An Open Letter to Donald Trump
Mr. Trump, Congratulations on your greatest win!
You took on the political machinery of the Democratic and Republican parties and beat them both at their own game.
I am writing because I believe that you need to hear from the people directly. I am one of the people and while I know many others who share most or all of my perceptions, I don't presume to speak for them and speak only for myself.
I am not an expert in many things but I have spent a lot of time thinking about what ails America and how to fix it. I believe that I can add something meaningful to the conversation.
You will soon have tremendous power, and responsibility.
I sincerely hope that you will use your position as President to solve some of America's deepest problems, restore the Constitution and truly make our country great again.
You are certainly right that our borders need to be secure. Not everyone should be able to just walk across the border. The trafficking of drugs and people across the border does damage the country and should be stopped. However, you will have to take on some very powerful and sinister forces to truly secure the borders. You should recognize that one of the primary causes of the flood of Central American refugees is America's long suppression of democracy and the CIA'S support of drug lords south of the border.
One way to end the flood of Central American and Mexican refugees is to legalize some drugs in the U.S. and Mexico. This will ultimately end the drug cartels, stop much of the misery south of the border and greatly reduce the number of those who feel that they have no choice but leave their home countries and risk their lives to enter the U.S..
The legalization and taxing of narcotics has been successful in other countries and could work in the US and Mexico as well. Please be aware that it is not just the border with Mexico that needs to be secured. The border with Canada and our ports also need to be made more secure, without impeding legitimate traffic.
America's immigration system is broken and needs a complete makeover. America needs immigrants but it needs the right kind of immigrants who can integrate into American society and make a positive contribution.
While we don't need a registry of Muslims, it is true that some aspects of Islamic culture are incompatible with a civil society. America should be protected from all foreign cultures that would erode American values. At the same time, America is a very culturally diverse melting pot and by incorporating the best of other cultures we grow stronger.
Education & Employment
You said that you would create jobs for Americans but should be aware that there is a shortage of qualified labor in the U.S. Many of the unemployed are unemployable.
Before American businesses can expand they need access to quality workers and for that the public education system needs to be fixed.
Education needs to focus on real-world life and job skills and there must be an apprenticeship program that gives students the work skills required for a well paying job.
America's public education system is indeed broken. Charter schools are one solution, but not the only one. Some public schools do work well and others can be fixed.
Teacher's unions can be an obstacle to change and some will have to be dis-empowered. But teachers also play an essential role in creating great schools.
Fixing America's schools will take a bold new approach that addresses old and new realities and includes innovative solutions. Other countries may have some effective methods that could be applied here.
To solve some of the problems with schools, there will need to be deeper integration with an effective mental health system that actually helps challenged kids instead of just drugging them. There are low-cost highly effective solutions readily available, such as EFT for emotional management and neurofeedback for improving cognitive function.
Schools need to become a place of healing and learning for children, not a system of warehousing and indoctrination.
I applaud your statement that America will stop overthrowing other governments. The U.S. continues to create misery and death around the world for the sake of corporate profits and the expansion of the war industry. This needs to end.
Thank you for recognizing the threat that the Chinese government poses, but also please realize that most of the Chinese people do not pose a threat to America.
America can better manage the China risk with deeper political, social and economic engagement than it can with military posturing and threats. The more we shake a stick at the Chinese the sharper and more plentiful their sticks become. America cannot win a war with China and should not provoke one.
One way to engage China on a deep level would be to resolve the North Korea problem. North Korea's insane dictatorship is made possible by the massive trauma inflicted on Koreans during the Korean war. It is this trauma and the hatred for the U.S. that keeps the dictatorship in power. Going to North Korea to issue a public apology would deflate the dictatorship, enable the development of a civil society on China's doorstep and eventually remove the threat that North Korea poses.
Solving the North Korea problem would also reduce the fear and hatred that some Chinese have for the United States and give America a good reason to reduce its military presence in the western Pacific so that those resources can be used at home.
