A letter to close out the first, horrible year, but more letters are on the way …

Dear Mr. Trump,

The long, painful, exasperating, terrifying first year of your presidency has come to an end. You’ve denigrated our country’s standing in the world, brought us to the brink of a nuclear war, antagonized our enemies and friends, made war on millions because of their religion, applauded the Nazi’s and racists who marched in Charlottesville as “some very fine people,” and that only begins a litany of your misdeeds. You’ve lied, been petulant, obstructed justice, named incompetents to the federal bench, colluded with the Russians in their interference with the 2016 presidential election, subverted health care for millions of Americans, pushed through a tax cut for the wealthiest – for which the poor and the middle class will ultimately have to pay – and done everything possible to promote global warming and to otherwise destroy the environment. You’ve shut down the government, again, by lying that you’d accept any compromise deal on the Dreamers that was brought to you and then by rejecting such a deal out of hand, calling African countries “s++thole countries.” And the list goes on.

The fact that we still have a country and a functioning democracy is a miracle, no thanks to you, Sir. In the coming year, you’ll do all you can to make things worse for democracy and the vast majority of our population.

But we lasted out this year, and with God’s help, we’ll survive until we voters delete every vestige of “Trumpism” from the annals of our country.

After a year, I thought this might be my last letter to you, Sir, but my readers encourage me to keep on, so I will.

[To you, my readers during this past year, be strong, be strong, and strengthen each other!]

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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I can’t resist commenting on this — alleged — matter …

Dear Mr. Trump,

I think it’s deplorable that so much is being made of your affair with that porn star. That alleged affair, I mean. Who would believe that you could possibly be unfaithful to your wife? Heh, heh.

I wonder if the payment – the alleged payment, I mean – was by check. Because, you know, there’s probably a copy of it somewhere around. But, if it was cash, I wonder who remembers collecting it and putting it into the brown satchel in which it was undoubtedly delivered. I mean, in which it was allegedly delivered. Heh, heh.

Really, Sir. It’s a shame that we’re not focusing on the real issue: getting you and your apologizers out of office. When you’re a civilian again – it can’t happen too soon – you can screw all the porn stars you want, and I won’t care.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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More lies from the White House and the president’s enablers …

Jan. 15, 2018

Dear Mr. Trump,

I’m not surprised that you’ve got other Republicans – Sens. Cotton and Perdue – lying on your behalf. It’s laughable that you deny saying what you obviously said. Why would Senator Durbin make that up, particularly when he wants you to sign a DACA bill? Senator Flake was aware of your disgusting comments before they hit the news, because he heard about them from other people at the meeting. Senator Graham confirmed that you made these vile, racist comments. The comments, by the way, are consistent with the racist views everyone knows you hold: wanting to ban Muslims from entering the country, the discriminatory housing practices in your own business, your welcoming the support of the Ku Klux Klan, your calling the American Nazis “some very fine people,” and the list goes on forever.

I understand that, belatedly, you deny making the “s**thole” comment, but your credibility is non-existent. You bragged about those comments to your friends before you realized that you shouldn’t have said what you said. Now, more lies flood from your mouth. You’ve proven over and over again that your main modes of speech are the lie, the blatant lie, and the outrageous lie.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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We know where the real “s..thole” is …

Dear Mr. Trump,

So much has been written already about your racial slurs – calling Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations “shithole countries” – that I almost hesitate to add to the maelstrom of disgusted response. But keeping silent is not a real option, not if I want our wonderful country to rid itself of the pest and pestilence that occupies the Oval Office, Sir.

You have again embarrassed our country beyond what anyone might have expected, even knowing how you praised the Klan and American Nazis as “some very find people.” How did we elect such a person as you, Sir, with your crudeness, vulgarity, and racism, traits which have made the United States a laughing-stock around the world? Why do Republicans continue to make excuses for you and refuse to hold you to the standards of decent humanity, thus becoming complicit with your racism? (Abraham Lincoln would be sickened to see that his Republican Party has fallen into the gutter, wallows in the mud there, and, through you, brags about its filth.)

You’ve encouraged the haters of this country to feel emboldened, Sir. You’ve set off a process that, I fear, will continue to destroy us long after you’re gone. The damage is irreparable. You’ve done what you wanted to do.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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A poem inspired by the man in the White House …

Dear Mr. Trump,

I hear you don’t read, not even a page of material. Yet, I think you could pull yourself together to enjoy the following poem. It’s in your honor, Sir, written way before the 2016 election. I’d love to hear your thoughts about it.

How Began Our Fall

When we pulled down our open arms once held out

To bleak, wandering masses, and predictions proved too true,

Ballots led straight to tyranny, because you,

 

My fellow citizens, had voted for the fool.

You prayed for concentration camps, cheered the deportation force,

That 2016 election, like 1932, brought death to a once-great nation.

 

You begged for a great big wall and locked us all away,

Plunging us into downward spiral; and thugs grabbed their guns

To target mosques and everyone brown or black.

 

No turning back, no way out, no second chance.

Right then I knew despair for my grandson’s generation.

I knew to mourn the world he’d never recall.

 

Thank you for your inspiration, Sir.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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another poem published — “Abraham Returning From Egypt”

See p. 11 of the attached, in Poetica Magazine’s Mizmor L’David Anthology:

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“Kal Ganis of Kavala” — a short story newly-published in Wilderness House Literary Review

https://www.whlreview.com/no-12.4/fiction/BruceJBerger.pdf

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