Lead, Don’t Divide–Open Letter to Obama, Hillary and Trump

Jul 8, 2016 by

Dear Mr. President, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump,

Now is your greatest opportunity to make a difference in the history of America.

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One of the suspects is said to have wanted to kill police. To kill white police. To kill white people.

This is not the time to talk about gun control.

This is the time to talk about leadership. It is not a time to further divide. Enough of that has gone on long enough.

All of you are guilty of dividing America further.

All of three of you.

It is time for each of you to change course. America can not endure four more years, for more minutes of divisive language.

If you want to lead America, it is time for you to do so.

Mr. President, you have six more months. Make every day of that time count. This isn’t about gun control. It’s about changing mindsets. It’s about embracing, not pushing people further apart. You were given a Peace Prize. Earn it. America is now more divided than we were before the Civil War. That is in part been exacerbated by your words. The ones you have uttered. The ones you have not. Redeem yourself.

Stop talking from your reader. Be angry. Be angry at those few police officers who might be out of line. Support the 99 percent who do their job with vigor. Be angry at those who give rise to the need for an officer to pull his or her weapon from its holster and fear what might happen next.

Mrs. Clinton, now is the time for vigor as well. Empty rhetoric has run its course. Your words mean something. You’ve never embraced that notion. It is time to do so. Your campaign staff today no doubt is thankful that the tragedy will take the focus off email. Have an event today where you actually seem genuine about how you feel. Stop that nodding when you say something. Give America the anger you have had at Bill and channel that toward those who divide us, those who kill police, and those who use the power of their badge wrongly.

Mr. Trump, you have exacerbated the divide as well. STOP IT. Be firm in your resolve, but use your energies to bring people together, not push them apart. Yes, America’s government has gotten out of control. We have huge social problems. Immigration issues. Lots of things. Be the presidential candidate who says the hell with all of that, be the one who says we are going to come together and to do that, the change begins with what I say, how I act. Don’t lose your passion, just channel it where it helps.

Now is the time to lead, not divide. That begins with my fellow citizens, me, and the three of you–who have the power of your positions. Use them for us, not for you and your personal agendas. That’s real hope and change.

 

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