TO: DJT, POTUS
FROM: Ken Goldstein, Author & Businessperson
RE: The Trump Legacy
You were unfit to hold the title of the executive office you won in election.
You were unfit to issue executive orders empty of study and laden with self-interest.
You were unfit to appoint cabinet officials whose job it is to challenge your opinions.
You were unfit to seek loyalty from the subordinates you bullied.
You were unfit to be seen as a role model by children in homes and classrooms.
You were unfit to talk of family values, ethical mandates, or moral imperatives.
You were unfit to order military action or report on its efficacy.
You were unfit to lay a wreath at Arlington.
You were unfit to represent our nation in state visits or international forums.
You were unfit to offer comment on science, health, or climate change.
You were unfit to speak of business norms or effective negotiation.
You were unfit to hold authority in the age of “Me Too” reform.
You were unfit to broadly attack our free press as perpetrators of fake news.
You were unfit to demand intellectual credibility when you lied consistently without regret.
You were unfit to be taken seriously as anything other than a threat to world stability and security.
You were unfit to embrace the gravitas of the immense power you commanded and the lack of humility you celebrated.
We will heal while you are mired for the rest of your years in shame.
We will recommit to values that embrace compassion and empathy.
We will again celebrate learning and understanding, particularly in matters of science and empirical knowledge.
We will rejoin the community of nations in saving our planet.
We will address income inequality.
We will recommit to healthcare justice.
We will acknowledge the safe haven of asylum and treat immigrants with dignity and kindness.
We will welcome the stranger.
We will not viciously insult distinguished participants in our democracy whose views reflect diversity of thought or background.
We will not embrace humiliation as a strategy to undermine those with whom we may disagree.
We will appreciate journalism and distinguish facts from dangerous manipulation.
We will reject the cynicism of pattern lying for convenience.
We will never forget the hardships we suffered under your fragile ego.
We will face the future with courage, hope, and love.
We will make our nation appropriately great again.
We will let time address your place in history.
What I appreciate about this is the raw truth of what’s not working and the clear vision of what to hold and act on going forward which I think so important. Holding the vision and taking the action to make it real is what we all need to do! It will keep us sane and hopeful about the future. Thank you for your gift of words.
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