Dear President Trump, In past letters I’ve covered how the Declaration of Independence promised only some life, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness, but Roger Kagan’s recent WP essay on the rise of autocracies has led me to revisit the topic. Kagan lays out how the predictability of contained communities and circumscribed kin-groups is … Continue reading We are not now and never will be an autocracy despite some people’s best efforts
Dear President Trump, So there’s probably not a sentient being in the entire country who doesn’t think Cohen is basically a self-serving sleeze. Pretty much everyone sees through the B.S. that he was so blinded by loyalty to you that he did countless ruthless, unethical, greedy-ass things and probably hundreds (so countable) of illegal things … Continue reading Sadly, hats off to Vladimir, again
Dear President Trump, I hate to admit it, but you all even got to me a little bit with all the bullshit about how Cohen can’t be trusted because he was caught lying to Congress. I was pretty sure his lies were to protect you, but I wasn’t 100% sure so I did my Google … Continue reading Misleading claims about Cohen’s lying
Dear President Trump, I wish I could feel good about how likely it is that both the House and the Senate will pass a resolution to nullify your bogus emergency declaration (update: the House did pass it earlier today). Yes, it’s necessary that we go through these motions in response to your reckless, asinine actions, … Continue reading Looks like Vladimir is working it from both sides
Dear President Trump, I’ve probably raised this issue with you in past letters (I don’t feel like checking), but it’s kind of like a sore, wobbly tooth that my tongue can’t leave alone so I’m returning to the question of how it is that your son, Donald Jr., could make such a clear attempt at … Continue reading What gives?
Dear President Trump, I’m not finished with the Quadlin study yet so you aren’t either. Yesterday’s letter was already on the long side so I didn’t get into the finding that among men there wasn’t a significant effect of grade point average on likelihood of being called in for an interview. Well, it’s still bugging … Continue reading Super unfair stuff
Dear President Trump, This morning….. Happy Valentine’s Day. I’m guessing you aren’t exactly feeling the love from your loudest peeps as they attempt to raise the freak-out level over the compromise budget bill that most certainly will not buy you or them a wall. In fact, I bet you’re getting many a nasty-gram as you … Continue reading Burnt toast and hogwash
Dear President Trump, So I realize your demise wouldn’t solve all that much; you’ve got an entire machine churning behind you. Even though the machine operators probably couldn’t find anyone else quite so perfect as you, they are directing the hard to repair, truly damaging business of taking down democracy, not you. As I’ve said … Continue reading Democracy demolition front man
Dear President Trump, The Seattle area is having its own mini-version of the polar vortex. The temperature didn’t get above 30 today. We got about 6” of snow so schools were closed and those of us who could work from home, did. The streets are still a scary mess. We’ve only had one day of … Continue reading Why are you allowed to do this?
Dear President Trump, Happy Groundhog Day. I’m (sort of) curious – did you ever see the movie? The one where Bill Murray has to keep redoing the same day over and over until he figures out how to be a decent human being? I think it’s ripe for a remake. It probably wouldn’t be all … Continue reading “Groundhog Day” ~ the remake