Mr. Lou Pritchett (http://loupritchett.com/htm/about.htm) is the former VP of Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble, and, in his retirement, goes around giving feel-good speeches to other wanna-be self-made captains of industry. His latest claim to fame is a close-minded open letter to the president, in which he tells Mr. Obama why he's scared of him (apparently, you can disguise racism in all kinds of ways.) This letter is circumnavigating the internet via email forwards; perhaps you've already received it (if not, I'm sure the auspicious day is not far off.) Rather than offering any specific problems and solutions, this letter simply rewrites the rhetoric of so many tea-baggers - sorry - tea-partiers and 'fair and balanced' news personalities. If you'd like to read the letter, it's right here: http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/barackobama/a/lou_pritchett_letter.htm.
Now, keep in mind that Mr. Pritchett has no military, volunteer, non-profit, or other humanitarian/cultural experience worth noting on his site (there are two more sites about him, and each say - and omit - the same exact things: http://www.allamericanspeakers.com/speakers/Lou-Pritchett/2926 and http://keynotespeakers.com/speaker_detail.php?speakerid=4175.) Mr. Pritchett sure has some swell ideas about how to improve a company, but none on how to improve a nation (whose woes, in case you need reminding, were an accumulation of at least the administration of past eight years...) However, that apparently does not matter, and Mr. Pritchett feels that his experience exclusively in the private sector makes him qualified to judge the effectiveness of a political figure who has been in office less than half a term.
The following are a series of rebuttals to his rant:
(this one is my favorite)
These letters have said many things better than I could have, but, in short, people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Mr. Pritchett is scared of 'the government' killing the 'goose that lays the golden egg:' remember that the American worker is the goose and people like Mr. Pritchett are the ones who horde the gold. Mr. Pritchett is scared of replacing our health care system with one that is government-controlled: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were once government controlled, and look what happened once the government released the reins. Mr. Pritchett claims Mr. Obama has not spent his formative years in this country: did I miss something? Since when were Hawai'i, California, New York, and Massachusetts *not* a part of this country? Mr. Pritchett whines that the press gives the president a 'free pass' and that the president 'demonizes' the good people of fox news: when last i checked, a) fox news was part of the media, and b) they most certainly do not give the president a 'free pass.' Finally, Mr. Pritchett claims he is scared that he will not be able to write a letter like this if Obama is elected to a second term, but I guarantee that his fear is purely fiscal (thanks to Obama's decision *not* to renew the Bush tax cuts.) I'm sure he will not be the victim of spray-painted racial epitaphs, broken windows, or angry mobs around his home.
Finally, Mr. Pritchett says that all that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing, but he's forgotten one thing: lies and propaganda work just as well.