"Dear [REDACTED]:read the Thank you for taking the time to share your views. I have heard from many Americans regarding Iran, and I appreciate your perspective. I am committed to making my Administration the most open and transparent in history, and part of delivering on that promise is hearing from people like you. I take seriously your opinions and respect your point of view on this important foreign policy matter. Please know that your concerns will be on my mind in the days ahead. Thank you again for writing. I encourage you to visit www.WhiteHouse.gov to learn more about my Administration or to contact me in the future. Sincerely, Barack Obama"original letter to the President and Congress.
President Obama sent a generic canned response to the letter urging no military conflict with Iran. It only serves as an acknowledgement of opinion, which isn't an insult given he is head of the Executive branch and isn't a true representative. Once a president is elected he or she is not expected to do everything the constituency demands. That's the job for the House. In actuality, the best president is one that isn't swayed by the media, polls, or the majority. A president that doesn't worry about getting elected to a second term, but instead acts on the principles of America and does what is right would be ideal. However, I have yet to see a president like that in my lifetime... Here is President Obama's response:
The following is a letter sent to my Representative, Senators, and the President (Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, and Obama). It simply states the US should not attack Iran over this nuclear crisis and the US should not be swayed by the importunities of Israel.
I urge you to not go to war/conflict with Iran, no matter how motivated our leaders in D.C. are. Unless there is world wide agreement (by the UN) on military action in Iran, the US should not be performing any more unilateral preemptive attacks. There are many other freedom loving countries around the world that can play the hero.If there is a response, it will be posted... Although, there might be a delay since sleep is a rare thing for parents when it comes to newborns... Israel (Netanyahu, Peres, etc...) will do it's best to pull the US into war with Iran. That is not our conflict. So, please disregard any pledges or oaths you have taken in regards to Israel and do not bend to the warmongers in the region. There is no true urgency and sanctions will be effective. Do not listen to the lobbyists. My wife and I have recently had our first child, which makes it even more important we change this war like mindset in our leadership. My son deserves a better world and we should do our best to make it a peaceful one... Let's start here at home. The US has been in far too many illegitimate military conflicts. Please look towards the future and resist the perpetual momentum for warfare. Also, do not respond to this message saying military action is required to keep nuclear arms out of the hands of rogue groups. Pakistan has had the bomb for a while with no incident. That excuse is a vacuous scare tactic used to manipulate the American populace. In short, if Israel wants to start a war, let them but do NOT support them for any acts of unjustified aggression. The US does support allies, but every alliance has its limits. Thank you, [REDACTED] P.S. You can assume my stance on Syria is similar. Unless there is world wide agreement, we have no business attacking the country. I agree the situation is dire, but the US is not obligated to play the hero. There are many other nations of the world that can help. Update (2012.03.09): President Obama responded to the letter with a generic canned response.
This is an interesting oil painting by McNaughton of all the United States Presidents in distress over the treatment of US citizens and the Bill of Rights by the current president, Obama. Click the painting to see zoomable highlights for individual presidents. this evidence in picture form. Also, it makes me wonder if the painter stresses Madison because of his role in drafting the constitution or if the painter has an obvious religious agenda and bias. The more I look into his works it is painfully obvious the painter is a Republican Bible Thumper. These types of people are frightening and harmful to society. Soldiers fighting for God??? What is this, Afghanistan? Too bad the painter doesn't realize, Madison was one of the biggest proponents of Separation of Church and State. Religious people in the US are mindless and should pick up a book. Most of them barely even read the bible and when they do they don't even pay attention to it or realize everything in it is a rehash of previous mythology. Ignorance be damned!
"Every new & successful example therefore of a perfect separation between ecclesiastical and civil matters, is of importance. And I have no doubt that every new example, will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion & Govt. will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together...source)Regardless, the painting is interesting in that it shows the burden the memory of previous presidents makes on the current president. However, I feel dirty linking to a painter that is extremely misguided. We are teaching the world the great truth that Govts. do better without Kings & Nobles than with them. The merit will be doubled by the other lesson that Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Govt." - letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822 by James Madison ( proceed to the gallery.
Obama signed the NDAA bill on New Years Eve like a weasel. He explains how he doesn't like the bill, but signs it anyway. What is wrong with these people? They are reluctant signing away our civil liberties and think telling everyone thier internal conflict will absolve them from the responsibility of their actions... This is an insult and assault on the American people. Oh, then there's this gem Obama belches out:
"My administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens," Obama said in the signing statement. "Indeed, I believe that doing so would break with our most important traditions and values as a nation."Okay, what about the next administration???!?? He should have said, "I am a fucktard and I'm signing away civil liberties because I have no spine and would rather not fight this battle for the American people. Gotta look after myself; it's an election year, bitches. Happy New Year!" Well, he won't be getting my vote. read the article.
Here is a message sent to President Obama concerning NDAA.
Subject: Veto NDAAread Honor your oath and uphold the constitution by vetoing the National Defense Authorization Act (HR 1540). Send the whole bill back requesting a cleaner version with the detainment and extradition portions removed. This is a time when you can publicly shame Congress for being detrimental to our civil liberties. In the end you may actually garner a few independent, moderate, and libertarian votes in 2012. Although, you can't take the moral high ground since you ordered the killing of an American citizen and separately killing his son without Due Process in Yemen (a country in which we are not militarily engaged), you still have an opportunity to right some wrongs and stand up for what defines America. Of course, I have written my Congressmen, but you are next in line in the "checks and balance" system we enjoy in the US. Please, don't fail us. A concerned citizen, [REDACTED]a letter to Pelosi, Boxer, and Feinstein about NDAA read Senator Boxer's responseNDAA? Find out more at the ACLU or read the bill yourself.
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