Dear World, From America

Dear World,

We felt we needed to say something while saying something is still allowed.

We know many of you have lived under malevolent, unhinged dictators before, but this is new for us. For its history our nation has been led by men and women who, despite their varying flaws and deficiencies, some of which were quite disturbing—were by and large, normal human beings. Whatever darkness in them, they had at the very least, a baseline of humanity and decency that more often than not insured rational behavior.

This man is not normal.

He is unstable, malignant, devoid of integrity—and he does not speak for us.

Please understand that nearly three million more people voted for his opponent Hillary Clinton than for him. (Yes, we realize this is completely screwed-up). Millions more voted for other candidates, and sadly nearly 90 million of our people did not vote at all. The point is, the vast majority of Americans are not with him. He does not speak for us. His America is not our America.

Over recent months, we’ve watched long erected pillars of our Republic bulldozed in the stroke of a madman’s pen. We’ve seen the very hallmarks of who we are as a nation tossed in the garbage; the celebration of diverse coexistence, the open welcome to the oppressed, the guarantee of unalienable rights for every person, the same access to health and opportunity and safety afforded to everyone, the freedom to speak without censor or restraint. At this moment these are all in great jeopardy.

Things we took for granted in our leadership: things like goodness, wisdom, and basic truthfulness are no longer in play, and as things are eroding quickly we wanted to let you know that we’re sorry.

We’re sorry that our apathy and laziness have yielded such a reckless, impulsive, small man to steward this nation.
We’re sorry for the jagged, bitter ugliness that is characterizing us in these moments.
We’re sorry to those suffering greatly, who have braved such peril to seek refuge here and who’ve now been turned away based on the faith they profess.
We’re sorry to our Mexican neighbors who’ve been fashioned into convenient villains to justify erecting a grandiose, wasteful display of false protection that we do not want.
We’re sorry to Muslims everywhere who’ve been used as pawns to generate irrational fear among those already susceptible to bigotry and discrimination.
We’re sorry to the leaders of the world, who instead of being met by level-headed, measured, intelligent dialogue, are now greeted with the social media rantings of a furious man-child.
We’re sorry to those who now experience the Christian faith as a racist, Nationalistic bully pulpit wielded with malice toward the very diverse Humanity Jesus lived and died for.
We’re sorry to people everywhere whose lives are now more tenuous, more violent, less safe, less secure than they had been before.

We want you to know that this is not who we are. It may be who this man is. It may be who those sharing power with him are. It may even be the tens of millions who originally voted for him (though that support is vanishing quickly among those who are not among the religious zealots and extremists).

But this is not America. It is not the steady, strong beacon of freedom that it was intended to be. It is not the America our people have fought and died for. It is not the one first formed in the crucible of oppression and cast into the words of our ever-disregarded Constitution.

This is not our America. Our America affirms the inherent, priceless beauty of every human being. Our America declares that no person is ascribed less value because of their skin color, religion, gender, financial means, sexual orientation, nation of origin, or any other variable. Our America is home for those seeking hope and joy and rest.

And we are going to fight for this America. Through political channels and through grassroots activism, through the use of our Press and of our personal voices, we’re going to expose this man’s incompetence, call out his heart sickness, and condemn every violent, reckless, vicious act when it does not reflect our hearts and our will. Please do your best to disregard anything that comes from his mouth or those loudly and continually parroting his propaganda. They have proven themselves mortally allergic to the truth.

And we hope that in whatever way you can, that you will stand with us. We know that we have made this mess ourselves. We understand that you have your own problems to contend with, some far more urgent and pressing than this, but we believe that we are a single community; that we are tethered together in our Humanity, that we are in real-time crafting the life our children and their children will inherit.

Dear World, we’re sorry and we hope you’ll endure these days with us.

With despair and hope in equal measure, in peace and unity with you,

The American Majority 






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      • Yes it did and the debacle that is this current regime is the poster child for the abolitions of the EC.

        • Oh goodness, please don’t go there. The only dictator we’ve lived under was President Obama, who broke laws and was held accountable by no one. The Electoral College was a BRILLIANT idea that has saved this country from horrific danger, and it is what makes us a Constitutional Republic. Here’s to another term for Trump in 2020.

  1. Your letter is poignant and speaks to everything I have been thinking and writing, posting and even tweeting. It feels so hopeless but I for one am not giving up. I have been busy with the Resistance in my small way. We must be vigilant. Not a day should go by without our knowing what this evil man is doing. His inner circle is also as evil in supporting his reprehensible acts.

