I have been thinking about writing you a letter for weeks, to give you a piece of advice. You may wonder who am I to give you advice, taking into consideration that you seem not to take advice from almost anybody? The answer is: nobody. I’m nobody.
But I, and millions like myself, are looking at what is happening just a few days before you move into the White House and we are very worried. Honestly Donald.
I think I know you enough to know what you like. You like to be admired, loved, and applauded by millions; you love to have huge ratings in real life, to become the president with the highest approval rating in history. Doesn’t that sound great?
You are probably too busy watching TV or tweeting or cancelling a visit to the African American History Museum on MLK day to read my letter, but I decided to give it a try anyway.
After you successfully ran your “fact free campaign” you are now stuck with a job that is going to suck the blood right out of your veins. Let’s face it: you are completely unprepared for it and even though you may publicly say that you are the best at everything you do, I believe that down deep inside, maybe just before you fall asleep, together with many millions in the whole world, you ask yourself- what did I get myself into?
But let’s go back to the main reason for my letter, the advice.
Since you’re already the president assuming power with the lowest approval rating in recorded history, things can only be improved, right?
Let’s say that you really (no, really, I mean it) decide to do things that could make millions of people happy. Not only your fan base, but make everybody happy.
Let’s say that you don’t let your friends repeal the Obama care program but try and fix the problems it has. Let’s imagine that 100 million more people get covered because of your decision. Yes, imagine the ratings you could get!!! Forget about the 3 million popular vote difference. Forget about Hillary! (I mean that) 100 million people will do anything for you!
Now imagine that children who want to become doctors or nuclear engineers are able to go to college because it is affordable or even free. See my point? Millions of college educated millennial, who hate you now, will wear T-shirts saying things like “I Love Trump” or “I owe Trump Bigly”.
You get the idea, right? Let’s say you honor the international climate agreements, that you treat other countries with respect, that you stop special interests from poisoning our food and water supply, that you bet on renewable energy resources and more. What would that mean? That the whole world will fall in love with you! And even if that means that you will do everything differently than what you promised during the presidential campaign it would not matter, because you’re doing that anyway.
Knowing that you have bragged about not being a reader, I have extremely low expectations about you reading this letter, but I thought I had to try.
Ah! And one more thing: try to understand Dr. Samuel Johnson’s phrase:
“Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one’s mouth and remove all doubt”.
Journalist. Thinker. Reader. Vegetarian. Mother. Worried citizen.