Are Things Going to Unravel and Make Sense Soon? – May 8, 2017

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Dear Donald,

Now I see why your administration didn’t want anyone to hear what Sally Yates had to say in regards to the investigation. She outlined how back in January she had a meeting at the White House with Don McGahn and shared her concerns about how Flynn had lied and could be blackmailed by the Russian because of the lies.

So not only were you and your administration warned by Obama against hiring Flynn to be part of your security aid, you were also warned by Sally Yates. What on earth led you to still work with him? With this knowledge, how did you in good conscious continue to move forward?

You did move on of course as we all know, and then when it was revealed that Flynn had his interactions with Kislak, you and your administration still stood beside him. Conway claimed that you had “full confidence” in him still, only to be followed by the next day’s news that you fired him.

That being said, the following day you made this statement

“Gen. Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he has been treated very, very unfairly by the media, as I call it, the fake media in many cases. And I think it is really a sad thing that he was treated so badly.”

….I’m sorry, but what?? I really don’t understand how there is any logic to be found in these series of events. I guess we will just have to see what else the investigation pulls up and see if anything surfaces that helps put these pieces together in a way that makes sense. I wonder if this is the first little string that can be tugged and help everything else unravel.

Sincerely,
A Solicitous Citizen

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When Do You Wake Up and Smell the Coffee? – March 7, 2017

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Dear Donald,

I really hope that you caught Obama’s speech he made in Boston as he accepted the annual Profile in Courage Award. He talked about how doing the right thing can come at a cost, reminding us of the people of congress who sacrificed their chances of reelection to stand up and do what they felt was the right thing to do in bringing about the ACA.

“I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential. But it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm — those who often have no access to the corridors of power.”

I think it would be so easy to say that of course Obama has disagreements with what you and your administration is trying to do. It would be so easy to write it all off by saying he’s a Democrat, you’re a Republican and the priorities you hold and how you execute your plans are going to be worlds apart. For those that would use those as excuses, I would love to hear the reasons on why Bush Junior can’t seem to find himself agreeing with you ether.

Long before Obama’s speech even took place, Bush has verbalized his criticism of you and what and how your administration is handling things.

At what point do you wake up and see that something isn’t right and things really need to change?

Sincerely,
A Solicitous Citizen

“Lies do not become us” – May 5, 2017

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Dear Donald,

More news on the Russia investigation says that the Senate Intelligence Committee is asking for all records of communications with Russian officials. For those that don’t comply it seems that it paves the way for subpoenas to be issued for the information. I guess the choice is to give it up by your own volition or have it taken. I wonder what the responses will be like and if it all goes smoothly. Will connections be found? What will happen if hard evidence is found that means that things happened that shouldn’t have. Hmm, maybe nothing will come of it at all except to put all of these questions to rest.

If something is found, will you and your administration try to hide it under the guise of fake news and the media out to get you? I think it is very damaging to our country’s reputation the way that you just tweet so irresponsibly and just perpetuate this “fake news” propaganda against news that you don’t like.

There is a difference between fake news, and different perspectives. Just because you may not like someone’s interpretation of the events as they see it from their perspective, does not make it fake news. Fake news, is a story created out of nothing that occurred at all. Lies.

Please stop cultivating this culture of lies and distrust.

Sincerely,
A Solicitous Citizen

So That Happened… – May 4, 2017

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Dear Donald,

So, you got the Affordable Care Act repealed in Congress. I’m sure you are pretty ecstatic. One thing I found interesting to note is that the Congressional Exemption is still in place and it is set to be dealt with separately. Now it’s hard to say whether this is for their own convenience, or for the sake of not putting off this vote once again, but interesting to note nonetheless.

I supposed one could say it’s not over until the fat lady sings, because this still has to go through the senate, but I think you and I both know it’s a pretty done deal.

Every House Democrat voted no, but unfortunately they do not hold the majority so with 217 House Republican voting yes, it passed. It’s so frustrating to see how close the margins were, but the vote count just wasn’t enough to stop this in the second round.

This is only going to get uglier, and there is not much that can be done. The country will just have to sit back and see how you decide to write our future for us.

Sincerely,
A Solicitous Citizen

American Health Care Act, Round 2 – May 3, 2017

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Dear Donald,

I’m just going to keep today’s letter short and sweet. Tomorrow’s vote on the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is really taking my attention right now. It seems that this new bill is gaining traction and that this bill is more likely to pass.

While it isn’t really clear if this bill will have support from conservatives, the House Republicans were really sent home with an earful, as this article puts it: the House Republican Conference was left with a stark choice: Reject the measure and take the blame previously left at the feet of conservatives for undermining a central goal of the administration, or give it the nod, please voters who want a repeal, and risk taking a potentially fatal hit in the next election for approving a measure expected to leave tens of millions of Americans without insurance.

I’m just holding my breath to see what happens tomorrow, as it seems like for sure this vote is going to happen tomorrow. While I know there have been some changes made to the bill, it didn’t change enough to change the fact that a lot of people still stand to lose so much. Nothing substantial has really changed in the bill over all, just a few minor tweaks to say it’s different.

I’m over here hoping that some people can still exercise empathy for the people this will affect and really cast their votes with those people in mind.

Sincerely,
A Solicitous Citizen

Are you for Democracy or Not? – May 2, 2017

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Dear Donald,

You have to stop and take a minute before sending off tweets. I understand that these are just your off the cuff thoughts, but you aren’t doing yourself any favors by not taking a minute to really think about what you’re saying. You really can have a tendency to come off as ignorant and rash.