Russia needs America and America needs Russia. Making friends with the country will open up huge business opportunities for both countries. But at the same time we have to realize that Russians will do what is best for Russia and they can't be trusted.
NATO has outlived its usefulness and does more harm than good. It is time to develop new defense pacts and peace-keeping programs that better serve the interests of America and the rest of the world.
I sincerely hope that you make good on your promise to back out of the Trans-pacific Partnership and that you renegotiate other trade agreements to put an end to investor-state dispute clauses that undermine American sovereignty and democracy.
Not every country is equal and forcing American manufacturers to compete with dictatorships using slave labor and ultra-cheap labor is of course destructive to the American economy.
Globalism is good for reducing poverty in some other countries and increasing corporate profits, but has certainly increased poverty in the United States. Global trade must be managed to the benefit of all, not just some. Free-trade is not really free and what America needs is fair-trade.
Justice & Police
Law enforcement and the justice system in many parts of the U.S. have gone far astray and need to be restored to their intended purpose.
This is a complex issue that will require a multi-dimensional approach.
The Justice Department's investigations of corruption and civil rights abuses and their community policing program have been helpful in some communities and should be refined and expanded, but effective state programs should also be developed.
A national task force should be convened to address corrupt local courts and the rackets they have developed with police and lawyers. A lot more judges, cops and attorneys need to go to jail.
All jurors should be educated on their rights and responsibilities. Too much injustice is carried out because jurors don't' know what they should really be doing and that they have an obligation to prevent injustice, not carry it out.
Far too many innocent people are sent to jail and kept in prison for lengthy periods. Long prison sentences for minor offenses only creates more crime. America has the highest rate of incarceration but also one of the highest rates of violent crime.
Legalizing and taxing narcotics will eliminate a large portion of crime and greatly reduce the need for prisons.
Please do allow the prosecution of the Clintons, as well as the other criminals who have held high office. Justice should prevail over all, including those in high places.
Energy & Climate Change
As you know, our planet's climate is changing. While there is a lot of disinformation about the causes and consequences of climate change, it is something we have to address.
Just as you are raising sea walls at your oceanside golf courses, we must adapt America to the changing climate.
As ocean levels and temperatures rise, new, truly intelligent, cities that nurture human development and preserve nature will need to be designed and built. They will need to partially underground and self-sufficient in energy, food and water recycling.
Futuristic Trump Cities connected by high speed underground hyper-loops will ensure the future survival of the American people and could be your greatest real estate projects.
One way to make America great again is to transition now to clean energy. Green energy already provides far more jobs than the fossil fuel industry does and solar is now cheaper than coal, natural gas, nuclear or even wind and has a far lower negative impact. Other countries are enjoying the benefits of a green economy and so can we.
To make America great again we need a new and better transportation system with high speed trains and usable public transport. We also need good roads and bridges. America is far behind on its transportation infrastructure spending.
I suggest you consider the idea of nationalizing railways — just the tracks, not the railroad companies. Rail is the most energy efficient method of transportation and could help reduce our reliance on cars, trucks and oil. Our railways need to be modernized and the tracks made available to innovative and intelligent transportation solutions such as hydrogen powered locomotives and freight cars with piezo elements that produce an electrical charge every time a wheel turns, regenerative braking and even solar panels. While you are at it, nationalize unused pipelines and turn them into a pneumatic small package delivery system.
Instead of rolling back emissions standards, make them tougher to drive innovation and energy efficiency. Less money wasted on inefficient transportation means a more vibrant economy and more jobs.
Terrorism & the Military
I applaud your recognition of the threat of Islamic militancy but ask that you look at its root causes.
I implore you to end drone strikes. They are illegal and cause far more harm than good. They are also cowardly. There are legal ways to protect our country and drone strikes are not it. Our brave troops need not hide behind a computer console thousands of miles from a supposed enemy.
