Negative attention is attention

(reconstructed since I accidentally sent it without copying it)

Dear President Trump,

You may be familiar with the standard parenting reminder that even negative attention is attention and attention reinforces behavior. I bring this up because you are getting a lot of attention for negative behavior and I am adding to it. Yet, like the parent of a small child who is running amuck and is in danger of hurting himself or others, or both, I feel duty bound to give you feedback, even at the risk of reinforcing you in some small way.

There’s another more esoteric idea that you are likely not familiar with, and that is the psychodynamic concept of projection, which is essentially when someone attributes their own baggage to another. This may not be exactly what you are doing in your unfounded, fabricated accusations that President Obama ordered wire taps on you during your candidacy, but it has that flavor and most certainly has the feel of a desperate person trying to deflect attention off of himself and his own wrong doing. I also, frankly, won’t be surprised if we later learn that you ordered wiretaps on the Clinton campaign or condoned this on the part of Russian operatives much like you publicly condoned and applauded their email hacking on the DNC and Clinton campaign staff.

Whatever the conscious or subconscious motives for your desperate flailings, I am going to do my best to keep my eye on the real issues and not get taken in by your distracting, costly, divisive, and downright nutty attempts to keep the attention off your own questionable (at best) behavior. The real issues, as I see them, are governmental integrity, ethics, and fair play along with the well-being and safety of the entire populace, including those who want to be here legally. These are the parameters you should be operating within and these are the priorities that should concern you. In the meantime, I will not be taken in by your huckster-ish shell game.

In the interest of helping nudge you away from the temper-tantrums I send you this blessing:

May you be safe.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May your life unfold and intersect with peace.

Tracy Simpson

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