The spirit of our founding fathers is needed now more than ever.

Mr. President, 
I heard Barack Obama's speech yesterday.

I cannot fathom how most people would not be moved by it.

More than likely, the same type of people who demonized Martin Luther King's "I have a dream speech," would also have a problem with Obama's speech. 

For the time it took Obama to speak those 4,856 words, he behaved more like a true president of the people of the United States than you have during your sorry seven years in office.

Obama bravely put the race issue right out there. He addressed the 800 pound gorilla. True, he was forced to deal with it when his long-time pastor decried the United States and his perspective about the frustration the black community feels. It was indeed inflammatory, but the last I heard, Americans still have the right to present and discuss dissent. 

For example, I despise Rush Limbaugh's rhetoric and constant hate-filled dribble but I do defend his right to speak freely. 

Democracy is not a goal it is a process. The basis of our democracy is an informed public based on the freedom to give dissenting views. 

The people who look at Limbaugh as a kindred spirit are sheep who refuse to be open to other views. They are myopic, racist, dangerous, and a hindrance to democracy.

The same criticism holds true for Obama's pastor Wright's congregation. If his congregation blindly takes his comments as their views without introspection, they are guilty of the same sins as rabid  right-wing hate machine supporters.

One of civilization's problem is that we want to paint all people of the same color, sex, country of origin, with the same brush. 

Lord knows we are lazy beings when it interferes with mundane issues like stretching a paycheck to last until we receive the next one.

The willingness to simplify the ills of our lives by directing our problems to some minority within our midst is as old as civilization itself. 

Fear works. Fear of strangers, fear on new ideas, fear of change are strong motivators to seek the good old days before those "other people" polluted our lives.

It is the same mindset that brought many of the world's notorious dictators to power.

When Hitler and his generals were discussing America's entry into the war, the German dictator exclaimed that America was not to be feared because America was a nation of mongrels. 

It was that diversity that time after time has made America successful.

White European immigrants did not make America great on their own.

Blacks were part of every American conflict from the American Revolution with the death of Crispus Attucks at the Boston massacre  in 1770 and up to the present war in the Mid East. Blacks have fought and died for this country throughout America's history.

Hispanics have also always had a proud tradition of serving in America's armed services, and they have a significant number of congressional medals of honor to prove it. 

Immigrants of every shade and color have helped defend our nation. Navajo code-talkers in WWII were indispensable in the Pacific war. Japanese Americans volunteered to fight for America in WWII even though their relatives were rounded up like animals and penned in camps.

Today, non-American immigrants are serving in Iraq because they still believe America is worth fighting and dying for. Many immigrants have received their American citizenship posthumously.

 It was the inclusion of black soldiers in the Union that many people credited with ending the civil war. The development of California and other western states has the Indian  tribes, Hispanic and oriental immigrants to thank for their wealth.  The Italian, Irish, black, Jewish, Puerto Rican and eastern European immigrants made New York and other Atlantic coast states what they are today. 

Cubans have significantly affected the growth of Miami and other Florida cities.

Polish, Hispanics, Blacks,  Indian, Pakistan, Arab, eastern Europeans, and Asians have all contributed to the development of Chicago and the suburbs.

Minorities do not weaken our nation,  indeed it is the diversity that has always made us innovative and powerful. 

So, let us learn to embrace this diversity and shun those who wish us to hate the people that make us great.

It is a great sin that, not only have you have added nothing to advance the notion of equality, you have divided our nation as severely as southern separatists divided our nation during the civil war. 

The nation is sick of your divisive politics, and I eagerly await a leader who has the mindset to heal the wounds you caused to our once great nation.

Obama was courageous to face the race issue head on. 

Our founding fathers were brave.  At the time of their moment of greatness they were also called naive. But despite their critics they dreamt of something better, a united nation. 

The speech I heard from Obama gives me hope that the same traits our founding fathers had, are still alive today.

It is now March 20, 2008, 2:52 a.m. CST and I have not received the standard message from the White House.

Happy anniversary junior; Saddam must be laughing his ass off.

Mr. President,
The fifth anniversary of your Iraq war is here, just as our soldier deaths are approaching 4,000.

You boast that the surge is working but when will you begin to credit the real reason for the reduced violence in Iraq, the Sunnis.

