Dear America, My Heart is Breaking – An Open Letter

Dear America,

Most of you don’t know me. I’ve been told I’m not really supposed to talk about politics on my blog, but sometimes you have to talk about what’s on your heart, no matter what.

And it boggles my mind that you don’t know me and can still make my heart shatter. I’m sure many others feel this way as well.

Last night, Trump won the Indiana primaries, and now needs less than 300 delegates to secure the GOP Presidential Nomination. I’d been holding out hope that he would, at the very least, not win the nomination and that we’d have a brokered convention. That was, apparently, a futile hope.

Let me tell you a little about myself so you understand why I, as a Republican woman (though probably not for much longer, especially since Oklahoma is coming very close to allowing Libertarian candidates on our state ballots) cannot and will not ever support Trump.

  1. I am the descendant of immigrants.
  2. He claims to be a Christian, but doesn’t even know how to read Scripture in context – which makes me wonder about all of his so-called ‘Christian’ supporters as well.
  3. He does bankruptcy far too well.
  4. He does not ‘have the best words.’
  5. He misspelled Tulsa and Oklahoma City on all his campaign materials while in this state.

Will you stay long enough to discuss those with me? 

I have, perhaps, one side of my family that was here (in the US) to actually serve (on either side) in the Civil War. On my father’s side of the family, most of my descendants immigrated 2-3 generations ago, from Ireland and Scotland. Much of the maternal side of my family immigrated from Norway in the late 1800s.

My paternal grandmother was an Irish citizen at the time of her death – she immigrated in the late 1940s. A few years ago, I found out I could possibly claim Irish citizenship because of that, but never actually started researching it until this year. Why? Because if Trump becomes President, I want options.

(I am eligible for dual Irish-American citizenship, btw.)

My dad always talked about his mother and how, while she was not a US citizen, she taught her children to be proud of their citizenship and never take it for granted. I wonder what she would think of the state of this nation now.

Here’s the thing – no matter what your opinions are about the ethics of how our country came into existence, there is one solid fact that cannot be refuted: We are a nation founded on immigration.

I understand fear (roll with me here on the fact that fear is not always justified, but that doesn’t mean you can’t feel it).

As a white, Christian woman who, for the most part, aligns with the Republican party on what I consider to be the most important issues (freedom of religion, the 2nd Amendment, pro-life) (I am decidedly moderate on most social issues, and fiscally conservative, but mainly, I’m pro-small government and personal liberty), it is extremely difficult to identify myself publicly as such because of the amount of intolerance from the supposed ‘face of tolerance’.

Being different from the popular crowd is frightening, especially for an introvert who just wants to fade into the background 99% of the time.

Muslim extremism terrifies me, because I see what they do to Christian women in the Middle East. I see what they do to their own Muslim women. Even beyond the false ideology that I could never convert to, they don’t have many (any) incentives for making a woman (forcibly) convert.

Muslim immigrants DO NOT terrify me. They are trying to escape. If we don’t show them Christ, who will? Sure, some people may get through who don’t have good intentions for America – but that’s why we have the 2nd Amendment. So that we can defend ourselves and our homes, even when the government messes up.

(Newsflash: The government will mess up. It’s kinda how they roll.) (Note: this is NOT saying that you can go out and just shoot something/someone up because you’re afraid you MIGHT be hurt. Use discretion, and always save violence as a last resort for defending your life.)

Dear America, our diversity is our strength. Saying immigrants are the cause of all our problems is like saying it’s the tree’s fault that your wooden house didn’t stand in a wind storm when you didn’t use any nails.

Trump claims to be a Christian, but he cannot accurately quote any Scripture. His attitude does not show the fruit of the Spirit, and it is clear that he worships self and money above all.

For you, brothers, were called for freedom. Only don’t use your freedom for gain to the flesh, but through love be servants to one another.  For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, be careful that you don’t consume one another.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, that you may not do the things that you desire. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the deeds of the flesh are obvious, which are: adultery, sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these; of which I forewarn you, even as I also forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit God’s Kingdom.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.

