I believe there is a better-than-average chance you will be the Republican candidate for President of the United States in the next election. I was watching on TV when you announced your intention to run and quick to tweet my interest.
Your forcefulness, your confidence and your candor got my attention. Listening to you, I was reminded of men like Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, men who were unafraid to think outside the box, men who bluntly spoke their minds, men of giant ego, men who were great leaders, men who were highly criticized, men who are remembered…
If the politician in you is curious about what demographic I represent, I will satisfy that curiosity. I am a white female evangelical between the ages of 50 – 60, not to put too fine a point on that last marker. I live in Orlando, Florida.
I have been a registered voter, a Republican conservative, ever since I began voting at the age of 18. However, I voted for Barack Obama in the last two elections after analyzing the trouble in my own party and deciding to sever my long-standing affiliation.
Now, like the prodigal son, I have returned and, as the song says, hope I won’t get fooled again.
I voted in the last two elections for someone who is a gifted speaker. I believe I share that same ability, though I mostly speak through the written word. However useful eloquence and passion may be, they do not guarantee one is well-suited to run a country…
I would no more run for public office than fly to the moon.
You want to make America great again Mr. Trump, as do I.
Sometimes with the help of the media, and sometimes of your own accord, you come across like a bull in a china shop. I am sure you are aware of this and I make my observation without malice or intent to criticize.
It is time this country stops worrying so much about the possible impact of our actions on the damn china and starts worrying about what really matters! I strongly suspect you would agree with that statement.
I am a blogger and human rights activist. To date, my blog is read by persons in eighty countries. My readers are male, female, all age groups, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, atheist and from all political persuasions and ethnicities.
I do not write for “my fellow Americans.” I write for my fellow man. I have a voice and I am unafraid to use it. I offer you, with my blog, a platform to weigh in on a specific topic I have not yet heard discussed on the campaign trail.
I know you do not need money and that is good for I have none to give you. I am not rich by material standards. I have, however, been abundantly blessed with the same spirit that caused Tom Brokaw to write the book and coin the phrase “The Greatest Generation.” Those individuals he wrote about are described as “men and women who fought not for fame and recognition, but because it was the right thing to do.”
Here, now, is what I care about, Mr. Trump. Here is what I, and many others who I represent, are fighting for. I begin with the event that opened my eyes as never before to the need, the corruption, the injustice in a world wider than my own.
I refer to the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
The tragedy and the trial have been covered ad nauseum so I will refrain from unnecessary detail.
All but the most casual observer and the willfully ignorant know that, following the initial tragedy of the bombing, another equally heartrending tragedy took place when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was subjected to the sham and spectacle we saw at his trial and sentencing.
Many lives were destroyed or forever changed on the day of the marathon. Many more were as cruelly altered in the days and months that followed.
And now, directly related to the initial event, many lives are finding their purpose and are coming together to speak out, using varied and God-given talents and abilities, to right a terrible wrong.
My website is writingthewrongforjahar.com. On it, I have become a voice for the voiceless.
You may read this letter and your advisors may tell you this topic is a political hot potato that a wise man, or woman, should avoid at all costs.
I am hopeful that will not be the case and if it is that you will not heed their advice. My sense is that you did not ascend to your current position in life by religiously listening to the advice of others. I rather like that about you.
The following is an excerpt from one of my blog posts entitled “Where Does It End?”
“A prosecutor who does not understand proportionality and who regularly uses the threat of unjust and overreaching charges to extort plea bargains from defendants regardless of their guilt is a danger to the life and liberty of anyone who might cross her path.”
I found that sentence on a “We the People” petition calling for the removal of Carmen Ortiz from office following the untimely death of Aaron Swartz. If I had been an activist back then, I would have signed it.
How do people corrupt their way? They do it one blurred line at a time. Opportunities to blur the line here and there reveal what is, or isn’t, in our character. I had one of those opportunities last week.
A letter arrived from the city advising me I had neglected to purchase a certain type business license. (There really ought to be laws against letters like that arriving on Friday at 5pm after offices are closed!)
Having the whole weekend to fret, fume and fear over it put me in quite a state by Monday morning when I called, bright and early, to argue my case, which was simple:
1) I did not have the money
2) My business had no physical presence; I would only be selling online and
3) None of my friends with successful online businesses had had to do this
It didn’t matter.
Luke 12:48 says “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required.”
When I hung up the phone, I realized the following statement is also true, though you won’t find it in the Bible:
“From him who has absolutely nothing, more will be expected and taken – with a penalty, if necessary.”
Sometimes, without meaning to, people will tell you how to get around a requirement. You just have to know what you’re hearing when you hear it. At the risk of sounding like a whiny brat, I inquired how come my friends were able to avoid paying these fees and still sell online. When she explained how the city found out about the existence of my business I had my answer.
I registered my fictitious business name with the state in order to create a sole proprietorship – they didn’t. Who knew? That step alone had already cost me plenty. Now, I realized, all I had to do was close my business under the current name, reopen it under a new name and I would be home free. I could start selling online and no one would be the wiser.
Seemed simple enough… until God weighed in on my plan.
At the end of the day, all we have is our integrity. If we begin to blur the line here and there, our Christianity is worth nothing – we are no better, no different. than an unbeliever. That’s what He said.
God can be a real party-pooper sometimes, but I knew deep down He was right.
When a kindly benefactor provided the money to pay for the license, I was glad I had decided to do the right thing and trusted God to provide. Living with integrity just plain feels good – whether you’re broke or not!
If ever we needed integrity, Mr. Trump – it’s now and not just in our leaders but in ourselves.
The American people do not feel their current leaders are listening to them. I believe you understand this to be one of the factors driving people to support presidential candidates, such as yourself, who are seen as outsiders.
