The day after your election, elated people were telling each other what they wanted from you, like when I was a kid and we talked about what we wanted from Santa Claus. One turned to me. “What are you looking for?”
“I want him to captain the ship of state.” He seemed puzzled.
Almost three years later, they are still asking for this or that, some disappointed and some indignant that you haven’t done this or that. As for me, I rate you with a president I was too young to vote for, but not too young to fight in WW2 for—Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Campaigning for his second term in office, FDR confronted his enemies:
“For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves... We had to struggle with... business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for
me—and I welcome their hatred.”
That speech was delivered in 1936, I was twelve, heard it, and was thrilled.
These same ghoulish forces are again in full cry. I ask, sir, that you strike. For three years you have spoken softly, tried to draw them into the national debate, negotiated, given ground. You have been steadfast, but these are vampires and want only to suck this nation’s blood. In stealth and with deception they have enlisted the trusting, the innocent, the ignorant. Now they are trying to steal our country’s soul.
Mr. President, I respectfully ask that you stop appeasing these bloated leeches. They have made it plain that nothing can turn them into loyal Americans. Expose their lies, reveal their hypocrisies, show them for the un-American, anti-American parasites that they are. Above all, they must not be allowed to penetrate deeper into the body politic.
Mr. President, your country needs you now more than ever. Go get ‘em, sir, and give ‘em hell!
Yours with respect and hope,