Now Let’s Move Forward!
New London, N.H.
As I age and my remaining days diminish, I do things I otherwise would not dare. And so, this open letter:
Dear Mr. President:
Congratulations on your re-election. It allows us to imagine a day when the earth will no longer be poisoned, and LGBT people, people of color and women will get an even break. As president, you carry burdens that are beyond my power to imagine, and I respect you for that. Here are my hopes for your second term. It is time to end government by military-industrial complex and to revive American democracy. Shut down Guantánamo and its sister prisons, end special rendition, put aside the drones and the policies of assassination and torture. End those bloody things. Strengthen our economy by feeding it, not bleeding it. Nourish our economy and you nourish our posterity. Prosperity and revenue will come, and the national deficits and debts will take care of themselves. Continue to support the humble and the meek, and establish justice.
There may be small and empty people who will oppose and mock you, and manufacture crises to frighten our fellow citizens. Do not let them deter you. You have it in your hands to do great things, and to restore America as the hope of the world.
Yes you can. Yes we can. Good luck.
Bottom Line: He’s Gone
Re Greg Palast’s “Mitt Romney’s Bailout Bonanza” [Nov. 5]: you’ve probably just shown us why the Romneys didn’t want us to see their tax returns.
I read with dismay and disgust how Romney and all his white-collar thieves on Wall Street took our money in the bailout, canceled pensions and made more money for their greedy selves. My questions are: Does the attorney general’s office read The Nation? If not, why not? If so, why haven’t they done anything about this thievery?
A Plague on Both Their Houses
Gig Harbor, Wash.
Hurrah for Doug Henwood’s “Presidential Politricks” [Nov. 5]. At last, a Nation article challenging the absence of “a plague on both their houses.” As I read your earlier endorsement of Obama, I kept waiting to hear the position that both parties may be corrupt beyond hope, as they are bought and owned by the 1 percent. This year, I discovered the Green Party’s platform, and it contained everything my conscience holds dear. So I joined Jill Stein’s effort and voted for her. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks—by my vote I was boycotting both major parties. It was my sit-down strike. There is no hope of curing the corruption in either party. The data tell the story: as of October 26, Rocky Anderson had spent about $50,000; Stein, about $220,000; and Obama and Romney, about $1 billion each. No wonder our 99 percent voices are ignored.
No Kisses for Hershey Trust
I appreciate The Nation and F. Frederic Fouad for covering “Hershey’s Broken Trust” [Nov. 5]. I hope this article will shed additional light on all things relating to the Milton Hershey School and will help propel Kathleen Kane to the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office, so a real investigation and reform can take place.
I would be remiss, however, if I did not point out that for years the trust was besieged with frivolous and antiquated complaints by alumni and the community at large, so that it became difficult for anyone to discern what was justified and valid and what was merely attention seeking or rallying the masses. The issues are complicated, and a lot of anger, hurt, time and energy have been wasted in supposed pursuit of reform. For Milton Hershey School’s sake and needy children everywhere, I hope one day it will actually happen.