Open Letter to Donald Trump

Dear Mr. Trump,

I am writing to let you know how deeply disturbed and disappointed I am in your behaviour before, during, and particularly after the election.  This is the United States of America, where most every citizen over the age of 18 has the right, at least theoretically, to vote.  Although the majority of us voted for Hillary Clinton, by a quirk of the electoral college system, you managed to win enough electoral votes to win the election.  I was prepared to accept that and to keep an open mind, though your rhetoric throughout your campaign disgusted and sickened me.  But you continue to make terrible decisions on a daily basis, your rhetoric is once again rising to a fevered pitch, and one thing becomes obvious:  you do not take seriously your responsibility to ALL citizens of this nation!  You do, whether you believe it or not, have the responsibility to act in ways that are in the best interest of the nation as a whole, in the best interest of every single man, woman and child living within our borders.  I would think, knowing that the majority preferred your opponent, that you would be bending over backward to try to convince the citizens that you will try to do the right thing.  I would expect you to try to begin healing the great divide that was caused by you and you alone during the past year. But you are failing miserably in that responsibility, and you have not even taken office yet!

Many ascribe to the theory “not my president”, and I am inclined, at this point, to agree with that.  How can you be my president when you obviously intend to do everything in your power to take away my rights and the rights of most citizens?  You say you want to “make America great again”, but you are going 180° in the opposite direction.  And, for the record, America was already great.  Certainly there were problems, things that could have been made better, but instead, you plan to take the things that were good but needed some tweaking and throw them out altogether.  There is an expression … ‘don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater’ … and that is precisely what you are planning to do.

Take the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare.  Certainly there are some problems with it and it is not as affordable as we would like.  But overall, it has been a lifesaver for millions of people who could not get healthcare due to previously existing conditions or because they could not afford it.  I know, because I am one of those people.

The future of our nation depends on bright, well-educated people in all fields:  business, government, science, medicine, etc., yet you have chosen a woman, Betsy DeVos, who has a history of supporting private and charter schools, taking funding away from the public schools that are educating 90% of our children.

You have chosen as your top advisor a man who brags that he is the founder of alt-right, one of the most racist organizations in the country today.  You have claimed that you will curtail our freedom of the press and file libel suits against any who write negatively about you, even though what we write may be quite accurate.  And now you say you plan to further butcher our freedom of speech by taking away citizenship or imprisoning anyone who burns a flag.  This, even though the Supreme Court has declared flag-burning to be a legal form of freedom of expression.  I do not support flag-burning, but I do not see it as a crime against humanity, nor is it a crime that should require prison or loss of citizenship. And what comes next?  Will you take away our rights to protest peacefully?  Will you sue us for writing a letter of opinion to the media that puts you in an unfavourable light?  Will you make it illegal for us to walk down the street wearing a Hillary Clinton t-shirt?

Our nation has worked toward equality for all races for more than 150 years.  It has been a slow, often dangerous process, but many heroes have put their lives on the line to ensure that we live by the notion of equality.  Now you have announced your intent to put a blatant racist, Jeff Sessions, into the position of Attorney General where he will almost certainly have the power to set race relations back at least 50 years, if not more.

You have decided to single-handedly make the U.S. the most hated nation on earth when you chose Myron Ebell to head the Environmental Protection Agency!  What are you thinking?  Why do you believe that you and Mr. Ebell know more than all the scientists in the world?  Unlimited burning of fossil fuels, along with other human activities is having a negative impact on the environment, on the air we must breath, the land we must live on, and the water we must drink to sustain life.  Do you honestly care so little for the citizens, not only of our own nation, but of the entire globe?  Are you so arrogant that you believe yours is the last important life on this earth, that you care so little for future generations?  You are dooming our grandchildren and great-grandchildren to a failing planet.  We do not need to mine more coal, or build more pipelines to carry fracked oil.  We need to invest in passive energy, to protect life on this planet, not only human, but plants and animals as well.

In sum, Mr. Trump, you cannot be my president, nor anybody else’s, until you show concern for every person living in the U.S.  It would seem that the ‘past greatness’ you are planning to restore is that of two centuries ago, when women could neither vote nor own property, when African-Americans were slaves on cotton plantations, and when people who looked or acted differently were ostracized, sometimes murdered. You are not making intelligent decisions, but only decisions that appear to be destined to bring an end to our freedoms, an end to the nation that was created more than two centuries ago by brave, intelligent and caring people.  You are a disgrace, and unless you make some serious changes in the way you plan to govern, I, and many others, will never be able to refer to you as president.

