Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dear President Trump

Future Letter From A Socialist To President Trump

Dear President Trump,

It’s 2019 and the fact that you and Vice President Cruz have decided to run for a second term deeply disturbs those of us who still care about this country. Like many true patriots, my wife and I voted for Sanders in 2016 and considered moving to France when you and that creepy Canadian won. We stayed and we regret it.

In just under four years, you have irrevocably changed this country for the worse. You said you would be hard on immigration and you lied. You let more people in from Western Europe, Canada, and Australia than any other president. While opening the floodgates to the Aryan barbarians, you shut the doors on those who really needed to be here—most notably, Mexicans and refugees. This lead to the death of thousands of Syrians in their home country, not to mention the slaughter of possibly millions of people all over Africa and the Middle East. Angela Merkel picked up the slack and it appears to have driven Germany into a civil war. When asked to atone for these sins you asked the chancellor, “What’s the German word for brassiere?” and added, “DasShouldStopEmFromFloppin.” This is likely the most ridiculous thing said by any president in history. My wife and I are very well educated, by the way, and we are both familiar with many European words. The German word for brassiere is likely something remarkably similar as English has its roots in German.

“The Department of Education offices look like they’re in Detroit (old Detroit, not the capitalist hellhole you turned it into).”

Without the affordable labor of undocumented workers, our youth were torn from their social lives and forced to do menial labor like a sad horde of indentured servants. In the summer the streets are barren as adolescents mow lawns, clean pools, flip burgers, babysit kids, and do all the other jobs Americans shouldn’t have to do. You point out that the working and middle classes have never been wealthier without mentioning that the top 20% have grown at a much larger rate. This might be the biggest gap between rich and poor in American history. We all—rich and poor—need to go back down to a fairer income until we can get all the discrepancies worked out. That was Bernie’s plan and that’s what’s fair.

You brag that unemployment reached record lows in 2018, but at what cost? As with Thatcher, your first few months in office saw the deaths of thousands of government jobs. Is there even a Department of Energy anymore? The Department of Education offices look like they’re in Detroit (old Detroit, not the capitalist hellhole you turned it into).

The Department of Energy was created by the people, for the people, to create alternative energy sources. We could be living for free off the grid using wind and solar, but the oil companies you work for shut that down. Fracking is now rampant all over the country and we have no idea how that will affect the water table. You claim you created thousands of jobs revitalizing the Keystone Pipeline project, but you did it against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wishes, which is an act of war. The environmental destruction you caused includes destroying several habitats such as those of the Ross’s goose, black-footed ferret, sandhill crane, least tern, piping plover, Sprague’s pipit, and, of course, pallid sturgeon.

Out of all the developed countries in the world America is now last, I repeat LAST in the fight to combat Climate Change. Your crass comments about women in Minnesota wearing bikinis are a slap in the face to the Inuit and Northern peoples who rely on polar bear and penguin meat to survive.

More people would know about this destruction if you hadn’t killed education by privatizing virtually every school in the country. Public schools weren’t perfect, but the problem was systemic and related to the parents just as much as the teachers. By refusing to fix a broken system and starting anew, you have left thousands of teachers unemployed as well as many times more in the administration and teachers’ unions.

Postsecondary education has been hit even harder as government aid to non-STEM education has been completely cut off. My wife teaches Sexual Intersectionality and Patriarchal Discourse at Brown and attendance has been so poor, I have been forced to completely neglect my S.A.D. (stay-at-home dad) blog and go back to work.

This isn’t the America we know. It’s not the America Obama built for us. You have completely wiped out all the goodwill he brought us from the Muslim world. They hate us more than ever and the only reason China and Russia don’t hate us too is because you handed off the war in Afghanistan to Putin and the North Korean conflict to whomever is in charge of China. Are you aware of the human rights records these leaders have? We have no idea the kind of senseless slaughters being perpetrated toward the peoples of Islam and Northern Korea. You said we are “no longer the world’s police” without justifying how we can turn a blind eye to all this suffering.

Speaking of police, their war on African-American people of color continues unabated. You say this “employment boom” is most prevalent in the black community, but at what cost? By cutting welfare down to almost nothing, you are denying single mothers the care they deserve. Abortion would have been a way out of this mess, but you cut that, too. The “black family is back” (as you put it), but it’s not because they love each other. It’s because you denied black women their independence. That’s not romance. It’s marriage rape. Also, you lie when you pin this back-to-work trend on the drop in crime. Crime is down because your draconian laws have forced everyone into what are essentially labor camps across the country. Detroit hasn’t been revitalized. Slavery has.

Crime is also down because of fear. Abolishing gun control has left the poor petrified of being shot by racists. What have you done? How can you sleep at night? We used to be a nation that cared for huddled masses. Now we crack the whip and march them into factories. Animals die, the arts suffer, and everyone wakes up thinking, “Who will blow my head off today?” This morning I went into a Starbucks and a man was carrying what looked like a semiautomatic AK-47. My daughter asked me what it was and I was left no choice but to begin crying. This made her cry also and I got down on one knee to hold her. “I want Obama back,” she said as she wrapped her arms around my neck. “Me too,” I replied while sobbing much harder, “Me too.”

From Taki Magazine (February 12, 2016)

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