Open Letter to President Trump

Dear Mr. President,

It seems clear that this whole presidency thing is much more than you anticipated. Perhaps it looked a lot easier when someone else was on the job. When Bill Clinton was president and the two of you were playing golf, did you look at him and think, I could do that, and do it much better? When W. was president and started a war in Iraq, you said, if I was president I wouldn’t have done that. When Obama was president you were very vocal about what you thought, and decided to run for the office so you could undo any/every thing he had done. For the last 20+ years you have been telling everyone your opinions on politics and current events, and now, you are president.

I appeal to you, as the leader of our great nation, to put aside rhetoric and partisanship, and lead our great nation into a future that serves and protects all US citizens, and our future elections. Is that too much for a citizen to ask from a president? Is that too much for a nation to ask from a president? If you believe it is, please allow someone else to take over the job.

You have the prerogative to choose the kind of leader you want to be. Is this it? Do you think it is even possible for ANY president to govern using only the strength of his own party? This is not, and has never been, a one party nation. In one of your tweets from July 22, 2017, you said, “ObamaCare is dead and the Democrats are obstructionists, no ideas or votes, only obstruction. It is solely up to the 52 Republican Senators.”

I can agree with you that there is a lot of obstructionism going on, but it is not anything new. The US Congresses have been at loggerheads for a long time now, and we the people are weary of it. We do not want our nation to be governed by 52 Republican Senators. We do not want our nation to be governed by 100 Senators either. We want, and deserve, to be governed by the THREE branches of our government because only by the checks and balances provided by combining all three branches do we have any hope of democracy.

The founding fathers came together to establish the three branches of government because they had seen the alternative played out elsewhere. We need the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches for democracy to function. The United States of America is not a monarchy or a dictatorship.

How can you justify your comment that the Republicans are not doing enough to protect you? And protect you from what exactly? I feel confident that I am not the only citizen asking you to clarify that statement. Further, we are weary of hearing you call unflattering news articles leaks and flattering articles good coverage. The public depends on the fourth estate to deliver the news about what is truly going on in our nation.

It is not the responsibility of the Republicans to protect you, it is your responsibility to protect all American citizens. You accepted that responsibility when you took the oath of the office, and now you are expected to follow through.

There are media outlets representing both sides of every issue because there are always two sides to every story. Will you continue to claim victim-hood whenever some media outlet publishes something you don’t want them to publish? Will you continue to label the facts you find inconvenient as witch hunts and fake news?

After the Washington Post published an article on July 21, 2017, stating that according to intelligence intercepts, Attorney General Sessions had indeed discussed campaign issues with Sergei Kislyak during their 2016 meeting, your response was to tweet, “While all agree the US President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us. FAKE NEWS.” Mr. President, when the intelligence agencies of our nation make a statement and the media publishes the news of that statement to the public, it is not a leak, it is the news of the day. 

I understand that you would prefer that the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election cycle would just go away but that is an unrealistic expectation. I’m sure Bill Clinton would have preferred that the investigation into Whitewater, curious deaths, and sexual harassment during his administration would have just gone away. I’m sure that George W. Bush would have preferred that there had been no investigation into the reasons he gave for the pre-emptive war in Iraq. Likewise, Obama would have preferred that there had been no investigation into his administration’s Fast and Furious fiasco, but if these histories teach us anything, it is that presidents WILL be investigated for any/every thing that seems damaging to this great nation.

On July 23, 2017, Anthony Scaramucci made a statement to Jake Tapper on CNN, that, ” if the Russians actually hacked this situation and spilled out those emails, you would have never seen it. You would have never had any evidence of them. Meaning that they’re super confident in their deception skills and hacking.” When Tapper asked him for clarification he said that it was you, Mr. President, that made that statement to him. So, I ask you, Mr. President, what can ever be done without leaving behind any evidence? And also, how can you be so confident that the Russians are so adept at hacking that they could commit such a conspiracy without leaving any evidence while at the same time denying that the US Intelligence agencies are incapable of gathering the information necessary to protect our national security? What makes you so confident that Russian Intelligence is so superior to American Intelligence if you truly have had no dealings with them?

During your campaign for the presidency you often cited the corruption in Washington DC as a problem that you could fix. You condemned those corrupt swamp dwellers and lobbyists, and promised to drain the swamp, loudly and often. Yet, here we are, watching you fill your administration with billionaires, lobbyists, and swamp things.

You have indicated that if Mueller tries to look into your finances it will be the crossing of a line, but you have yet to release your tax returns to the American people. You gave your word to release them after the audit was complete but it has been more than a year since you said so, and still no release. How long does it take to complete the audit?  You kicked the ball down the road with the audit long enough to run out the clock on the election. Now you say that the people don’t care about it anymore because you are president now, but that is inaccurate. We still want to know. If Mueller decides he needs to see your finances to determine whether or not you are subject to Russian coercion he will make some kind of report that will be broadcast by the media. If and when that happens, it will not be a witch hunt, it will be the news of the day. Prepare to be investigated, Mr. President, because you are president.