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America’s greatest generation.

May 12, 2010

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.

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

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

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/haroldestes.asp

24 Comments leave one →
  1. nsilmike permalink
    May 13, 2010 11:19 am

    If you take statements out of context, you can twist them to many meanings, including making a very reasonable statement sound outrageous. The very first quote attributed to Obama (” We’re no longer a Christian nation”) makes the point. According to FactCheck.org he in fact said, “we are no longer a Christian nation; we are now a Nation of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, . .”
    http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/did_obama_say_we_are_no_longer.html

    And there are significant issues with the rest of the Estes letter as well…
    If you have an issue with Obama that’s fine… but using this sort of tactic which is so easily exposed does little to bolster an argument.

  2. nsilmike permalink
    May 13, 2010 11:25 am

    Part 2: “America is arrogant.”
    Actual quote is:
    “In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.
    But in Europe, there is an anti-Americanism that is at once casual but can also be insidious. Instead of recognizing the good that America so often does in the world, there have been times where Europeans choose to blame America for much of what’s bad.”
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/5100338/Barack-Obama-arrogant-US-has-been-dismissive-to-allies.html

    • May 13, 2010 5:52 pm

      I appreciate you pointing this out. I mistakenly just assumed it passed SNOOP so was fine as is. I will amend the version I posted.

      • nsilmike permalink
        May 14, 2010 12:30 pm

        Appreciate the reply.
        Snopes validated that Estes exists and authored the letter. They (obviously) did not check the content of the letter for accuracy.
        I wish we (as a country) could move away from defamatory politics and toward arguing the logic, or illogic of policies, philosophies, etc. I’d have been just a suspicious of that letter if it were about McCain, or Palin, etc.

  3. Momoftriplets permalink
    May 14, 2010 9:56 am

    Curt: I for one appreciate you sharing Mr. Estes letter. There is an arrogance to President Obama unlike any I’ve ever seen. He would do well to listen to his elders. On a happier note… Justin is almost done with his cancer treatments – his last push is, appropriately, on my birthday, May 24. Stop by and sign his guestbook – you know he’d love to hear from you. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/justincondoluci
    God bless,
    Amy

    • nsilmike permalink
      May 15, 2010 5:47 pm

      Momoftriplets-
      why would you appreciate a completely inaccurate letter that insults the president of the USA?

      • Momoftriplets permalink
        May 25, 2010 10:31 am

        Dear Sir:
        As you can tell from my post, I have much bigger things to worry about in my life than whether or not the President is insulted by a veteran’s letter. As for inaccuracies, I’m sure you were there to defend President Bush every time someone hurled an inaccurate comment at him. President Obama has elected to go on vacation next Memorial day weekend instead of visiting Arlington National Cemetary. That action alone speaks volumes on how this President views our veterans.

      • nsilmike permalink
        June 1, 2010 8:28 am

        I wish you all the best on your bigger issues.
        My point was not that the letter insulted the President. It’s that it is completely inaccurate and insults YOUR president (whether you approve of him or not) who represents your country.
        Don’t assume I wasn’t offended when someone misrepresented President Bush or that I didn’t call them out on it. You would be mistaken.
        And…from what I saw on the news, instead of Arlington, Obama went to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and also spent time with families of veterans. That is just as high respect as visiting Arlington. And if Bush can go to the Normandy American Cemetery instead of Arlington (2002 or so) then why can’t Obama go to Abraham Lincoln?

      • mrodrigo24 permalink
        June 7, 2010 5:55 pm

        nsilmike

        i know you are an obama lover, but sometimes you just got to be honest with yourself and realize that obama is doing a horrible job and is not very patriotic

  4. rperp permalink
    May 14, 2010 10:00 am

    Mr. Schilling,

    I know this is not the proper place for this, but I just wanted to let you know that Jeff Lawrence of New Bedford, MA passed away yesterday. He was battling ALS and stood along side you at a press conference held by Shaw’s Supermarkets and the Red Sox when they initially partnered to help raise funds for your organization, Curt’s Pitch for ALS. Jeff was a life-long Red Sox fan and his family were guests of the Red Sox at Fenway that day as well. You brought his kids into the locker room and made a very, very special day for them. Your kindness brought some sunshine to what has been an extremely hard battle for that family. Thanks Curt…from all of Jeff’s friends and family.