Sunnis that were killing our soldiers since the war started agreed to side with the US against Al Queda after Al Queda began dispensing their deadly justice on the Sunni population that did not fully practice their extremist faith. For example, Iraqi barbers were killed because they shaved men's beards.

After five years of non stop violence, White House smoke, mirrors and twisted logic you can't hide the real conditions in Iraq. The populous is in dire states. As I read in the Washington Times, "The people are freezing in winter and sweltering in summer." The political leadership is nonexistent. Electricity, rations, clean water and gasoline are in short supply. But at least the black market is thriving.

Saddam made Iraqis out of Kurds, Shiites Christians and Sunnis. He unified the country through brutality and murder; You have turned Iraqis back into waring tribes with much more brutality and significantly more murder. You are incapable of putting the toothpaste back into the tube junior.

As much of a monster as Saddam was, he is looking like an angel next to you and Saddam accomplished something you can never do, unite Iraq.

Those intrepid reporters who wish to risk their lives to look for good news in Iraq, say it is hard to find. Fox viewers have never had any problems finding made-up good news to fulfill their role as a White House propagandist organization.

The truth be told, Iraqis have consistently stated they want the U.S. out of their country as soon as possible. The latest poll commemorating the fifth anniversary of the war finds that while they can see some improvement in security, 70 per cent of the Iraqis want our troops out of there now. This closely matches the latest Gallup poll which finds that 60 per cent of Americans want the troops home as well.

I pity the aid who provides you with this information if they dare because you are well known to ignore anything that does not fit your view of the world. But, these numbers do mean something to the millions of American who are going to vote this November.

Thousands of suspects rounded up after each raid over the last five years have caused overcrowded prisons. Thousands of innocent people that are being released every month are bitter and angry over their humiliating and tortuous treatment. The dehumanizing treatment of the prisoners provides a fertile ground for future insurgents.

Various studies by neutral groups have placed the number of Iraqi dead at up to
600,000 people.

The brain drain has significantly affected the country, a country hollowed out with an infrastructure which can't even deliver the basic necessities.

Tens of thousands of doctors have left the country. Surgeons, anesthesiologists, teachers university professors scientists, engineers, and technicians have also left the country and are not likely to return until the country is truly stable whenever that happens.

Cheney arrived in Iraq in ultra-secret fashion today. Right after he declared a "remarkable turnabout" in Iraq, a series of bomb blasts went off in Karbala killing scores of Shia worshipers, underscoring the real situation in Iraq.

If
Cheney's intent was to help the political progress in the Shite-led government, he failed. More in keeping with his style he was probably there to push the oil sharing agreement.

The leading Sunni bloc boycotted the meeting to discuss mutual cooperation. Cheney is not well known for his negotiation skills.

McCain was there at the same time, a coincidence, I don't think so.

McCain had a campaign moment, but he mangled the facts about Al Queda being trained in Iran. Lieberman had to pull him aside to correct him. Do republicans running for president have to pass stupid class before they are nominated?
From: comments@whitehouse.gov
Date: March 19, 2008 1:49:15 AM CDT
To: guzmatom@mac.com

On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence.

We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message.

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Third class democracy and a second class economy.

Mr. President,
Thanks to you we have a third class democracy, a second class economy, and a first-class idiot for a president that got us there.

If the war were not bad enough , you have also made a place for yourself in history as our economy has officially slid to second place as the European Union now replaces the United States as the world's leading economy.

No longer number one.

According to
official estimates of 2007 GDP, the US had a GDP of$13,843,800 billion while the European Union had a GDP of 8,847,889.1 billion euros. Once the dollar dropped to 1.56 Euros per dollar, the EU has technically surpassed the United States as the world's largest economy.

Our nation has set numerous records while you have been in office. All of which has reinforced the negative image of America.

We have a prison for you.

Besides running secret jails all over the world to keep and torture al-queda suspects we imprison our own people in record numbers throughout our country.

We are fast becoming a huge penal colony with large urban areas, gated communities, and suburban enclaves dispersed between prison compounds. Despite having the
world's largest prison population, the rate of violence has continued to increase while we set one record after the other on gun violence alone.

