Dear President Obama,
You have become an icon of “hope”. Some even call you the “black Jesus”. But I don’t need you to be a messiah. I just “hope” that you are not yet another false profit.
This nation and this world desperately needs a leader we can all have faith in. A leader who can and will guide us all through our turbulent times and into the land of milk and honey, sustainable living and humanitarian harmony. A leader who can unite this fragmented and fraying world of racial, political and economic differences.
Clearly our collective greed and stupidity has created a world that is over heating even as it nose dives toward the ground, while the captains of banking bail out with their golden parachutes. I know you are painfully aware of the perfect storm of global warming, peak oil and financial implosion that we are heading into. So I will spare you my rant on how greed is crushing this nation and our planet.
We all know you have one Hell of job. I pray in my libertarian/agnostic heart that you are the real deal, despite your having collected a record $8,000,000.00 from Wall Street and other assorted financial whores. I hope you have the balls to take their money and then tell them to kiss your brown ass.
But so far it looks like you and your treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, are shoveling more money into the banking money pit (over one trillion and counting) than GW Bush ever imagined. What a shame that such a massive multi trillion dollar transfusion is not being directed into alternative energy, infrastructure, education, humanitarian aid . . . and other planet saving investments.
But is propping up bankrupt banks really more important than investing in the future of our planet? Isn’t the banking bailout the ultimate “throwing pearls to swine”?
Must we literally mortgage our future for the benefit of the banks in order to continue the madness of buying shit we don’t need on credit? Are we just a society of credit junkies who can’t live without ever increasing infusions from the banks? And can this planet really endure even greater rampant consumerism?
I say insure the people’s deposits and fuck the banks whose greed and stupidity have made them bankrupt. I don’t believe in the motto – “privatize profits and socialize losses”. What about you? Are you indebted to the banks for the $8,000,000.00 they “donated” or are you free to truly serve the common man?
I think the most brilliant political satirist of our time, Bill Maher, had it right when he said that with a gun you can rob a bank. But with a bank you can rob everyone.
Personally I don’t owe one penny to a bank. Debt is slavery and this nation has become a nation of slaves. Maybe it’s time for an “emancipation proclamation” declaring the end of our enslavement to the banks.
After all, it’s the “easy” credit that enabled the price of homes to reach the stratosphere. Ironically the pseudo governmental agencies – Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac – were established to make housing more affordable by making credit accessible. But ironically it was their massive infusions of loose credit that helped inflate the cost of housing nationwide. Now these agencies are insolvent and we as taxpayers are paying the added price of bailing them out.
Two years ago I sold all my stocks and bought gold. Our current train wreck was obvious years ago to many cynical observers who knew better than listen to the advise of self serving financial advisers, realtors and mortgage bankers. But now is the time to dump our gold and invest in the solutions that will save this planet – not the Corpocracy who engineered the train wreck.
God speed to you Mr. Obama. I truly hope you succeed in giving us All a vision as electrifying as going to the moon or defeating the Nazis. Give us the common vision and this Country and this remarkable world can pull together and pull it off. Be the leader this nation and this world needs.
For now I will take a leap of faith and suspend my disbelief and cynicism in the hope that you are not a false messiah. For the sake of this nation and this planet be the real deal – a man of integrity and vision.
Pat the Digital Vagabond
P.S. For those who want a free multimedia “Crash Course” on how are banks fabricate money and indenture our society, click here.