Dear Donald: A Plea For Decency

19 Dec

trumpstampDear Donald:

How unfortunate that the only truth you managed in the past two years was that the “election was rigged.” Sadly it was rigged on your behalf. While I fear this plea will fall prey to your pathological narcissism and thus will not be heard, I make it nonetheless.

It looks as though you may be assuming the role of President of the United States. May I implore you to rise to the occasion — to comport yourself with the gravitas of the role of a world leader?  You are NOT representing yourself here, rather you are representing every person that lives in the United States. Sadly, you have “drained the swamp” (your words) directly into your cabinet and have caused great alarm for all targeted people and communities living in the US. This is not just about misogyny, but about how someone who demonstrates every day that his ego rules over all else and whose success is rooted in the oppression of women, people of color, the LGBT community, people with disabilities, and all of the intersections therein.

For you and your followers, we need something to prove you all are not racist, homophobes, misogynists, breeders of hate. Your appointment of white supremacist and homophobe Steve Bannon does not inspire hope. Your appointment of white supremacist and homophobe Jeff Sessions further deteriorates any modicum of trust in your judgement. Sessions who was declared “too racist” during the Reagan years is now fit to be in your cabinet? One can hardly take solace in your appointment of Rex Tillerson, the Director a US/Russian oil company, as the next Secretary of State–conflict of interest much?  In fact, every appointment you have made demonstrates great disdain for the office they will hold and nothing but contempt and disrespect for the American people.

According the the Southern Poverty Law Center, CNN, Time, The New York Times, and myriad other publications, hate crimes have increased exponentially since the election. Sadly, you have done nothing to disavow any of this horrific behavior. As such, your silence condones it. Your supporters have grown so emboldened that they are ushering in the New Fascism. Ohio has just passed some of the most restrictive laws that preclude women from governing their own bodies. Louisiana has now passed laws that declare LGBT protections illegal, thanks to eternal homophobe Jeff Landry.

Given the evidence of the intercession of the Russians to influence the election in your favor, I know many are now worried about war. Is this what you want to be your legacy? Your inability to understand diplomacy, the need for intelligence meetings, (I know you consider yourself “biggly smart”), your disdain for science and for education should alarm us all. This is where I hope I am categorically wrong. I hope we do not end up in another war because of you. I shall take no pleasure in telling your supporters that they have only themselves to thank for another war and the loss of human life for caprice.

Yes, while I suspect this plea will be wholly ignored, I also implore all people living in the United States to resist the New Fascism, for us all to stand in solidarity, to work together to ensure that your threat to democracy does not prevail. Mr. Trump, “Have you no decency sir?”

I shall end this letter asking everyone: who will you take action to stand with and harbor? Sweet Honey in the Rock: Would You Harbor Me?


24 Responses to “Dear Donald: A Plea For Decency”

  1. Bob Gruber December 19, 2016 at 3:54 am #

    Thank you for writing this, Michael. It is on point. I fear the irreversible damage Trump will inflict on the US and the world. God help us all.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 19, 2016 at 4:06 am #

      Bob, thank you for your comments here! Yes, let us hope by some tapping into our shared humanity that the electoral college will do the right thing today! Sending you and Christopher lots of love!

  2. John Love December 19, 2016 at 4:36 am #

    I have never written well. I tell excellent stories, so wrote one down, it just kept on coming, 38 chapters and 850 pages so far. However I lack professional writing skills so it is a work in progress. I follow several blogs, have one myself, but as I said, mine lacks something, I am not sure just what yet, but working on it. I follow your blog and so far your thoughts are my thoughts. I live in California since I returned from Nam, but originally came from Idaho. I am a pariah back home, as you might guess, since I like what you write and am also not religious. That last puts me in an evil category as far as small town Idaho is concerned. In your comment to Bob; I have looked long and hard at the electoral college. They are tied to party politics and even if a lot of them, even most in my opinion, wish Trump was not the choice they are about to make, I think they will! They are to afraid of reprisals by their party, plus they do not know how to think outside the box. As much as I would love to be wrong, I do not think I am. But keep up the good work. We need to get informed democratic voters to the polls in huge numbers in all upcoming elections, so we all have a lot of work to do!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 19, 2016 at 5:01 am #

      John, thank you for your comments here. It breaks my heart to learn that you are considered “a pariah” where you are from. Yes, you make great points about how problematic the electoral college. I suspect I am just holding out all hope. Peace to you. In solidarity, Michael.

