Dear World Nations, Friends and Allies—
Suffice to say, I don’t know 99.9999% of you, the 7.5 billion people on this planet by name or facial recognition, and some of you have a real hatred for the United States and its people.
But for those of you who think our country, otherwise, our nation owes you an apology.
A big one.
One of global proportions.
Back in November 2016, our nation and its people concluded a democratic process we have of electing a President. Donald Trump was elected to be that person; we can come up with any and all excuses about why he won and why other candidates lost, but facts are facts. We made this bed, and we need to sleep in it…
…but it doesn’t mean we aren’t going to rumple the sheets and not throw pillows in the faces of those who are going against every principle of decency known to mankind—and neither should you. In fact, we welcome you joining us.
Unfortunately, President Trump (I just vomited in my mouth saying that) is instituting a series of changes to our societal landscape that not only affect us, but also affect you. He is bringing in people to our system of government who seem to have a specific agenda of keeping our borders closed—not to mention our minds and hearts.
I am here to let you know that we are not merely accepting it. A lot of people want to see change…but in a much better way than you’re reading about.
- So many of us don't want $20 billion spent on a wall between Mexico and the United States as a means of protecting us; we would rather see that money be spent on, say, I don’t know, fixing the water pipes in Flint, Michigan or getting homeless people off the streets and becoming productive citizens.
- Colleges and universities from around our nation don’t want to see these changes moving forward because the intelligence and insight you bring our country makes us smarter and better people. Here is one such letter from one of the world’s top global institutions as proof; I know there are more.
- The President is saying he is making these changes because he wants to shut out potential terrorists from entering our country. Good point, but before he rushed to judgment and enacted “executive orders”—a formal way of lifting the middle finger to the democratic process because he wants something like a petulant child would want—perhaps it would have been smarter to listen to other people who could contribute to making the idea better.
- So you know, the problems he is causing are not just for you. We’re putting up with changes to our health care system that could lead to people not getting the care they need. That’s not your concern, mind you, but know that we are dealing with this angst almost as much as you are.
When Donald Trump ran for President, he used a tagline of “Make America Great Again.” Mr. Trump, America was great before; we didn’t need you to tell us it wasn’t. And it’s great because we were and are working toward something that is better for our kids and grandkids to be proud of beyond us as parents…and we did not need a small loan of $1 million from your Dad to do it.
A quick bit of history for those who don’t know….back in 1788, the Constitution of the United States was ratified. In it, was a very powerful paragraph that I recently reread, and shared with my kids:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense,
promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,
do ordain this Constitution for the United States of America.”
There is no such thing as perfection. But while we are not perfect, we do not all represent what our country’s new leadership represents, and this is why I am asking you to keep listening to what other people of this country say, do and act upon to show you firsthand that this apology is not empty.
Many Americans have a huge case of buyer’s remorse, but that is not stopping us from looking at the warranty and return policy.
On behalf of millions of Americans everywhere, I am not only apologizing to you, but I am also asking for your forgiveness…and your hope that we are as united with you in your state as we are within the 50 we call our own.