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Day 503: The Only Thing You Seem to Have Perfected is the Art of Distraction, Mr. President. But We See You.

Day 503: The Only Thing You Seem to Have Perfected is the Art of Distraction, Mr. President. But We See You.

Mr. President,

I recently saw an interview of veteran reporter Bob Scheiffer. He was discussing you, but this reflection could apply just as well to the GOP in general, given some recent events.

“Trump also has an “innate ability” to refocus the media’s narrative and change the subject, similar to Lynton Crosby’s “dead cat strategy,” said Schieffer. “If you’re having a dinner party, no matter what the conversation is about, if somebody throws a dead cat on the table, the conversation will suddenly shift to talking about the dead cat.”  Trump’s rise was “not a media creation,” Schieffer continued, rather, it was “a Trump creation.””

Some of the latest ‘dead cats’ thrown (among many others) are your waffling over the Korea talks, the disastrous immigration policies your administration has begun (especially towards children), and the ridiculous trade and tariff policies you imposed on some of our most important trading partners not to mention your pardoning of Joe Arpaio and Dinesh D’Souza and the proposed pardons of several other legitimately convicted felons who seem to be supportive of you, while ignoring the Dept. of Justice procedures for the pardon process.

It is more and more obvious that you want desperately to get attention away from the disaster your administration has become. You want attention anywhere except the Mueller investigation and the related obstructions of justice you are committing. You regularly and blatantly lie about things in your universe, and call any news item unflattering to you ‘fake news’.

It has become even more obvious that you have no concept of what it means to be a leader, let alone President of the United States. You have broken your oath of office so many times that it lies in tatters on the White House lawn, covered by a pile of dead cats.

A word of caution, Mr. Trump: you are not nearly as great and popular as your ego would lead you to believe. You are losing friends fast, sir, and you don’t have that many to start with.

There are a great many other feline corpses of various sizes scattered about the DC political landscape, but these appear to be the ‘chats décédé du jour.’ The word to the rest of us, as long as you and the GOP remain dedicated to attempting the destruction of our nation, is be prepared to watch out for flying dead cats!

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

Day 502 – Only Your Children Can Pardon You, Mr. President.

Day 502 – Only Your Children Can Pardon You, Mr. President.

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Mr. President,

One time, my dad threw a garbage can at me. Not one of those little wicker bathroom wastebins, either, but the big heavy plastic bins with lawnmower wheels that you put out by your curb on trash day. I kind of made him do it. I stumbled onto, however unwittingly, the single diamond-hard wedge I had in my possession that I could drive between my parents: my mother’s respect of and support for what was, at the time, my art, and my father’s disregard for it. Her awareness of this had lit a fire under her like no other, when it appeared that he had thrown out yet more of my work in one of his occasional purges of paper, and long story short, he was left to claw furiously through the trash can for a handful of stories I wasn’t even sure were in there, upending the can and hurling it across the garage at me (where I stood, poleaxed by the violent evening I’d conjured up from nothing, only through noting an absence) when he turned up nothing.

I don’t mention this out of nowhere. Nor do I mention it from some snowy fortified precipice from which I could see my father coming, were he to somehow encounter this narrative and seek…vengeance? Its erasure? We are friends. I don’t hold it against him. As I said, I goaded him to do it, and if he knew I remembered him doing it he’d likely regret it. In short, I have forgiven him.

I don’t imagine, had I spread that anecdote around at the time, that many people would have been as willing to do this. To forgive, or write off — or, yes, to pardon his actions. I point this out to draw attention to the power children have, to forgive their parents their trespasses as parents — repeatedly — forgive kids’ trespasses against them. (I fanned my mothers’ flames, after all; I sent her against him, and all for stories I could have lost some other way, down some other avenue of neglect. He still sent me to college.) In a world like ours, where there are indeed laws put down by mostly well-meaning people, governed by sometimes well-meaning bodies, the filter between you and your poor decisions and the outside world that stands ready to pass judgment on those decisions is, frequently, your child. For good or ill.

What I’m saying is this: you can’t pardon yourself.