According to a new report from the Pew center, more than one of every 100 adults is in jail or prison, and one in every 32 U.S. adults were in jail on probation or on parole, making America the world's No. one jailer.

The report says 2,319,258 Americans were in jail or prison at the start of 2008 and it doesn't matter if you look at the numbers per capita or just raw numbers, it's more than any other nation in the world. The US spends over $49 billion with a "B" in 2007 and the cost of our prisons is rising.

No wonder you built Guantanimo so quickly, we have so much experience building prisons.

Torture R Us
Under your orders, the notorious prison compound in Guantanimo has suspended the rights of suspects whom you deem to be sub-human and below any legal consideration. It has helped negated any perception that America was a "just and law abiding" nation.

It used to be that America was known for our cowboys and Al Capone. We have evolved to be known for starting wars and torturing suspects.

Back in January,
Canada placed the United States on the same watch list as Syria, China, Iran, and Afghanistan. Countries where prisoners run the risk of being tortured. Your administration threw such a fit that the Canadians had to recant their original declaration.

King George
It is easy for Canada and others to confuse our nation with nations like Syria and China.

You have essentially changed the definition of our nation's style of government thru coercion, illegal acts and the most unimaginable liberal definition of executive power. You have crowned yourself to be a supreme power which is closer to an absolute monarch, a monarch who has consistently placed the well-being of corporations over the welfare of your country.

Therefore, we are technically not a republic anymore. You do not respond to the will of the people you flout the rule of law, you violate the principles of our constitution and you don't really care about the people or what they think. I am waiting for Laura to quote another royal from the past and exclaim her derision of the poor by saying, "Let them eat cake."

Cheney the statesman ...excuse me while I throw up
The idea of Cheney serving as your foreign secretary to the Mid East is hilarious. "Is that a nuke in your pocket or are you just glad to see me mr. Vice-president."

More likely his real mission is to privately support and perhaps goad Israel into attacking Iran. He will no doubt provide Israel a personal guarantee that the United States will immediately follow Israel into an Israeli-Iran war.

As far as getting OPEC to lower their prices you might as well ask them to sever their right arms just because you said please.

As long as the dollar continues to slide and the world's economy continues to get sucked into our swirling pool of economic recession they will not increase production.

Why didn't you go to the Mid East with Cheney? You could have picked up a rifle and joined the boys on the front.

You believe killing, and being killed is a romantic mission. You really are detached from the tremendous death, pain, and misery you cause to hundreds of thousands of people aren't you.

In a video conference with U.S. military and civilian personnel on March 15, 2008 you said, "I must say, I'm a little envious," Bush said. "If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed," Bush said.

"It must be exciting for you ... in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. " You're really making history, and thanks," Bush said.

You weren't very excited to fight in Vietnam war when you used your daddy to get you into the Texas National guard only to go awol when you found out about an upcoming drug test.

If you want real excitement,
Invest your pension in the Stock Market or in the dollar.

The half-assed plan you established to help out just a few of the millions of homeowners who got caught in the sub-prime loan mess is a joke because only a fraction of the millions in trouble will get any kind of relief.

Your credo has been:" It ’s not government's job to bail out ... those who made the decision to buy a home they knew they could not afford."

People do tend to be less cautious when they know they'll be bailed out. Economists call this "moral hazard." But, even when they're being reasonably careful, people cannot always assess risks accurately especially if the loans are complicated and convoluted.

Many banks and mortgage lenders pushed the envelope when they persuaded many people to take loans they could not afford.

The term moral hazard describes what Federal Chair Ben Bernanke did when he cut the Fed's discount rate (charged on direct federal loans to banks) and announced that the Fed would take whatever action was needed to "promote the orderly financing of markets."

Is this fed-talk for "the U.S. government will bail out lenders, credit-rating agencies, financial intermediaries, and hedge funds?"

Does this mean that one way or another, they will not be allowed to fail just because someone thinks they're simply too big to fail?

If so, thousands of well-paid executives who played loosely with loans and credit ratings will not suffer any consequence for their sins so moral hazard will not apply to them.

The credo you use to justify holding back funds to help out swindled home owners will not apply to the swindlers who pushed people into those loans.


From: comments@whitehouse.gov
Date: March 17, 2008 10:26:13 PM CDT
To: guzmatom@mac.com

On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence.

