Barry, My Liege :
The previous several postings in this space have discussed various economic maladies which afflict currently the Economic National Security of the United States.
Those postings have included suggested economic remedies and estimates of the costs of each malady which remains un-remedied.
My concern, My Liege, is that the political process in the United States is both too corrupt and too gridlocked to install any of the remedies suggested.
This situation constitutes a vacuum of national political leadership.
It is an old truism that 'Nature abhors a vacuum.'
That is the reason for specifying the Occupy movement as a Recovery issue.
As you know, the United States has a long history of political demonstrations, strikes, riots and general unrest beginning in 1619 with a strike by Polish craftsmen in the Jamestown colony for voting rights and continuing through today with the Occupy movement.
My father served in the National Guard that was called to San Francisco from Los Angeles in the International Longshoremans and Warehouse union strike of 1934. Two longshoremen, Nick Bordoise and Howard Sperry, were shot to death by the San Francisco Police. May 1934.
Should you, Barack H. Obama, fail to remedy or ameliorate some of the maladies listed here through government action, then the last remaining hope for the Exceptional Experiment that was the United States is the Occupy movement.
We can hope that the movement will continue with its protests and that there will be real reform as a result.
The danger is that the Occupy Movement will be co-opted by a violent group and that the recently militarized police and Homeland Security will overreact, killing some protestors.
We also hope that the Movement stays on its current non-violent course and lobbies peacefully for economic change.
Just about every country in the world contains a privileged class of people who abuse and exploit the average and the poor.
If we fail to redress our current situation, we may become just another country where the privileged exploit the underprivileged.
Your faithful servant,