What’s in a name?

Dear President Trump,

I want to say how sorry I am that Secretary of State Tillerson privately called you a moron. Part of draining the swamp finding a cabinet that is honest with the public, and surely, at the time, Tillerson should have put his remarks out there for the entire country to contemplate. How can the country operate effectively with all these behind-the-scenes analyses of your ability?

Secondly, I feel that Tillerson should have been taken to task – and probably fired outright – for vagueness. What is a moron, after all? One dictionary definition provides a long list of possibilities: “fool, idiot, ass, blockhead, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, imbecile, cretin, dullard, simpleton, and clod.” See Google Definition of Moron. He failed to indicate one or more of these 12 possibilities he intended.

Third, and worst, I don’t think any of them really apply to you. You have often talked about your high IQ, and I feel, honestly, that you would score at least 110, maybe even 120, certainly above average, much higher than what the appellation “moron” suggests.

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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