Recently came across this letter penned by a former exec at Procter and Gamble - he claims to have sent it to the NY Times, but it was never published. According to SNOPES, it's a real letter that has now achieved some influence in the far-right hinterlands of cyberspace.
I share it with you simply because it reveals a cancer in the American business community, an overbearing arrogance that success in soap, or whatever, qualifies one to critique the President of the United States. But we all know that success is niche-oriented, and while one may climb to the top of the ladder in one arena of life, success rarely translates into another career-culture. But wealth feeds the ego a rich diet of pride, and that's why Jesus said, "It's easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a person of wealth to enter the kingdom of heaven." A camel at least has a chance!
The cancer of arrogance seeps through big biz these days, fueled by the t-baggers who worship in Dagon's Temple, doing the bidding of their priests - company CEOs and their ethically-challenged MBAs who are still wearing diapers and sucking pacifiers - too young to know or care about the consequences of their cavalier machinations with our money!
As you will see, it's a note filled with the poisons of greed and arrogance, and the same old songs that the far right have sung for decades - they sang it during the Civil War when Lincoln rose to the challenge of slavery and the cotton empire, they sang it when Teddy Roosevelt busted the trusts, when FDR rescued the nation and built the world's best social safety net, when Eisenhower proposed a federal health-care system, when Nixon sought to include China in the UN, and even sang it with Reagan when he moved away from the JBS and the more extreme evangelical/christofascists of his era.
It's the same old song, and if you listen to the tune, it's poorly composed, and the words are a fog of meaningless images and emotions.
The man who wrote this letter is un-American to the core!
He's a high priest in Dagon's Temple.
Below, the "you scare me" letter:
A LETTER FROM A PROCTER AND GAMBLE EXECUTIVE TO THE PRESIDENT
By Lou Pritchett, Procter & Gamble
Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America's true living legends- an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management.
Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering."
Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.
AN OPEN LETTER TO
Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike
any of the others, you truly scare me.
You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive
Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no
visible signs of support.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth
growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus
don't understand it at its core.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned
yourself with radical extremists who hate America; and you refuse to
publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America'
crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style
country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system
with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly
capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose
that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of
living in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics
against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from
challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider
opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both
omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the
Limbaugh's, Hannity's, O'Reillys and Becks who offer opposing,
conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will
probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.
This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it.
Big surprise. Since it hit the internet, however, it has had over
500,000 hits. Keep it going. All that is necessary for evil to succeed
is that good men do nothing. It's happening right now.