September 8, 2020
Dear Mr. President,I really need your advice today because it was hard to fall asleep last night. Several news articles from the weekend kept me up, worrying, fretting, asking questions. You always have the answers to my questions about the news. The answers are either the news is fake or full of lies or you are being horribly mistreated. Sometimes those answers work but sometimes they don’t. Anyhow, here are my questions and I really hope to hear back from you, so tonight’s sleep starts before 2:30 a.m.
The first question has to do with antisemitism and the rising numbers of hate crimes, videos and vicious statements. As a Jew, it is not possible to say, “it couldn’t happen here”. It’s just not possible. Yet, every day there are reports of graffiti, vandalism, fires and increased hate speech in this country! Some of these acts seem to be part of the overall atmosphere of anger and hate that you are using for political purposes. I know they work, and I know there are many Jews who see you as a “savior” of sorts. However, I think your speech and acts actually promote this kind of hate. According to the New York Times report by Katrin Bennhold, you have become a “cult figure in Germany’s increasingly varied far-right scene.” So, my question for you is are you doing this on purpose?
You have said that a Biden administration will cause this violence and hatred, but this is your administration and the violence and hate speech have dramatically increased over the past four years. Do you have a plan for reversing this trend?
The second thought that kept me up last night has to do with your remarks about the military leadership in this country. The Atlantic article was bad enough, but you have actually made it worse by disparaging (dissing) the leadership of the US military. You accused them of wanting to fight wars so “all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy”. You basically accused them of trying to make money instead of protecting and leading troops. That just doesn’t seem right. Don’t you remember that it is Congress that declares war? Didn’t you use Executive Orders to start military missions like killing Qasam Souleimaini? And, aren’t you the one bragging about how much money you got for the military for “those wonderful companies to make bombs and planes and everything else”? Did you know that the military leaders have to submit their tax returns every year and it is illegal for them to have stock in these “wonderful companies”? So, my question for you is, when will we see your taxes?
September 4, 2020
Dear Mr. President,This will be a short note to let you know how much I’m thinking about you.It’s almost Shabbat and I still want to make some coleslaw to go with the New England Baked Haddock from a website named bowlofdelicious.com. It’s written by Elizabeth Lindemann. I think it is very important to give credit to the website. It’s a bit like real journalists having several sources on a story. Did you know that the standard for the media is at least two sources and often three or more before the piece is printed? If the piece were fiction, not fact, there wouldn’t be any sources. The piece in the Atlantic magazine has a number of sources and more people who have heard you say what you said are also coming out with their stories. You don’t often need or follow my advice, but I give it freely. If you are nervous about injuries or guilt ridden about not serving in Vietnam, or even scared of dying, it’s okay. Many people share those emotions. If you admitted to having those feelings, many others would empathize with you. The problem seems to be that your words dishonor the memories of the “our great military”. They do not appreciate that at all and all the talk about loving them won’t repair this situation. I know you went to Arlington to lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at least once or twice. It would be a good spot to admit your guilt about dissing John McCain and other heroes who were wounded, captured or died in the service of our country.
You still seem to be struggling with the polls and it’s probably a huge source of worry and frustration. Don’t worry too much. There are many people on your side because they like how you talk about the economy. Others really think you care about them because you call them great, like the great farmers, the great police, the great coal miners, etc. Yes, some don’t believe you are really on their side and that it’s all talk. Even people who don’t like you still support all kinds of people because they think all humans deserve respect, honor and a fair shot at a decent life. None of us to need to call names, denigrate others or accuse people of not loving this country. Don’t be afraid to admit there are plenty of problems that need to be addressed and you know what they are. What happened to your vision for America that doesn’t look like Civil War? Can you conjure up a picture in your mind where people work together to solve problems, or to share ideas of different approaches to solving the problems, or even to smile at one another and wish each other well?Shabbat Shalom, have a peaceful weekend. Reflect on what I suggest. Play some golf.
August 25, 2020
Dear Mr. President,
And away we go…..the Republican Party National Convention! You are so excited that you showed up in North Carolina to speak directly to the 300 and some delegates who were there. I understand that they all had their temperature taken and a quick test of some sort before they entered the room. It looks like they were asked to keep socially distant, at least until you spoke. Then they all crowded around the stage to breathe in your incredible words. An hour later you finished and danced off the stage. I learned a couple of important things from that performance. One, the Democrats are dumping tens of thousands of ballots at polling stations so people can just grab them and fill them out? Huh? At our polling places we get the ballot only after signing in, taking the sign in paper to a volunteer poll worker who checks the address and signature and looks at our ID, then we take the ballot to a private area to fill out with the special markers that are there, then we keep the ballot in its privacy shield and feed it into a machine that swallows the ballot. Even if there were (subjunctive, contrary to fact) a pile of ballots outside the polling stations, they could not be filled out and brought inside and they couldn’t be mailed on voting day. Well, maybe they could, if people could find a mailbox. The second thing I learned, oh right, I learned you can dance.
I tried to watch as much of the convention as possible but for the first hour I was on Zoom (isn’t Zoom an incredible way to see people during the quarantine?) discussing the book, How to Be an Anti-Racist. I guess if you are reelected, we don’t need to read and discuss it because you and yours are the least racist people ever and we will live in a wonderfully peaceful society. But then the couple from St. Louis came on. When they said, “No matter where you live your family will not be safe in the radical Democrats’ America”, I thought Holy Moly! They think you will support militarily armed police, walled in suburban enclaves, and every household with multiple weapons to keep us safe!!!! They seem to be afraid of a lot of people.
Some of the speakers were quite good but I do have some questions for you. Nikki Haley is a calm, clear and convincing speaker but she seemed to contradict your interest in reviving Confederate flags and statues. Have you two discussed this issue? I don’t think she accurately describes what the Democratic party stands for, but she is a good speaker. Are you worried she might be a better future candidate for President than Don Jr.? Another speaker whom I thought was very effective, was the man from Florida, not Matt Gaetz, he’s ridiculous. I’m talking about the man who came from Cuba. I thought he made a great case for immigrants who escaped from dangerous and repressive countries to come to the United States to work and make lives for themselves and their families. That sounded like the story of all Americans, except for Native Americans. The question I have for you is how does his story square with your “policies” on immigration?
All in all, it was a great success. You were praised as the savior of Western civilization! Wow! So why is my stomach in knots and my heart racing?