Dear Mr. President – September 4, 2020

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 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.

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