The following two letters are reprinted with permission from the author. The first letter was sent to the New York Times, but unsurprisingly the NYT editor never acknowledged or printed the letter, even though Mr. Pritchett served with great acclaim as the former Vice-President of Proctor and Gamble. Lou Pritchett is a corporate legend, a respected author, and one of the world's most highly rated public speakers. Mr. Pritchett offers this tip to those who must lead:
Dedicate yourself to the tenet that people are your most important resource and set out to create an environment that stimulates, nurtures, and challenges, rather than one which inspects, audits and controls.The latter path, of course, is that of the statist. President Obama should have listened to Lou Pritchett's advice, but instead he chose the statist's path. This is Lou Pritchett's response.
An Open Letter to President Obama: You Scare Me
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 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
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
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, Hannitys, 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.
Below is another letter written by Lou Pritchett on November 6, 2008. This one was published in the Florida Times/Union.
Farewell America--We'll really miss you!
Farewell to the America we have loved for two centuries and hello to a new far-left driven president who promised change and will most likely deliver on it,
Farewell, to an America driven by individuals with strong work ethics to one which will resemble French, German, and British societies where big government, big welfare, union-controlled labor, four-day work weeks, ten-week vacations are the rule. Societies which constantly ask "---where's mine?"
Farewell to capitalism, job creation, lower taxes, smaller government, fewer entitlements, safer cities, personal responsibility and sound work ethics.
Farewell to adequate military defense spending to protect us from our enemies who wish and plan to kill us.
Farewell to close ties with our best and only friend in the middle east---Israel.
Farewell to maintaining a conservative Supreme Court.
Farewell to any chance of keeping HealthCare out of the hands and control of government.
Farewell to the famous American standard of living--a magnet to the world.
Farewell to conservative 'talk radio' as an antidote to the biased media. The Fairness Doctrine will return.
Farewell to any hope for educating our college kids in something other than liberal mush.
Today is truly a sad day for millions of Americans as they slowly allow the election results to sink in. Today, for the first time in modern history, America took a giant step toward changing not only the direction, but the entire character of the country from free enterprise driven to big government driven.
Our only hope is to start now planning and building a strong conservative base which can reclaim the Presidency and Congress in four years and start repairing the damage. God help us if we fail.