Which is it, Mr. President?

Dear Mr. Trump,

My year-long quest to write to you and elicit a response is almost coming to an end. It was foolish to think that you’d write back. I’m not one of your billionaire friends, and I’m not a thuggish dictator. I’m just one voter who will do everything he can possibly do to make “Trumpism” a thing of the past.

I see now that you have a problem with Michael Wolf’s book. How typical of you that you argue both (1) that the book is scandalous and a pack of lies and (2) that confidences were betrayed, that Stephen Bannon had been sworn to secrecy.

If he told lies to Wolff, that has nothing to do with secrecy. Secrecy pertains only to withholding the truth.

So, which is it? If secrecy is your concern, Bannon told the truth. If lying is your concern, then you cannot logically hold him to any promise of secrecy.

Sir, I will believe everything that came out of Bannon’s mouth and is quoted in this book.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Mr. Trump’s Gift to the Ultra-Rich

Dear Mr. Trump,

I see that you’re bragging to your ultra-rich friends that you’ve just made them a lot richer through your tax bill.

That’s obviously why they wanted you in office, but what about the millions of poor and middle-class people who voted for you, buying into your lies that you would help them? Do you think for an instant that they’ll fail to see the trick you’ve just pulled? A small, temporary increase in the after-tax income of some – by no means all, because many in the middle class will pay more taxes thanks to your thievery – and then the cuts expire. Meanwhile, your corrupt Republican party will soon say “Whoa! We need to cut Medicare and Social Security to balance the budget!” and these cuts of safety net programs won’t matter a bit to your ultra-rich friends, only to the people who mistakenly put you into office.

What you’ve done is akin to chopping up most of the poor and middle-class voters who put you in office – as well as the Americans who didn’t – and feeding them with the parts of their own bodies until they die. Our deaths, your objective, no doubt.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Trump Has Disabled the “Get in Touch” Function on whitehouse.gov, but it won’t stop my writing letters …

Dear Mr. Trump:

You can’t make this up. Now, you’ve banned the words “fetus,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based” from use by the Centers for Disease Control and other government agencies. This is conduct worthy of the Soviet Union. I presume it was your bosom-buddy friend Putin who gave you this advice.

Please remember that you swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States (a document that you never read). The First Amendment states, in no uncertain terms, that federal and state governments “shall make no law …abridging the freedom of speech.” Yes, I know it’s an amendment you don’t care for and I know you were not serious about your oath, but perhaps some brave CDC employee will take you to court, where a judge who knows the law will rule in favor of free speech.

Sir, if you are really going to strike words for the dictionary, however, then banning the following words is in keeping with your personality and policies:

“respect” – You should prevent Americans from using this word “respect,” because if they think of respect they may understand that you have no respect for our country’s institutions or for any human being, other than yourself and your billionaire friends.

“love” – You should prohibit the word “love,” because if Americans remember this word they might think it’s their obligation to love their neighbor, as the Bible tells us, and you have no love for America’s neighbors or anyone who’s not White, male, and Christian.

“truth” – You should ban the word “truth,” because you’ve demonstrated you have no regard for it, and if Americans think of “truth” they might focus on your unending, disgusting lies, e.g., that the reputation of the FBI is in tatters, that members of your campaign – including your son and your son-in-law – did not collude with the Russians, that President Obama was not born in the United States.

“compassion” – You should ban the word “compassion,” because it reminds us that your decision to rob future generations needlessly, to pay more money to corporations and today’s rich through your so-called tax reform, is the least compassionate thing you could do.

So, Sir, do you see how much more you could accomplish by banning just these four words, instead of the first seven you’re banning right now? Oh, wait. The other four words are on the next list? That list is coming out as soon as these first seven words are gone?

Now I understand.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

P.S. — Don’t think for a second that, by disabling the “Get in Touch” function on WhiteHouse.gov, you’re going to stop me and others from writing to you.

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The truth will come out soon … a letter to Mr. Trump

Dear Mr. Trump,

I’m thinking now of how you repeatedly lied about President Obama’s birthplace. By suggesting that he was not born in the United States, you revealed as nothing else could your racist ideology. (“If he was black, he couldn’t be one of us.”) It goes along with your other racist views, your refusal to rent to black families until you were forced to do so by legal action, your denunciation of Islam, your embrace of the Nazis and KKK’ers who marched in Charlottesville as “very fine people,” your misogyny and p***y grabbing, your support for the child molester Roy Moore, your sucking up to Putin, and the list goes on and on.

