An Open Let­ter to Don­ald Trump

Traveling Minds - - Table Of Contents - a con­cerned Amer­i­can Sin­cerely,

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.

Na­tional Bor­ders

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.

Immigration

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.

For­eign Pol­icy

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.

In­ter­na­tional Trade

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.

Trans­porta­tion

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.

Health Care

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.

The Con­sti­tu­tion

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.

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