Dear White House Office of E-Correspondence:
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Thank you for your letter. I couldn't help noticing that the automatic response you sent me begins like this: "Thank you for emailing President Bush. Your ideas and comments are very important to him."
I just have to ask: Really? I must have gotten a mistaken impression from President Bush's explicit comments regarding people and groups who disagree with him, that he "doesn't do opinion polls." In fact, I had the impression that my ideas and comments are not important to him whatsoever. In fact, I've never experienced a politician, let alone a president, with so much blatant disregard for the opinions of his constituency.
But maybe it's only because he doesn't think the American people ARE his constituency, not having been elected and all. Where some strong leaders took their lead from an election mandate to take the country in new directions, George seizes the helm not with a mandate, but with nothing less than a narrow election defeat. That didn't give our man pause at all. So maybe, George Jr has the confidence of a man who's been given everything he's desired most of his life. And maybe it is that sense of entitlement, that arrogance and cavalier disregard that has given me the wrong impression that he couldn't care less about me.
I know he tries to seem like a regular guy, I give him that. His good-ol boy image, flannel shirts, blue jeans, and tortured grammar, does go a ways toward helping us forget George Junior's privileged background. I have to remind myself that Junior went to expensive schools and comes from a wealthy family whose patriarch was the president himself. Hey, I'll bet we all wish we were THAT kind of regular guy, huh?
Anyway, thanks for the message and I'm glad to know that my concerns are important to him. Since I know now that he cares, I'll chip in my two cents if that helps. So here's what I'm thinking just off the top of my head.
Dear George, here's some suggestions since I know my opinion is important to you:
* Stop hiring all your dad's crazy corporate friends
* Stop screwing the environment, we'll need that later for like breathing and stuff
* Stop messing with our civil liberties, we don't want to have to flee to Canada yet
* Stop the crazy war-mongering. You are big enough to stand up to Dick and Karl.
* Stop lying about everything. We'd like to believe you, but you are making it harder and harder.
* Stop the crusade against Women's health, birth control and all that.
* Stop John Ashcroft. He's the craziest fucker in Washington since J. Edgar Hoover.
* Stop selling the people's stuff. You know, national lands, airwaves, schools, etc
* Stop ruining our economy with deficit spending on war toys
* Stop blocking health care reform. We're still behind every other developed nation, and many developing ones.
* Stop hurting children. What if "Leave No Child Behind" was more than just a hollow campaign pitch?
* Stop pretending to support civil rights unless you are really going to get behind blacks, gays, Latinos, Arab Americans, and native Americans, you know, the people who weren't in your country club -- and I don't mean just the Republican ones
Anyway, that's it for now. Please drop me a line. Your opinion is important to me too, of course.
Your would-be constituent,
From: White House Mail
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2003 6:28 PM
Subject: Re: Support Bill to overrule FCC Media Ownership Rules
Thank you for emailing President Bush. Your ideas and comments are very important to him.
For up-to-date information about the President and his policies, please check the White House web site at www.whitehouse.gov.
Unfortunately, because of the large volume of email received, the President cannot personally respond to each message. However, the White House staff considers and reports citizen ideas and concerns.
Again, thank you for your email. Your interest in the work of President Bush and his administration is appreciated.
The White House Office of E-Correspondence