The Choice Is Yours, Mr. President - Page 2
In your first presidency, you read the life-history of Reagan to derive inspiration, and you ended up with a lackluster performance. In your second presidency, I urge you to read the life of Lyndon B Johnson. No, Johnson is not my ideal president—Dwight Eisenhower and Franklin D Roosevelt are, but Johnson is the remedy to today's current situation, when national politics has been hijacked by a handful of politicians who serve their wealthy masters to the detriment of the interest of the people who elected them.
In 2004, Bush won less electoral votes and even lesser popular votes, yet, Karl Rove declared that Bush had a mandate. This time—never mind your superior showing! John Boehner has already launched the first salvo—you have no mandate. If you are dreaming that the GOP has learned its lesson and those errand boys will turn leaves for you, you are living in a fool’s paradise. They will be even more vicious now, since they know if you are successful, people will bury the Republican Party alive in the next election. That’s why I tell you to read Lyndon B Johnson’s life, who knew how to twist arms, when needed. I know you are a fine gentle man, perhaps the finest this country has ever elected president, so I don’t care if you speak softly, but carry a big stick.
If you don’t know how to break the stalemate, ask America’s Senator Bernie Sanders, who at the age of seventy-one has more energy than any green horns. Senator Bernie will ask you to stay in your campaign mode and go on a cross country tour. He will tell you, go to the red states, purple, and states of every other hue, because as you once said, there are no red states, blue states, it’s only the United States.
Go on a cross country tour, go to the precincts of every obstructionist politician and appeal to their constituencies: I can’t reform this country until your representative lift obstacles and let me work unhindered. You have voted me in power, now let me work for you.Continued on the next page