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Swamp Thing, You Make My Heart Sting

My dear Mr. Trump:

Your administration leaks like a sieve.

But it leaks because the people who are leaking are true patriots — they value our Democratic Republic, as imperfect as it is, and recognize that Russia is not our friend. Russia may be *your* friend, but it is no friend to the United States.
People are leaking because your swamp — the one you vowed to drain — is now stocked with crooks and traitors.
Traitor is a strong word, a visceral word, but in this case, because Mr. Flynn, as a private citizen, allegedly tried to broker a deal with Russia before your Inauguration, the word fits. The only question that remains is if he did it at your behest.
Be under no illusion — you may be President, but you have no history with these people. They don’t owe you any allegiance, and will throw you under the bus in a New York minute.
You may have won votes with your talk of patriotism and making America great again. You may have convinced the Bible Belt and the Corn Belt that you know what patriotism is about, but you can’t fool me. Your behavior in the wake of all of this Russian garbage shows me you don’t understand patriotism, and, in all likelihood, don’t feel it.

Like it or not, you’re in over your head, my dear Mr. Trump.


When the Root is Deep

The roots of our democratic republic do run deep; they were planted when the first explorers sailed into the unknown, and grew with colonists — immigrants — who left the familiar for a vague promise of something better.

The plant has sustained damage over two hundred years, but the roots survive. Lincoln’s message of ¬†government “for the people, by the people” has been misplaced, temporarily.

As individuals, our reaction to fear may be¬†to withdraw and isolate — but we are a nation of diversity, founded on the backs and blood of immigrants, and instead of cowering, we’ll stand up and face our fears together.