Dear Mr President; It's about Leadership Sir | An Independent Voters View

Dear President Obama;

Today is 23 November 2010, and the country awakes to a new crisis situation in Korea with the North conducting an artillery raid on one of the Islands of the South; a part of South Korea, which we are committed to defend from attack. This, just days after the North Koreans unveiled a new facility of cascading centrifuges used to enrich uranium far beyond the point of nuclear fuel for power generation. The result of many years of failed policy of appeasment.

Our travel system is in disarray due to the enhanced search requirements your administration has chosen to implement during the peak travel season. This as a response to an action that took place eleven months ago due to inadequate screening overseas; one could (and I have) argue that it may be justified but even if it is justified it is a poor response in that it is far too late and was not well trained to the TSA staff that has to carry it out.

Additionally, it now appears that your administration has overstepped its authority by writing a rule that provides for a large fine for those who refuse to be searched.  Sir even an old soldier like me knows that congress is the only body that can provide for fines for those who break the ‘LAW’. You cannot via the TSA write fines into the ‘RULES’. This is another attempt to Govern by rule making and it will fail. Your propensity to attempt this is also evident in the Healthcare legislation that will ultimately be overturned by the courts for much the same reason.

Your failure to lead resulted in Healthcare reform legislation that was unread, and  failed to ‘bend the cost curve’ a point that you had previously promised a veto over. Your methodology of making this sausage was political stiff arming and dealing at its worst, and led to a bill that is overreaching in its application, and is already failing to improve anything since you now have to exempt major employers from its rules so they can continue to provide insurance to their employees at all. Your line about “if you like your Healthcare insurance you’ll be able to keep it” was a quibble at best and more and more looks like an outright lie, since it was apparent that costs would increase dramatically and policies would have to change to meet the rules.

Your lament over the supreme courts ruling in favor of free political speech and spending by the Chamber of Congress and others, while three of the top five spenders were clear supporters of yours (and did not get mentioned) was disingenuous at best and more of your campaign style quibbling that does not serve your office well. Get this clear sir, the American people spoke loud and clear on November 2nd, and we demand that government gets its our spending and deficits under control

You talk about fat cat bailouts and diss with a broad brush bankers and others (whom I have no love for) but then allow the GM IPO to only benefit these very people. When we the taxpayer finally do get our money back (still questionable) these folks will have made billions on a closed deal. Which of them were campaign contributors for you? (JP Morgan and Chase Bank to name a couple)

You have misdirected your political capital and energy while tasks that cried out for your attention have gathered dust on the shelf. You have not submitted a budget, nor have you provided the leadership so that congress would accomplish its constitutional duty for both budget and spending appropriation bills. Questions of the pending Tax Increase are yet unanswered. Even now with the lame duck session underway you seek to push other agendas that squander the congresses limited time.

Your wartime leadership has only barley been adequate, in that your quibbling and delay of providing the necessary troops and supplies to the commander on the ground; and creating doubt about our commitment to the entire region and thus even to our other allies world wide. It is truly a sad state of affairs.

Sir a leader must be able through words and deeds inspire people to bear a hardship, or accomplish things willingly that would not otherwise be done. You have failed miserably in this regard, not even maintaining the support of the most willing of your advocates.

Yet all is not lost here, you have two years to correct these deficiencies and assure the success of both the domestic and foreign policy of our great nation. But you must lead sir, you must put away the political quibbling and foster a spirit of cooperation by leading from the front. Articulating a clear vision and following through; you can do this by including people around you that have run businesses, or led in the military. Include people that have experience making tough decisions in a timely way. The nation has entrusted you with the stewardship of our constitution, you must now rise to the challenge and empower the job creators to get the nation working, and start defending the things that make us great.


JH Ellis Sr (USA, ret)


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ralwus 6 years ago

Oh I like this John. A Very good and clear message. Yeah, the Korea thing is scary. I hope Obama got that message.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks Charles, We had a saying at the NCO Academy To Lead, Follow, or get out of the way! For the President the option is to lead or fail. Not looking forward to the alternative if he chooses not to lead.

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barbergirl28 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I love how you were so respectful, yet spoke the truth in how he is not doing anything... can definately tell you are ex-military! Very well said. Maybe just for kicks and giggles you should print this off in hard copy and send it to the White House!

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

barbergirl -

actually I email them the text at Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

North Korea did not build nuclear power overnigh; where was Bush when all this was going on? You mention this situation to be " the result of many years of faild policies of appecement" and I agree with you 100%.