If we live by the Spirit, let’s also walk by the Spirit. Let’s not become conceited, provoking one another, and envying one another.

Galatians 5:16-26, WEB

And two more Scriptures, to drive the point home to any Christians who are still making excuses for Trump:

As he [Jesus] was going out into the way, one ran to him, knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except one—God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not give false testimony,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and mother.’ ”

He said to him, “Teacher, I have observed all these things from my youth.”
Jesus looking at him loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me, taking up the cross.”

But his face fell at that saying, and he went away sorrowful, for he was one who had great possessions. Jesus looked around, and said to his disciples, “How difficult it is for those who have riches to enter into God’s Kingdom!”

The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus answered again, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter into God’s Kingdom! It is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter into God’s Kingdom.”

They were exceedingly astonished, saying to him, “Then who can be saved?”

Jesus, looking at them, said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God.”

Mark 10:17-27, WEB, emphasis mine.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can’t carry anything out. But having food and clothing, we will be content with that. But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation, a snare, and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

1 Timothy 6:6-10, WEB, Emphasis Mine.

Trump shows no signs of having surrendered his will to God’s. He is spiteful, rude, arrogant, and unkind. If you are a Christian and think that these are appropriate qualities for someone who a) professes to be a Christian, and b) would potentially be an influential world leader, then you need to go have a heart-to-heart with God.

At one point, I thought that maybe, just maybe, Trump could get America’s finances back in order. And then I started researching things (so many bankruptcies, good grief). And then he stated with his own mouth that his net worth depends on ‘how he feels in that moment.’ (My paraphrase.)

BS. I don’t want a President that thinks the nation’s ‘net worth’ (er, debt) is whatever he feels like in the moment.

There’s too much ‘feels like’ and not enough ‘truth’ in our world today. We definitely don’t need it heading up our nation.

As a writer, I laughed so hard when he said he ‘has the best words’. He doesn’t even know how to use the word vocabulary. Are you seriously going to elect this guy? What if he says what he thinks are his ‘best words’ while dealing with international security issues?

No. Just no. Never Trump. Please. I’m begging you.

He can’t even hire accurate proofreaders. (Okay, this might be a little petty, but stacked up with all his other… flaws. Well. Yeah.)

Dear America, if you elect Trump, you never get to talk about how Millenials are ruining this country ever again.

Most of you are over 45 years of age. That means the state of the country, especially if you elect Trump, is really YOUR fault.

Sincerely,

A Very Concerned US Citizen

P.S. Yes, I chose an image of a flag that could be seen as upside-down on purpose. It is a distress signal.

9 thoughts on “Dear America, My Heart is Breaking – An Open Letter

  1. This is exactly how I feel, Rebekah. This whole election disturbs me. And Trump as president really disturbs me. Thank you for taking a risk to share this with us. It’s well said.

  2. I’m a registered Republican, but a bit to the left of you on some issues. (I joined the GOP back in the 1980s, the days of the Cold War, when the terms “Liberal Republican” and “Big Tent Party” were still a thing.) That said, I could not agree more with your assessment of Trump. He represents every “Ugly American” stereotype out there. I am deeply ashamed that a major American party selected this narcissistic, greedy, small-minded, arrogant, and proudly ignorant bigot to the top of its ticket. He will never, ever, get my vote.

  3. I’ll never understand how Trump has gotten to where he is in the Presidential race. The number of people who are supporting him is a sad commentary on the human race. Our country and the world are in big trouble if he actually becomes President. We must all pray this doesn’t happen.

  4. Laura

    Your post articulates exactly how I feel. My comfort is that is that we serve and are subject to a higher King. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  5. Barbara Smith

    Good for you. BTW… your family roots on you mothers side (from your grandfather) were here in the late 1700’s (at least) and fought in the Civil War on the Union side.

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