America must stop supporting terrorism and manufacturing conflict. This means ending support for the socalled Syrian rebels and ending support for Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia is not America's friend and is the primary source of militant Islam. We no longer need their oil and should certainly not be giving them military aid. We should not be involved in the conflict between the Sunni and Shia.
Please apologize to Muslims for America's decades of interference and withdraw all of our troops from Afghanistan and the Middle East, end all military and economic support for Israel and other middle eastern countries and let each nation and culture develop on their own without our meddling.
Ending terrorism also means reigning in America's corrupt war industry which manufactures conflict to ensure its own profits. We have wasted trillions of dollars enriching the war industry while our country suffers.
America should also stop exporting the arms that fuel violence and injustice.
America certainly needs the ability to defend itself but we don't need military bases around the world to do that. We can't rule the world and shouldn't try.
America needs a small but strong military that can defend our country. The hundreds of billions saved each year from a truly smart military can make America great again by giving us great education, innovation, manufacturing, infrastructure and government.
Please shift more military technology into the hands of the American people. Currently secret military technolo-
gy could help solve many problems.
You should investigate and visit all secret military facilities and end the massive fraud that the military engages in.
The U.S. military should be audited and account for all of the money it receives.
Food & Agriculture
Genetically modified crops, herbicides and pesticides really do pose a serious threat to American's health and the environment.
GMOS must be labeled, just as they are in many other countries. Dangerous pesticides and the herbicide glyphosate should be banned.
Food safety laws must be strengthened and our food supply actually tested. Contaminated food must be rejected.
America's agriculture once employed a significant percentage of the population and could do so once again if we transition from a destructive industrial system to a more sustainable and healthier system. It is far better to spend money on jobs and healthier food than on hazardous chemicals, making a few multinational companies rich and making Americans sick.
Thank you for noticing that Americans are being ripped off by big pharma.
America needs a single payer medical system but one that is effective and includes a substantial effort at prevention of illness.
Most, but not all, chronic illness is self-induced and those who choose a healthy lifestyle should not have to pay the costs for those who choose to destroy their health with a self-destructive lifestyle.
Many drugs are not necessary and do more harm than good. The industry of illness created by drug companies needs to be dismantled and a new health system take its place.
Vast sums of money could be saved by defeating the medical Mafia and making Americans healthier.
The entire health industry needs a heart transplant or to be put down and replaced by something that is reality based, sane and humane.
Government Corruption & Procurement
One of the easiest ways to reduce government corruption is to improve procurement. When procurement is open and transparent the opportunities for self-enrichment by the corrupt is greatly reduced.
We need enforcement of existing federal procurement laws and better procurement laws. At present many federal agencies are in violation of procurement regulations and are stealing and wasting taxpayers money.
Too many states have no regulations on procurement practices and local agencies often spend taxpayers money unwisely.
It is estimated that more than $500 billion could be saved each year if the waste and corruption in government spending was eliminated. This should be the highest priority because it reduces corruption, improves governance and infrastructure and stimulates the economy.
Please ensure that all laws and rulings in violation of the Constitution are repealed. The Constitution is the foundation of the United States of America and must be upheld. Our Constitution is one of the main things that gives America the potential to be great.
The federal government has been in gross violation of the Constitution in many ways. A few of the violations:
Surveillance: The 4th Amendment guarantees the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures". Surveillance without a proper and legal warrant is indeed a violation of the 4th Amendment.
Targeting Journalists, Protesters & Whistle-blowers:
The 1st Amendment ensures the rights of the press, free speech, the right of free assembly and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances, yet journalists and activists are being targeted with illegal surveillance and harassment and whistle-blowers are being imprisoned for exposing govt. malfeasance.
Illegal Imprisonment & Assassination - The 5th Amendment protects American's right to not be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law. Property is routinely taken without any due process, innocent people are imprisoned on false charges, citizens are harassed and murdered by the government.
War: Only Congress can declare war yet previous Presidents have waged war without Congressional approval. America's illegal wars for profit must end now.