I’m not talking about your immediate family, let me be clear. Nor am I talking about the legal technicalities enshrouding the executive clemency power. I’m talking about us. The people under you. However vile the comparison sits on my tongue, Americans are the unwilling recipients of your paternal care (or lack thereof) for our country. And, as the most immediate victims of your whims and rages, it ultimately falls to us — if not legally in the moment, than certainly conceptually, over the long-term — to forgive you.

Or not.

You care something for the idea of a legacy, I know, or you wouldn’t insist on putting your name on so many visible things. You don’t see Trump-branded code, for example. Or Trump-branded pharmaceuticals. You insist on the old-school, 20th-century idea of lastingness and importance: concrete, steel, neon. You care, then, however pettily, for the persistence of your own name. Your legacy.

Well, Mr. President — we, your American children, can make that disappear.

Not from the pages of history books but certainly from the minds of those who inhabit that history. Books can be burned, sir. Buildings can be demolished. The flagrant foolishness of having your wrongdoing so clearly brought to light and then loudly, carelessly dismissed by the perpetrator — do you think we would enshrine you in history’s pages, or upon any skyline, for such a thing? Do you think you will last? Do you think your pardoning of yourself, were you able to in fact achieve it, would matter a whit in the courts of people’s hearts?

You’d be forgotten. Erased. As surely as are those fathers who actually hit their targets, when they throw things at their children. You’d be expunged, from memory and from the planet on which you so dearly seek to make your mark, even now.

Think on that, before you even think of writing yourself a pardon. Sir.

Sincerely,

Letter2Trump

 

Day 499 – Letter to America: Say It With Me…CORRUPTION.

Day 499 – Letter to America: Say It With Me…CORRUPTION.

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Dear America,

Stop rushing special prosecutor Mueller.  He’ll release his findings when all the rot has been exposed. But we risk losing sight of the ball here.  It’s not about impeachment.  Or indictments.  Or jail time.

Trump and his 38% will dismiss the findings.  They’ll call them fraudulent.  They are already setting the groundwork.

Here’s your mantra.  Here’s what to repeat each time you hear “no collusion:”

CORRUPTION

CORRUPTION

CORRUPTION

What we already know is that this is the most corrupt administration in American history.  What we have is a kleptocracy that rivals Russia.  Any moral superiority we had, the sort that let us look down from above at “banana republics,” is gone.  We are a laughing stock.  A joke.  And it is because of the institutional corruption of Trump and his cronies.

So stop thinking of Mueller as a savior.  His findings may or may not feel satisfying, and they will certainly be challenged by the Republican enablers.  But as we prepare for the 2018 elections, we need to keep our focus on the unreal corruption — the selling of influence, the raping of the public weal — that we already know about.

Resist.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

Day 452 – A Strategic Distraction. Is That Why You Fired Missiles at Syria, Mr. President?

Day 452 – A Strategic Distraction. Is That Why You Fired Missiles at Syria, Mr. President?

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Mr. President,

It is with very little surprise that I note your decision to bomb Syria to prevent future chemical attacks against its citizens. For nothing is a better distraction from the dire matters at hand than a military provocation and retaliatory action. That the use of these kinds of weapons by Syria against its citizens is nothing new is beside the point. Because the distraction is now useful to you, you’ve acted. It turns an action that could be seen as right-minded and necessary into one that is clearly self-serving and strategic.

And that, Mr. President, is a shame. The past 16 months have been a master class for the American public in the depths to which our president can sink in an effort to enrich himself, his family, and his friends. That the unwinding of your presidency is at hand is both a gift to all of us as well as a reason for real worry: it’s certain to provoke even more extreme action on your part, meant to distract, used to act out, and sure to damage the United States.

We can all only hope that you will do the right thing and resign. In the meantime, we ask that you not inflict any further damage on a country that must survive your presidency.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

Day 450 – Mission Accomplished? Really? What Mission Was That Exactly, Mr. President?

Day 450 – Mission Accomplished? Really? What Mission Was That Exactly, Mr. President?

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Mr. President,

With an impending war on the horizon with a terrible regime whose only mission seems to be to kill as many people as possible, will your personal woes tinge your presidential responsibilities?  Can you concentrate on what is best for the world when you are facing personal turmoil from so many directions at once?  Your lawyer is under fire for multiple criminal activities, and they all link back to you. Can you be fair and impartial when you don’t seem to know the meaning of the words?

