There's been a lot of heartbreak, anger, frustration and soul searching over the few short days since the 2010 mid-term elections. Following is a poignant letter to the president written by Darlene at Darlene's Hodgepodge. I have a world of affection and admiration for this amazingly bright lady. I'm sure you will understand why when you read her words.
Dear Mr. President:
This loyal constituent is depressed and fearful. I knew that there would be a train wreck and I tried to be sanguine about the shellacking you took. The pendulum swings back and forth in politics and the Democrats' loss was predicted.
The depression kicked in when I heard your conciliatory speech inviting the Republican leadership to the White House and when you went so far as to offer to wine and dine them I wanted to weep. The nasty thought came to me that you should put a few drops of hemlock in the Republicans' brandy. (Just kidding)
I am so afraid that you just don't get it. The Republican leadership proudly boast that their goal in the next two years is to destroy the good you have done and limit you to a one term president. They have made it crystal clear that the bipartisanship you seek is never going to happen.
The Republicans shamefully do not give a damn about we, the people. If they are allowed to further destroy the country during the next two years they can blame you and you will not serve another term. That is the only goal they have. It has been their goal from the beginning of your term in office.
Their answers to the country's problems are laughable. They have no real plausible solutions to the economy or job creation. All they can do is stop you.
It's time to play their game and the name of the game is hardball. Take a page from their play book and learn how dirty politics wins. Every time they lie you must use your bully pulpit to refute their deceit. Don't let a single smear go unchallenged.
The Republicans have the money and big corporations on their side. They have the despicable Faux Fox Network as their corrupt mouthpieces. The best TV media for political truth is MSNBC and you should use your Public Relations people to promote it. Yes, the commentators on MSNBC lean left, but they do not lie. The commentators on that channel can prove what they say, contrary to the entertainers on Fox who cry, spread fear and hatred with unprovable smears.
You have two arrows in your quiver. Your eloquence and your ability to inspire hope. And the bully pulpit to make use of that ability. Use them often.
Your desire to be seen an a moderate and polite leader is perceived as weakness. It is time to be bold. Or as Sarah Palin so earthly put it, "Man up." The people want a strong leader who isn't afraid to demand that Congress fulfill it's duties and stop maligning and dithering. We want a leader who sounds convinced of his actions and strongly explains them. Bold captures the day.
You must instruct your people to use every avenue available to you to explain how the Health Care Reform will impact on the lives of the people you govern. You must not wait to do so. They have been fed a bunch of crap lies and have been convinced that it's a very bad thing; You know this. Are you going to let it go unchallenged? This is a time for every Democrat to stand up tall and refute the lies with the truth.
The same principle goes for the other good legislation passed during your presidency. The people do not know about it and the timidity of the Democrats is discouraging. A 'one or two time explanation' just won't cut it. It must be repeatedly drummed into the heads of the naive. Learn how that works from the tactics of Karl Rove.
You know that the Republicans do not have a clue as to how to get jobs back and that is why they have switched the subject to 'that terrible health care plan'. If asked what they would do about the economy they avoid answering. When pressed they say they will retain the tax cuts for the wealthiest corporations and individuals. How well did that work under George Bush?
It helped create the defecit that they claim to despise.
You know all of this Mr. President. By now you should have learned how the game is played. It isn't a college debate; it's down and dirty gutter fighting. You are going to have to remain above the fray, but use your intellect to subtly fight fire with fire.
I remain your loyal admirer and hope that you will not let too much time lapse before you change your methods. Once a lie takes hold it's very hard to refute. I want to call you Mr. President for four more years.
I remain Respectfully Yours,