Sincerely,

 

Jill E. Dennison

46 thoughts on “Open Letter to Donald Trump

  1. Pingback: Open Letter to Donald Trump – #3 | Filosofa's Word

  2. Jill Dennison, Donald Trump is not going to arbitrarily deny the rights of gays and lesbians to marry. At least, not all on his own. Just because someone may not support the gay lifestyle does not mean that he or she is going to arbitrarily deny the rights of same sex couples to marry. Even with a Constitutional Amendment which will make sure there would not be court approved gay marriage, that does not preclude people from making private contracts, where one person of a certain sex would consider himself or herself as being married to a member of the same sex.

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  3. I was looking back at some of your previous material and am very interested in a hybrid of a point you raised along with a personal idea
    The fear of the intellectual Trump demonstrates in his hyper sensitivity
    when concept isn’t w/I his limited ability to understand like a scared animal backed into a corner he lashes out.
    The lies further fear if I don’t say something they’ll know I don’t understand
    The paranoid persecuted from too many time being the only one who doesn’t get the joke then laughs Too loud covering up and fears now they know I don’t know.
    And then the supporters w similar afflictions
    And supporters intelligent enough to know better now holding on to “no you’ll see he’s sly like a fox got you underestimating him”
    Supporters faced w out and out lies he truly truly believes because he believes it is true he believes so it, his belief, is true thus becomes true circular proof in geometry , a concept he doesn’t understand any way

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  4. zimmermanoneifbylandtwoifbysea , in response, I would have sat your daughter down and told her that there are checks and balances in this world. That media spin has polluted the mind of most people who never really heard his message. Has your daughter ever watched the apprentice? Same stuff, it’s reality-like TV that has polluted the minds of people in this country. The man, I believe, is genuinely focused on doing what’s right for this country. Where have you been in the last 8 years? You and your daughter must be living in some type of bubble. People get marginalized and offended all the time. It’s how you deal with it that makes the person. Have your daughter get an education and toughen her up, that will make her less susceptible to the inevitable bigotry and womanizing the is alive and well in this world. Look at other countries and how they treat women? I think that most people are just upset a woman didn’t win the presidency and the are just sore losers. I hear constantly on the news and now in your post about how this man “scares” you, blah blah blah. Wake up and look around you. There are many other things in this world that are a lot scarier than Donald Trump. It doesn’t really matter that you hold a president to a certain standard. The people of this country have spoken. Deal with it.

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  5. Well said. it is important we express our discourse in well formed rational manner …my problem is the trump trolls and brownshirts are not on mass well formed or rational.
    Terrific Great Huge really Great thin skinned narcism plagued pathological lier with small hands (can’t resist that one) I will not call President because one must first ACT presidential this seems an improbable eventuality given the facts on hand. I’ve begun blogging today in defense of all that I’m seeing threatened that I hold essential to American core values. Any assault acting contrary to my moral imperative as first a father of two daughters, a cousin to a wonderful lesbian woman, a friend and coworker of countless Hispanic and Muslim individuals or simply a patriot refusing to accept uneducated ignorance question if it is my duty to Stop Being Nice?’
    No more PC liberal sensibility. Attack the racist by no longer tolerating intolerance their right to be so is intolerable. I would appreciate your input on my efforts in this new endeavor.

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    • I popped over to your blog and left you a comment there. I like your values, your views. One thing we all, as writers, political commentators, must remember is that sometimes it’s okay to rant (I do a bit of it myself), but for the most part the best way to make our voices heard is with calm reasoning, intellect, and well-researched FACTS. Welcome, fellow-blogger … I hope your blog will be a huge success!

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  6. Oh Jill, you’ll get over it, just like all the other “not my president” haters. It’s no ‘quirk’ that he won the election. Read my latest post on a “defiant nation” and you’ll actually see why Hilary never had a chance. You would think by reading your letter, the world is going to end. Guess what, life will go on.

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    • Life will go on, but I firmly believe that many of the freedoms and principles that have governed our nation heretofore will not. I do not speak ‘off-the-cuff’, but from years of study in the field of International Relations and the past year spent studying and researching Trump and his rhetoric. Trust me, I am not an alarmist and am not particularly fond of being talked down to, as you did in your opening sentence here. Thank you for commenting.

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      • We should all embrace the freedoms and principals that have governed our nation. I think Trump will embrace this as well. Just give him a chance. I think most of us are just a little tired of all the Trump “haters” and haven’t even given him the decency to govern and lead. At least we did that for Obama, and he failed miserably. And sorry if I offended anyone, but I’m still sure everyone will get over the Trump hate in due time. If not, it will be a long 8 years.

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          • Trump is just breaking stereotypes because people are fed up with the status quo. Get off your high-horse. Just because someone doesn’t fit your definition of ‘presidential’ doesn’t mean that everything he will do will not be for the benefit of our country. Let’s give him a chance and see what happens. Wouldn’t we give Hilary the same chance? She is not so ‘presidential’ in my mind, but that is my opinion.

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            • Once check your “high horse” please but I respect your opinion but all empirical data available currently along with the choices of ignorant bigoted unenlightened cronies and mad men throw backs threaten the fabric of our society. It truly scares me what future my daughters have ahead of them. This is why I feel I must call them to the mat! My fifteen year old daughter stood crying in my room realizing the country she loves just choose a president that in his own words at best disrespects women as objects at worst assaults them. Furthermore to refuse to accept responsibility for how these words could offend and marginalize. I’m not claiming to know how she felt but the victim shaming power mongering a young woman faces, to realize a large number of this society were able over look this at best in pursuit of non status quo devastated her if even for a moment in time! So I choose to defend those that our president elect didn’t. Respectfully I hold the president of the United States to a standard that this man shows no sign of ever being attainable. And I’m not even delving into the total lack of any diplomatic ability required to represent us on the global stage. A chance that I would give an ant if showed any evidence EVER that there was a chance. Total disregard for truth in any way. What is there to suggest that the outcome will be anything but catastrophic. My opinions as well. But facts available give me reasonable support my opinions have merit, thus reason for great concern! Thank you for the forum to express these and consider my points. Your opinion is valid. Every opportunity I have to further hone my defense for my stance only makes me better able to define my discord!

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              • zimmermanoneifbylandtwoifbysea , in response, I would have sat your daughter down and told her that there are checks and balances in this world. That media spin has polluted the mind of most people who never really heard his message. Has your daughter ever watched the apprentice? Same stuff, it’s reality-like TV that has polluted the minds of people in this country. The man, I believe, is genuinely focused on doing what’s right for this country. Where have you been in the last 8 years? You and your daughter must be living in some type of bubble. People get marginalized and offended all the time. It’s how you deal with it that makes the person. Have your daughter get an education and toughen her up, that will make her less susceptible to the inevitable bigotry and womanizing the is alive and well in this world. Look at other countries and how they treat women? I think that most people are just upset a woman didn’t win the presidency and the are just sore losers. I hear constantly on the news and now in your post about how this man “scares” you, blah blah blah. Wake up and look around you. There are many other things in this world that are a lot scarier than Donald Trump. It doesn’t really matter that you hold a president to a certain standard. The people of this country have spoken. Deal with it.

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                • I love that you felt necessary to both “get over yourself” and “deal with it” no my daughter has never watched the apprentice she’s smarter than that. People get marginalized all the time yes. Not by POTUS. Not by her grandparents whom opinions she respects. Those are the ones that should be raising the bar. I fail to see ANY media spin on words directly coming out of his mouth. And the bigotry and womanizing should NEVER BE accepted inevitably. A rape victim didn’t ask to be raped because of what she wore!! Women have it better here than other places doesn’t mean they shouldn’t strive for better. Oh and WE ARENT IN OTHER COUNTRIES. Yes scares me. It can all be torn down with much greater ease that the hard work that was required to build that democratic ideal. And finally with regards to my daughter, her education, your misguided advice to toughen her up. At fifteen the world in front of her should be bright w possibilities and inspirational people and leaders. The freedoms and liberties America strives for all her citizens. Equality and the pursuit of happiness. It seems self evident when the importance of these fundamental foundations of American ethos no longer seem valued. It’s probably appropriate for a fifteen y/o to cry.

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              • Oh, Jill, you are trying to find any excuse to nay-say Trump, now China? Really? China is upset because they are going to see their open trade/no tariff policies overturned. They have reason to be worried. I for one, am tired of watching China get rich while American workers suffer. Let’s level the playing field shall we?

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    • Perhaps, perhaps not. But, as has been proven by multiple investigations, neither did Ms. Clinton, which I presume is what you are suggesting. And it is irrelevant at any rate to the topic of my post, so … ???

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        • Yes, but a study of history over the past 150 years will show you that both parties have evolved, and neither is the same party as they once were. The Republican Party is no longer entitled to call themselves the “Party of Lincoln”, as they have swung so far to the right that ol’ Abe wouldn’t recognize the party of today.

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  7. Dear Jill,

    I am in your camp. I would love to be wrong about him and for him to do a great job. But how is this possible when the same man who bragged about how he could just grab any woman by the p—-y at his will, is the one who is going to be called president.

    Hugs, Gronda

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