Open Letter to My “Relatives” Who are No Longer “Family” Because of Trump and Trumpism

There is a difference between family and relatives.  Family are the people who are there for you, who support you, who pull you up when you are down, who stand up for you, and who stand against those who would tear you down.  Relatives are people with whom you happen to share a bloodline.  But there is most certainly a difference. Most of the time your blood and family intersect. But sometimes your family has no blood relation to you, and sometimes your blood relatives fall outside your family. There is also a difference between politics and life.  Politics are [...]

By |2021-01-07T22:12:17+00:00January 7th, 2021|News/Politics, Open Letters|0 Comments

Open letter: Dear GOP — go fuck yourselves.

Dear Mitch, Lindsey, Jim, Marco, Rand, and Co., Today, you’ve finally completed the transition you’ve been making for the last several years. No matter your intentions or plans, you’re not valiant defenders of the American way of life, you are repulsive, spineless minions. You’ve sold out American ideals for a demagogue who, if you could ever be honest with yourselves (let alone the rest of us), you know is unfit to hold the Presidency.  So fuck you.  The only thing you really love is power, supremacy, and privilege.  But that shit isn’t going to last.  We’re going to make damn [...]

By |2020-01-31T21:20:46+00:00January 31st, 2020|Open Letters|0 Comments

Open letter to Ivanka: Your carefully cultivated façade has cracked beyond all repair.

Dear Ivanka, You are the daughter of a billionaire whose sole credential is being born into wealth. So when you decry anything about the "elite," objective, rational human beings can't help but roll our eyes. You've been playing both sides of that fence for years, and it's played very well for your father's "disaffected" (read: white) base. Even those of us repulsed by his antics wanted to give you a chance to live up to your billing as a modern, centrist woman who would keep his worst instincts in check. But when you chastise the "elite" for "smug ridicule," despite [...]

By |2020-01-29T13:36:55+00:00January 29th, 2020|Open Letters|0 Comments

Open letter: To fellow Democrats. Why that impeachment asterisk matters, no matter the outcome.

Dear fellow Democrats, An asterisk is just a punctuation mark. It denotes a footnote, an exception, or a caveat. It doesn’t usually provide anything more than background or context. But today it’s a victory. Because for only the third time in history, a president will forever live with one next to his name. Trump has demeaned himself and the office he's held for three years. We’ve watched as he denigrated women (grab them by the...), undermined the rule of law (obstructing the constitutional authority of Congress to investigate wrongdoing by the Executive), and sold out America’s interests to foreign powers [...]

By |2019-12-19T11:58:30+00:00December 19th, 2019|News/Politics, Open Letters|0 Comments

Open letter to President Trump: I must admit, I’m enjoying watching you sweat.

President Trump, I must admit, I’m enjoying watching you sweat. For a man so fond of walls, it’s delicious irony watching your own closing in on you so fast. The impeachment hearings have already confirmed so much about you that we already knew. You haven’t got the vaguest grasp of diplomacy, the rule of law, or the Constitution. And, of course, your recent attempt to intimidate Ambassador Yavanovitch while she testified underlined your blatant misogyny.   But the impeachment hearings are showing the wider public that your general lack of understanding is what REALLY exposes you. When the Ukraine 'quid [...]

By |2019-11-19T12:33:02+00:00November 19th, 2019|Open Letters|0 Comments

Open letter: To Donald J. Trump

To Donald J. Trump, In 1993, when very few knew who Osama Bin Laden was or the threat his group would pose, I was a young terrorism analyst working for the Intelligence Community. It was a confusing time in the early post-Cold War world. No one wanted to believe a single individual without the massive resources of a nation state could be a significant threat to the United States. So to help explain the tremendous power of influence that one person could yield, I compared Bin Laden to someone everyone did know at the time: a public figure whose charisma [...]

By |2019-10-17T16:09:24+01:00October 16th, 2019|Open Letters|0 Comments

Open letter: Dear Conversion Therapists….

Dear Conversion Therapists, When will you eventually give up the charade that people are able to change their sexuality?  In the past your ‘profession’ has used castration, ice pick lobotomies, and psychiatric institutions. It has conducted electric shock therapy sessions, induced vomiting, and physically beaten any mannerism it deemed not ‘masculine’ out of young gay men in an attempt to turn them straight. Some have even tried to put the "fear of God" into them. Did any of it work? No. These young men who come to you for help are in a crisis. After years of society feeding them [...]

By |2019-10-17T13:25:37+01:00October 15th, 2019|Open Letters|0 Comments

Open letter: Dear Mr Trump, You’re an asshole and your Evangelical supporters are ignorant hypocrites.

Dear Mr Trump, You’re an asshole. Most of us think so, but sometimes it just needs to be said out loud. You aren’t our “favorite President,” as you frequently claim on Twitter. You’re not our favorite anything. And you won’t be until you become our favorite “former president currently serving a lengthy prison sentence.” You became president by riding the movement and momentum of the very worst parts of American society – our fears, our latent (and not-so-latent) racism, and our xenophobic, isolationist impulses. But no movement has carried you aloft more than the Evangelicals. Given their constant moral outrage, [...]

By |2020-02-18T14:45:37+00:00October 14th, 2019|Open Letters|1 Comment

Open letter: To the spineless, complicit, irredeemable GOP Trump enablers.

To the spineless, complicit, irredeemable GOP Trump enablers: You did this. You have fomented the chaos, division, and discord that Trump sows. You’ve enabled his every foible, you’ve excused his destruction, and you’ve attacked anyone challenging Trump’s cult of personality. And now that the walls are closing in, you’re silent. Or worse, you’re continuing to defend or excuse the behavior that everyone outside the Fox News bubble can see is destroying the institutions that underpin our democracy. But we know how this story goes. As more and more comes out and even the most ardent Trumpers have to acknowledge [...]

By |2020-02-18T14:49:46+00:00October 7th, 2019|Open Letters|4 Comments

Open Letter: Dear President Obama, I miss you.

Dear President Obama, I’m not the nostalgic type, it just isn’t in my nature. It’s ridiculous to think of 2008-2016 as “the good ol’ days.” That kind of wistfulness is reserved for my parents’ generation. But I truly miss having you as the leader of our country. I miss who we were when you were President. I miss having an eloquent president who draws on his actual knowledge, answering questions thoughtfully and rationally. Now we have a village idiot, stringing together superfluous long words to mimic intelligence. I miss having a president who so clearly loves and is devoted [...]

By |2020-02-17T15:20:25+00:00September 17th, 2019|Open Letters|0 Comments