  5. lionking1 permalink
    May 14, 2010 10:08 am

    Curt, keep talking politics and you’ll end up with 70% of the vote for HOF selection. The other 5% you’ll need will come from liberal writers and voters. And I thought you were smart?
    Don’t forget, Curt, it was the governmemt that paid your Dad in the military and fed you as a child.

    • fenwaysouth permalink
      August 3, 2010 5:51 pm

      Sir or Ma’am

      I hope Mr Schilling is more concerned with the state of the country than with the Hall of Fame, and are you implying that the HoF is about politics? I assumed it was about baseball and character. Or in your opinion does someone’s issues with the current political situation naturally reflect a problem with character? Curious.
      Also, the “government” didn’t pay Mr Schilling’s Dad in the military, the people did through tax dollars. Given the rate of pay for the military throughout US history, and given what I’ve seen firsthand in the Army; I think it would be safe to assume that the people got their money’s worth out of Curt Schuilling’s father and every other service member who got an honerable discharge after their service

  6. superjax permalink
    May 15, 2010 12:37 pm

    Please excuse my skepticism, but Snopes has in no way authenticated that the letter was actually written, composed, dictated, or acknowledged by Mr. Estes. All Snopes has done is offered the word of an unnamed editor of Fore ‘n Aft magazine that Estes dictated this letter to an unnamed secretary for evident distribution to President Obama and at least 50 other “VIPs”. Is this how most people would write a letter of conscience to the president…with 50 copies to others? Who is the unnamed editor who vouches for the letter’s authenticity? What is his or her vested interest in seeing this “message” vouched for and validated? If Mr. Estes is so apparently chipper and socially active , why can’t he be contacted by Snopes personally to vouch for his own letter? And Curt, still not knowing or being certain of which bag of bones penned this letter for whatever reason, I’d say it’s pretty obvious that at least one or two of those bones in the bag was “political”.

  7. jfxgillis permalink
    May 15, 2010 8:30 pm

    Curt’s sorry that the guy was full of crap and Curt’s sorry he made an unwarranted assumption about the snopes link.

    And Curt doesn’t really agree with Anne Coulter, doncha know, he just links to her columns and praises them because, I guess, he doesn’t agree with her.

  8. mrgenghis permalink
    May 17, 2010 2:43 pm

    Personally I’m sick of these “gotcha'” type politics from both ends.

    WHO HAS TIME FOR THIS?

    WHO CARES??

    OOOOO, you found and article that shows up Obama (or at least you think it should.)

    Feel Better?

    Feel like you accomplished something today?

    Do you believe every member of your team is beyond any such embarrassment?

    Maybe this is just in retaliation for something similar posted on one of your guys?

    Either way its complete freaking nonsense I find just sad how anybody would waste any amount of time in their life on.

    Curt, we love you for what you did with the Red Sox and your contributions to many charitable organizations.

    If you’ve run out of worthwhile things to focus your attention on besides Fox News may I suggest volunteering at Meals on Wheels?

    • tbaltimore permalink
      July 20, 2010 4:31 am

      The country would be in a lot better place if people spent less time complaining and bickering amongst each other and more time doing. 🙂

  9. platanoman permalink
    May 18, 2010 3:57 pm

    Curt, you sound more like Hannity and your favorite author, Ann Coulter than a reasonable man. No wonder a lot of people in baseball hate you

  10. toemas73 permalink
    May 19, 2010 10:21 am

    Curt, hope you’re well sir. I was wondering if you’d be willing to share your thoughts on the new AZ immigration law. As you lived there for so long, I thought you’d have an informed view.

