An open letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump:
Let me introduce myself. I am a 66 year old baby boomer, born-again Christian, nurse with a Master’s Degree. I have worked almost 40 years in the profession of nursing, the last 20 years as a nurse practitioner in a cardiology practice, all in a small city in central Arkansas. I have to maintain a national certification in nursing to do so. I am married and have children, grandchildren, and a great-grandchild, so the future of this country is very important to me. You would be most interested to know that I have never registered with a political party and have considered myself an independent voter for all of my adult life but I found myself becoming an “almost” Republican since it had been decades since I voted for a Democratic presidential candidate–until this year. I’m sure that puts me way down on your list of anyone with anything of any value to say. I doubt that you will ever see what I write. There are some things that I just am compelled to put out there for your consideration, if by some miracle you should see it.
I wish I knew you better. You have been elected President of this great country. I want to respect you. I promise to pray for you. But, through all the debates and tweets and news reports, I feel I have failed to come to know you as a person. Do you read the Bible? Do you pray–sometimes with every breath–as you are making decisions that may make or break this country. Have you read the Constitution? Do you value the Bill of Rights–not just the one about bearing arms, but the one about free speech? As a New Yorker, do you remember the inscription on the Statue of Liberty–the part about sending us your weak and poor? For, you know, other than our Native American brothers, we all come from immigrants–if you trace our lineage back far enough.
You see, somehow, the performances at debates and rallies never let me meet the man that I hope and pray you are. It is unfortunate that there is no “national certification” for one to be eligible to be President of the United States. I confess that all I know about you is that you make lots of promises, you put on a good show, you resent all criticism (and reply with a demeaning tweet about anyone who dares to voice an opinion other than yours), and you are, as promised, turning Washington “upside down”.
I am afraid of so many things that your Presidency may bring. As you select your Cabinet and make some unconventional appointments, as you are blessed with control of both the Senate and the House (and soon, perhaps, the judicial system)–where is the balance of power that our founding fathers designed? I am afraid of some of your promises. The Accountable Care Act has allowed many people in Arkansas to afford healthcare. Please don’t repeal it just because it bears President Obama’s signature. Sure, it’s not perfect, but citizens can at least see a doctor now and get their medicine and go to the hospital with some hope of avoiding bankruptcy or ruined credit. Hospitals can get paid for care previously written off as indigent care. Fix it, don’t repeal it.
I don’t understand your utilization of Twitter. It just doesn’t seem very statesmanlike. Just as I am letting words fly from my computer keys, words I may regret (if I ever post this), you react so quickly to criticisms that are spoken, printed, or inferred by the press or a gifted actress or a news commentator. Let me give you a little tip–much worse things are going to be said during your Presidency because “you can please some of the people some of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.” Are you going to react to every incident defensively, demeaning the culprit? At first I assumed that you did it because your ego is so huge. Now I wonder if your self-esteem is poor enough that you have to “take down” anyone who isn’t your fan. You do realize presidential ratings are not like the Nielsen’s? Do you not ever regret a tweet posted in the heat of the moment? I hope you do, because then I could relate to you.
All this is said to remind you that the Presidency is not a reality show–it is reality. The reality of this office demands revealing some part of your humanity–compassion, patriotism, self-control, faith, and most importantly, humility–not just brash boasting about how wonderful you are and how you are going to make America great again. I believe it’s going to take more than you.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
The people of America need to come back to the values that this country was built upon. For too long many Americans have felt that this country owes them something, while they are willing to do nothing to help this country. Too many work the system instead of working a job. Too many protest authority instead of respecting it. Too many take the road of violence to solve their problems, and, thus, create even more problems. Too many have forgotten that “In God We Trust” is this nation’s motto.
Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. Titus 3:1-2 NIV
This is my pledge, Mr. President Elect, to try to lay aside my doubts about you, to remember that God is in control and that He, in His wisdom, allowed you to win this election, to pray for you, and to pray for this nation. I pray that others, including you, will join me.
6 thoughts on “An open letter to the President Elect…”
Mr Trump is a true patriot who risks his fortune and perhaps his life to restore democracy and the rule of law to American citizens. His election gives hope to our children’s futures.
The corrupt person you voted for promised amnesty and voting rights to millions of illegals in her first 100 days and would have placed anti-Christians judges on the Supreme Court.
America would have been lost.
I appreciate your response. The beauty of our democracy is that each of us can have our vote, our assessments of candidates, and the freedom of speech to express them. I believe that both candidates were flawed. I made my choice but I fully support and pray for Mr Trump to be one of the best presidents this nation has seen.
Your observations about Mr Trump were kindly stated and articulate. Interesting that this last fellow who commented could only speak of the “corrupt person you voted for” and had nothing cogent to say about Mr Trump other than he is a “true patriot”… managing to misuse and defile the words true and patriot in one short sentance. .That is because he is indefensible At least Clemson’s Dabo Swinney last night in victory could speak of his teams determination and will and could reflect with respect and admiration on Mr Saban and his team. Too bad such class is more common on the football field than on the lips of our statesmen and their supporters. It is indeed because we have people of higher IQ, talent and moral authority leading our college football teams today than we have preparing to lead our country. Good news for football, bad news for our country.
Thank you for sharing your observations. I suspect that the two (so far) negative comments that I have received resulted from the reader’s failure to read past the sentence where I acknowledged voting for Secretary Clinton, missing the whole point of the post. I,too, was pleasantly surprised by the humility and grace of Mr Swinney’s words last night.
@jb76504, Our children will probably got a chance to learn a lot about the importance of truth and the consequences of reality over the next four years…it will be an interesting ride full of opportunities for intellectual honesty.
I have been concerned for a while about the damage our Christian witness could suffer from supporting this man. That’s a bigger concern than any persecution coming from another four years of Democrat rule (and TBH even eight years of Obama didn’t bring that much).
BUT…now that Trump is elected, my witness will be damaged if I don’t pray for him or acknowledge the good he’s doing along with any bad.
So I will pray.