Philip j. Rappa
Open Letter to the President of the United States
watched and witnessed a horror so unthinkable, so unimaginable; I was humbled
and shaken to my marrow by the devastation and destruction.
I was humbled by the enormity of loss of life: 6,453 innocent civilian
I try to console my wife, as I try to reassure my mother, and as I try to
convince myself, family and friends that there exists some semblance of light in
this darkness that engulfs us all. And
in the silence of my personal contemplation, soul-searching, if you will, I
whispered to my father, Philip, and my brother, Mark, and my father’s five
brothers, my uncles, Jack, Tony, Robert, Nick and Rick, veterans all.
All passed on now. Trying to
remember their words of wisdom as to
the overwhelming numbness of this tragedy, with a total sense of incapacity to
assist in the rescue, to find life, to help save life, I did what many other
Americans did without being asked. In
our desperation, laden with grief, we reached out for a symbol of our hope and
humanity. That same afternoon, I
took from my closet, to my porch, unfurled and hung my nation’s flag.
President, I did not do this in defiance of this heinous act.
To me the solemn act was to honor those who died, to honor the men and
women, firefighters, EMT, and police officers who sacrificed their lives to save
others. It was in honor of the humanity shown in the hours and days after the
tragedy shown throughout the nation and the world and lastly, in honor of the
spirit of life and liberty that unites all of mankind.
my youth, I was constantly reminded by my parents, family, teachers and mentors
to put my mind in gear before I let my mouth go into motion.
So today, I must express my concerns and reservations to you, Mr.
President. Knowing in my heart and
mind, suggesting other solutions other than rushing pell-mell into the fray may
cause me personally the condemnation from fellow citizens in my community and
throughout the nation. This may
cause me, and my loved ones, the recriminations of an angry mob and may even
cause me personal harm by expressing my right to think by thugs who refuse to,
cannot, or will not think.
President, may I respectfully remind you that we the people are the ultimate
authority in this democracy. You,
sir, respectfully, are the elected leader of the free world, by that I mean,
Cronkite, the most trusted man in
President, may I take a leap on faith, when I say I do not believe most
Americans, “Ask not” that the twenty-first century bring forth World War III
or Armageddon, but all still believe in might for right and justice for all.
I suggest a second front, here at home, be a War on Accountability?
From this day forth, will you please dissolve the bureaucracy between the
alphabet soup of agencies designed to protect us: FBI, CIA, DIA, NSA, Spy
satellite systems and Echelon and finally make them interactive and demand that
they be within the laws that govern us all?
you finally commit to the world that we will no longer be the largest exporter
of weapons of mass destruction, nor will you allow the sales of handguns and
rifles to the world at large? Will
you finally take to task corporations whose business sense and bottom lines have
little to do with democratic principles? Will
all those who are elected to office on a magic carpet ride from the enormous
amounts of payola from these same corporations be accountable to the now
silenced majority known as their constituents?
you please give an Executive Order to corporate
you please mandate through an Executive Order that the oil and gas companies and
their delivery systems take some of their enormous profits made over the last
fifty years to update their systems so the American public cannot and will not
be manipulated every time there is a world crisis?
Mr. President, in honor of those individuals buried beneath that huge mountain
of twisted metal and ash in the center of
you speak of our nation’s self-interest, to me that represents principle over
profit. Know, sir, that what you do
tomorrow will be judged by this nation and the world; know that history will
only record your name to these actions and God will judge you by your words,
actions and conscience. The question
is what will you teach our youth by your actions?
Will your actions make our lives safer and better in the future?
we speak to the youth of
J. Rappa 2001
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