The following is a letter in response to a post on Donald Trump’s Instagram account where he shared a letter a little girl sent to her father.
Subject: From one Jr. to Another
Dear Dr. Donald Trump Jr.,
This letter from an otherwise bright young woman, shows the weaknesses of our public educational systems in teaching our children what is right and wrong on a much more broader scope. Not that we don’t to some degree, but the focus is not strong enough to have these lessons carried the strongest beyond their secondary school years; above academics because without good basic morals, academia means nothing.
The way your father talks about woman, generalizes Muslims like we once did our Indigenous, African-American’s, Japanese or our LGBTQ community. The way he boasts about America building walls between great nations instead of relationships, and even simple things like blurting out ‘crooked Hillary’ all the time. This is not good leadership especially where setting a good example for our children is concerned. No child who has been taught what’s right and wrong before even learning arithmetic and literacy would ever write such a letter to any potential leader of what on the surface is a beautiful country.
You’re a father yourself. You even have a little girl. The next time your father speaks, take your son glasses off and put on your dad shades. Would that be the voice you would want your own children to model after? Would you be proud to hear your boy or girl running off at the mouth calling people names, making poor excuses for the way they treated the opposite (or same) sex? Would you be a proud dad who felt he did well by how you have raised your son or daughter as he or she shouts out ‘I’ll bomb the shit out of them?’ Will you allow your sons to talk about woman the way your dad does? What about your daughter? Do you think she deserves this kind of treatment?
Maybe we are getting a lot of lies thrown our way but real words past and present on live television, tell their own stories.
I know he is your dad. We inherently love and protect and stand behind our parents through their strengths, weaknesses, and faults. We are all human after all but we are talking about a voice to lead a nation to peace, good health, and sustainability for 100’s of years to come hopefully.
No leader is perfect. There are bad leaders in every walk of life now, in our past and surely into our future. There can be no good in what your father represents however, if he cannot learn to wholeheartedly apologize for past mistakes without making excuses, and move forward with words that a child as sweet as this will look back on and feel they were right then, because she is wrong now.
Maybe Mrs. Clinton is crooked or an awful choice as President? There is nothing wrong with people not feeling like a certain candidate wouldn’t serve them well, but stop with the disgusting rhetoric. I don’t care what the other person did. Just focus on what ‘you’ (your dad) will do.
One day your children will look back on YouTube or Way Back Machine footage of the past couple of years and wouldn’t it be nice if at some point, tapes from today on, they could look back knowing that he righted his wrongs and chose peace and leadership fit for a child over the hate and disgust he spews each and every day?
I know you have to have thick skin to lead a nation and it’s not all raindrops and lollipops, but he still has to chose love at the end of the day before he can truly and honestly call himself the People’s leader. The most important people we must lead, are the children. They are our future and only when we can teach them what’s right and wrong at a very young age, will our nations have any hope in becoming truly ‘great again’. Every time your father is on television, he is teaching our children. He needs to remember that with every word.
We’ve seen through President Obama and now Justin Trudeau, what leaders look like who build strong relationships with people. You may not believe in what they have done otherwise, but for 8 years you have had someone (and his beautiful wife), who have been an inspiration to so many including the children. His children. Maybe soon, your father’s children. (shivering)
Hate is why we all dislike politics. Obama has returned faith in leadership. Stop bashing that and tell people how you will build off of that and change what you feel is lacking in your country’s leadership.
Take down this letter. Pass this onto your dad, and I’ll remove this story. Otherwise, this poor child is going to be horrified one day when she catches old video clips of the hate she heralded.
This is from someone with family and friends in your beautiful country. I have seen more of the US through these relationships than Canada so I have had the chance on a small scale to get to know the breathtaking land and the wonderful people from coast to coast to coast. They deserve better than what this election has stood for thus far.
I’m sure you’ll hate me for these words as I know I would get my back up if someone bad-mouthed my own father, but there is nobody with the power to make us better people than our own children. We have an inherent desire to make them proud and lead by example. We make mistakes and many of them but it’s how we say I am sorry, point out the err in our ways, that show our true mentor-ship.
You and your siblings and your beautiful children see the good in your father as perhaps few may have had the opportunity to see, but please step back and understand the father the media has portrayed for us on one hand and on the other, your father’s own portrayal through his words and actions, of himself. If he is the great man you believe he is, let’s see love. The love you see because I can’t say that I have seen any of that and there is nobody who can show us the father you see behind closed doors, other than Mr. Trump Sr himself. How he presents himself in public going forward perhaps will determine if there is any goodness for the world to see.
I don’t want to see your father win because the whole world loses as it stands now with that choice and that’s in no way an endorsement for the other party. I do feel it’s important (especially for our children), that your father finishes off his campaign with even a glimmer of what it is you and your sisters see in him as a father, mentor, and founder of the businesses you yourselves now help lead.
I don’t like putting down anyone never mind someone else’s dad because I know my own fault’s all too well. The problem is this affects us all when our children up here are talking about Trump on our own playgrounds.
I believe it’s important that your father spend a few days in some of American’s most diverse schools. Without speaking and as much as possible under the radar, watch the children learn and play together. Little kids. Kindergartners. Before they know hate, color, religion, or various other factors that divide us. There is a great deal to be learned in the kindergarten classroom about getting along, playing nice, and living harmoniously as a wonderful mosaic of colors, beliefs and traditions.
Before you yourself respond with hate and judgement, be a dad for a minute. Look at this from the standpoint of parents wanting to leave a better world for their children and their children’s children to quote Michael Jackson. Heal the world. Don’t divide it further apart.
Larry from the other side of your father’s imaginary northern wall