lose their homes and file record foreclosures and bankruptcies. If healthcare is so important why aren't their lines out the hospital doors like there are at unemployment lines? Obama has his own Agenda that has nothing to do with "We the People" unless you are just talking about "We the liberals" who control everything-The White House, Congress, The Media etc. Sorry but I too am very scared and angry-even after MA votes for a Republican after 60 years without a Democrat in the BLUEST of states-Obama still doesn't get it!
He is still sticking by his blame Bush storyline that got him elected. Sorry but that bogeyman is gone-YOU-OBAMA are the new and MUCH scarier Bogeyman! The Liberal that won't quit(You are the NEVERREADY DUMMY) no matter how many Governors, Senators, etc that you lose to the Republican Party. BTW-how many"transparent" "bi-partisan" back room deals did you orchestrate to get this baloney of a Healthcare bill done?
I guess you figured on Christmas Eve most of America would be nestled in their beds dreaming of Sugarplums dancing in their heads versus Obamacare sweetening another bought Obamacare vote to keep it from being Dead! I guess Chicago style graft politics is where you come from so why would you change now? AS my Mother taught me growing up-you have 2 ears and one mouth so you can listen twice as much as you talk. Unfortunately, for America, we have to listen to twice as much Obama because he is SPEAKING ALL the time! Obama-please shut up and Listen! The whole country is speaking and you are only listening to your Yes team which is headed by "Pit-Bull" Pelosi, "Biden" my time til I can be President and everyblathering idiot on CNN, ABC, etc that is so in love with you still- that anyone against Obama must be some weirdo Tea Part Extremist-or worse A Chauvinist-OOOOH We should all be more afraid of a supposed Chauvinist than we should someone who thinks they are the Emperor of America assigning Czars!

11:32 PM  

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