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WW II Battleship sailor tells Obama to shape up or ship out !

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 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
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.

Harold B. Estes

When a 95 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. Please pass it on.


Anonymous said...

Someone needs to get grandpa back on his meds. And keep him away from the computer.

Anonymous said...

Classic culture-war distraction:

Let's do a variation on the old hippies-vs.-squares thing about any nonsense we can gin up into fake outrage. That way, we don't actually have to address any real issues.

PS: Faces the greatest challenges of any president? I wonder why that is? Makes you wonder how things got so bad in the first place, doesn't it? And where Mr. Estes was when the OTHER guy was screwing things up for 8 years?

Anonymous said...

Obama didn't say all cops are stupid, he said that one cop acted stupidly. And yes, that is how we should look at what happend in Ft. Hood...one Muslim person acted a horribly, but that doesn't mean that all Muslim people act that way.

...but that's the point racist Grandpa is trying to make here.

ferschitz said...

I've always questioned the moniker "Greatest Generation." Mainly bc of their voting patterns, we're in the poo that we're in.

Snopes says this guy exists and did write this letter. Mr. Estes is entitled to his opinion and to express it to the President.

Just because he's 95 and served in WWII does not make his point of view correct, nor do I have to agree with it.

My parents' generation is very quick to diss the younger gens when we question Republic presidents; we're not allowed to do that, apparently. But when this gen decides, because of their racism, that they don't like the black guy in the white house, then suddenly it's fine to diss the Pres and voice their opinions.


Anonymous said...

This is the same generation that took great pleasure in dissing decorated war hero, John Kerry, when he ran for President. I don't see any reason why I should give this vet any more courtesy than he & his peers most likely showed to Kerry.

Double standards and hypocrisy are a bitch, Mr. Estes.

Bebe 99 said...

For someone who is a "humble man without a political bone in his body" Mr Estes sure has a lot of republican propaganda points memorized for this dictated letter. And one could say that someone who feels entitled to tell the president what to do isn't exactly humble. So it will come as no surprise that I simply don't believe this man to be wrinkle free.

Marc with a C said...

You know who else was a WWII vet?

George Lincoln Rockwell.

I rest my case.

Anonymous said...

2009 - 1776 = 233 years
233 years / 23 generations = 10.1 years/generation

We really breed like rabbits here.

Also, I like how Obama apparently needs to answer to the spirits of Americans who died in no war later than WWII for our country's actions in the 21st century.

Hibryd said...

"Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War?"

Not to be picky gramps, but it was over 600,000 men, and 260,000 of those deaths were to KEEP men enslaved.

Anonymous said...

In defense of the "Greatest Generation", they're not ALL Republicans.

Some percentage of them are/were die-hard FDR Democrats. Some of them even voted for Obama.

Now, my dad's a WWII veteran....saw combat in Europe, even got a medal for it. (He's even a blue-collar white guy, raised Catholic - it's not like he's one of them nee-gros or one of them Jews. He's not even one of them ee-litists with their fancy college ed-u-ca-shuns.)

So, tell me - if I got HIM to commit his New-Dealish, pro-socialist, Democrat-voting (yup, even for the black guy) beleifs to e-mail, would the right wing embrace HIS viewpoint as authentic and deserving of consideration and respect, just because, you know - he's an old WWII vet?

Or would they call him names?

I think we know the answer.

ferschitz said...

Agree w/Anon: some portion of the "Greatest Gen" are Democrats and happily voted for BHO. Even my rabidly Republic mom considered *briefly* voting for BHO after his speech in Philadelphia on race (yes, THAT was the sound of hell freezing over, plus my jaw slamming into the floor... that my died in the wool, fundie mom even *considered* voting for ANY Dem is giant news. Of course, then my fundie sisters worked her over, and she voted for Bible Spice).

It's true, but a large percent tend to be Republics. If you had to eat dinner with them where my folks live and listen to them fawning on about Glenn Beck... well you get the picture. And nearly all of the men are WWII vets.

Thanks for your service to the country, but that doesn't mean I have agree with you.

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