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by ARW Steele
Dear Mrs. Obama,
I’m writing to you because your family helped sway President Obama to speak out in support of gay marriage. This reminded me how much wisdom is inherent in family, thus how much family values matter. I write now concerning life itself, specifically the President’s leadership in “targeted killings without charge or trial.”
A great many of us recognize Barack Obama as a good person. Here, however, I do not address the goodness he embodies but how he is acting out badly against fellow human beings. His actions against others are also against all children and even our biosphere. A man can be 99% well-intentioned but acting out badly just 1% of the time can in fact burn the house down. I have been this sort of man in my own life so I am able to tell you that it is by my own observations very likely that the 1% badness, if not checked, will tear down and destroy the 99% goodness.
My hope is that––as your family did regarding gay marriage––your family will consider conveying to the President that killing people without charge or trial is wrong, including those he fears.
Killing without charge or trial is dangerous to the United States ––in the interest of keeping us all safe–– is like throwing one of our nuclear weapons into a volcano ... to blow it up ... so it doesn’t hurt us by erupting on its own.
Killing without charge or trial a person suspected of being dangerous denies that person the same rights the President strives to assure for his family, among others. It denies the person killed––and indeed his family––the same rights to liberty and due process cherished by each of us.
May a neighbor enter another’s home and kill him if it is believed he will someday harm someone in the neighbor’s family? No, he may not.
Killing without charge or trial is not the way to make the world safer for any of us; for if the President can kill and call it legal, so can others. As “leader of the free world”, the President is setting the example for all the rest.
President Obama follows other “leaders” who have been found at odds with both good sense and humanity. By his inhumane acts, he appears to believe he is an exception to this rule. He is not. Harming our brothers, sisters and their children, mostly in nations far away from us, carves away at the goodness in us all. It builds a fear-wall between “them” and “us,” leaving too many of us weakened of our inherent humanness: our empathic nature.
If we label a person a “terrorist” because he kills people, especially those innocent of picking up a weapon to harm other people, doing so to intimidate for the pursuit of a political agenda, then President Obama is the same––a terrorist... and not unlike Osama Bin Laden. I hope the President will end his crimes against individuals and humanity. I hope, as your family did regarding gay marriage, you will help the President find his bravery to choose peace.
Like the President, I dream of a better world for your family, for my children, and for all children now and in the future. But we will only get there if we have a leader, a true leader, brave enough to put the guns, and now the flying robots, down.
Mrs. Obama, you have taken on national obesity in children as an issue, and the importance to children of access to organic produce and fresh food. Surely children's access to safety from the risk of death from your husband's targeted extrajudicial killing program is in line with your general concern for children's safety; surely you want their parents to be safe from extrajudicial assassination as well. Thank you for considering taking this issue on as a mission.
:: photo courtesy of An Honorable German, via Creative Commons license ::
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