You take to twitter to declare success in military operations instead of leading the country. We implore you, Mr. President, to think of the innocent people being affected by your actions both at home and abroad.  The Assad regime needs to be stopped and you need to put your personal drama aside to lead the country when we need it the most. This isn’t a time for pats on the back and touting your own accomplishments. Focus on what is right and just, not what will make you look better in the face of so many scandals, Mr. President.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

 

Day 439 – Letter to a Russian Meddler: Dabbling in Espionage Won’t Make Things Better for You or Russia (or the World).

Day 439 – Letter to a Russian Meddler: Dabbling in Espionage Won’t Make Things Better for You or Russia (or the World).

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Dorogoy tovarishch (Dear Comrade),

I imagine you in an office somewhere in Russia, or Europe, or the United States engaging in cyber warfare with the democracies of the world – sitting at your computer, reading the posts of Americans on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and special interest websites.  Peeking in on families posting birthday party pictures, reading the notes of women about their favorite holiday recipes, watching puppy photobombs, listening in on the lives, opinions, hopes and dreams, challenges, medical issues, bowling scores, and gardening plans of millions of Americans.

Based on reports in our media, I can imagine you joshing with your work friends while developing scenarios and responses to try to stir up division and spread hatred between Americans, and between America and her allies. Do you ever reflect on the harm you are doing to the world?  Not just to us, but to the world that will be left for your families? Is this how you want to spend the talent of your life?  Is this the best you have to offer?

Do your schools teach that Russia and the United States were once allies…in two world wars?  Together with Britain and France and other nations the nationalism and aggression of Germany was checked – twice.  The human cost was almost unimaginable.  Your nation paid an especially high price for the right to maintain the Russian Empire free from German rule.  Perhaps you, personally, had grandparents and great-grandparents who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to preserve your nation.  Do you honor them by enabling Russian aggression, lying and participating in hostile conversations with Americans? They didn’t die in order to attempt to dominate and control other countries.  They didn’t die trying to be a war mongering nation. They died to defend mother Russia.

I have to admit, I don’t understand.  Russia is the largest country in the world. You don’t need more land.  Your nation is rich with natural resources.  You don’t need resources.  Your people are strong, talented, and creative. You don’t need to dominate people from other countries in order to succeed.  Your people persevere despite the rule of despotic monarchies, tyrannical revolutionaries, and now greedy oligarchs. From time to time there seems to be a desire by the people of Russia to gain real personal freedom and join together to live in peace.  Why do you want to contribute to an effort to destroy the West?  Why do you want to use your talents to destabilize the world? Why do you want to abolish democracies?  What will you gain by inciting riots in American cities and disrupting our government?  Wouldn’t you and your families be safer with world political stability?

You have enough.  If Russia was successful in its quest to destroy the West, would the benefit go to you? Or would the Russian oligarchs simply become that much richer – bigger yachts, bigger estates, tighter control over the lives of Russian citizens and crushing the people of Europe and America? What is the benefit to you and your families of your effort?

The truth about nuclear war, and trade war, and cyber war is that no one wins.  Families and individuals don’t win.  If you are successful in your efforts to undercut the political stability of the world, you won’t win. Only the autocrats and plutocrats and tyrants will be enriched. Your family, and mine, will lose.

I am appealing to you as one human being to another, as a family member, and a parent.  Consider what you are doing. Consider the consequences for all of us living on this precious world together.  Walk out. Find a different job. Clue us in when you are meddling in our private lives.  Do what’s right.

Having now recognized the cyber warfare, we will adjust.  We will become smarter.  We will call you out more often when you intrude in our conversations with family and friends. Now that we are aware that you are in our homes, we will react.  We will defend ourselves.

How much better it would be if we (you as a human being who happened to be born in Russia, and all of us who happened to be born in the United States) refused to commit our talents to destruction and the enrichment of tyrants whose only goal is corruption and power?  Maybe we could create a world that uses all of its vast technology to free people from the fear of war, and famine, and disease.  Wouldn’t that be a better use of your time and talent than sitting at your computer pretending to be a cowboy from Wyoming who hates people who like tofu?

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

 

 

 

 

 

 

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