Sen. John Kerry,
As much as I am loathe to admit it, all signs point to my being severely disappointed by a Republican victory on November 3rd. For the sake of myself and for the world as a whole I feel it is imperative that your opponent, George W. Bush, be removed from office with all haste and prejudice. However I find myself unconvinced by your speeches and how you’ve addressed the irrefutable facts of George Bush’s incredible mishandling of our nation.
As such, please permit me to present what I feel are the salient points you need to address to convince myself and the nation as a whole as to your fitness and worthiness of this country’s, and in fact the world’s, greatest office.
Contrary to how the media presents it, most of us truly do not wish to have a President who speaks in catch-phrases and homilies. We need to know what policies our leaders intend to implement to improve the quality of our lives and to promote the health of our nation.
We would also like to know that our President is qualified in both intellect and education to lead us. As such, here are the questions I wish for you (and your opponent) to address.
- Bush has stayed absolutely steadfast in his commitment to his views on how our economy should be handled. His tax cuts and overall policies regarding our nation’s economical health have destroyed countless more jobs than they’ve created and have shifted the concentration of wealth even further away from the middle and lower class, placing it squarely in the hands of those who need it least. In lieu of actually stimulating the economy to promote the creation of new jobs and the protection of existing work, our President has put the focus on wringing even more from our over-worked and underpaid workforce with no emphasis on increasing benefits to compensate us for our labors.
What is your plan to help Americans to better provide for themselves and their families? What will you do to protect our jobs and our benefits? What will you do to reverse this unceasing drain on our jobs and income? What will you do to stop the alarming rise of more and more working poor families? What do you see as the right road to eliminating this terrible trend of families having to work harder and harder to bring home less income than ever?
- Due to the series of erroneous assumptions our current administration made concerning the ‘welcoming arms’ of the Iraqi people and the frighteningly apparent lack of foresight shown in our campaign in Iraq, we are now deeply immersed in a situation from which no simple solution will extradite us. We have made this mess and now we must clean it up.
- Due to an intense concentration of media America is less informed about the state of itself and the world than ever before. Attempts by the people to raise awareness of issues through dissent and protest are squelched and hindered with an efficiency that even the most totalitarian state would evny. Our citizens are corralled and arrested with no regard for due process or our civil liberties by the same people sworn to protect those rights.
- And what will you do to stop the increasing homogeny of our media outlets? Deregulation has destroyed our abilities to educate ourselves and removes our ability to hold our media providers accountable. The ability to hold 65% of the national radio markets by three companies serves no one but the accountants and bankers of those companies. Discourse is crushed and replaced by bland infotainment. What is your plan to return the television and radio airwaves to the people whom they serve?
What is your plan to leave Iraq in a better state than the one we have created? How will you relieve the American people’s burden of paying for a fight we didn’t ask for in the first place? How will you turn our occupation from the terrorist-creating machine George Bush has made into an example of the good we can do as a country?
What will you do to ensure that the American people are not treated as enemy combatants by their own government? What will you do to encourage us to voice our opinions and to demonstrate our rights as they are guaranteed by our Constitution? What will you do to re-create the spirit of individual involvement in the governing of our great nation? What steps will you take to ensure that no city, state, or the federal government itself shall once again confine our voices to jailcells and cages?
These are the question I wish for you to answer. These are the issues that will determine whether this nation can continue to claim it’s place as the center of the Free World. These are the concerns of us, the people you wish to lead. Please address them.
A president sets the course for the nation he serves. Bush has shown through his policies and his actions that he cares less for the people who elected him than the businesses and individuals his policies serve. His example is one of disenfranchisement and disregard for the world we reside in. If you wish to become our president I urge you, John Kerry, to prove that you can steer this nation away from the dangerous path your opponent has placed us upon.