A new letter to President Trump

Dear President Trump:

I’ve been thinking about that former first grade teacher who believes that her son’s extremely low-cost health insurance, obtained through Obamacare, has been the result of your health care law, a law that has only been proposed and has not gone into effect. I interviewed her in my imagination, and I thought you might like to read a transcript of the interview.

BJB:                So your son has low-cost health insurance now?

Woman:          Yes. When he was injured on his job, when he couldn’t work anymore, he got very cheap insurance. Praise President Trump!

BJB:                But Ma’am … That was Obamacare. President Trump’s proposals aren’t law yet and, anyway, they would take away the Medicaid expansion.

Woman:          That’s a lie. First of all, Obamacare was a disaster. I heard all about it Rush Limbaugh. And second, Obama is a Muslim! No, it was President Trump who made the law that gave my son his health insurance.

BJB:                But Ma’am … Presidents don’t make the law. Only Congress can make a law.

Woman:          “Fake news! Sad!”

BJB:                You do understand about the three branches of government, right? Congress makes the laws and …

Woman:          You’re from the failing news media, aren’t you?

BJB:                I’m just …

Woman:          Now get this straight. It was Obama that was president during 9/11. It was Obama that was president when this country went into a recession. It was Trump that brought us out of the recession. Do you understand?

BJB:                Only too well.

I’ll end the transcript there, Mr. President. I thought it would encourage you to know how much you’ve helped this woman’s son and her mental state.

But to think that such a woman was put in charge of teaching our six-year-olds. To think that your election as our president depended upon her and others like her. Doesn’t it boggle the imagination?

Good day, Mr. President.

Very truly yours,

 

Bruce J. Berger

 

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Drop the Muslim Ban, Mr. President

Dear President Trump,

Well, Mr. President, I have received another one of your stock emails, given that I have registered on your whitehouse.gov website. Yesterday, you proudly told me that “under [your] leadership, the United States will be the world’s great magnet for innovation and job creation.”

How is that possible, Mr. President, when you seek to prevent Muslims from entering the United States? At least one hundred and twenty-seven (127) companies – including, e.g., Apple, Facebook, Google, Levi Strauss & Co., Rocket Fuel, Inc. – now have joined in an amicus brief decrying the lack of wisdom of your Muslim ban. Here’s what their brief says about your Executive Order:

It creates “inflicts significant harm on American businesses, innovation, and growth … [and] makes it more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world’s best employees. It disrupts ongoing business operations. And it threatens companies’ ability to attract talent, business, and investment in the United States.

At least sixteen (16) institutions of higher education – including many in states that voted for you – have likewise opposed your Executive Order. Our business and academic leaders are telling you that your Executive Order, banning Muslims, will prevent their businesses and universities from hiring the best and brightest talent from overseas, to the detriment of our country’s well-being.

You deem the United States a “magnet” under your leadership? That is laughable, when you want to build a wall around us and when you pursue a flawed policy that thumbs its nose at the rest of the world.

I suggest, sir, that it’s time for you to listen to America’s business leaders and academic leaders. Give up on your Executive Order banning Muslims.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Today, I sent a poem to President Trump

Dear President Trump:

Apparently, you’re not embarrassed by the credible commentary likening you to Adolf Hitler and your reign to that of the Nazis. Secretly, I have no doubt, you see Hitler as a hero, much as you now see Putin. You’ve told us you like “strong” leaders, you’ve encouraged your supporters to beat up protestors, you’ve winked at the Ku Klux Klan and the white supremacists. Like Hitler, you’ve drummed up hatred against minorities and promised to make your country “great” again. Like Hitler, you call the truth “fake news.” Given your love for Hitler, I thought you might enjoy the following poem, which I’ve written on your behalf.

What Happened to the Sun?

 

Night has fallen on America

What we think is the sun rising

Is pure illusion

 

The earth has stopped spinning

America’s voters have ganged up on it

Pushing hard together against its spin

Pushing hard to reverse it the way Superman did

 

To bring us back to that greatness of the past

 

Oh joy! When the poor can go without medical care!

Oh happy days! When men can grab women’s crotches!

Oh the ecstasy! When facts no longer matter!

 

Oh joy of segregation! Hallelujah!

Oh happy days of pollution! Praise be to the Almighty!

Oh the ecstasy of prayer in public schools! Sing to Him a new song!

 

I hear Sieg Heil and see him raise his hand in that unforgettable salute.

 

Good day, sir.

Bruce J. Berger

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A shucks, a bit of promotion …

Hi readers … this is a reminder of my short story collection available on Amazon, entitled Adel: A Novel in Linked Stories,

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To President Trump About Health Care

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To President Trump About Health Care

Dear President Trump:

Can you explain to me why you want to cut taxes for the rich to take health care away from the poor? Because, let’s face it, sir, isn’t that what your plan is? You don’t feel that health care is a right. You feel, instead, that it’s a privilege for the wealthy. You wouldn’t yourself want without health care, nor your children, nor your grandchildren, but it’s not a problem for you because of your wealth.

And your species of wealthy – arrogant, unfeeling – never wants to pay a dime to help the less fortunate. You feel it’s your G-d given right to lord it over others. You feel somehow that you deserve all your good fortune and wealth and never see that the fabric of our country depends upon all of us, wealthy and poor alike. You remind me of that poor Marie Antoinette who shrugged off inequality in her world by telling the poor to “eat cake.”

So, I take back my opening question. You don’t have to tell me what I already know.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

 

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Today’s letter to Mr. Trump

March 6, 2017

Dear Mr. President:

What will you do next to undermine our democracy? What will you do next to encourage the haters in the country – the racists, the bigots – to use violence? What will you do next to make all free and decent people around the world gasp in astonishment at your ignorance and petulance? Sadly, every day of your administration brings with it yet another blow to the values that made America great: compassion, integrity, honesty, and hard work.

For years, you accused President Obama, falsely, of not having been born in this country. You knew you were lying; it was your purpose to lie. The continued lies that you have piled up would fill libraries. The latest lie is more of the same, i.e., the accusation that President Obama illegally wiretapped your phones. You know there’s not a shred of evidence to support that lie, but you don’t care, because your supporters love the lies, will believe the lies, and, if your lies rip up this country, how happy you will be! For sure, as you plan to fire employees at EPA because you don’t care about the environment, as you plan to fire State Department employees because you don’t care about diplomacy, as you plan to destroy NOAA because it dares analyze climate change, you are now asking Congress to waste millions of dollars investigating your groundless claims. Your intent to distract everyone from the truth of your perfidious contacts with Russia, to subvert a free, democratic election, is patently obvious. But, I advise you, Mr. President, sir, your effort will fail.

It’s not too late to save yourself, sir. Come clean. Retract all your lies. You can plead insanity. Everyone will believe it.

Yours with increasing disgust at your behavior,

 

Bruce J. Berger

 

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