Prior to his passing, at the golden age of 97, and prior to Barack Obama being elected to his second term in office, U.S. Navy Veteran Harold B. Estes penned an open letter to the leader of the free world.
The letter was picked up, published on Congress.org, and soon went viral.
Though the letter is a few years old, the lessons to be taken from it are as true today as they were when it was originally written. Take a look at Estes’ letter below:
Dear President Obama,
My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.
I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate. Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl Harbor allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.
One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.
So here goes.
I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.
I can’t figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:
‘We’re no longer a Christian nation’
‘America is arrogant’ – (Your wife even announced to the world, ‘America is mean-spirited.’ Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)
I’d say shame on the both of you but I don’t think you like America nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.
After 9/11 you said, ‘America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.’ Which ones did you mean?
1. Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British ?
2. Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War?
3. I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellahs I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around because we stand for freedom.
4. I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.
Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man. Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.
And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts who was putting up a fight? You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.
One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.
You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.
You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.
When former community organizer and junior senator Barack Obama was elected to the White House, he made a promise of “Hope and Change.”
This promise was vague, and meant something completely different for every person that heard it. It’s hard to say whether or not the election of Obama brought hope to the lives of Americans, but he certainly did bring change.
This change became a part of a second campaign promise that Obama made, which was the “Fundamental Transformation” of America.
Indeed, Obama delivered on his promise to fundamentally transform the nation.
In only eight years, the Obama administration created a vacuum in the Middle East, which allowed the terrorist organization, ISIS, to flourish.
In only eight years, the Obama administration signed a deal with the state-sponsorer of terrorism, Iran, that would put them on a pathway to having a nuclear arsenal.
In only eight years, the Obama administration passed legislation that has led to millions of Americans losing their health-care, their doctors, and their full-time employment status.
In only eight years, the Obama administration has inserted itself into the fringe elements of society to such a degree that there are now narratives being pushed that are suggesting that all police officers are racist and it’s wrong to believe that the boys should use the boy’s restroom and the girls should use the girl’s restroom.
In only eight years, the National Debt doubled. It took the collective efforts of 220 years of United States presidents to have the National Debt hit 10 trillion, and Barack Obama was able hit 20 trillion by the time he left office.
In only eight years of Barack Obama in the White House, racial relations in the United States have gone back to a degree that the nation has not seen since former long-time Democratic Party Senator Robert Byrd was recruiting for the Ku Klux Klan or since the Democratic Party was filibustering the Civil Rights Act. Is it a surprise considering that Obama appointed race-baiter Al Sharpton as the official racial ambassador to the White House?
Though U.S. Navy Veteran Harold Estes wrote his letter to the president half-way through Obama’s two terms, it is clear the he was on to something. There is reason why Estes is a member of what is now referred to as “the Greatest Generation.”
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Sonia Rina Landry is a passionate entrepreneur, speaker, author, and personal development coach. She is an outspoken advocate of the free market economy and has helped countless clients identify their core values, envision and realize goals that resonate with those values. She oversees several businesses online and offline.