Dear President Trump,
So I gave you the “glass is half full” part yesterday, which is that many of us in the country have started soul searching, talking with one another, trying to find some healthy ways forward. I am really very happy about all this.
There is, however, a much darker “glass is (more than) half empty” side that needs to be acknowledged. I’m sure you know where I’m going with this but I’ll spell it out — the rates of hate crimes and micro-aggressions are shooting up through the roof. People who now feel as though they are free of the “political correctness” fetters of common decency are unleashing boatloads of crap on other people. Yes, some of this is being done by minority people to other minority people and I’m having a hard time wrapping my head and heart around these situations, though really, we are all conditioned in the same ways to hate/fear “the other” so it’s not too much of a surprise when this happens. Regardless of who is doing it to whom, it is symptomatic of poor leadership from the top, leadership that is pitting people against one another, distracting the populous with scapegoats to finally unload on to make it easier to have other activities go unnoticed.
Maybe this is what you truly want. From all your words (spoken, tweeted, mumbled….) and actions all this promotion of scapegoating and baiting seems to be deliberate. If I’m right, then this is truly shameful. If your vision for the country is so confused and indefensible or so anti-democratic and authoritarian or really about wringing as much profit out for yourself and other billionaires, then you are probably right that the only way you can achieve it is to foment hate and division to distract us.
But there are lots of us who are onto you. There are lots of us who are critical thinkers and can see crazy patterns in the chaos that you and your administration are creating. And ultimately, since it is not divided against itself, love is so much stronger than hate and it will restore the balance and be in ascendance again.
In an effort to keep that positive flame burning I send you this blessing:
May you be safe.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May your life unfold and intersect with ease.