A letter to Santa from Trump’s America

Dear Santa,

We’ve been naughty. We elected a woman-degrading, racist-appeasing, megalomaniac to be President of the United States. There are many reasons this happened some understandable, some vile. I wouldn’t blame you for removing the United States from your Christmas Eve flight plan altogether this year, but just in case you decide we are worthy of a few gifts I’m sending you a Christmas list because there are a few things we really need:

  • the wisdom to rediscover those truths that once seemed self-evident but have proven not to be: that we are all equal and deserving of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;
  • the courage to stand up for people who are mistreated because of their race, religion, gender, sexual-orientation, or country of origin;
  • the confidence to stand up for ourselves when others wrong us;
  • the foresight to nurture the foundations of our children’s futures: education, the environment, and empathy;
  • the strength to speak out against tyranny;
  • the insight to discern fact from fiction;
  • the self-awareness to admit what we do not know;
  • the curiosity to never stop learning;
  • the passion to make art or support those who do;
  • the freedom to speak and write what is on our minds, including the freedom to rebut the statements of others no matter how powerful they may be;
  • the humility to admit when we are wrong;
  • safety in our homes and neighborhoods;
  • protection from mass surveillance and other forms of oppression;
  • food and shelter for those in need;
  • health and longevity (particularly for Ruth Bader-Ginsburg);
  • peace in our communities and around the world;

And if you are feeling really generous,

  • a couple of tickets to Hamilton.


An American who still believes

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