Dear President-Elect Trump,
Congratulations on being elected as the 45th President of the United States of America.
As an Australian and therefore obviously a non American, I would like to contribute in some way to the pathway forward for you and your Presidency.
First up please stop the Twitter politics. Discussing international relationships, conflicts with US Intelligence agencies and future Trump Presidential policy directions on the same forum that you have a dummy spit with Meryl Streep and any journalist who disagrees with you, significantly lowers anything credible that you may want to Tweet out. Twitter is a great form of communication in one sense and an incredibly poor form of communication to run the largest economy in the world.
Secondly, stop getting involved in the playground type spats that you are having constantly with celebrities. So some don’t like you. ‘Haters are gonna hate’ to quote the philosopher Taylor Swift. Getting into heated and ugly twitter conversations with celebrities belittles the Office of the President.
And whilst I am on the topic of belittling the Office of the President, may I implore you to behave in the level of stature that befits the Office. This means you can’t do things like call journalists stupid nor can you make unsubstantiated and spectacular claims about media companies, or anything along those lines.
You were certainly voted in as part of an anti establishment vote and I personally think it’s great that you are not a career politician and have a heart to mess with the system. In my opinion that’s what the system needs. I also like the fact that you have not been bullied into silence by the Politically Correct Orwellian Thought Police. However, you are the President of the United States of America, what you say, your decisions and policies affects the lives of hundreds of millions of people, not only in your country but around the world. So as you bring in new ways of doing things, there also needs to be a sense in your communication and policies that you understand the gravity of the Office into which you have now been installed by the voters of one of the greatest democracies on the planet.
Speaking of greatness you said you want to ‘Make America Great Again’. As an outsider, may I suggest a few areas of your nation that if you bought significant and positive change to, it would go a long way to making America great again.
Homelessness: 610,000 people experience homelessness on any given night across America. Totally unacceptable and needs to be addressed.
Poverty and the Wealth Gap: America has the 4th largest wealth gap in the world, and the 3rd worst poverty rate among the developed world. I have spent a day on Skid Row in LA. I suggest you do the same. Hear the stories. Hear the pain. Yes you may be wealthy but that is not the experience for a lot of the people in your nation.
Related to the Poverty issue. Stop wasting America’s food. 31% of the food America produces is dumped. For the record that is 60 billion kilos…. Now think of those images you see on TV of starving kids or beggars on the streets of San Francisco. Sorry I meant to say 60 thousand million kilos of food thrown away?
School Shootings: There are more school shootings in America than any other country in the world. But the whole issue of Gun control needs to be dealt with. Have the political courage to take on what has traditionally been a no go zone for every other President.
Incarceration Rates. America has the highest percentage of its population in prison of any other country in the world?
Abortion: Like Gun control this traditionally has been the untouchable issue for Presidents. You have said you are pro life, then do something to address this issue.
Medical: You have said you will repeal Obamacare and to be honest I don’t know enough about Obamacare to comment. But I do know this. Medical bills across your country are so huge that 62% of all personal bankruptcies are caused by those medical invoices. This is outrageous. I personally know of a family who to be able to afford their daughter’s cancer treatments, both the mother and father were working two jobs and when the daughter died, they felt incredibly guilty for having not been able to spend the last months of their daughter’s life with her due to them having to work. They have since declared bankruptcy.
Pornography. America is the biggest producer of pornography in the world with a significant amount of this being child porn.
Police Shootings. Over the last five years 2,500 US citizens have been shot and killed by Police Officers. For the record this compares to 35 in UK and 5 per year in Germany: In fact the German police force used 85 bullets in that entire time: which incidentally is a little more than the bullets used to kill one mentally ill homeless person in Michigan.
The Divided States of America. The name of America is the United States but it seems that it’s anything but united. Racial tensions, Religious tensions, Democrat vs Republican, Tensions over wealth/poverty….You want to make America great again, then unite the nation.
Let’s talk for a moment about the American National Debt. Currently it is $20 trillion dollars. In 2015, the Federal Reserve spent $223 billion of revenue on servicing the debt. This debt situation is well known to be unsustainable. Here is the problem President-elect Trump: I know from doing a little research that you have no appetite to fix the economy. When asked in an interview in January 2015 what you would do to repair the US economy – you commented that it’s a task you would rather skip. Well it can’t be skipped. It needs to be front and centre of your policy agenda. Your dismissing of this issue is greatly concerning seeing the US is a consumer driven economy that is to a large degree the engine room of the world economy. You must address the spending of the Government and again do what previous Presidents have failed to do: tame the debt explosion. A bankrupt America benefits no one but the enemies of your nation.
As I wrap up this letter, let me just say a couple more things.
The American public have obviously given you grace for some behavioural issues in your past. Please make sure you now walk with great integrity as you hold office. As part of that and may I suggest even to attempt to make amends for some of the sins of the past, become a vocal and passionate advocate for women and the issues they face around the world. Show them great respect and fight against the mistreatment of women in various international arenas.
May I also suggest you make peace with Russia. Only three months ago there was chatter about the war footing that both America and Russia were on. Now I know there has been tension with Russia over the election interference and at the same time some concerns that you are too close to Putin….whatever the real story is, the world will benefit by not entering another cold war and clearly will be a better place by avoiding WW3.
I think you can make a positive start by ensuring the team that you appoint are men and women of wisdom, stature and experience. To appoint due to nepotism would not only be a bad look but a squandered opportunity.
I will compliment you however, on the Christian advisors you have surrounding you at the moment. No doubt they are speaking godly wisdom into your leadership and are praying for you.
I too will be praying for you.
God Bless you and God Bless the United States of America.
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