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Day 497 – Count Olaf is Not a Good Role Model.

Day 497 – Count Olaf is Not a Good Role Model.

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Mr. President,

I know you get tired of thinking of vague or angry rants to post online. So, let me make it easy for you so you don’t have to waste time thinking (and you might just start reading books because the author, Lemony Snicket, seems to have written a series with you in mind).

Lemony Snicket’s “Series of Unfortunate Events” could be changed to “A succession of Ill-fated Actions” and it may be documenting your place in history.

Let me just give you an understanding about the series of books:  Snicket’s first book was called, “The Bad Beginning”. We find the main characters had just lost their parents and were entrusted in the care of an evil distant relative who was trying to rob the orphans of their inheritance. As we lost our country’s leader and were mistakenly forced under your care, this seems too similar to your thinly veiled public service of giving your friends and family means to make money while subjecting most Americans to less earning power.

The second book in the series was “The Reptile Room” and if there is a parallel, I could just say “Drain the Swamp”. Your slogan was catchy, but you continue to fill the swamp with inexperience and ignorant friends and donors.

Snicket’s writing is considered absurdist fiction and that certainly could apply to most of your thoughtful musings. His books are filled with sarcastic remarks from the characters. But the narrator also excessively explains big words, often using alternate meanings to describe situations incorrectly. Hmmm. Sounds about right.

Other books in the series lead the main characters through other situations. “The Miserable Mill” could be comparing current wages and the inability to many low wage people to survive, much less thrive, on a forty hour work week. “The Austere Academy” shows how awful education can be when the popular and rich are more highly recognized than the educated and intelligent. “The Hostile Hospital” can be used as a metaphor to our healthcare system and the inhumane practices that occur when care is not affordable.

Each book in the series has a couple things in common: The antagonist continues to try different schemes using his friends and his greed to thwart the eventual winners. But the adversity does not dampen the spirits of the protagonists for long, and they overcome. And that is exactly what we will do in the coming months with campaigns and elections. We will come together as a group of smart, caring people and do what is right for all Americans. You have chosen your place in history on the wrong side, but we will persevere and make it right. With you or without.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

PS My apologies to Lemony Snicket in any comparisons of the current state of government to your books. Your writing was entertaining to my kids as work of fiction, not meant to turn into real life scenarios for the USA.

Day 496 – Letter to Fellow Americans: Get Your Game Face On. November is Coming.

Day 496 – Letter to Fellow Americans: Get Your Game Face On. November is Coming.

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Dear Fellow Americans,

I am tired, tired of waking up each morning to see another stupid tweet or lie from our President.  I am done, but not down.  The 2018 midterm elections can help all of us who are exhausted by this administration.  Let’s do this! Let’s rise up, get educated, educate others, keep the drum beating and get those who will continue to fight for what’s right elected.

If you haven’t yet found a way to plug in, here are some ways:

Swing Left- Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a small number of “swing districts”, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. Even if there isn’t a district close to you, there is still a lot you can do.

Indivisible- Get local and find a group, activity or event that you can get connected to.

State Democratic Party– Maybe you have an hour to make calls or a ½ day to canvass, or just a few minutes to read about candidate platforms while waiting in the carpool line.  Spread the word, get out the vote and let’s make sure we show up in big numbers for the midterm elections.

Vote– If you aren’t sure when you need to register, when your primaries are or who is running, check out this link to get informed.

I admit that I tend to associate with people who share my viewpoints. A good friend of mine shared her philosophy that in order for us to change what is happening in this country we need to get out of our comfort zone and find common ground with those who don’t share all of our viewpoints.  There are certainly those whose minds we won’t change, but there are those who we may.  We all have friends or associates who aren’t educated about the truth- maybe they spend all day listening to Fox News or right wing radio hosts.  Let’s commit to reaching out and finding that small bit of common ground- peace, safety, prosperity, etc. We may not see eye to eye on how to get to this place, but we’ve got to be willing to at least start with a conversation.

My exhaustion is fueling my energy for change.  Join me in building that energy.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

Day 495 – Letter to The American Professional Media: Thank You (Again and Again and Again) For Protecting and Upholding Freedom of the Press.

Day 495 – Letter to The American Professional Media: Thank You (Again and Again and Again) For Protecting and Upholding Freedom of the Press.

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Dear American Professional Media,

Thank you. Thank you for not giving up, facing the frontal and ongoing hostility of Trump and his minions, following the trail of facts, asking questions, finding sources, investigating background, and keeping us safe by trusting citizens with the truth.

We know you are not sleeping.  We know you are not seeing your families, celebrating holidays, or playing golf.  We read your insightful writing then see you hours later on television discussing what you have discovered.  We hear your analysis and commentary.  We cheer your careful questions of consultants and guests: men and women with deep knowledge who bring to your discussion their expertise, informing a country currently living through a “looking glass” of fantastical tyranny.

We know that you have unearthed information that cannot yet be shared, and so we suspect your angst about the future of the country runs even deeper than our own.  We appreciate your commitment to protect sources, endure hardships, and face physical danger and psychological assault.

