Should the White House occupant read what he signs and understand it …?

Dear Mr. Trump,

I find it mind-boggling that you don’t realize that you, yourself, signed the current effort at a travel ban. You are blaming the Department of Justice? That’s amazing, since you are the head of the Executive Branch of our government, of which the Department of Justice is a part. The did what you told them to do. This tells me again that you do not realizing what you are reading; that you don’t even take the time to read the papers placed before you for your signature.

My advice, sir, is that you stop trying to blame everyone else but yourself. Recognize that the revised travel ban is equally offensive as the first travel ban, in that your animus is against a religion and that you are violating the First Amendment of the United States Constitution by discriminating on the basis of faith.

And, by the way, sir, stop trying to turn Britain’s tragedies to your political advantage. You are callous as well as thoughtless.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Dear Mr. Trump,

In the email your office sent to me yesterday, you bragged that you had “kept your promise to put American first” by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord.

Yes. You have put America first:

First in untrustworthiness.

First in dishonor.

First in deceit.

First in stupidity.

You must be so proud of yourself, by accomplishing all of these firsts. How can you stand to accomplish so many firsts for America?

I have another first that I pray you will accomplish. The first occupant of the White House to be removed from office by impeachment.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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High Crimes and Felonies, sent to the White House today …

Dear Mr. Trump:

Acting as a Grand Jury, with millions of fellow Americans serving as co-Grand Jurors, I do hereby accuse you of the following High Crime and Felonies:

1. The Hate Crime of pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Accords, an act of hate toward all inhabitants of the Earth, present and future, human and non-human

2. The Hate Crime of depriving 23 million of your fellow citizens of health care coverage, an act of hate against the poor and underprivileged, so that you and your rich cronies can pay fewer dollars in taxes

3. The Hate Crime of lying to the American electorate in promising to bring back jobs, an act of hate against the gullible and all the others who trusted you were honest

The penalty for such offenses includes going down in history as the worst president this country has ever had, bar none. Because your crimes threaten to end history altogether, you may sadly never endure the full infamy that your crimes merit. It will therefore be your own descendants who suffer from destruction of their world’s climate, from the consequences of your uncaring about other people, and from an awakening of understanding among those who mistakenly put their trust in you.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Pathetic

Dear Mr. Trump,

We can see what a thug you are as you belligerently push aside another world leader to step in front of him, as you puff up your stature to try to look important, as that arrogant smirk on your face shows what a strong man you think yourself. It’s so sad that the world’s view of our country is that we elected such a person – no manners, no honest, no intelligence, no compassion, no common sense – to be our president. Sadder still is the fact that you did win the election, yes, clearly with cheating by encouraging and facilitating Russian interference.

My generation will not outlive the shame and harm, and whether my children’s generation will do so is impossible to say. Your behavior continues to create new harms and existential dangers for all of us. One word describes our country’s situation, the result of you and your supporters: pathetic.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Manchester, A Poem

A bomb rips through young girls deliriously

happy one moment

shrieking and dying the next

Moving from jubilant life to dust

in a stride

music still in their hearts

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Exercise is the thing, Mr. President …

Dear Mr. Trump,

The reports on your current foreign trip are distressing. You look unwell, fatigued, etc. Who knew that being president could be so demanding? I do remember when you criticized Hillary for not having stamina. Now, I guess, you’re going to try to prove that you do have stamina.

Here are some tips: golf is not cardiovascular exercise, unless you’re carrying your own clubs. Nor is Tweeting, although you may ultimately develop soreness of the thumbs. Although you would do well to run spell-check before hitting “send,” that is not really running for exercise. Closing the door of the Oval Office so that your Attorney General cannot hear your appeal to the FBI director to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn is not exercise either. Yes, even if you slammed the door 100 times in a row, that would not count as real exercise. Reaching for Melania’s hand is not exercise either. Sure, I know that you had to walk all the way from the plane on that glaringly hot red carpet without help, but that’s not exercise either.

So, Mr. Trump, what are you going to do about this situation? Warren Harding, you know, died of a heart attack in his first term. You don’t want that to happen to you, do you?

Here are more tips:

1.Take a great long hike along the rivers damaged irrevocably by mining waste. On your hike, why don’t you put your hand in the water and imagine trying to swim in the filth? Or, you may decide not to imagine; you may even go for a swim. But wait: that would endanger your health, too, wouldn’t it? “More than 40 percent of West Virginia’s rivers are too polluted to pass simple water-quality safety thresholds. They are too polluted to be safely used for drinking water or recreation, or to support healthy aquatic life.” This, according to Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

2. Instead of using a pen to sign your executive orders, why don’t you hold off until you     can use a 20-pound weight with an ink-point attached? That will build up your arm strength and save a lot of the citizens of this great country a great deal of trouble in the meantime.

3. When the evidence of your complicity with Russia’s interference in our election is amassed, you can get great exercise by moving the boxes of documents and tapes back and forth among the various investigative bodies.

So, I guess there are a variety of ways for you to build up your stamina, sir. I encourage you to use these that I have recommended and look for others as well.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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Responding to a White House “1600 Daily” Email

May 16, 2017

Dear Mr. Trump,

As responsible citizens pray and patiently wait for your impeachment, I am pressed to respond to your recent “1600 Daily” email, which I received because I asked to be fed these White House loony-tune missives when I posted letters to you. Your most recent “1600 daily” makes claims about what the press has allegedly said that are patently misleading.

First, you quoted The Hill as stating that “Trump visited the U.S. Capitol earlier Monday to pay tribute to all law enforcement officers and gave remarks at an event held on the west lawn of the building.” – (emphasis in original). The Hill did note your visit and remarks, but the quoted statement does not appear in the article you cited, and The Hill certainly did not emphasize anything. These are not The Hill’s remarks and emphasis, but your own. Talk about “fake news.”

Second, you quote Real Clear Politics as stating: “Congress has taken the first step to keep our promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare. But we can’t stop now. We’re not done working to save our constituents from this disastrous law and give doctors and patients – not government – control over health care decisions.” – However, these were not the remarks of Real Clear Politics, as you suggested, but those of Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), writing an opinion piece, not a piece of political reporting.

Third, you quote Reuters, again adding your own emphasis. “A private gauge of U.S. home builder sentiment unexpectedly rose in May to its second strongest level since the housing bust nearly a decade ago, as the existing supply of homes remained tight. “ Yes, Reuters did write this, but said nothing whatsoever to imply that this positive sign had anything to do with your presidency.

Does your attempt to deceive the American public never end? How stupid do you think we are?

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger

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