Less safe with travel bans

Good Morning President Trump,

If I didn’t have responsibilities to other women, primarily women veterans with histories of military sexual trauma and homelessness, I wouldn’t be going to work today and would be joining the day-long walk out. But I take my responsibilities to those who depend on me seriously so I am showing up for them.

Rather than going into my concerns about your profound lack of care for and responsibility to regular human beings, generally, I want to circle back to the specific issue of your revised travel ban. You say that the goal is to protect Americans from foreign terrorists. Yesterday I pointed out that there is a multitude of other issues that are far more pressing and have to do with actual safety issues, not made up ones. Today I feel compelled to go on record to say that the travel ban is far more likely to decrease our safety than to increase it. You’ve no doubt heard from people far wiser than me with access to loads of important intelligence information that a travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries is going to give the radical fringes ammunition for radicalizing others, both outside the US and inside, to their cause. This will increase the risks to Americans both here and abroad. But wait, you also want to increase military spending to bolster our already largest-in-the-world arsenal, how handy! Huge guns need huge targets, even if we have to make up the targets ourselves — it all makes a certain sick sense.

It’s not too late to find a way to save face and back off this nihilistic course. I pray that you will have the sense to stop this before you tip us over into a complete free fall. I may be thinking in overly dramatic ways, but I’m afraid you and the opportunistic Republicans in the House and Senate are trying to head us toward another Dark Ages. Even still, I’m going to keep sending you blessings because even small loving gestures can help counterbalance greed and hate.

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

Tracy Simpson

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