Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The wonderful thing about ruining something...

...is it can't get any worse. Unless you're talking about the presidency of the United States of America.

Dear Mr. Trump,

When you take the oath of office on Friday, kindly clean up your act and show respect for the office you're temporarily assuming, and for the American people you are now serving. Yes sir, you are expected to be serving the people of the United States of America. Please note this does include, but must not be limited to, the Trump family.

Be more deliberate...please stop and think about the causal relationships between your flamboyancy and the potential damage. Don't ruin, with your flippancy, what so many men and women have built. That behavior is disrespectful and unworthy of the presidency, and it will temporarily undermine America's greatness.

Yes, America is already great. She has been great all along. She is great because of her ideals—not because of the actions of one man (Republican or Democrat). She staggers sometimes because greatness is a pursuit for every day of her (and our) existence.

Please keep this in mind—America is great, and you are now a custodian of her. Be a bigger man than you have ever been—not through bombast and threat, but through whatever wisdom you can bring to bear on her behalf. If you don't personally have the wisdom, it is not a weakness to find it in others.

I voted for Hillary Clinton, and everything I am asking of you in this letter, I would ask of her. I take comfort in knowing that even if you prove to be one of our worst presidents, America will still be great. You will be a footnote in her history. The people of the United States of America will continue to uphold her ideals during your tenure and long after it. It would be better if you were a good president, however—better for America and her citizens.

America is already great. Can you step up to America's idea of what a president should be? Can you do it? Can you at least strive to do it? Despite what I have seen so far, I hope so.

Thank you,


dcpeg said...

Could not have said it better myself! However, I wish I could say that I share your hopefulness. I've witnessed too much of Trump's disgraceful, immature and yes, dangerous behavior to think he will change into a decent, thinking human being. He is surrounding himself with all the worst choices for advisers and cabinet members. It seems as if he deliberately decided to appoint people who were opposed to our common interests. I have little hope that his administration will serve all Americans.

JM Dalton said...

Pray without ceasing.