Dear Mr. President,
For years, I voted in presidential elections half-heartedly, feeling forced to vote for the lesser of two evils. In fact, JFK was the last president for whom I felt any real enthusiasm. But then you came along, Mr. President, an intelligent, articulate man with integrity and a goal to point this country in the right direction. I’m not naïve or easily persuaded, but I believed that you had the right stuff to get the job done. For the first time in decades, I felt a renewed patriotism.
None of your supporters, including myself, expected you to perform miracles, nor did we think you could turn the country around in two years. Not even a magician would be capable of erasing the damage caused by 8 years of Bush madness. Embroiled in two wars, facing a total collapse of the financial markets, dealing with a seriously flawed healthcare system, repairing a faltering economy, managing an enormous deficit—all these critical issues and more waited for you in the oval office.
No, Mr. President, we did not expect miracles. But we did expect a president who would take off the gloves and go bare knuckles against the Republicans. We didn’t hire you to play politics, compromise, negotiate, or make friends on the other side of the aisle; we hired you to kick some butt, to stand firm on your convictions, and to forget about whose nose you bent out of shape.
For the sake of harmony in Washington, you compromised your convictions on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, on the healthcare bill, and now you’re about to support the extension of the Bush tax cuts to the rich in return for an extension of unemployment benefits.
It’s time, Mr. President, for you to exercise the power and authority of the executive office and draw a line in the sand. It’s time for you to say no and stand firm on your principles and policies. It’s time to look John Boehner and Mitch McConnell square in the eyes and tell them no more deals and no more irresponsible legislation. It’s time to flex your Presidential muscles and to fix the country.
We still support you, Mr. President, but our faith in you is waning.