A letter to the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW re lethality

Dear Mr. Trump,

I see that you have banned transgender people from service in the US armed forces, on the basis of protecting the “lethality” of our military. Let’s put aside the fact that this action is blatantly discriminatory. It’s worse even than having “colored” units in the military from the civil war right up through the mid 20th century. Let’s put aside the fact that this action has no legitimate evidentiary basis. Do you really think, Mr. President, that you are more “lethal” because you decided to stick with the gender that someone assigned you at birth?

If you are serious about “lethality,” however, then I suggest your action is misguided. If you wanted “lethality,” you should have reinstated the draft and put, at the top of the list, the thousands of convicted murderers in the United States today.

On the other side of the coin, you should have excluded everyone from the military who has once had a compassionate thought. How can they be trusted, in a time of crisis, to obey your orders to kill? You should also have excluded anyone who has ever voted for a Democrat. How can they be trusted to follow your murderous commands? Most of them believe you’re non compos mentos anyway.

Sir, I realize that if you follow my advice, the military will shrink to about 5% of its present size, but it will certainly be “lethal.”

Very truly yours,

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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One Response to A letter to the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW re lethality

  1. brucejberger says:

    ps — For the added lethality of your army, why not use David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam murderer? He’s crazy, so you have a lot in common.

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