Back in November I wrote a letter to President Elect Donald Trump. Our daughter Suzanne suggested I send it out as a blog. So, here it is:
Dear President-Elect Trump —
I have a long record of writing to U.S. presidents. As a young boy, I wrote to no less a figure than Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our president at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. Then as now, I was a Hawaii resident. (Hawaii was still a territory then, not yet a state.)
I told the President of my loyal participation in the war bond program, selling savings stamps to fellow students. And I got a letter of response from his personal secretary, Grace Tully — a letter I have kept and treasured to this day.
I have also written a fan letter, a few years ago, to Barrack Obama, who happened to have been born in the same hospital as I — Kapiolani Hospital in Honolulu. That letter, too, was acknowledged.
So I figure that, even as an 82-year-old, why not write to the next president of the U.S.A., to express what’s on my mind!
Frankly, Mr. President-Elect, you have frightened and dismayed many Americans, including me, with your fiery rhetoric about deporting illegal immigrants and building walls (making Mexico pay for them) — and more. This does not sound like the U.S.A. in which I have grown up and love so deeply!
My ancestry dates back to William Brewster, one of the the Pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620. That makes me the offspring of “undocumented” immigrants, and I expect that applies to you as well!
So may I suggest that you adopt as a secondary slogan: “LOVE NEVER FAILlETH.” Those are the words inscribed above the altar at the church where my wife Margie and I worship each Sunday.
Respectfully, with aloha,
Christopher (Kit) Smith