  3. Dr. Rex December 19, 2016 at 5:52 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘Have you no decency, Sir?’ … I’ve taken a stand!

  4. Central Oregon Coast NOW December 19, 2016 at 5:52 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  5. evelyneholingue December 19, 2016 at 6:24 am #

    You express the thoughts and concerns of many American people. Michael. What I “hoped” would not happen did happen. Hard to believe, but we must deal with the consequences. I still want to hope that decency will always win over bigotry and hate and divide. I still want to believe that good always prevails. But we must exercise extreme attention.
    As a last note it is sad that the Democratic party sent the wrong messenger to the presidency. I am a woman and would have loved a woman president, but sadly Mrs. Clinton didn’t stir the people the way Mr. Obama did when he campaigned. It is entirely possible that a different candidate would have brought a different/better outcome. Mr. Obama won both the electoral vote and popular vote. Not so long ago. I still voted for Hillary Clinton, but only against Donald Trump. That was apparently the case for many people. It wasn’t enough. So more than ever we need to stay attentive but also active to be able to send a better candidate to the WH next time. Thank you for another thoughtful and thought provoking post.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 19, 2016 at 9:36 am #

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments, Evelyne. It is sad that the smear machine did such a good job of making people doubt Hillary’s talents and qualifications. That, mixed with Comey, the Russians, and the Republican candidate’s willingness to say anything did the dirty trick.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

      Evelyn, I must confess that I am in despair that the electoral college is on the Wrong side of history! Yours in despair, Michael.

  6. bevanyardleigh December 19, 2016 at 6:46 am #

    What a magnificent letter. I do hope Ivanka will have time to read it to its intended recipient…

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 19, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

      Thank you, Bevan. I do fear my plea will fall on deaf ears…

      • Cranberry December 19, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

        Why would someone whom you call a pathological narcissist want to read your letter, let alone take its advice? Remember the old adage about catching flies with honey?

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 19, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

        Phyllis, why did you read the article? I’m curious. Did you really think he would read it? Sometimes, we rage against the machine because it is all we have.

  7. Gronda Morin December 19, 2016 at 9:29 am #

    Dear Michael Hulshof-Schmidt,

    The pundits have got it wrong again when they report that DT does not know what he is doing re foreign policy and Russia. I suspect that he knows exactly what he is doing.

    The president-elect has been forecasting his intent to enact a more favorable foreign policy with Russia throughout his campaign in the following ways. He continues to downplay Russia’s role in hacking U.S. democratic and other institutions; and he plans to eliminate EPA regulations which impedes the increase of U.S. usage and exporting of fossil fuels which also explains why he continues to deny the science of climate change.

    There are plenty of clues indicating that the president-elect plans to prop up the fossil fuel industry at the expense of taking concrete steps to mitigate the harm from climate change problems; and at the expense of U.S. national and geopolitical interests.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

      Thank you for your comments. It is sadly, increasingly clear that even if he doesn’t know what he’s doing, he’s getting advice from people with a real plan — and that plan is dangerous and destructive.

      • Gronda Morin December 19, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

        Dear Michael Hulshof-Schmidt,

        We agree on that point. The scuttlebutt is that DT is listening to Bob Gates for advice on foreign policy placements.

        I had researched this because I couldn’t see how ret. LT. Gen. Mike Flynn (3 star) would be happy with pick of Gen. Mattis (4 star) who had previously let go of Gen. Flynn from an Afghanistan intelligence role around 2010.

        Thanks for your blog, Gronda

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 19, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

        Gronda, thank you for standing in solidarity. Peace, Michael.

  8. Kathy December 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    Thank you for a very thoughtful article. You have said everything that many are thinking.please continue to write updates

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 19, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

      Kathy, I can only hope we will all create great resistance against this monster and his administration. Peace, Michael.

  9. Carolyn December 26, 2016 at 11:21 am #

    It is all so depressing. I agree with your comments but outside of railing verbally against Trump. What actions can we take? I live in cincinnati. What can we DO?

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 1, 2017 at 6:56 am #

      Yes, it is depressing, and we need to support one another and keep vigilant. We must never normalize this culture of hate. We must organize and constantly contact our local and state representatives to let them know we resist. We must all become political activists. In solidarity, Michael.

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