Here is a letter I submitted to the Wall Street Journal yesterday after Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell, two sensible Democrat consultants wrote an op-ed suggesting Obama not run in 2012. I submitted this letter in a bit longer, more detailed form on August 25. I doubt it will publish, although the WSJ has published for me before -- but come to think about it, when they have requested a write, such as piece on Latin America and one on NAFTA most recently. So! This is a bit anemic compared to what I initially submitted.
Adding the WSJ link:
November 21, 2011
To: The editor, Wall Street Journal
Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell have recognized and recommended that President Obama should not run for reelection. On August 25, 2011 I sent the same recommendation to Mr. Obama with a copy to The WSJ. Here is a shortened version.
With less to define him than any presidential candidate in history, voters supported Mr. Obama in 2008 hoping he'd be a leader needed to solve America's problems. Now, hope has vanished. He has practiced class warfare and partisan politics rendering him a most divisive president. He and his advisers have not demonstrated understanding of the economy. “Stimulus” spending has failed, as expected by all but the most ardent adherents to Keynesian theory. Domestic policy has failed!
He has offended America's allies in Europe, especially Britain. His actions toward Israel are unacceptable. He and his advisers are inadequate on foreign policy. If he continues as now, his presidency will be a monumental failure. All Americans will be the victims.
He may leave a positive legacy and by doing the following:
- Declare he is not a candidate for president in 2012.Focus on solving America's problems to prevent her demise.
- Remove radical socialist “czars” and advisers. Give indication he is not pursuing radical socialism.
- Restaff with economic and other advisers who have operating experience and understand problem solving.
- Cease catering to unions and remove union operatives from agencies – NLRB e.g.
- Fire the heads of agencies, such as EPA, who either don't understand the damage of their actions or don't care.
- Begin the process of diminishing the Departments of Education and Energy. Revise the Department of Agriculture.
- Be a statesman. Stop blaming others for his own failures.
- Exit Afghanistan now!
If he will not make these changes, resign the Office of President of the United States immediately.
Dr. J. A. Mann, PhD