Manchester, A Poem

A bomb rips through young girls deliriously

happy one moment

shrieking and dying the next

Moving from jubilant life to dust

in a stride

music still in their hearts

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Exercise is the thing, Mr. President …

Dear Mr. Trump,

The reports on your current foreign trip are distressing. You look unwell, fatigued, etc. Who knew that being president could be so demanding? I do remember when you criticized Hillary for not having stamina. Now, I guess, you’re going to try to prove that you do have stamina.

Here are some tips: golf is not cardiovascular exercise, unless you’re carrying your own clubs. Nor is Tweeting, although you may ultimately develop soreness of the thumbs. Although you would do well to run spell-check before hitting “send,” that is not really running for exercise. Closing the door of the Oval Office so that your Attorney General cannot hear your appeal to the FBI director to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn is not exercise either. Yes, even if you slammed the door 100 times in a row, that would not count as real exercise. Reaching for Melania’s hand is not exercise either. Sure, I know that you had to walk all the way from the plane on that glaringly hot red carpet without help, but that’s not exercise either.

So, Mr. Trump, what are you going to do about this situation? Warren Harding, you know, died of a heart attack in his first term. You don’t want that to happen to you, do you?

Here are more tips:

1.Take a great long hike along the rivers damaged irrevocably by mining waste. On your hike, why don’t you put your hand in the water and imagine trying to swim in the filth? Or, you may decide not to imagine; you may even go for a swim. But wait: that would endanger your health, too, wouldn’t it? “More than 40 percent of West Virginia’s rivers are too polluted to pass simple water-quality safety thresholds. They are too polluted to be safely used for drinking water or recreation, or to support healthy aquatic life.” This, according to Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

2. Instead of using a pen to sign your executive orders, why don’t you hold off until you     can use a 20-pound weight with an ink-point attached? That will build up your arm strength and save a lot of the citizens of this great country a great deal of trouble in the meantime.

3. When the evidence of your complicity with Russia’s interference in our election is amassed, you can get great exercise by moving the boxes of documents and tapes back and forth among the various investigative bodies.

So, I guess there are a variety of ways for you to build up your stamina, sir. I encourage you to use these that I have recommended and look for others as well.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Responding to a White House “1600 Daily” Email

May 16, 2017

Dear Mr. Trump,

As responsible citizens pray and patiently wait for your impeachment, I am pressed to respond to your recent “1600 Daily” email, which I received because I asked to be fed these White House loony-tune missives when I posted letters to you. Your most recent “1600 daily” makes claims about what the press has allegedly said that are patently misleading.

First, you quoted The Hill as stating that “Trump visited the U.S. Capitol earlier Monday to pay tribute to all law enforcement officers and gave remarks at an event held on the west lawn of the building.” – (emphasis in original). The Hill did note your visit and remarks, but the quoted statement does not appear in the article you cited, and The Hill certainly did not emphasize anything. These are not The Hill’s remarks and emphasis, but your own. Talk about “fake news.”

Second, you quote Real Clear Politics as stating: “Congress has taken the first step to keep our promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare. But we can’t stop now. We’re not done working to save our constituents from this disastrous law and give doctors and patients – not government – control over health care decisions.” – However, these were not the remarks of Real Clear Politics, as you suggested, but those of Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), writing an opinion piece, not a piece of political reporting.

Third, you quote Reuters, again adding your own emphasis. “A private gauge of U.S. home builder sentiment unexpectedly rose in May to its second strongest level since the housing bust nearly a decade ago, as the existing supply of homes remained tight. “ Yes, Reuters did write this, but said nothing whatsoever to imply that this positive sign had anything to do with your presidency.

Does your attempt to deceive the American public never end? How stupid do you think we are?

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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To the man who thinks he is God

Dear Mr. Trump,

So I understand that, in your commencement address at Liberty University, you trumpeted the idea that “We worship God” here in the United States, unless you meant that only the graduates you were addressing worship God. I wonder.

Who is this “we”?

Is it the man who bragged about assaulting women because he was famous and could get away with it, grabbing p***y whenever he could, hitting on married women? Is he the one who worships God?

