Tuesday, March 11, 2014

She could lose her job!

The next chain email installment is one that claims to be a letter to president Obama. One that could lose a school teacher her job. We'll ignore the fact that the purported author denies being the author, and that it has been sent around attributed to others as well. While who actually wrote it isn't known, it's quite a doozy. Lets take a look.
Give this teacher and true American a standing ovation. This 4th grade teacher has said it all, and
she was brave enough to attach her name to it.
To be fair, teachers can be fired for any number of ridiculous reasons. They often have a 'morality clause' in their contracts that means that they can lose their job if it is found out that they like to sext their romantic interests, have a side job at a bar, or any number of things that should make no difference to whether they are a good teacher or not, Likewise, they are not supposed to use their position as a soapbox on which to preach their own political views, be they liberal or conservative. But in this case, no one is getting fired because the teacher didn't actually write the letter.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington , DC 20500

Mr. Obama:
I have had it with you and your administration, sir. Your conduct on your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an adequate representative of the United States of America collectively or of me personally.

You are so obsessed with appeasing the Europeans and the Muslim world that you have abdicated the responsibilities of the President of the United States of America .

You are responsible to the citizens of the United States . You are not responsible to the peoples of any other country on earth.

I personally resent that you go around the world apologizing for the United States , telling Europeans that we are arrogant and do not care about their status in the world.
Did he apologize for America? Let's look at what he actually said...

"America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive toward Europe"

Isn't this true though? Under Bush, the Iraq war was not exactly universally accepted as a good idea. It was much less popular in Europe. Some countries were very much against the war. But we ignored them, many Americans took the stance that anyone that wasn't with us was against us. These countries were openly mocked, both by politicians and our citizens. And it turned out that they were right. There were no weapons of mass destruction after-all.

Also, while he only leads the United States, foreign policy and relations is also part of his job. Bush almost seemed to go out of his way to alienate all but a few allies. So is it so wrong for Obama to want to mend some fences? I don't really like the guy either, but he's just doing the job that should be done instead of going about it with the lone cowboy approach that will eventually leave us wondering where all our friends went.

As for Europe being overlooked, it's probably true that most Americans don't give them the credit they deserve. Many cling to the idea of default American exceptionalism. That we are always the best at everything. But this isn't true anymore. Our education test scores are languishing. We refused to fund what eventually became Europe's Large Hadron Collider. It was supposed to be built in American. The discovery of the Higgs Boson could have been an American one, instead it was Europe's.

We shut down our shuttle program, so now we have to hitch a ride with other countries to reach the International Space Station. This all saddens me. While the rest of the world is catching up and pulling ahead, many Americans mock Europe and Asia, and just chant "We're number one" as if everything is just fine. Obama may not be apologizing for us, but we sure have plenty to be sad about.
Sir, what do you think the First World War and the Second World War were all about, if not the consideration of the peoples of Europe ? Are you brain dead? What do you think the Marshall Plan was all about? Do you not understand or know the history of the 20th century?
Yes, these helped Europe, us and others. But that's not what Obama was talking about. He didn't even ever use the word 'apologize' on his supposed apology tour. Could we apologize for ignoring others and rushing into a pointless war? Sure. Could we apologize for nuking Japan? Sure. And even if we did, doing so isn't a sign of weakness. It takes a big person to admit when they did something wrong. And from that, we can learn and grow. But if you pretend you can do no wrong, you are disillusioned and in for a rude awakening.
Where do you get off telling a Muslim country that the United States does not consider itself a Christian country? Have you not read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States ? This country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and the principles governing this country, at least until you came along, come directly from this heritage. Do you not understand this?
If this was a real letter, maybe she should have been fired for not knowing simple US history. The United States is not a Christian nation, nor was it built on Judeo-Christian values. The 1797 Treaty of Tripoli (signed by President John Adams) states, and I quote... "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion". So no, the US is not a Christian nation... Not even close!

