Dear President Obama,
I am a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. It was the Coast Guard that taught me true love for my country. A service where brotherhood was strong, no mater what your gender, and you learned what it meant to be part of the greater good. I am not a highly religious person, but the Coast Guard taught me that the love of God would get me through the toughest of times. Before I joined a branch of our coveted military, I was wayward and lost. The Coast Guard taught me about structure and how unity can make even the weakest, strong.
I know it may sound strange, but the Coast Guard taught me love. I consider myself a moderate conservative. I believe in gay rights, and women’s equality; but I also believe in the right to bear arms, and putting a stop to illegal immigration. I know that, at one point in time, this country was great. When you first ran for office, the liberal side of me, wanted you to be the change you talked about. I wanted you to make a difference, and make our country even greater than it was. However, the conservative side of me, doubted your ability as a junior politician to lead our country to that greatness.
Today I find myself, a Coast Guard veteran, disappointed in what I see in you. You’re despondent and seemingly uninformed about what is really going on. News stations are reporting that you have attended less than half of your daily briefings. As a military member, I would have been court martialed for a dereliction to duty. I understand you prefer to read what is being presented to you, so that you can have it all in writing. I am also one of those people who prefer to have it all “e-mailed” to me so I have a constant running document of what is said and expected of me. I will not fault you for this.
I have to admit, that I often find myself questioning what my real issues are with you. It’s not that you’re black. It’s not that you are a “junior” politician. It’s not that I feel you truly don’t know what kind of danger this country is in. So what is it? What is it about you that I don’t like? What part of your presidency rubs me the wrong way?
Tonight I sat down to really think about it. I asked myself these questions:
- What is it about influential bosses in my life that stood out?
- What did the Coast Guard teach me?
- What stemmed my original love of this country?
When I actually sat down to think about it, the answer was simple, confidence. Confidence in one’s self, and confidence in ones country. Yet, how does one come upon this confidence? We can’t buy it in a store, and it’s certainly not imported from overseas. So where does it come from?
Our president. Our president is the answer to those final questions. Not once in during your presidency have you given our country, our nation, a pep talk. Not a pep talk about what we have accomplished; a pep talk in what we CAN accomplish. You leave us all feeling unsure and afraid because you can’t give us a straight answer. Our country is young, and naive, we are like children. We need discipline and structure like five year olds do. We want it, we crave it, but what we crave even more is praise. We need to know that we are capable of greater things. We need to be reminded of what made us great once. We need that positive reinforcement you give your own daughter.
So please, President Obama, I ask you to give our beautiful country back her confidence. Reminder how wonderful she is, and what she can accomplish. You have neglected her for too long. She needs your support. She needs to know you believe in her. Stop passing the buck, and show us what you believe we can do. Your lack of support and confidence is ruining this country. The United States of America needs a pep talk from you. We need to believe in us again. It’s up to you to make us strong again. If you fail at this, you fail at your mission as the President of the United States of America.
|I Pledge Allegiance
||I Promise to be faithful and true (Promise my loyalty)
|to the flag
||to the emblem that stands for and represents
|of the United States
||all 50 states, each of them individual, and individually represented on the flag
||yet formed into a UNION of one Nation.
|and to the Republic
||And I also pledge my loyalty to the Government that is itself a Republic, a form of government where the PEOPLE are sovereign,
|for which it stands,
||this government also being represented by the Flag to which I promise loyalty.
|one Nation under God,
||These 50 individual states are united as a single Republic under the Divine providence of God, “our most powerful resource” (according to the words of President Eisenhower)
||and can not be separated. (This part of the original version of the pledge was written just 30 years after the beginning of the Civil War and demonstrates the unity sought in the years after that divisive period in our history)
||The people of this Nation being afforded the freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and happiness”,
||And each person entitled to be treated justly, fairly, and according to proper law and principle,
||And these principles afforded to EVERY AMERICAN, regardless of race, religion, color, creed, or any other criteria. Just as the flag represents 50 individual states that can not be divided or separated, this Nation represents millions of people who can not be separated or divided.