We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message.

Thank you again for taking the time to write

Laugh junior while the world cries.

Mr. President,
I saw your tap dance before the press corp outside the White House. The event was so representative of whom you really are.

John McCain was late and your handlers didn't have the sense to coordinate the event so you had quite a bit of dead air to deal with.

You turned down repeated requests to answer any questions from the reporters so instead, you decided to tap dance as you wore a familiar shit-eating grin.

Here is a quiz for the average American. Is our president clueless? Has he retired on the job or is it "C," he doesn't really care much? It's "C" boys and girls.

Your performance seemed surreal in the midst of millions of Americans struggling to stay in their homes, and thousands of families with catastrophic illness without adequate health care watching their loved ones deteriorate before their eyes.

It was starkly similar to your antics at another event right after you invaded Iraq. You looked under the table and chuckled," No, ...there's no WMD here!"

It was just as dreamlike to see you cavort for the audience then too, as thousands of our soldiers were dying for your lies and thousands of soldiers with broken minds and bodies were trying to restore their lives.

This is not even mentioning the hell you brought to hundreds of thousands of Iraq's men, women, and children who payed with their lives because their homeland sat over the beloved oil you coveted.

It is obvious that none of this is keeping you from having a good laugh. Is it as funny as a rusty prosthetic arm?

Today's announcement that you plan on vetoing a bill which would limit the kinds of torture our nation can impose on a suspect falls right in line with those aforementioned performances.

Do our armed services have any guidelines about how many bones overzealous interrogators can break per month?

Is there a limited selection of vertebrae they can fracture to get a suspect to talk?

Perhaps there is a specific amount of blood a suspect can lose during each beating.

Tell me again what America was once known for again; wasn't it America the beautiful, the model of democracy, the world's beacon of freedom?

From: comments@whitehouse.gov
Date: March 9, 2008 12:50:36 AM CST
To: guzmatom@mac.com
On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence.

We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message.

Thank you again for taking the time to write.

Your "lick and a promise" approach didn't help us a lick at all.

Mr President,
We all know what happened after your disastrous "shock and awe" campaign in Iraq,

Shortly thereafter, we saw the world's support for anything American crumble like a sand castle after a high tide.


We are now realizing the consequences of
your hands off/"lick and a promise" approach to foreign policy with many other countries.

Your verbal assurances with many countries can best be described as sincere as a "Hollywood Air-Kiss." They are as meaningless as "Call me lets do lunch sometime."

You have "fawned and forgotten" some countries while completely dismissing others.

These forgotten countries have risen to the forefront of anti-US fervor.

The citizens of our southern neighbor have taken more of a beating than others.

At the origin of Mexican government anger is the passage of a law that finances the construction of 1200 kilometer wall along the southern frontier of the United States.

This wall and the anti-immigrant fervor by racist Republicans, have been a slap in the face for both Felipe Calderon, the current president and former President, Vicente Fox.

Fox has been especially hurt because he had prided himself on solving the problem of illegal immigration because he said he had a good relationship with you.

President Fox shouldn't feel as though he was the only one left standing at the altar.

You have also suckered Prime Minister Tony Blair, Australia's Prime Minister John Howard, Italy's Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and Spain's Jose Maria Aznar.

And then there is Vlamir Putin. He was not taken in at all.

Russia could not believe you were so naive as to declared that Putin had a good soul so therefore did not merit any concern or followup diplomacy.

Hundreds of pro-Kremlin youths
marched to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Monday to protest American foreign policy right after Dmitry Medvedev's "so-called " election. It was meant to be a message and wake up call to America.

"Don't lecture us on Democracy and you better start paying attention to us."
"We are not Mexico, Palestinian territories, or South America. We have nukes, we have energy resources and we have the people's mandate. We don't need you. You need us!

Another nation which does as it pleases even though they have our complete support and billions of our tax dollars, Israel, has embarked on a path to slowly but surely starve the Palestinian population in Gaza. Surrounding Arab states are livid with Israel and with the U.S. for your inaction and ignorance of the situation.

Lebanon's fledgling democracy witnessed how lacking your support was after Israel attacked the civilian infrastructure of their country.