I also agree that Obama came short in many of his compagne promises, but expecting him to repair all the damage done in the last 8 years is not at all realistic. All we can hope for is that Nov 2 gave the administration a loud and clear message

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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Hmrjmr I do noy blame Obama for everything. However let's face the facts , he is in over his head.A constitutional scholar as he is supposed to be should not be trying to turn America into a police state. And once he would not damn the proposed mosque at groundzero he completely lost me then !

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Petra - Thank you for reading and your comment, Yep where was Bush, Clinton and Bush all of them contributed to this fiasco. I never said I expected him to repair the damage done (I would also note that the Democratic Congress has had four years to attempt to mitigate the so called damage their hands are stained with the same poop as Bush) what I expect him to do is Lead. In that arena he is a miserable failure so far.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Tony - Happy Tuesday lad and Thanks for stopping by, additional opportunities frittered away to provide some leadership. We really need to look harder at the folks we elect, seems history would indicate Senators make poor presidents, both parties should be looking hard at governors for 2012.

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ecoggins 6 years ago from Corona, California

Sad, but true.

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Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

Great piece.... Rated up and awesome and Facebooked it too. Petra said, "but expecting him to repair all the damage done in the last 8 years is not at all realistic"

What damage are we expecting him to repair? He's not been repairing anything that I can see. Maybe you can enlighten us on even one thing that Bush did that Obama is busy 'repairing'.

He's been creating his own damage, digging his own holes. It's always about Bush. How long does Obama have to be in office before the left will admit that Obama doesn't have a freaking clue what he's doing? How can you be the President of the United States without executive experience? It can't be done. In that sense, I really don't expect much from him, as he is not capable. It's like asking an 8th grader to be the mayor of a small city. Good luck with that.

And what was the 'loud and clear' message that the administration was supposed to receive on Nov 2, Petra? Reid thinks the American people were saying, "We have to work together." That's what the dems always say when they get their asses kicked. What the American people were saying was, "Oops, we were pissed at Bush, so we voted for Obama, and now we regret it. Mr. Obama, please stop what you are doing - health care, deficit spending, failed stimulus, taking over industries that you don't have a clue how to run, bowing to foreign kings, etc."

If he is capable of leading, which so much on the left still believe, he's got two years to do it. The first two were a failure by any standard of measurement.

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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Great hub John. I can just feel how healing it was for you to write. Peace:)

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Bravo! Great message but I have little hope of it changing Obama's course of action. He seems to be unable to learn from his mistakes. Sometimes I think he is on a mission to destroy America. This Korean situation is very worrisome and there is no reasoning with them either.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

ecoggins - yep thanks for stopping by.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Stan - for the sake of our country lets hope his skills improve. Though I have my doubts. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

MT - Thanks for stopping by glad you enjoyed it. I can't say it gives me any peace though when things are as muggled as they are. Though some pressure was vented.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Pam - Time will tell on the changes. Lets hope there is an awakening. Thanks for reading and commenting. GBY

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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

In the beginning, he was to be the savior. The non caucasians in this country looked to him to be their Moses. He came into this position with a smooth personna and a Harvard Law Degree. No real experience in a position that affects not just this country but this entire globe. To say that "X" percentage of our citizenry voted for him for other reasons than his ability to lead, we look at that plus his ever present position of blaming Bush for his own misjudgements.

As a Nam vet myself, I've seen zero in leadership capabilities. We've been made, as a nation, to swallow billion dollar bailouts while at the same time Obama criticizes Bush for backing his own 'ole boy network.'

The issue in North Korea will have to be handled by someone with far more diplomatic and International experience. This is NOT an OJT issue. How can one possibly be trained for this position? You can't.

Quite honestly, if any of us were in Obama's position how would we handle it? Granted, he's made his errors. He's had to also deal with the attitudes and SOP that has been DC for a long time.

They don't call it the 'Potomac Two Step' for nothing.

In closing, let me put out one simple question to all readers of this Hub.

What, based on your level of education and experience, would you do differently? How would you handle the North Korean issue without turning it into an international incident whereby no winners would prevail?

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Unchained Grace - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. As for your question, were it me, I would make it clear that the next artillery rounds fired across the border for any reason would assure swift and sure retaliation. I would remind all that the Korean War was never ended in a peace treaty. There is an armistice or truce in force. Supposedly agreed to by all sides. I also served in Korea UCG, as an Infantryman on the DMZ in the early 70's. So I have a fair understanding of the problems we face. It is time to stop allowing the North Koreans to extort minimally acceptable behavior on their part to receive some new aid incentive for the NK government.

Kim Jong Il has done this through the years with the exception of the 8 years Ronald Regan was in office. Wonder why that was? The answers are there in front of us and I would contend they are there as options for our current leadership.

