Dear Mr. President Trump,
It’s been a month since you were sworn in Mr. President. I really doubt you’d actually read my blog post, and I’m totally okay with you not reading it. I decided to write this post as a semi-something letter to you to try and figure out my own personal thoughts on what is going on with your Administration.
My name is Heather, I come from a middle-class family in a small town located in Michigan, and am working toward a Master’s degree in Architecture. I wish to change the world through positive architectural changes. Also, I am registered as unaffiliated, and I do swing back and forth from time to time between democrat and republican. I find that to be okay and find it to be ideal. Sometimes i vote democrat, sometimes I vote republican. It all depends on the individual and if they’re worthy of the position they’re seeking.
First things first.
I don’t trust you. I get why many would, but I am myself and an individual and rather skeptical of all authority and leaders. They have to earn my respect before I find them okay and before I feel like I can back them in some shape or form. You’ve yet to convince me, and the deranged tweets you send continue to not convince me you’re ready for my unaffiliated support. Which is fine by me, I can continue to dislike you – but I prefer to find a medium ground of which to gather my footing about you.
I’ve yelled at my family because of you. Because they chose to not put you under a magnifying glass like I have. I can burn you alive like an ant on a sidewalk with my magnifying glass – totally hypothetical – and nitpick at every detail and every move you make. But that’s exhausting, so instead I chose to block you out of my life as much as I can.
Your executive orders are rushed. Truth be told, it worries me greatly – as an individual with generalized anxiety disorder – that you may not have the best interests of every american if you just slap ink on paper without reading it fully, comprehending its meaning, and understanding its consequences. I know you’re doing your best, but in my mind, you’re going about this a bit too quickly and not many people are able to keep up. It causes panic, mayhem, and chaos.
This temporary immigration ban, while understandable, was put together so haphazardly that people with green cards, those already approved and welcomed, are being detained. Why is that? Poor wording perhaps. Just promise to read before you sign. The terms and agreements may be long and lengthy, but reading them to figure out if it’s requesting your soul and your first born child is indeed important. I implore you to look over everything with a fine tooth comb. I know it’s boring, I’m still in school and textbooks are boring – but it’s important to understand the topic.
Your cabinet picks are confusing in the sense that you chose people to run them who want to take the services and departments down. Why is that? DeVos isn’t a good candidate for public education – she’s never been to a public school and she doesn’t know what it’s like to be in a public school. I was in public school in my little town. It was a pleasant experience. I know many inner cities need assistance with education, but honestly, someone who really cares about children’s future – rich or poor – would be a better candidate for the position. This is just an example. There are many others, but I feel that if I continue on, I’d find myself with a super huge multi-page blog post of rambling.
I don’t want to believe you’re like what the media says Mr. President, but you’ve yet to convince me otherwise. It’s okay too. I prefer to see you as someone to be skeptical of. In fact, I voted for Hillary Clinton as my gut told me you weren’t someone to be trusted. I didn’t vote for Obama for either terms, and I found respect for President Obama, but it took me 3 years to do so. So I wish I could trust you, as yes, you are my current president… but yet there hasn’t been evidence of trustworthiness. It may take time, and the proof is in the pudding.
This wall situation – it’ll never be fully built. I come from a construction background and will tell you that it’s more complicated than you can ever imagine. Sure, yes, you come from real estate or whatever, but at the same time… I live it and breath it. It’ll take years to get the permits you need, because people will fight you tooth and nail. It would take years to gather the materials because not every material is made in america anymore. Also, it would take years to build it, because people will fight you tooth and nail. Before long, your term… or terms… will be up and the next president will tear it down. It’s just a waste of time and a waste of money. Don’t you think?
Don’t believe that wall will remain up forever. Payment for this wall is a whole different issue that I could discuss at length. Forcing another country to pay for a wall on our property is like Mexico forcing us to pay for a wall on their property. It’s rather unthinkable.
We shouldn’t be building walls Mr. President, but bridges instead. I know it sounds like a bunch of hippie hooplah, but it is true. If we could be friends with our neighbors and friends with other countries, we can do great things. You sacrifice liberty for a small deal of safety.
Because our country was built by other countries, it is ironic to state “America First”. We need them, they need us. We shouldn’t turn our back on our allies because we have a scratch on our hand. They will turn their backs on us when we need them most as well – they’ll watch us burn instead of providing support. So be careful Mr. President.
So here is my advice to you Mr. President.
Care about all people – not just Christians. We’re a mixing pot of immigrants from all countries near and far. Not everyone is Christian, not everyone believes – please include these people. Mr. President, care about America’s health, care about their education, care about their livelihood. If we are healthy and happy, we are a more productive and prosperous society. Care about the young adults who cannot get a leg up in America because of the mountain of student loan debt they are in. Help them succeed and you’ll see america succeed. Do not see the world in a black in white fashion. All issues have shades of grey to them and are complex in nature, so please don’t think a black and white law will solve a shades of grey issue. It will just upset a great deal of Americans, and you will alienate them, when in fact you need them.
Great responsibility comes with a price. That price is a magnifying glass of scrutiny. You’re under it Mr. President, not only by me – but by many Americans. Prove us wrong. Not by words, but by actions.
God Bless You, and God Bless America… the land I love.