Open Letter to Barack Obama – UPDATED

I am looking for others to sign this or suggest modifications that they would need to see if they were to sign it.  I want as many people to sign this as possible to make sure change really does come to America.  The updated portions of the letter are in RED.

Dear Barack Obama,

Let me first be clear.  I did not vote for you for one main reason: the bailout.  I really like your platform, but you lost my vote to Bob Barr when you decided to bail out America.  The people of America are the ones who must make the decisions as to how to fix this problem, not government.

As an American citizen, I value dialogue and discussion in our country, and I believe that there are a number of things we need to discuss as a people.  I do not think I am alone when I say I am tired of hearing “God bless America” or hearing that this is the “greatest country on earth.”  You can continue to say these things, but the truth is God already has blessed America.  Most of the world lives without cars or without basic necessities.  In a global world, America has ten tasks to complete within the next ten years.  You have four years to begin doing this before you are up for re-election and this is how you will gain my vote in the next election.

1.    Reform in the American education system and urban cities.  You have been elected as the first black president, but you know as well as I that black children and white children still often go to separate and unequal schools.  I want to see serious integration reforms within such unequal districts as Cherry Hill and Camden, NJ.  I want to see every student with the textbooks and the funding they need.  If you have to take from the rich schools to give to the poor, so be it.  As a future teacher, all students should have equal opportunity.  These failing schools need the resources and oversight to fix these problems.

2.    Tackling and seriously helping to fix the problem of global poverty.  Join with other world leaders to end world poverty by working with congress to help end the systemic systems that create poverty in our world.  Places like Afghanistan will be facing serious famine this winter and instead of more guns in these regions, there needs to be a plan in place to make sure that not one child dies from hunger or preventable diseases. We call for serious discussion with tribal leaders in these parts of the country and then providing them with irrigation systems needed to prevent future famines and the food necessary to sustain them during this hard time.  This is the ONLY way to win the war on terror.  The same needs to be done when stopping sex slavery in Asian nations and the AIDS epidemic in Africa.  We call for a pro-life agenda not just with abortion, but for all people everywhere.

3.    Increased exchange programs between the Middle East and the United States and a presidency that takes responsibility for America’s past sins.  I hope to hear a sincere apology to the people of places like Iran (not necessarily to its racist and bigoted leader), but to the people suggesting that America and the West is sorry for the many wrongs it has committed against the Middle East including the installation of puppet leaders who oppressed the people and pandered to Western interests at the expense of the people.  I would also like to see a serious increase in the amount of American students who study in the Middle East and who are exposed to their way of life and culture.

4.    The serious disarmament of the entire world including the United States of all weapons of mass destruction.  We need to work together with other countries so that all nations can disarm.  I know that this will be a long and hard fought battle, but it is possible to live in a world where there are no bombs.  We just have to work together for the best possible world.  I would like to see, within your presidency, a serious budget cut in the amount of missiles being created AND the amount of missiles being created around the world.

5.    Investment in a high-speed mass transit system across the United States that runs on renewable energy.  You have talked about energy in your campaign, but this will help me to see that it is not just smoke on the water.  We hear dangerous talk of bailing out automobile companies, but this is a systemic problem bigger than car companies.  If automobile companies want to stay in business it should not be because of some nostalgic sentiment that ‘as goes GM, so goes the nation.’ This is a phrase of the past, and should not be used a template for the future.  Automobile companies will survive only if they come out with cheap cars that run on renewable energy resources.

6.    No more bailouts.  This is the main reason that you lost my vote.  It is up to local communities to deal with financial crises.  The more money we borrow, the more we give away our power to other nations who give us the money.  You will lose my vote if you sign another bill that bails people out of financial crises.  This is not the government’s job.

7.    Universal health care.  All people should have health care, NO MATTER WHAT.  I want to see this plan carried out by the end of your four years as you work with congress.  I understand that you do not have the power to MAKE congress pass a law, but I want to see you veto any health care plan that does provide universal health care.  If they choose to pass a plan with a 2/3 majority to get past you, that is their prerogative and the appropriate senators or house members will not get my vote when they are up for re-election.

8.    Evidence that you are a humble leader by testimony from leaders around the world.  This is the one non-negotiable.  If I hear that you are using American prestige to try and force other countries into doing something through subjugating them to American military power, you will never get my vote again.  This is absolutely unacceptable.

9.    No lobbying allowed.  You have repeated from day one that you are not a Washington insider.  If news comes out that you are taking money either from major oil companies or other big businesses, it will be difficult for me to cast my vote for you in the next election.

10.    Increased autonomy.  Besides what I mentioned above (education, increased mass transit, and universal health care), I don’t think the government needs to interfere in my life. In fact, I believe that you should cut as many unneeded federal programs as possible and allow for state and local governments to take care of the specifics.  We need more autonomy in America that gives us the freedom to carry out the desires of our individual communities.

Daniel Kam
Santa Maria, CA


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