Dear President Obama

Wednesday Nov 8, 2012

Dear President Obama:

You have have been elected to serve four more years.

Now you may use your influence and power to make some changes.

Please stop the insane “War on Drugs” that has failed for decades and only serves to prop up the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels who have murdered thousands upon thousands of people. Decriminalize drugs, require that people who purchase hard drugs receive counciling paid for by the ensuing tax revenue. Treat the drug problem not as a crime but as the social and medical problem that it sometimes is. Casual use of marijunana isn’t even a problem. Rather, attempts to thwart the importation of marijuna are an enormous waste of police and prison resources and a lost source of tax revenue.

Please remove all US troops and private military contractors from both Iraq and Afghanistan. Imagine how the trillions of dollars spent there could have been used to do road repair and build transit systems and levies and just, say, paint homes and apartment buildings in our own cities. Why not change our priorities and start spending that kind of money here at home?

Make the small adjustments to the social security fund needed to assure that it is solvent for the rest of the century.

Bring back the Public Option to the health care system.

Respectfully yours,

Dennis Allard
Santa Monica, California

Election Night 2012

It is 5PM on election night and I want to see the early results.

I try tuning in to my local PBS channel KCET (at least it used to be PBS). I see some guy with a British accent doing a really bad job of pointing to a map. I’m not in the mood to listen to a British accent right now. This is the election of the President of the Unites States of America. Give me a Latino accent or a black man or a black women or a Midwestern white truck driver. Anything but a British accent. I turn the channel.

Now it’s channel 4 NBC News. Millionaire Brian Williams is talking at me now. He’s so suave.

Out of the gate I’m in a bad mood because the red neck ignorant white folks in Kentucky and Mississippi and a bunch of the red neck states have already voted in mass numbers for Romney. What else is new. Invade a continent, kill the Indians, believe in God, kill 2 million Vietnamese, support the insane “war on drugs” that killed 30,000 Mexicans last year, and now vote for Romey. And I, a liberal, care about these people? Why? I should become a me-first Republican like them and just be an idiot like them. Then I too wouldn’t know enough to care about the dismantling of every program put in place since FDR to help people.

I turn back to PBS. Now I see a black man talking to me from a bar in Ohio. But wait. He also has a British accent. And he’s the only black person in that Ohio bar. What is going on? Ah. I notice the BBC logo in the lower right corner of my screen. The once great United States Public Broadcasting System, which has been dismantled by the anti-government Libertarian Republicans who hate government even when it saves the entire US auto industry, is now airing a BBC program on election night. We are screwed. We can’t have our own public broadcasting system paid for by tax payer dollars? Did we choose that or were we just duped into thinking that’s OK? It is not OK.

I am going to stick to NBC. Brian ain’t that bad after all.

Running commentary:

5:45 PM. Obama 78 – Romney 88 – Obama might take Florida, so things are improving for Obama.

6:10 PM Obama took New Jersey. Ohio and Florida still too close to call.

6:17 PM Obama took Pennsylvania, the state where my Mom was born to a coal miner. Yes!

8:15 PM Good. There is some sanity still. Obama wins.

9:00 PM Over on PBS, they are still showing the BBC.

9:00 AM the next morning:

PBS is showing a children’s show. Without commercials. So there is hope.