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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

You are absolutely correct. The question we need an answer to real quick is whether or not they recognize these options and develop a workable approach. Depending on the initial approach, are we really still operating from a position of diplomatic strength? Our current administration is not exactly instilling confidence abroad and we have no real pointman to deal with this from a diplomatic standpoint.

Remmber the old Tshirt "When Diplomacy fails. . ." What are the contingency options should diplomacy fall on its pretentious face?

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sweetie1 6 years ago from India

Hi Hmrjmr,

this is a very well written hub and now china has told north korea to find peaceful solution to it so crisis seems diffused.. though personally ur president visited India this month and i personally find him charming and very nice guy and a good leader with clear vision what he has to do or what he expects others to do as a world leader.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Yes sir time will tell I gues UCG, Lets hope they get it right.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

sweetie- Thanks for stopping by and commenting. An interesting perspective unfortunately it hasn't worked out as well here at home for him.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Big John,

God bless you sir. Thank you for your service and have a very happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't ever expect anything from that Communist Chicago thug Obama he's not even American!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Tom - A Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, God Bless and thanks for stopping by!

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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I'm hoping this administration can get going.. Korea is a real powderkeg and leadership is required.

Great post, Big John.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Chris - Let's hope the wake up call is out there and that the pres gets it.

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American Romance 6 years ago from America

Petra, We conservatives have wanted to take care of business many times but your party said in a meek voice, let's try diplomacy against iradical tyrants! We will not accept the blame game on this one!

HMR- Excellent write! voted up!

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

American Voice - Unfortunately there is plenty of blame to go around. The failed policy of appeasement has been ongoing since 1991. Since right before Kim Jong Il ascended to power after the death of his father. But it is now time to end that game and be steadfast with our allies, and keep these clowns ion check.

Thanks for commenting and stopping by! Hooah!

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I read about what happen in North Korea. I hope President Obama would help to solve the problem. I thought we don't want kind of war. Just stop! I hope the world more peaceful. Thank you very much Take care!

Blessing and hugs,

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

prasetio - Thanks so much my friend blessings and hugs to you as well :-)

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

All I can say is mail it, mail it, mail it.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Pop - I already did! Great to see you back! Hope you had a great Holiday and all is well with you and yours!

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LRCBlogger 6 years ago


you make a lot of points to address but rather than post a lengthy comment, I'll say this. I agree with some of your observations but many are not 'an independent view.'

If you are unhappy with the TSA, blame the ever expanding Big Govt Agenda of the Republicans. TSA was created by GOP controlled congress and Bush as a response to 911 and part of DHS (Dept of Homeland Security). Before GOP lost control of congress in 2006, they had already made the DHS the 3rd largest govt establishment. It employs 200,000 people. The only bigger govt entities are the Dept of Defense and Dept of Veterans affairs. Remember, it was republicans that took the private industry screeners out of the airports and made it the responsiblity of the Govt.

Both parties like to expand Govt. The difference is that the GOP has historically expanded governments role and size much more than the DEMS while saying they support a smaller limited govt.

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

LRC - Thanks for stopping by sir, I would point out that your interpretation of my comments is a bit off base. I am not railing against the TSA, My comment in that regard was to point out that the Presidents lack of leadership skills, has created a situation where the need for the increased procedures and the timing of the new procedure roll out was poorly executed and not expained to the traveling public. It also at the time of the writing appeared that the TSA staff was not well trained in its implementation.

The TSA was created by an Bi-partisan act of congress following 9/11. At the time Airport screening was done by minimum wage screeners hired generally by the Airports and or the Airlines themselves. They were even more poorly trained than the TSA Staff of today. I have repeatedly stated in comments and other hubs that my encounters with the TSA (Which were many when I was working overseas), have indicated that in general the individuals did their job in a professional and courteous way. So no I am not aligned with the Repubs on the TSA and do not think it would be wise to privatize it, as there are some things the government can do better than private industry, and this is one of them.

If you look to my definition of leadership near the summary of the letter you'll see that my frustration stems not from the TSA actions by themselves but by the Presidents inaction to bring the public along by his failure to explain the necessity of the enhancements.

Thanks for reading and commenting comment LRC.

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Hammer, great job, I hope you mailed this to barry boy, it's fine enough for him to read where I would fail due to 4 letter terms of endearment.

If it were me, North Korea would be minus an artillery line. Pull back! Bomb the hell out of it. We are being challenged to act and they have a nuke or dirty bomb they are just itching to use. While I think China should take this one, they're not going to. That leaves us with a potus of chicken feathers as Barney Fife would say "We've got to nip it in the bud" Peace 50

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

50 Cal - Nippin it in the bud will be by a clear demonstration that we will not back down on programed exercises with our allies and hell to pay if you interfere. Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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