The petition sent by “We the People” requesting the removal of Carmen Ortiz from her position as State’s Attorney for Massachusetts was ignored. I believe the official response was: the Whitehouse does not handle employee performance matters by petitions.
Indeed. They don’t seem to handle them – period.
Before Eric Holder left office, he had to decide whether or not the death penalty would be sought in the case of the Boston Marathon bombing. While that decision was still on the table, still on his plate, I sent him the following email:
Dear Mr. Holder,
As you consider the appropriateness of the death penalty in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, I must weigh in on the side of mercy. I was encouraged to read that you are personally against the death penalty. As a born-again Christian, I too am personally against it. There is a living and active God who is monitoring closely the events surrounding this case and He takes specific interest, and is surely carrying out a divine plan in the life of the accused, though Dzhokhar is likely not aware that this is occurring as of yet.
This past week I was led of the Lord to re-watch the movie Ben-Hur. I strongly recommend that you do so before making your final decision regarding Dzhokhar and the death penalty.
“I know there is a law in life that blood gets more blood as dog begets dog. Death generates death as the vulture breeds the vulture. But the voice I heard today on the hill said “Love your enemy. Do good to those who despitefully use you.”
These words are as relevant in an email to you, Mr. Holder, as Attorney General tasked with deciding whether or not to recommend the death penalty for Dzhokhar, as they were when spoken in the movie by a faith-filled wife to a bitter and grieving Judah Ben-Hur following the tragedy suffered on him, his mother and sister by Messala, a boyhood friend turned deadly enemy.
The more I watched the movie, the more amazed I became by the obvious parallels; at so many points, the name Tamerlan Tsarnaev could have been substituted for the name Messala.
“It was Judah Ben-Hur I loved. What has become of him? You seem to be now the very thing you set out to destroy, giving evil for evil. Hatred is turning you to stone. It’s as though you have become Messala.”
For anyone who believes that putting Dzhokhar to death is justified, it is as if they have become Messala (Tamerlan), giving evil for evil.
When Pontius Pilate says to an angry, vengeful Judah Ben-Hur “Messala is dead. What he did has had its way with him” I nearly felt a wave of shock go through me: Tamerlan is dead and yet there are those who want to destroy a young man who I believe was bullied and forced to go along with a plan he would never have embraced or entertained on his own.
If you choose the path of hate, your decision this week will be a relatively easy one. But I ask once more that you consider this final bit of dialogue from the movie. This time Judah Ben-Hur is speaking: “Almost the moment he (Jesus) died, I heard him say “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And I felt his voice take the sword out of my hand.”
If I were standing before you, Mr. Holder, I would tearfully implore you: take the sword that some in this country want to wield against Dzhokhar, and lay it down. Do not seek the death penalty against this young man.
I am praying for you.
The response to my email was silence.
And now Dzhokhar is on death row.
I wrote to President Obama. The following is part of that letter:
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has just been found guilty of the horrific bombing of the Boston Marathon and related crimes. I have grieved these many months since the bombing over every aspect of this tragedy.
Many believers, me included, have tried, with heart-felt, God-inspired compassion, to send letters to this incarcerated young man. Our letters were returned. Ongoing enforcement of SAMs continues to prevent the accused from receiving or replying to mail from anyone other than immediate family.
I no longer understand the country that I love. How can a country that was founded to be “one nation, under God” from whose shores countless missionaries go out “into all the world to preach the gospel” continue to refuse this inmate exposure to the saving, transformative message of Jesus Christ through letters from sincere believers?
I am not fooled by the argument that it is in the name of national security. Existing protocol already provides for incoming and outgoing inmate mail to be screened.
When did it become a threat to our national security to send letters of hope, encouragement and comfort to an inmate during what is surely the darkest time of their life? Why is it acceptable to isolate an inmate under restrictions that all but guarantee the only voice they will hear, the only ideology they will continue to embrace, remains that which is being largely, whether or not correctly, attributed to the crime for which they are accused?
Or am I making this request to correspond with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev too simple?
If there is another reason for the continued denial of correspondence with him, I can only conclude that it is of a punitive nature. I want to believe we are better than that.
I said a lot more in the letter but it is not necessary that I continue listing it because the response was again silence.
Mr. Trump, you want to stop allowing Muslims into this country for a period of time until “we get this terrorism thing figured out.”
I believe one solution for what you, as President, would be “trying to figure out” is contained within this letter.
I can say with absolute certainty that a leadership and a people who continue to bury their collective heads in the sand will not find the answers they so desperately seek to the problem of terrorism.
And so we arrive at the question I put to you, hoping for a response that I can post on my blog:
If, as our next President, you searched out the claims of those who have followed and investigated the events related to the bombing of the Boston Marathon and your search brought you back to the halls of our own government, what would your response be? Would it be silence? Would it be business-as-usual, looking the other way? Would the guilty be allowed to simply resign and slip back into the citizenry with no one the wiser, while those falsely accused and wrongly convicted continued paying for crimes they did not commit? Would Carmen Ortiz remain as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts? Would you be able to withstand the pressure of threats, bribes, and backroom deals to keep you quiet?
Or would we find in you another leader like Winston Churchill – for such revelations of corruption, cover-up and gross miscarriage of justice, sanctioned by our own government, would surely release an emotional firestorm in this country that would rival the night of the London Blitz, requiring of you the strength he displayed and then some.
What say you, Mr. Trump? This is the ship you would be sailing if you became the next President of the United States of America.
I have posted this letter on my blog in its entirety and will be glad to do the same with any reply you should so graciously offer.
Lynn, Registered Voter, Republican, U.S. Citizen