You recently sent the refurbished
U.S.S. Cole and other warships to the Lebanese coast raising alarm with the populous that you are using your navy to bully Syria and any other opposition to the beleaguered Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

This has provided a big boost for the anti-Siniora and pro-Syrian opposition, led by the militant Shiite Hizbullah.

The presence of U.S. warships is being used to reinforce the notion that the Lebanese government is and will continue to be a US pawn.

One of the continents that have been completely ignored is South America.

Contact with South America was primarily restricted to Columbia and touting one-sided trade agreements which favored American business and not our potential trading partners,

There was also a U.S. sponsored attempt to ove
rthrow Chavez in a poorly executed coup.

The pre-emptive doctrine you embrace states that you can go anywhere in the world to attack a suspect has seeped into the consciousness of the Columbian government because they used it as a reason
to kill a top FARC guerrilla that was in Ecuador.

What else could have emboldened
Columbia President Alvaro Uribe to carry out such an illegal attack?

Columbia conducted an air attack on the rebel base followed by an incursion of Columbia troops.into Ecuador.

The day after the attack, both Venezuela and Ecuador have moved troops along their respective borders with Columbia.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez closed his country's embassy in Colombia and ordered tanks, planes, and thousands of troops to the 1,300-mile border with Columbia.

President Rafael Correa of Ecuador also recalled his ambassador to Colombia in protest over the assault and has also sent his troops to the Columbia border. Correa called the incursion into Ecuador "The worst aggression Ecuador has suffered on the part of Colombia."

Both Venezuela and Ecuador blame the United States for raising the conflict and say the night air attack could not have proceeded without American assistance

"We are not going to permit the North American empire, which is the ruler, to allow his lapdog, President Uribe and the Colombian oligarchy, to divide or weaken us. We will not permit it." Chavez said.

Anti-American Nicaragua president also denounced the attack.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, a Cold War foe of the United States, called the
strike against the FARC commander "an act of total provocation" that reduces the chances of peacefully settling Colombia's conflict.

Thousands of miles away in Kenya, American naval forces
fired missiles into southern Somalia on Monday morning at 3: 30 a.m. aiming at what the Defense Department called terrorist targets. This is the fourth attack by the U.S. on Somalia in 14 months.

Not that long ago, the Americans and Ethiopians suspected Somalia’s Islamists of harboring Qaeda terrorists. Thousands of Ethiopian troops then poured across the border, aided by American air strikes and American intelligence. The Islamist movement went underground for a while but has said to be
making a comeback.

Even your main focus on Iraq has been a joke.

Your arch-enemy, Iranian President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad just finished visiting Iraq. He used the trip to strengthen his ties with fellow Shiites, and called on the U.S. to leave Iraq.

Iran's bold visit to fellow Shiite leaders in Iraq, whom you helped place in office, must have really pissed you off.

If that didn't tip your canoe, the Iraq presidency council
vetoed the bill which establishes the basis for elections in October.

It was to have been the second goal of a list of 18 U.S. set political benchmarks which were to have been achieved with your surge.

It is hard to imagine a country's foreign policy so poorly managed. It has been so hapless on the surface that one could easily imagine that it was purposeful.

Condileeza Rice is obviously incapable of managing all the fires, but quite honestly I don't know who could have handled so many disasters.

Cheney is only good at saber rattling and managing intelligence to suit his fancy

And you are apparently a lazy uncaring goof, a lousy car salesman in an expensive suit, who has put all his eggs in the Iraq basket.

The world did not put itself on hold while you played at nation building.

You spent a considerable amount of time and money bombing a country back to the 12th century and then try to install a government to your liking.

Your "lick and a promise" approach to foreign policy did not hold the world's nations from evolving.

Indeed, many have taken your pre-emptive approach to dealing with their neighbors as a preferred substitute to legitimate negotiations.

You seemed so detached from world events that I wonder if it all just interfered too much with your nine p.m. bedtime ritual or your very ample number of vacation days cutting brush and fishing at Crawford?

The world has become more violent, more anti-American and less apt to try to work things out.

Now that is a legacy that will no-doubt NOT be included in your fancy library at SMU.

From: comments@whitehouse.gov
Date: March 4, 2008 2:58:31 AM CST
To: guzmatom@mac.com
On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence.

We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message.

Thank you again for taking the time to write.