Also, the 'year of our lord' and 'endowed by our creator' lines in the Declaration of Independence do not define a particular deity. Thomas Jefferson (as well as many other of the other founders) was likely a deist, and not a Christian. So if he did mean those in a religious sense, it wasn't a Christian one. But even that doesn't matter since the Declaration is not what the US is built upon. It is a very important document, but it was basically telling Britain to piss off. The Constitution is the document that the US and it's laws are built upon. The document that does not set an official religion, grants the freedom of religion, and instituted the separation of church and state. Odd behavior if the US was supposed to be a Christian country.
Your bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia is an affront to all Americans. Our President does not bow down to anyone, let alone the king of Saudi Arabia . You didn't show Great Britain , our best and one of our oldest allies, the respect they deserve yet you bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia . How dare you, sir! How dare you!
And Bush bowed to the same Saudi king, as well as kiss him and hold his hand. Your point? Why is it a scandal if Obama does it, but not when Bush does? And it it really a big deal? It's a cultural greeting, and not even a full formal bow by their countries standards. Refusing to bow in any way would be the equivalent of them refusing to shake hands with the president or if a soldier refused to salute. It's not like he was submissively bowing to show that the Saudis rule over him.
You can't find the time to visit the graves of our greatest generation because you don't want to offend the Germans, but make time to visit a mosque in Turkey ! You offended our dead and every veteran when you give the Germans more respect than the people who saved the German people from themselves. What's the matter with you?
Except that he has visited the graves of soldiers that gave their life for our country. Including WW-II and D-Day ceremonies.
I am convinced that you and the members of your administration have the historical and intellectual depth of a mud puddle and should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you.
Pot calling the kettle black...
You are so self-righteously offended by the big bankers and the American automobile manufacturers, yet do nothing about the real thieves in this situation, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Frank, Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelic, the Fannie Mae bonuses, and the Freddie Mac bonuses.
What do you intend to do about them? Anything? I seriously doubt it.

What about the U.S. House members passing out $9.1 million in bonuses to their staff members on top of the $2.5 million in automatic pay raises that lawmakers gave themselves?
Citation needed on the supposed 'offense'... But there is no doubt that there are some that are getting away read handed. Why talk of these unfair bonuses that have historically been defended by the conservatives and the fact that they were a product of the situation/culture their party was very much involved in propagating? Sadly, but parties and for sale, but I find blaming Obama for something Bush did nothing about to be rather odd. And yes, the House raises and bonuses are ridiculous as well. Their compensation should be performance based and voted on by the people.
I understand the average House aide got a 17% bonus. I took a 5% cut in my pay to save jobs with my employer. You haven't said anything about that. Who authorized that? I surely didn't! Executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be receiving $210 million in bonuses over an eighteen-month period, that's $45 million more than the AIG bonuses. In fact, Fannie and Freddie executives have already been awarded $51 million not a bad take. Who authorized that and why haven't you expressed your outrage at this group who are largely responsible for the economic mess we have right now?
The above reply pretty much covers this section as well. Obama didn't punish them like I would have liked. But neither did Bush or anyone else for that matter. The problem is that our politicians all work for the high bidder now, and not us.
I resent that you take me and my fellow citizens as brain-dead and not caring about what you idiots do.
I would think about cooling the name-calling. Branding someone an idiot may not be wise when you don't know basic history or even fact check your claims.
We are watching what you are doing and we are getting increasingly fed up with all of you.
I can agree with that. I'm pretty much fed up with the Democrats and Republicans alike.
I also want you to know that I personally find just about everything you do and say to be offensive to every one of my sensibilities.
Strong language. But looking back... Yeah, I thought just as lowly of Bush. Sure, Obama's not great, but he's not as bad as Bush.
I promise you that I will work tirelessly to see that you do not destroy my beautiful country.
You mean actually destroy the country, or destroy the imaginary Christian theocracy with dubious facts that you think exists. You really ought to clarify that so I can decide how seriously to take this statement.
Sincerely, A real American
Ms Kathleen Lyday
Fourth Grade Teacher
Grandview Elementary School
11470 Hwy . C
Hillsboro , MO 63050
Sincerely, who knows... Because Kathleen says that she didn't write this letter.
PS: I rarely ask that emails be passed around ...but PLEASE SEND THIS TO YOUR EMAIL LIST...it's time for all Americans to wake up !
Isn't it odd that most of these seem to say 'I rarely ask people to pass this on'? Seriously, I think almost all of them say that. And I will pass it on, but in my own personal style. Corrected and with commentary.

-Brain Hulk

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