Why it's time for Oregon to get behind Obama. I support Barack Obama because both he and I are Patriotic Americans who believe OUR flag can once again stand for what it has long represented ... a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Barack Obama and I also agree that "the people" referred to in the Declaration of Independence consists of each and every individual citizen of the United States, whether born on our soil or naturalized citizens. We are, with all due respect to our Native American Indian citizens, a nation of immigrants.
John McCain and his band of Republican "carpetbaggers" have spent the past twenty plus years trying to morph our glorious flag into the equivalent of the Corporate Logo for their use in the Global Economy ... where the jobs go overseas and the profits go to insiders and corporate investors, and where "we the people" pick up the tab when the feces hits the fan.
John McCain and his band of Republican "carpetbaggers" embrace a simple minded, cynical notion of Corporate Personhood that gives enormous political power and influence over our governmental and political affairs to foreign nationals so long as they wield that influence ($$$$$$$$$$) through their investments in and control over any domestically incorporated entity.
On January 20, 2001 George W. Bush raised his right hand, placing his left hand on his favorite Bible and swore an oath to his God that he would protect the Constitution of the United States of America. Since then, with reckless impunity, he and his shrewd political operatives have severely tarnished our nation's global reputation and violated our country's most cherished Constitutional Rights and Federal Laws by spying on American citizens, imprisoning and torturing human beings in violation of the Geneva Convention, and planting politically loyal lawyers in our Federal Judiciary in order to circumvent our U.S. Constitution's MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE ... the celebrated separation of powers between the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch and the Judiciary. Whereas the fictional Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor, this modern day Robbin' Hood and his band of merry men steal from the poor and give to their rich loyal benefactors like Halliburton and "God only knows" who else.
With your and my help, on January 20, 2009 Barack Obama will raise his right hand, placing his left hand on his favorite Bible and swear an oath to his God that he will protect the Constitution of the United States of America.
This is a CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN.
Why? Because ...
having graduated from Harvard Law School (the #2 Law School in America), and ...
having received one of its most prestigious honors, President of the Harvard Law Review (an award bestowed by all of his peers, including those who also sought this plum, which can be worth $ millions over the course of one's career) and ...
having taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School (the #7 Law School in America) for over 10 years, and ...
quite unlike his predecessor, George W. Bush ...BARACK OBAMA actually knows the difference between the U.S. Constitution and a "morning constitutional".
Bill Maurer, Bend
Editor's note: Born in Bend, Bill Maurer is a former "Big 8" CPA, corporate CFO/controller and a life-long Oregonian. To find out more about the "dangerous" thoughts lurking in his active mind and to see source references for statements made in this letter, visit http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/blog/wmaurer