I have a theory that you were not born in the United States, and who cares what your birth certificate says, because that could have been forged. My theory – I’m sending investigators out right now for evidence – is that you were not born at all, but hatched in a KGB laboratory, in the then Soviet Union, precisely to be planted here at a young age and groomed to do Russia’s bidding. No wonder your National Security Advisor Gen. Flynn secretly told a friend on inauguration day that sanctions were gone. Only through the foresight and dedication of true Americans – our FBI, our free press – was your link to the Russians outed and your plans thwarted, at least for now.

The truth will come out, sir. Just wait. It won’t be long now.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Your love for Roy Moore … a letter to Mr. Trump

Dear Mr. Trump,

You’ve embraced a murdering dictator – more than one, to be accurate – so why not embrace a child molesting Senate candidate?

In your world, a grown man trying to take advantage of a 14-year-old girl is not only not wrong, it’s fine, it’s what “very fine people” should do. Roy Moore, in your judgment, is exactly the kind of person who will “make America great again.”

You obviously share Roy Moore’s affection for those good old days of slavery, don’t you? The days when WHITE families were together, although black families could be torn apart on a whim and black women could be raped, with impunity, by their WHITE slaveholders.

You obviously love the man who – even though he was sworn to uphold the law – disobeyed the United States Supreme Court. That makes him a hero in your eyes. No doubt you agree with him that Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress. That pesky First Amendment that requires the government to be neutral as to religion has got to go! (But that Second Amendment, that we need to keep and let it run roughshod over common sense.)

Roy Moore is a man whose principles you love, sir, and apparently your Republican party loves him as well. Won’t that make America great again, when all grown men can attack 14-year-old girls and get away with it? And be proud of it?

Sir, he is a man after your own heart.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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A letter to the White House about what it means to write …

Dear Mr. Trump,

If you ever read my letters to you, you might wonder why I keep trying to get in touch, when it’s obvious that you will never respond, nor any of your lackeys.

You might be amused at how much of my scarce time I devote to these letters, which I know will be buried with millions of other like letters for decades after you leave office and will be excavated by future historians only by the most miraculous of circumstances. Yes, I accept the fact that my words to you will sit in a federal government server somewhere, a digital record of my thoughts and feelings – occasionally advice – that that you will never see.

Here’s something you’re probably not aware of, though. I share these letters publicly, in as many social media as I can: Facebook (two pages), Linked-In, Twitter, and my own website. I want my readers – few though they may be – to know that a writer should do what he does best, write, when our country is in grave peril. I want to encourage my readers likewise to do what they do best, whatever that might be: write, talk, plan, organize, support your impeachment (unlikely), vote to put your opponents in office (much more likely), strengthen each other in resisting in every lawful way possible this national nightmare named Trump.

Mr. Trump, sir, I want people to believe that the truth will come out some day and that America will survive.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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What does “your base” mean anyway, Mr. President? A new letter ….

Dear Mr. Trump,

Despair is in the air about the kind of hatred you have brought about in our country and the irreparable harm that you are doing to its institutions. I know that fact pleases you, sir. I know that you live and breathe to increase the pain and wretchedness of those of us who want a diverse, pluralistic society.

You keep feeding the hatreds of your “base” – such as retweeting groundless and malicious attacks against Muslims and immigrants – and it occurs to me that the term “base” is well-used in relation to you and your most ardent Ku Klux Klan and Nazi supporters.

“Base” means the bottom layer, and those who hate along with you are at the lowest rung of society. You might substitute the word “dregs” for the haters you have encouraged, for those like you who debase women – which you bragged about, of course that’s your voice, come on – for those who would steal from the middle class and from future generations to provide unnecessary tax cuts to your billionaire friends.

“Base” is also defined in a way even more appropriate for you, which I quote from http://www.dictionary.com/browse/base:

(1) morally low; without estimable personal qualities; dishonorable; meanspirited; selfish; cowardly.
(2) of little or no value; worthless.
(3) debased or counterfeit.
(4) characteristic of or befitting an inferior person or thing.

So, when I hear you are doing things for your “base,” when I hear that you are catering to your “base,” I understand perfectly, sir.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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