    • I agree, we must be vigilant, and I thank you for your contributions to the resistance many of us embrace. I believe nothing an individual does is “small”. I believe every person has the opportunity to help make change, They also may choose to stand idly by as spectators. Each person must, sooner or later, make that conscious choice.

      If we all think, write, post, march or protest, and let our voices be heard, others will listen and hopefully will join-in. I also believe we can become the change we want to see!

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  3. Dear World,
    One American, John Pavlovitz, just wrote to tell you that we are sorry for the current administration and President who is messing up our lives far more than he is messing up yours.
    This President is an embarrassment to *us*, to be sure. We cringe at his behavior: his rudeness and misogyny, his racism and his arrogance. His BLATANT American behavior, rather than having the adroitness and decorum to at least make your leaders appear grateful and powerful as their citizens are screwed over.
    Some of us know that the US has been this way always to you, the rest of the world. While we were busy buying ever larger McMansions and acting like ugly Americans in your countries for two weeks a year, we realize that the US was bombing the sh*t out of other small, poverty stricken countries so that we could seize their resources to make our lives better.
    And this forced their citizens to flee to your countries, sometimes in anger and with violence. (Though you would think everyone would be angry, given their circumstances. Poor people are, overall, very forgiving.)
    We in the US feel it’s easier to say we’re sorry than to change our behavior.
    And so John Pavlovitz tells you we’re sorry for those who are suffering.
    Sorry for those who are being used.
    Sorry for those who are being insulted.
    Sorry for those being treated with bigotry and racism.
    But we don’t mean it. It’s just easier to say it.
    We like to think of ourselves as kind. We like to think of ourselves as benevolent. We like to think of ourselves as generous. And we want you to think that too, even when everything we do proves otherwise.
    So, we’ll tell you we’re sorry, but we won’t actually change our behavior. We won’t allow ourselves to become one whit less comfortable. And we’ll continue sticking it to you, as we always have.
    But we’d like you to think of us as better than that. The way you always pretended to.
    Do you mind?

    • Thank you for this. It is exactly what I wanted to say as I read the “apology” but you said it better. As long as there is any chance of a second term — and I believe ther is a very strong chance — then Trump’s America IS America.

  4. Dear America, Trump is not an aberration. Trump has always and always will be part of your body politic. Sometimes you manage to keep him out of the spotlight, but he has always been there, and always will be, in the left ventricle and in the hippocampus, and right there in the depigmented skin. Sincerely, the World

  5. Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our
    heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove
    ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will.
    Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and
    pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;
    from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend
    our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes
    brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue
    with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust
    the authority of government, that there may be justice and
    peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we
    may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth.
    In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,
    and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; (Book of Common Prayer)

    • With all due respect Reverend. Prayer is not particularly useful at this juncture.

      What’s that phrase “Christians” like to use when they’re excusing the government taking away benefits for the poor? Oh, right; “The good lord helps those who help themselves.”

      Usually I consider that to just be an excuse for not wanting to help those stuck in the lowest strata of society: the old, the sick, the poor. But in this particular case; feel free to pray about it if it makes you feel better, but unless you are coupling prayer with action it’s just empty words.

  6. Dear World,

    We are done apologizing and capitulating to so many. We don’t expect you to apologize to us. Just allow our country, with the most phenomenal document ever written by man – our glorious Constitution – to help lead the way as we make the entire world a better place for all. We just ask that you follow the rule of law, including not illegally entering our country through its many porous border locations. Follow the process thousands of others have and do it the right way. We love inviting others to join our wonderful nation as citizens; we just ask that it be done the proper way. If you don’t like where you are, do what needs to be done: replace your Socialist economic systems with their dictatorial leaders with a Free-Market Capitalistic system. Your fellow citizens will thank you. You want to make the world a better place? Clean up and change your country – don’t expect the US to change to make things better for you.

  7. I couldn’t agree more. Thank you John. My wife and I are terrified of what we see happening and that so many people willingly remain blind to what is going on before their very eyes is frightening. The lies coming from so many, the people covering up. I continually wonder where they think this is going to end up? Do they think their lies will never be discovered, well we know that’s not true, lies always are discovered. Do they think the people who have been conned will just shrug their shoulders, say “oh well” and just go one their way? We’re afraid some crazy person is going to see himself as some sort of trump defender and hurt a journalist or someone else who challenges the lies.

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