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Steve K
Sat, Jul. 10th, 2004 09:57 am
Letter to the President

I checked the news real quick right after I posted my last entry and saw something about the Kerry-Edwards ticket.  This reminded me of some impressions I had regarding the election race, so I went to http://www.whitehouse.gov/ and e-mailed the president my thoughts.  Maybe I'll hear back, you never know!


Dear Mr. President,

Greetings and salutations from Indianapolis!  Hope you are doing well and enjoying the summer.  Thank you for your remarks at Ronald Reagan's funeral, they were thoughtful and quite moving.  I also want to thank you for being an upstanding Christian who is not ashamed of the Gospel, and sharing that faith with others.  As a member of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, my parents and I continue to pray for you and ask for His guidance in all that you do.

The main reason I am writing is that I am an independent voter, age 27, who is not tied to either of the major parties.  As such, I like to think I have a more "neutral" view of political matters and have some thoughts about the current news.  As you well know, John Kerry recently selected John Edwards to be his running mate for the presidential election.  Now, I normally wouldn't care so much about who the second fiddle is and would focus on the main man, but recent events have provided a striking contrast.  Mr. Edwards led an overall positive campaign and projects a sense of optimism and vitality.  When he conceded the nomination race, he did so graciously and then threw his full support behind Mr. Kerry.  He has improved the standing of the Democratic ticket and given voters something to think about.

In contrast, Mr. Cheney has seemed increasingly irrational and out of touch with the greater American constituency.  His use of profanity on the Senate floor shocked me and my family, and we have been dumbfounded by his unapologetic stance.  As Christians, we believe that kind of language is inappropriate and served only to tarnish the office of the vice-presidency.  Also, his continued stance on Iraq and Al-Qaida connections seems increasingly far-fetched and desperate to the regular American voter.  Admittedly, I may not have all the facts as an average American citizen.  However, the perception is that he is grasping at straws and refusing to acknowledge reality.  This has been a rampant problem in the reconstruction of Iraq, where things have certainly not progressed as smoothly as we would all like.  Frankly, I laughed at his statement just before the war when he said, "We will be welcomed as liberators."  Any student of history would have known the honeymoon period would last about a week, and then "the infidels" would need to be thrown out.  I know the average Iraqi is glad to see Saddam Hussein gone, as am I, but again the perception is that your administration has been unable to adapt to circumstances and get the job done properly.  As we all know, perceptions can sometimes be just as important as the reality.

I believe that your administration is suffering from a lack of accountability.  Mr. Rumsfeld takes "full responsibility" for the debacle at Abu Ghraib, but what does that mean?  Mr. Cheney swears on the Senate floor and is not called upon to apologize, which he should do on his own anyway.  I understand that we couldn't afford any changes in important personnel in the immediate days after the terrorist attacks, but the fact that no one was fired post-9/11 suggests that this incompetency was condoned by the administration.  Mr. Tenet may have been pressured to step down, but he wasn't held accountable for the failures of 9/11 or Iraq WMD with an actual termination.  It seems to many people that though you are a God-fearing man, the officials under you are not so much and feel free to act in ways that seem best to them.

One more note regarding the vice-presidential selection.  John Kerry can show many years of political service and justify that it is now "his turn" to try to make a run for the office of the presidency.  Meanwhile, he gives the impression that Mr. Edwards is an up-and-comer that he can groom as a successor.  If Mr. Kerry were to win in 2004, this would leave Mr. Edwards in a perfect position to succeed him later.  Just as your own father faithfully served under President Reagan, he commanded the respect and authority to eventually become president himself.  Mr. Cheney's age and health do not bode well for any sense of continuity.  Besides Mr. Cheney's own behavior reflecting poorly on you, you may want to consider the fact that another V-P pick could bring some much needed vitality and a different perspective to your administration.  Mr. Cheney has served his country honorably and well for many years, but I truly believe it is time for him to step down and make room for the next generation.

Thank you very much for your time and attention in this matter.  I will continue to pray for you and ask God to give you guidance as you work to make this great country of ours even better.  I also will pray for all of our soldiers, including my friend Nathan Gardner who is overseas at the moment, and ask that God protect them and reveal how best they can serve.  By the way, please tell your lovely wife that I am studying to become an academic librarian at the School of Library and Information Science here at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.  Hopefully, she will be pleased to hear that the next generation of librarians is working hard and eager to meet the challenges posed by the library profession.  Take care and God's blessings!

Sincerely yours,

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Steve K
Mon, Jul. 12th, 2004 08:27 am (UTC)
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Mon, Jul. 12th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC)

That was a really good, thoughtful letter. I keep waiting for something to happen with the VP situation on the Republican ticket. In fact, I was just watching something on MSNBC (not usually my preferred news source) and there was a very vague headline running across the bottom that indicated some sort of question on that front.

I don't think Cheney's an evil man or anything, but he always seemed like a weird choice for the job. Not that he doesn't know his way around politics, etc., just that he had been in the private sector for quite a while and he's actually OLDER than the President, which is not always the case.

Who would be a good choice for the job? I can't think of anyone off the top of my head. Maybe John McCain? Colin Powell has indicated a desire to leave government, so there might not be the continuity there that you spoke of in your letter. Condoleezza Rice is a very intelligent woman, but would she help Bush get elected?

I like Elizabeth Dole and Kay Bailey Hutchison, but Dole hasn't been in the Senate that long and KBH has expressed a desire to run for Governor of Texas because she wants to be closer to her 2 young children.

It seems like the Republicans are a little bit confused as to succession. Bill Clinton so consumed the Democrats for 8 years (or more) that, with Al Gore out of the picture, they didn't seem to know who was supposed to be in charge.

The months leading up to the election, as well as the election itself, are going to be fascinating. People are so divided and there's so much negativity. I can't wait to see what happens between now and then.

Mon, Jul. 12th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC)

MSNBC article

This is the one I saw the headline about on TV. It's interesting, but they're just discussing the pros and cons of dumping Cheney, not saying that it's going to happen.

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