    -Tom D.
    Displaced Sox Fan

  11. nelson76 permalink
    May 27, 2010 9:18 pm

    I normally like your blog Curt. However, this letter from a “very old geezer” complaining to our president is horrible. Apparently this guy wants Obama to condemn all Muslims, support cops who trample our liberties, ignore our faults as a nation, make war instead of peace and be grateful to white people for treating him as if he were a white person.

  12. dude58677 permalink
    June 10, 2010 12:38 pm

    I think “our greatest generation” is today with the Tea Party movement led by Ron and Rand Paul. People are comparing this to 1994 but really it is like 1776 because of what the GOP leaders stand for such as Ron/Rand Paul which is abolishing nearly every federal department that is unconstitutional, including the IRS, and the federal reserve. In 1994, it was establishment politicians suddenly changing their tune because Bill Clinton was in office but we know that is not the case with the Paul family. There is also a huge State Nullification movement going on. In Wyoming, a law was passed that will go into effect where federal agents can be arrested if they try to enforce federal gun laws within Wyoming. This is has never happened before in American history and it is only the beginning. for the Tea Party movment.

  13. June 24, 2010 10:37 pm

    The very old geezer would do well to remember he was young once,too, like Obama is now. The young make foolish mistakes, not because they’re mean spirited.

  14. mguy7444 permalink
    June 25, 2010 2:42 am

    Curt….your one of my most favorite ballplayers of all time…and I think you are a role model to many…as a man, a husband and a father…. I take HUGE issue with you in regards to your politics….but partially I give you a pass……on this I can not though. I think your a kind and decent man…but I also think that much of the things that make you great are part of a package of lies and untruthful idealogy that is served to you about the far right etc…in order to accomplish a larger agenda that is not quite beneficial to the average american etc. In this particular case…you set the entire premise of this letter by saying…..” A man without a political bone in his body”…a simple and seemingly innocuous statement that basically allows for the review of this letter to be taken in the context of a man with no bias whatsoever etc…. its a lie. A 2 seconds google search of his name and the words..campaign contribution…shows that he contributed over 5,000 dollars to republican politicians in the last 2 and a half years…including apx 3k to our current president’s former adversary..John McCain….you can call this knit picking..or whatever…but surely I think your smart enough to realize that it does actually affect the entire tone and premise in which the letter was written. Furthermore…for a group of people that always speak if the office of President as bigger than one man…or party…I find it sad…that you are part of a machine….wether intentional or not…that undermines it.

  15. acumen44 permalink
    September 28, 2010 6:43 pm

    Arrogance is people who voted for 2 wars, 2 wars that was started by Republicans. Arrogance is having a President who flat out lied to the American people to scare them into agreeing to 2 wars. Arrogance is dropping TRILLIONS of dollars on 2 wars and then asking the next President to control spending after 8 years of dumping massive amounts of cash into Iraq and not the US. Arrogance is claiming that BP is the victims and that the Republicans after 8 years of deregulating place blame on a man who was in office less than 15 months when the tragic disaster in the gulf happened.

    Arrogance is disguising your hatred for a man based on his skin color and then importing all the problems of 8 piss poor years of governing to someone trying to change the country before the rich Republicans make your country into a 3rd world country.

    Wake up, read something other than the sports page and STOP WATCHING FOX.

    IF you want to change America, you can start by educating yourself and freely admitting that your vote in 2000 and 2004 caused a majority of the problems President Obama must deal with now.

    IF you are looking for blame, look in the mirror. YOU hurt the US, not Pres. Obama.

    P.S. Pres. Obama will win in 2012 by a LANDSLIDE. Most Americans hate the Republicans, think the Tea Partiers are racist crazy people and don’t blame Obama for the problems W. caused.

  16. ndg114 permalink
    December 27, 2010 8:46 pm

    Curt, I really hope you read these comments. People seem to have disproved many claims in your articles, and I’ve only seen one response from you. If you run a blog, no matter how busy you are, I think you have some sort of a responsibility to respond, and you show some sort of weakness if you don’t.

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