“President Andrew Jackson, who died 16 years before the Civil War started, saw it coming and was angry. Would never have let it happen!” @realDonaldTrump 5:55PM – 1 May 2017

“The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We….” @realDonaldTrump 6:01AM – 2 May 2017

“either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix mess!”

Now for the Andrew Jackson tweet, I just can’t get into that. That’s a rabbit hole I just won’t even try to go down. I wouldn’t even know where to begin with that.

Addressing the government shutdown on the other hand, while I’m sure this is probably largely due to the fact that you are frustrated with the fact that your bills are not passing in Congress. Although throwing out the baby out with the bathwater seems a bit extreme don’t you think?

As President of the United States, I really wish you’d take on a more mature, reasonable adult position when you do things. I don’t know if you realize it, but a lot of what you do sounds like huffing and puffing and playing the blame game on why things are screwed. You make these threats, and it just sounds like you are trying to bully people into doing things your way.

These setbacks happen because we are collectively telling you that this is not we want. We have a democracy here, not a dictatorship.

 

Sincerely,
A Solicitous Citizen

You Can’t Lose Touch of Reality – May 1, 2017

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Dear Donald,

So why don’t you feel comfortable expanding on your accusations that Obama and his administration were spying on you? You can’t say these kinds of things without expecting that people will really want you to clarify exactly what you mean. You can have your own opinions, but that doesn’t mean that they are true or based in fact.

Your administration has been trying to portray you as a competent president and demonstrate progress to show for your first 100 days in office, but with interactions like this interview you cut short with CBS, it really doesn’t seem to match up.

You don’t always seem to act very presidential, or as someone who tries to put their best foot forward as the face of our nation. I get the impression that you just say whatever pops in your head, and perhaps that you like to get reactions from saying shocking things, but perhaps you find it frustrating when people try to keep you honest and fact check you.

I don’t know if your administration doesn’t help prep you before interviews, or if you just simply stubbornly refuse to, but perhaps you should start. If you are going into these interviews winging it, I’m here to tell you it’s not working for you. You could probably would come off a bit more intelligent if you spent some time preparing.

The whole bit about President Andrew Jackson in your interview with Salena Zito was just so embarrassing. Your tangents have to start making sense if you want to be taken seriously. This making up your own reality isn’t going to cut it.

Sincerely,
A Solicitous Citizen

Wow, So You’d Run Again? – April 30, 2017

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Dear Donald,

Well, after reading the transcript from your interview with “Face the Nation” John Dickerson, I guess I got the wrong impression from your Reuters interview. You are putting on a happy face for the job, saying that you really love it and think you are doing a good job. When directly asked about how you thought it would be easier you said that it’s tough, but that you’ve had things that were tougher, but that you’ll let us know if that is still the case after eight years.

I was just so surprised that you think that you could possibly serve two terms. You think foreign policy is going well, and that relationships with other leaders are going great, and any media out there that says otherwise is fake.

You tried to call out John as one of the sources of news that you call fake and called the show“Deface the Nation”. As he tried to have a reasonable debate with you about stories that you didn’t like, you kept cutting him off and shutting him down. You didn’t want a discussion, you just wanted to say your piece and move on with no rebuttal.

I’m sorry, but with that kind of attitude, I should hope that you don’t serve two terms. You aren’t open to listen to the people you are trying to serve. You seem to just want things to be your way or the highway.

Sincerely,
A Solicitous Citizen

Are You In It For the Long Haul? – April 28, 2017

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Dear Donald,

I can’t say that I blame you for missing your old life. You had it made, but I suppose it’s a classic case of thinking the grass is going to be greener on the other side.

Man oh man Donald, don’t you wish you had listened to your buddy Howard Stern? Stern said you hate being president.

“I really was sincere, I said, ‘Why would you want to be the president of the United States? You’re not going to be beloved, it’s going to be a f*cking nightmare in your life,”

I mean, to be perfectly honest, Stern summed it up pretty well.

“He stepped into a situation that’s really not a win for him,” he added. “He’s a 70 year-old guy, he’s got a great life, gorgeous wife, great kids, he’s got helicopters, airplanes, all the accoutrements of the great life… so now to step into this f*cking mess, and for what? There are people who are better suited for this kind of thing. He didn’t need this in his life.”.

I have to say I agree, you had a good thing going and you really didn’t need this in your life. Now that you’ve gotten a taste of what this really means, and you know that this isn’t what you wanted, will you stick it out? Or will you resign and let someone else pick up the reins?

Sincerely,
A Solicitous Citizen

Flynn Headlines…Again – April 27, 2017

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Dear Donald,

I saw one of the big headlines today that new documents have been released that show Michael Flynn was warned by the Defense Intelligence Agency against accepting foreign payments as he reached retirement. According to Rep. Elijah Cummings, it seems that this documenting is raises some important questions about who Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was explicitly warned by the Pentagon.

Of course Michael Flynn’s lawyer has his job cut out for him in trying to defend Flynn, and he issued a statement disagreeing with the characterization that Representative Cummings made of the released document. Flynn’s lawyer goes on to say that Flynn was forthcoming with providing a thumb drive of documents/information to the US military officials.

When you were asked about whether or not you had any regrets about Flynn, I think it’s amusing to note that your response was “thank you”. I suppose you thought that was a clever way to avoid answering a question you didn’t like, but then again, I think your reluctance to  answer speaks volumes.

Once again, another display of not wanting to take ownership of anything negative that may be connected to you or a result of a decision you made.

Sincerely,
A Solicitous Citizen