And the solution is right under your nose—it’s the FOOD!
Dear President Obama,
Congratulations on winning your second term. I concluded long ago that it would take a second-term president to make any serious headway in replacing our toxic western diet with one that actually promotes health.
If you’d tried to do that in your first term, you would’ve never been elected for a second term. But if you don’t do it now, our only chance for any kind of serious leadership from 1600 Pennsylvania avenue is about eight years away—from the next president who may win a second term.
Why is that? It’s because there is simply too much money and special interests riding on maintaining the status quo. But, you’re an honest man who doesn’t have to worry anymore about those special interests who wish to keep our healthcare, food and pharmaceutical industries just the way they are.
It is inevitable that all of those industries will change dramatically in the next fifty or sixty years, but with strong leadership from the White House, significant progress could be made in less than ten years. Not only can we save $2 trillion on heath care, but we can show the world how to curb global warming, end world hunger, reduce our carbon footprint and end the needless suffering of billions of food animals per week.
Everyone applauds the work that Michelle has been doing with her vegetable garden, Walmart and the school lunch programs. But she is coming up way short when it comes to telling everyone EXACTLY what they should be eating to accomplish the goals outlined in the previous paragraph.
Your good friend, former President Clinton, knows all about what we should be eating, but apparently he’s not yet connected the dots when it comes to all of the other global issues that are driven by our food choices.
A little background. Last year, I published several blogs on this topic, but didn’t address any of them to you. That’s because I knew that you—just like every other first term president in history—would be spending much of his time trying to get re-elected. Unfortunately, that’s the way our system works, and that’s why you need to seize the moment NOW. Eight years from now may be too late. Too late for our nation’s bank account, too late for the planet, and too late for preserving the longterm sustainability of the human race.
I know that you care deeply about Sasha and Malia and all of their future children and grandchildren? And because of them, I urge you to make it your business to learn the “big picture” about food and how critical it is for the future of life on this planet as we know it. After you get a grasp of that big picture, you will know what you need to do. And I have confidence that as a man of great principle, you will deliver.
The Bottom Line. As you know, there is no more powerful office in the world than the one you occupy. You have the ability to influence more change in the world than any other person. As you begin to promote that urgent change, other world leaders will follow suit. I know that you have a lot on your plate right now, but just like in a business, it’s all about priorities. And what could be more important than the longterm sustainability of the human race?
One final point—if you focus on promoting health, the concerns about ObamaCare will shrink to insignificance.
From your fellow University of Hawaii basketball fan during their great 1970-71 season—Aloha and best wishes for your second term in office.
If you’d like help with that “big picture,” you can begin by reviewing a few of my previous 643 consecutive daily blogs. Then, give me a call, and I will be happy to ride Amtrak down to Washington from my seaside home in southeastern Connecticut.
Best wishes, J. Morris Hicks (917-399-9700 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
PS: Here are a few of those blogs you might wish to start with:
- 11-14-12 blog. To-do list for our president’s second term in office
- 8-21-11 blog. “One Term President” — just might be the answer
- 6-24-11 blog. Michelle, it’s time to tell the world about meat and dairy
- As for Sasha and Malia. Forget “saving the planet.” Think great grandchildren
- Presidential debate memories. Top 10 “Zingers”—food choices & the debates
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The ”big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation