Once again it seems that I need to set you straight on a few things. You are rather like the child who has been allowed to play with the bully down the street, and now you are beginning to act like him.
On Tuesday you met with Kim Jong-un, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea as it is commonly called. You seem to have come home with some wildly mistaken notions about both Kim and your own role in the U.S. I am not sure why your many highly-paid advisors are failing to advise you, leaving it to me to do. Have you simply surrounded yourself with stupid people who do not understand global relations any better than you do?
First, allow me to set the record straight. Kim Jong-un is a dictator. He is not elected by the people of his nation, but rather inherited his position from his father. Kim will stay in power indefinitely until either he dies, chooses to step down, or is overthrown. You, on the other hand, are an elected official and answer to every citizen of this nation. Your term of office will end – sooner than later if you don’t change your attitude toward We the People. So, when you say of Kim, “He’s the head of a country and I mean he is the strong head. Don’t let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same,” you are asking for trouble. We are not “your people”. We are, quite frankly, your employers! You do not have the same power that Kim has, and never will, for the United States is a democratic republic, a nation guided by a Constitution that gives the power to the people, the citizens. It is imperative that you understand this, for comments like that are offensive to every citizen of this nation!
Second, contrary to your inane comment, Kim Jong-un does not “love his people”. In order to consolidate his power, Kim had his uncle executed and ordered the murder of his half-brother. There are as many as 100,000 people being held in gulags in slave-like conditions in North Korea. These are not murderers, thieves or rapists – they are simply people who crossed Kim in one way or another. He orders public executions and allows ‘his people’ to starve to death. And have you forgotten Otto Warmbier? Mr. Warmbier was a 22-year-old U.S. citizen who was held prisoner in North Korea for over a year on orders by your buddy Kim. Warmbier’s crime? Trying to steal a propaganda poster. Last year, he was sent back to the U.S. in a coma and died just a few days later. Remember way back when you called Kim a ‘madman’ and a ‘killer’? You were spot on then, but now you are either blind, stupid or simply don’t care about the human race. Which is it?
Third, your treatment of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is despicable. You have acted just as I would expect a five-year-old child to act – a spoiled brat! Trudeau has, I’m certain, bit his tongue on more than one occasion, has tried very hard to be nice to you and to compromise on issues such as trade between our two nations. But it seems that the word ‘compromise’ is not in your vocabulary and you insist on a game of winner-take-all, where you are the winner. That is not how politics work, not how international relations work, and is not, in fact, how life works. Your parents must have been very self-focused people, for they failed to teach you manners, failed to teach you that there are other people in this world and that life is not all about you and what you want. While you were campaigning for the office you now hold, you said one of your goals was to make America safer, and yet, by pushing away all our allies, you have done just the opposite. You brag and take credit for a strong economy, for low unemployment numbers, even though they are not yours to take credit for, but allow me to speculate that since you have imposed unreasonable tariffs on Mexico, Canada, the EU, and China, that economy will not remain strong for much longer. I anticipate prices of goods and services will rise, people will be unable to afford to buy those goods and services, companies will lose money and begin laying off people, and there you have it – a new recession. And believe me when I say that you will deserve every bit of the credit for that!
To summarize, Mr. Trump, you are doing a lousy job as leader of the United States. Were it up to the majority in this nation, you would be fired today, but democratic processes take time. I realize that you are not much of a reader, but the best advice I can give you at this time is to read about the French King Louis XVI and the fate that befell him for ignoring the needs of “his people”.
Jill E Dennison, citizen/voter