Wednesday, October 2, 2019

An Open letter to Donald Trump

Dear Mr. Trump,

I am not - nor have I ever been - one of your supporters. I am ashamed that my fellow countrymen and women elected you. I write you today only because I believe your presidency, and thus our country, is in peril. 

You told people you would be a great uniter … yet your rhetoric is both divisive and disgusting.

You proclaimed that you would make America great again …  and that you would pay off the national debt in eight years … yet the deficit grows (you indebt us) at the fastest rate ever.

You promised to drain the swamp … yet the swamp thrives with you at the top.

Day after day bad news envelops your presidency. Week after week you embarrass yourself/us on the national and world stage. I’ll show you my taxes, Mexico will pay for the wall, my son met with the Russians to discuss baby adoptions, sh-thole nations - the list is endless.

Now the news centers on an impeachment inquiry and your promises to a foreign government. You may very well skirt these events as you have so many others, however I believe your missteps and misdeeds are catching up with you. Things are unraveling. Trouble lies ahead. 

Deep down I believe you know your presidency is a sham. The only reason you got elected - and still have supporters - is that there is a news network that tells Americans that they should support a dishonest, immoral, narcissistic, p-ssy-grabbing, founder of a fake university, who has had nary an honest dealing with anyone.

I ask who are the corrupt forces behind such a despicable message?

Meanwhile the sun is setting on the the American Empire, just as it has on every other empire through the centuries. Empires rise and they fall, we will be no different. It is not necessarily a bad thing - it happens to all things - the presidential jet, my car, my neighbor’s hot water heater, all of our lives. The same is true of empires. We will not be the “greatest nation on earth” into eternity … or for much longer. We are overstretched, insolvent, entangled around the world, divided and crumbling from within.

You have not demonstrated the substance of character to tackle what ails our country. The problems facing the United States are far too complex for grandiose, repetitious statements with the sound of helicopter blades whirling in the background. Nor are little red ball caps in rural America the answer. 

The wise man admits that he knows little. Instead you grandstand as if you are stuck in reality tv star mode. The problem is that the yet-to-be-written story is likely one of pinning the end of the American Empire on an orange-haired donkey. 

I don’t like your prospects yet you do have the ability to change the course you are on. It will require you to become someone you have never been before, and in most cases making a 180-degree turn from your present ways. It will require humility. It will require you to find a place inside of yourself where you feel empathy and where you learn to be of service to others. It is your only hope.

I think you would benefit greatly if you would:

1. Start telling the truth. Doing so will revolutionize your life. Those who are remembered most favorably by history are those who are honorable. 
2. Stop calling people names. Doing so is divisive. Those who are divisive are never remembered well.
3. Have compassion. We are only as strong as our weakest link. Improve the lives of those who struggle and/or those who may be less fortunate and you will forever be remembered as a hero.


Robert M. Hamburger