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, On my way to the car after work yesterday I thought about how I hadn’t thought about you all day and how incredibly nice that was (of course thinking that spoiled the effect, but still). Although reality set in all too quickly, I even ventured the thought that you are becoming irrelevant. … Continue reading Police state budget
Dear President Trump, I think I saw the picture of the nutso over-the-top huge painting of you trying to look steely and determined (but really looking troubled and confused) the first day of the CPAC, probably in the WP, though I’m not sure. I do know they’ve had the bizarre image of you hugging the … Continue reading “Unafraid & Unashamed” is terrifying
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’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, Yesterday I had my first squirrel siting in over two weeks. The poor thing seemed kind of addled as it hopped in a sketchy zigzag line up the icy strip in the middle of the street. It’s still unusually cold here, but now it’s raining instead of snowing and we’re down to … Continue reading Cynically malevolent
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, Two things this morning; one related to the ongoing menace of you and the other to salvation of a sort. Because I prefer to get unpleasant chores done first, I’ll start out with you. I know you plan to “speak to the American people” tonight to make your case for the wall … Continue reading Two (very different) things this morning