A love letter to President Trump

 

 

 

 

Dear Mr. President:

I love you.

I am not being sarcastic here. You know I don’t like you. I don’t appreciate your ways. I disagree vehemently with you. But, I love you.

You obviously look at life very different than I do… But, hey, you are God’s child. So, I love you.

I wish the best for you. I really do.

Mr. President, it is evidently clear you are not having a good time being president. Therefore, in loving care I implore you to go back to what you do best: Go back to real estate. Go back to being a game show host. Go back to your lockeroom talk and cocktail party jokes. Go back to enjoying your expensive properties. (Do be careful who you surround yourself with; it looks like in the past you’ve kept some shady company.)

Mr. President, you’ve had your run. You succeeded beyond the wildest expectations – including your own! You won the Presidency of the United States of America, fair and square. No argument there. (Well, maybe. No. We won’t go there here.)

Anyway: You’ve even succeeded in doing things (and not doing other things) that some of your ‘friends’* wanted you to do (and not do.)  You got tax relief for the rich; you appointed a Supreme Court justice that will advance conservative ideals; you are not about to pass any meaningful gun legislation; and, you even slowed immigration without as much as building a wall! (But, don’t get greedy. Some of the other ideas you and your ‘friends’* want to pursue may not be as easy or doable.)

*Be careful. Clearly your so called ‘friends’ are really not friends. These are ‘acquaintances of convenience.’ You are their useful idiot. They are using you. 

And the faith thing? Sorry, you can’t fake it. Oh, sure you occasionally go to church for a wedding or a funeral. But it seems like you never were much into thoughtful, discerning, prayerful lifestyle. And that’s OK. Not all of us have to be into that. Some of the best people in the world are not necessarily faith-centered. So no, I don’t hold that against you. (Though your alliance with fundamentalist Christians is quite amazing. It seems they have sold their soul. How else do you explain them supporting a morally unstable person like you?!?)

Mr. President, you have lost any credibility you might have had at one point. You are increasingly becoming the butt of all jokes. You are simply not to be taken seriously anymore. And when you try to be credible? You totally flop! You have to use a cheat sheet to talk to people about empathy. No one but a select group of right wing radicals invites you to their gatherings anymore. Your mannerism, lack of vocabulary, and persona is so not presidential.

But hey, it is who you are! Embrace it. That’s what some people that support you blindly love about you, right?  Why must you try to be presidential, they say?  Geez, no one voted for you for that!

Yet Mr. President, everything has its limits. It is time for you to move on. The welcome mat has worn out (not that it was ever there.)

Just go away. We’re not looking for revenge. (Remember: We love you. We really do.)

But it is time for this nightmare to be over. You are an embarrassment to most Americans – and to many around the world as well. You don’t act presidential. Evidently you don’t feel presidential.

Mr. President, get out while you can. Someday soon it may be too late. Quit now! (Get Pence to pardon you for crimes you may have committed – just in case.)

In love,

Reemberto Rodriguez

p.s.: I am a U.S. Citizen. And I vote.

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The Info Silo – a new reality. Yet vote we must!

If you get your news from only selective sources and give no credence to others, your reality will be formed by those ‘feeds’ you choose to feed you.

“Back in the days” most of us got our news from a select limited number of very similar sources. The folks that opted out of mass media were considered cultist and fringe.

Today, as the news sources have multiplied exponentially, we have little choice but to choose where we get our news. And -whether willing or unwilling – consistent, persistent, exclusive exposure to those select sources we choose is a major determinant factor on how we view the world.

For example, my choice of news-feed is a combination of the following: Reuters, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Politico, Fortune, Fox Business, and Steven Colbert. I do routinely try to visit other sources, though I find myself increasingly incredulous of their reporting – and increasingly favoring my limited source. That is, I too am guilty of this balkanization of realities.

Having said that, imagine if your sources of news were – by choice – limited to Breitbart, Fox News, the President’s Tweet, and the White House news site.

Take a fresh look at the Tweet postings below. Imagine this to be your only source of news. Imagine if this is what forms you, day in and day out.

It then becomes possible to understand why a segment of America remains supporting this President and blaming everything on everybody else – never him. It then becomes increasingly clear how difficult – if not impossible – it is to engage these Trumpistas in any semblance of a coherent, sensible, respectful conversation.

Running the risk of getting theological, if logos thinking is scientific, critical thinking relying on facts and mythos thinking is expansive, mythological exploratory thinking, then there must be a third way of thinking that we are seeing today… A thinking that is constrictive, seeks certitude over facts, and provides the assurance of group think. It is that third way of thinking that is going on with the Trumpistas… They are incapable of logos thinking. They dare not venture into mythos. They choose to stay small, in a clear box, unwilling (afraid?) to venture into certitude of critical inquire or the ambiguity of mythology… Thus communicating with them is challenging, to say the least…

Thus, the likelyhood of convincing these committed Trumpistas to “see the (our) light” is a fruitless exercise. Therefore: The fight is no longer about convincing these folks to change. The fight is all about getting out the vote.

Our energy can infinitively be better employed in talking with the 2/3 of America that are not Trumpistas:

There is still hope for the 1/3 of America that while they may align with Trump’s politically convenient policies, are becoming increasingly annoyed by his behavior.

And, probably more efficient, would be to focus on the Americans who oppose Trump but did not vote: The 1/2 of 1/3 of America who are opposed to Trump. This population is most apt to realize that their vote could have made a difference and will consider – with our prodding – to vote vote vote.

VERY IMPORTANT: Remember that you have friends, family, and acquaintences in other part of the US as well… Prod them. Call them. Text them. Starting NOW. If they are not registered: Get them to register. It’s easy!

https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote

Therefore: Please please please talk up voting in November starting now…

But, focus your efforts; be efficient. Let’s get to those amigos who we know might have not voted but would have voted with us if they had. Let’s find those willing voters who want to vote against this madness and nightmare.

And, if you need some encouragement, review these Tweets below from the Trumpistas world and ask yourself: If this was all I see day in and day out – this and nothing else – how would I view the world? (Note that these Tweets are not the worst. They are intended to show the manipulate half – and incomplete – truths (and lies) that the Trumpista media uses to brainwash their troops…  Again: Changing these folks mind may not be worth it… Just let them know: We’ll see you at the ballot box… And, make sure you work to get folks registered to vote, staring now! #RESIST

 

 

 

POSTSCRIPT: As I was finishing this post a friend send me a Facebook message about this article that has come out. Wow! Exact same subject matter – but obviously written much more professionally:

https://thedailybanter.com/2018/02/study-shows-trump-supporters-now-basically-unreachable/?platform=hootsuite

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