Sometimes when I’m working in my studio, and listening to the news, I hear something that compels me to stop what I’m doing and write an email to our president.
I’ve written and called politicians before, but never as much as I’ve written to Donald Trump.
I know that Donald Trump isn’t reading my emails, but I thought, if he was actually listening to me, how could I get across what I wanted to say without just being dismissed as someone who was “the other”.
Since the election in 2016, I decided that one of the most important things I could do was not be divisive, in my thinking and in my actions.
So my emails to Trump, although often angry, are also civil and straightforward, coming directly from how I’m feeling and what I believe, and not argumentative.
Since Trump is not reading my emails and I know there’s no chance anything I say would ever make him think differently, I realize my emails are self-serving. But it does make me feel a little better after I’ve written one of them.
I also know that in many countries, I could be imprisoned or worse for voicing my opinion, and doing just that is part of being an American and participating in our Democracy. And I’m a big believer in taking action. Big or small, I have found in all aspects of my life, that taking action does make a difference.
When I’m writing my emails, I try to think about what someone would have to say to me to make me listen and think about what they were saying. Even if I knew it was something I didn’t want to hear. I know that Donald Trump and I are two very different people, and what will make me listen and think is very different than what would make him listen and think (I don’t pretend to know what that might be).
So I write my emails and send them off, knowing they are useless, but not willing to let that stop me from saying what I need to say.
To President Trump, I’m disturbed by your approach to getting funding to build a border wall. You came to office saying that you were able to make deals. Yet now you insist on getting your way and you’re not willing to compromise as is necessary when making deals, as I’m sure you know. You are hurting many more people by closing the government down than you would be helping by getting your way. Your approach seems childish to me. I believe it’s important for people who have the kind of power you do to put your own selfish desires aside and do what is best for the people you serve.
Maria Wulf 12/28/18
7 thoughts on “My Emails To President Trump”
You are much nicer than I could ever bring myself to be. I am so disturbed that such a person is leading our country so selfishly. Even I could tell in the few episodes of The Apprentice that he was a thin shell of a person. I just pray that our country can survive his “leadership” and return to its former goodness. Please keep emailing him. One never knows when one might strike a good chord.
On another note: I gave a couple of the potholders made by the women in India to a friend in Colorado for Christmas. I was telling her about you and your trip to India. I was also telling her about how you were somewhat inspired by the Gee’s Bend quilters. She is a big quilter and very interested in reading your blog. I assume you have your blogs archived by year. If that is so, can you tell me the year you started talking about Gee’s Bend? As to your trip to India, was that in the summer of 2017? Thanks for letting me know. Susie
Thanks for passing on the potholders to your friend Susie, and letting her know about my blog. The best way to find the posts about Gee’s Bend is to type Gees Bend into the search box on the top of my blog. I do have the trip categorized so all my entires for the trip should show up. I was there in 2014, but I don’t think the date with help. And The same with India. If she types in Kolkata Diary, most of the posts from the trip and from before it should come up.
And in regard to Trumps presidency, it does seem like it’s so easy to look back on the “good old days” even though I know I didn’t always feel that at the time. This does feel unprecedented. Makes me wonder what people will say about this time in the future.
Hear, hear! I actually sympathize with the members of Congress, both senators and representatives, republicans and democrats, who negotiated with one another in good faith, believing they had reached a compromise acceptable to the President, only to see this happen, with hundreds of thousands of innocent American workers bearing the financial brunt of an unnecessary shutdown. We all need to speak up, on this and every other issue. Good for you.
I have also emailed the White House several times, and always offer thanks and sympathy to the volunteers who must be the people actually reading them.
Oh do you think there are volunteers reading them Jeanne? I like the idea of that.
Very good letter to our non-listening President, Maria. I am so disheartened by our present regime, but I take some solace in the fact that there were a few good changes with the recent election.
And, like many of us, I am trying to do my best to make my corner of the world a better place, rather than just being consumed by anxiety over what is happening to our country at large.
That’s what we can always so Melissa. The idea of making small changes, even to just myself, keeps me hopeful.