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94-year-old Veteran’s Letter to Barack Obama: “Act Like an American!”

August 27, 2010

The author Harold Estes posing with Navy personnel.

NOTE: I got this excellent, wonderful piece of letter from a Facebooker. Let me reproduce it here for all the world to see. Here’s a note from the author, Harold Estes: “This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter  to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.”

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 WWII 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? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British?  Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War?  I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas 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.

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…

Sincerely, Harold B. Estes

This letter was confirmed by Snopes:

When a 94 year old hero of the “the Greatest Generation” stands up and speaks out like this, I think we owe it to him to send his words to as many Americans as we can. In God We Trust !!!

Watch Mr. Estes’ media interview HERE.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Le Grande Polatouche permalink
    February 18, 2011 3:38

    Putting on a uniform does not mean what it used to. Since Viet Nam, all it means is that you were dumb enough to believe the lies the politicians told you and succomb to the patriotic myths and BS from the press. It has taken some time to realize that the powers that be are interested in nothing else but maintaining their economic superiority over all the rest of us. Maintianing a world wide econonmic hegemony by military force is a dispicable thing. Going to war every time the US feels insulted or its greed based economy threatened may be the essence of what this geezer thinks is American, but it is certainly not Christian. We are g0ing to pay for our greed and hypocrisy some day soon. Then old fools like him will see that 9/11 was just a down payment so get ready.

    From initial ideals of freedom, life, and pursuit of happiness, we have allowed our nation and its culture to be converted into nothing more than a machine for exploitation of the earth, God’s earth, and the banality of buy and selling. As the Bible tells us, we cannot serve both God and godly purposes and Mammon, the pursuit of all things material.

    I for one will relish the day when America repents its sins against the world and adopts ecology not economics as its religion. Then will will have something to be proud of and fight for. Until then, I hope no one signs up for the military, we get them off of out football fields, NASCAR autos, and out of the newspapers. Swords into plowshares (or solar panels) is the only way to go if humanity is to deserve to live on this planet. It not, well, we won’t be missed much by the rest of creation–we weren’t for millions of years.

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