When we see your continued commitment to professional conduct during farcical White House briefings, we admire your constraint.  How do you keep from laughing out loud at the blatant lies and outrageous claims?  (How do you keep from crying?)  We are awed by your respectful discussion of competing media who spew an ever growing flood of lies, rumors, and conspiracy theories into the life blood of the body politic.  They don’t deserve your respect.  They are a viral infection with the capacity to destroy the very free media that feeds them.  How do you keep from engaging them with facts?  How do you not shake your head in frustration that Americans believe their completely fabricated propaganda?

Please know that we know.  Please know that we know you are “standing the wall” in defense of freedom.  We know you as patriots; patriots with quill pens, fountain pens, ballpoint pens and pencils, tape recorders, copy machines, fax machines, and computers. Patriots around the world who are being threatened, imprisoned, and shot because you believe that shedding light into the world disinfects the growth of graft, corruption, and despotism. Your sometimes cynical nature provides energy to stand up to power, to dig deeper, to revel in finding what is true. Because, down deep, you are romantics committed to an ideal of honesty and engaging in the real world.

Thank you.  We’re behind your work.  We share your hope that this period will pass and your lives, and our lives, will return to a more normal pattern.  In the meantime we need your sacrifice, your talent, your drive, and your courage.  We support you as if our lives depended on you because, of course, they do.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

Day 494 – Letter to the NRA: It’s Time To End This Relationship.

Day 494 – Letter to the NRA: It’s Time To End This Relationship.

Dear NRA,

I am writing to request cancellation of my NRA life membership (No. 000000000). I received the life membership as a gift from my grandfather when I was 16 years old. At the time I was the captain of my high school rifle team, and I went on to serve in the Marine Corps. While I enjoy shooting for sport and support responsible gun ownership, I can no longer be associated with an organization that so fervently opposes reasonable and responsible gun legislation.

I am now a mother of two, and I can’t send my children to school in good conscience knowing I am a member of the organization that opposes reasonable and responsible legislation that could protect them. Although I have never personally given the NRA any money, I simply can’t have my name on the books.

I’m certain my grandfather would agree that gun ownership should be regulated within reason, and that he’d understand my decision, which is non-negotiable.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

Day 493 – Letter to Fellow Patriots: Best Antidote to Trump? Roll Up Your Sleeves, Pick a Campaign, and Get Involved in Our Democracy.

Day 493 – Letter to Fellow Patriots: Best Antidote to Trump? Roll Up Your Sleeves, Pick a Campaign, and Get Involved in Our Democracy.

Dear Fellow Patriots,

Living as I do in NY19, I am now, for the third time this year, canvassing my neighbors in search of their support for my Congressional candidate. I’m 73, but one of my knees is at least 90. And, my childhood was spent listening to my mother say, “I don’t care what the school says about selling things, you are not to annoy the neighbors.” Well, sorry, Mom, sorry, knee.

We here in NY19 are not used to speaking up about politics: in my local Republican controlled town, the Supervisor instituted a three minute cut-off rule as I was in mid-sentence. Currently John Faso is our Member of Congress, so there is no chance we’ll get to converse with ol’ No-Show-Faso.  It appeared that we Democrats and liberals could just curl up with a good dystopian novel and await Armageddon. But no, along comes the Democratic federal primary for House of Representatives – to be held in NY on June 26, 2018, (not to be confused with the state and local primaries to be held on 9/13—no kidding, imagine having just under two months to campaign for governor— apparently Cuomo imagined that and smiled).  Well, we have now, ladies and gentlemen, a horse race worthy of the offered prize. (Faso is definitely going to be voted off the island. The only friend he has is Mercer, and what with Cambridge Analytica involved in national security issues, well…).

So we as partisans of the various seven Democratic candidates go door to door, write postcards, hold parties, make calls, plant signs, and as we do so, smile and wave to each other. So how can this be? My only answer is ticks, in this case the democracy tick.

Any one of these seven candidates would bring far more authentic representation to NY19 than we have now. The last public gaff of Faso was his telling Republicans in Ulster County that all drug dealers carried SNAP cards (food assistance program—part of the farm bill). Even he had to attempt to disavow this, saying later that he was just being emphatic about how a program might fail. In fact SNAP brings to local communities $1.79 for every dollar paid out, and even the non-partisan Congressional Research Service says that fraud is “rare.” And so, Faso’s push to make this a “punish the poor” bill blew up in his face and helped cause its failure in an administration controlled by his own party.

Also, some of my best friends (really) are working for candidates other than my first choice. I know these people and respect them. They put their time and their egos on the line. I want my candidate, Brian Flynn—win with Flynn—remember that if you’re in NY19 voting absentee ballot—is my man.  But, I will work for whoever wins the Democratic primary. This is democracy. Why in my county, Dutchess, our Democratic Committee even went so far as to use rank choice voting to give a really accurate indication of where our alliances lie in regards to the seven candidates. It worked amazingly well, as there were three points between the first and second candidates in the final round of tallying the endorsement votes. This voting confirmed our belief that the ultimate choice is that of the individual Democratic voter.

So this experiment in activism has been exhausting, but just as (repeat now if you’re from NY19: “I’m In– Win with Flynn—I’m IN”) I’m in with democracy, I believe it is the best anti-Trump medicine we have.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

 

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