Dear President Obama,
With LOVE and a sense of disbelief I ask, “How much pressure must have been put on you, Mr. President, to sign the Monsanto Protection Act? Did they make threats? What could possibly be worse than protecting the food supply of the American people, and eventually the world?”
I ask with LOVE, “has being the “leader of the free world” warped your perception about what was right to do in this situation? Or did the alternative to signing this bill pose some challenge we may never know of as a public, because Monsanto is mean… a bully. Just ask any farmer on whose land their seeds have naturally migrated through wind or birds.
I ask these questions, Mr. President, because I canvassed for you, voted for you, celebrated with you, have even cried with you, and today, I am disappointed in you. People are starving and don’t even know it as GMOs are now given a free pass, and the medical industry continues to profit from our folly with food.
I know Washington has been unimaginably difficult, and I can’t even begin to imagine putting myself in your shoes, dealing with daily congressional opposition, but this is a NO PASS, Mr. President… a NO PASS, and you signed it. Four letters, V-E-T-O, are what put the responsibility on your desk for this one. You could have used your power of VETO to protect our food from big business.
My heart feels sad in this moment to imagine what you might have been struggling with to actually sign a bill that I can’t image you would ethically support, and I have to wonder how Michelle is dealing with this since she is such an advocate for health and the growing of own’s own food.
We all make mistakes, Mr. President, and THIS is a BIG ONE. But you can still make this right. Somehow. Please BE the man I know you are, and stay strong for what is truly best for the people who elected you.
Do I sound like a naive, Pollyanna? Good! Optimism is more powerful than darkness, and I do still believe you can make better choices, just as I believe this for myself and all people. I believe, in part, because you had me hold a big, giant banner reading HOPE with your image shining as a symbol of goodness.
I believe, because I saw you up close in that March 21st, 2008 press conference in Portland, Oregon, the day Bill Richardson announced his endorsement of you as a presidential candidate. After concluding answering questions and walking away from the podium, you were stopped in your tracks by a passionate question from the press core, about supporting the Dali Lama in Tibet. That question came from my lips, my heart pounding as I asked it, and you came back to answer me, ten feet or so from the podium, you walked back to the microphone, and I felt individually heard by you, President Obama. I could feel your concern for Darfur, Tibet, and other nations challenged by tyranny as you answered, and something in my heart opened to support you in a way I had yet to support any candidate, ever, for anything.
Forgiveness is Freedom, Mr. President, and if this really is the land of the free, we must all find ways to forgive, even as we March for what is fair and just in the world, so I forgive you, for this grave mistake President Barack. And I will also be marching on May 25th, standing for the good of humanity.
With Love and a Belief in the Greater Good,
PS Readers can learn more about the Monsanto Protection Act, which was signed into law March 26, 2013, “ignoring the scientific evidence GMOs have on human health,” and the upcoming march on May 25th.
One thing I invite all of those concerned and/or marching to consider is this: Instead of marching “against” Monsanto, place your focus on what you are marching “for” for greater impact. “Against” has little power compared to the power of “for.” I’ll be marching for a pure food supply, the freedom of farmers, and the health of all people everywhere. For what are you marching?
Love to Everybody, yes even the folks at Monsanto –