Why, Mr. President?


Dear President Trump,

While the country argues about your bombing of Syria, while those who care about real people worry about the tendencies of our new justice of the Supreme Court, while your former national security advisor scurries to gain immunity, I pause to reflect on a larger question: What has happened to human decency?

What do you have to say, Mr. President, about the California Airbnb host who refused to accommodate US citizens of Asian descent, yelling “This is why we have Trump”?

What do you have to say, Mr. President, to the hundreds of people who invoke your name daily as they express hatred to, and commit acts of violence on, fellow citizens and visitors alike, to anyone whom they deem different or unworthy?

Why don’t you speak up and tell your fellow citizens – those who hate in your name – that you abhor their conduct?

Oh, wait, I see … You don’t abhor their conduct. It’s how you were trained, too, isn’t it?

And, I see as well that the haters are an important part of your support, without which you would never have won election.

And, I see to why you refuse to answer my emails. You have nothing legitimate to say in defense of your behavior.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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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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