Is it the man, perhaps, who hides his tax returns and business interests and payments from the Russians because he can get away with it – at least so far? Is he the one who worships God? I think, if so, it’s the God of Money.

Is it the man who wants to take health care away from millions and cause millions to die as a result? Is he the one who worships God? He worships himself. He thinks he must be God. He thinks that everyone at Liberty University worships him.

Is it the man who is a serial cheater on his wives? Is he the holier than thou man who worships God?

Disgust is too mild a word, sir, for the feelings you engender.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

 

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The White House Server Reluctantly Agrees to Accept a New Letter to Trump

Dear President Trump:

There you go again, displaying your ignorance about all things, including U.S. history.

I was there at Harvard Law School as Profs. Archibald Cox and Phil Heymann planned out the first steps that the independent investigator would take as they examined the behavior of the scurrilous president of the time, one Richard Nixon. Despite Nixon’s claim that he was not a crook, we all knew he was, and we all know you are too, in a worse way. Nixon tried to subvert democracy by having his troops burglarize the Democratic National Committee headquarters, and you have encouraged the Russians to do the same thing, via hacking. He tried to cover it up, and so are you trying to cover up your own crimes. He fired the investigator, and now you are following in his footsteps. It came to no good for Nixon, and it will come to no good for you.

Do you really think intelligent Americans will believe that you fired Comey because of his conduct during the presidential campaign, conduct that benefited you? And, more importantly, conduct you knew of when you took office in January? If this was the true reason, you would have fired him on January 21. Your lies are so crappy, Mr. President, it’s amazing that you still can’t smell them the way your citizens do.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Sickening

Dear Mr. Trump,

It frankly sickens me to see how you and your fellow Republicans celebrate your attempt to deprive millions of poor people of medical coverage. Your big smiles, your congratulatory hugs and pats on the back, your glee – all reflect what you’re really made of: greed, selfishness, and despise for those who are not rich enough to pay for medical care without help.

Your raucous partying reminds me of the citizens of a city whose team has won the World Series, delirious with happiness that they have vanquished their opponents. It was as if you felt that only a trophy was at stake. But life is at stake, sir.

Sadly, you obviously don’t care that taking away health coverage from millions will result in millions of unnecessary deaths. Too bad, you think, as you study the roll of the green. Too bad, you think, as you strut around the White House, believing you are an emperor. Too bad, you think, as you pocket the savings that reduced taxes will afford you.

Too bad that, in our last election, the people whom you are now hurting the most were misled by your lies.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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White House Rejects Post It Does Not Like:

I attempted to post my letter to President Trump into his “Get In Touch” box at http://www.whitehouse.gov and was rejected, allegedly because of “emoji or special characters” contained within my letter. Yet, there were none. Here is my letter to President Trump, headed by the rejection message in bold:

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Dear Mr. Trump,

Congratulations! I hear that your supporters are wildly enthusiastic about your so-called performance in your first 100 days in office. Despite the fact that you have not successfully implemented, over even begun to implement your campaign promises – for which I thank the Almighty – your supporters believe that you have accomplished much. They believe that you have already “drained the swamp,” which is laughable. They believe, apparently, that you have brought God back into government, although how exactly you have done that – p***y-grabber that you admittedly are – remains unclear to me. They believe that you’re on your way to returning coal-mining jobs, ignoring the fact that no such jobs have been or will be created.

What explains these beliefs, all of which fly in the face of evidence? The question is almost irrelevant, because nothing explains beliefs other than the will to believe.

Yet, I can think of historical examples, all too many in fact, of people who give up rational thought in order to embrace a mentally-imbalanced, narcissistic leader, one who, by instilling fear, gains controls to satisfy his own ego, one who has no real concern for the people who tragically put him into a position of leadership. Hitler comes to mind, an egomaniac who led an entire country to destruction. Jim Jones comes to mind as well, who in November 1978 – if you do not recall – led his so-called religious community to mass suicide. He too brought God back into government.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

 

 

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