An open letter to the President-elect

An open letter to the President-elect

In truth, all most Americans really want are the freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Congratulations, Mr. Donald Trump, on your win in last week’s Presidential election.  The voters of the country spoke and selected you to guide the nation for at least the next four years, and you have my complete support as President of the United States, just as I pledged to support your predecessor in the last two elections.

But, my respect for the Office of the President and to the holder of that office does not mean that I will agree 100% with your policies and ideology, and you can be assured that I will voice my displeasure at some of the decisions you make and the bills you hope to pass through a friendly legislative branch.

My intent in writing you is to advise you to not take your election victory as a mandate, despite the lop-sided win in the electoral college.  As many will point out, more citizens in the US voted against you than for you, if you count all the votes.  I only say that to remind you that our country is very divided and you should include all Americans in the process of government, unlike the previous administration.

I’m sure you don’t have time to read this now, as I would imagine you are quite busy staffing and preparing to take the reins, so have someone print it for you and look at it after the inauguration.

Healthcare.  It is a good thing that millions more people have health insurance after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but it is unacceptable that they cannot afford the coverage, unless subsidized by the government.  I urge you to keep the good things, but find a way to make the plans truly affordable by getting the government out of the way and opening up competitive pricing across the nation.  And people should not have to buy insurance if they feel they don’t need it.

Immigration.  Most illegal or undocumented aliens are here because they want a better life for themselves and their families.  That is true for Hispanic, Muslim or any other ethnic or religious group.  However, there is a criminal element in all groups.  We have laws to deport those criminals already on the books.  Enforce the laws that exist now, and secure the borders to make sure we know who is coming in and where they are after arriving, and make the immigration process easier for those who want to come to the US permanently.

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