An Open Letter to the President about American Values

Dear Mr. President:

Your every move strikes me as antithetical to the values that make America great. You despise diversity and truth. You despise equal rights. You despise good manners, fairness, keeping your word to the people who work for you, and the meaning of language.

So you’ve appointed an Attorney General who would love to nothing more than deprive people of color of their right to vote. You’ve appointed a Secretary of Education who wants to destroy public schools, which will degenerate, but what do you care, Mr. President? Your grandchildren won’t have to attend them. You’ve appointed someone to head EPA who will be happy to let the environment degenerate, because the wealthy and privileged think they will still find protected places in which to lord it over those less fortunate. You’ve encouraged by your behavior and language hundreds of attacks against mosques, and synagogues, and Muslims, and Hispanics, and you turn up your nose and remain silent about these because that’s your plan: to wink to the white hooded KKK’ers and white supremacists who made your candidacy successful. Ultimately, your aim – and the aims of the close advisors easily pushing their ideas into your brain — is to destroy all of the institutions of the United States. You would be happy, indeed, to be the last President of the United States.

You’re on a good start. Good from your point of view, but not from the point of view of American values. Good for the destruction of all we love, bad for those whom we love.

Yours in distress about the future,

Bruce J. Berger


About brucejberger

Bruce J. Berger has published his short fiction in a variety of print and on-line literary journals, including Prole, Jersey Devil Press Anthology, The Awakenings Review, Raphael's Village, Eastown Fiction, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. He also publishes shorts stories for Amazon's Kindle. He is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at American University beginning in August 2015.
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