My hometown of Philly
is home to the Museum of the American Revolution, and that in turn is home to George Washington’s war tent. When the curtain went up on that thing, I cried, and cried all the way out to the street–not out of reverence for what our founding fathers went through to get this newborn nation on its feet–but because it somehow tragically and ironically led to your being elected president.
How far we have fallen from grace!
Do me two favors please.
The first is see “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” In it Fred Rogers explains he went right from the seminary to television because he could see how useful a tool it could be and it was being squandered on cheap entertainment. You are also possessed of perhaps (no pun intended) the most powerful tool in the world–the presidency of the United States–and you are squandering it with your own ego, ignorance, and intolerance.
was criticized for raising a generation of entitled spoiled brats who felt they didn’t need to work or achieve anything to be loved. They’d been taught by him that every human being is inherently, by inalienable right, entitled to love, support, acceptance, guidance, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Revolutionary! He said,
Let’s take the gauntlet and make goodness attractive…That’s the real job that we have. I’m not talking about Pollyann-ish kind of stuff, I’m talking about down-to-earth actual goodness. People caring for each other in a myriad of ways, rather than people knocking each other off all the time… What changes the world? The only thing that ever really changes the world, is when somebody gets the idea that love can abound, and can be shared…No matter what our particular job, especially in our world today, we all are called to be tikkun olam, repairers of creation. Thank you for whatever you do, wherever you are, to bring joy and light and hope and faith and pardon and love to your neighbor and to yourself.
(Hebrew: literally ‘repair of the world’) is a concept in Judaism of the aspiration to behave and act constructively and beneficially. That is what being a role model and setting examples is about. The only example you’re setting is how to start the second civil war and the third world war.
The second favor is,
straighten up and fly right. Show respect for yourself and the citizens of this weary land by resigning your office without delay, so the healing can begin. Accept the consequences of your behavior and take it like a man. It is the only way you will leave your office and legacy with any semblance of honor. And you will generate the sigh of relief heard ‘round the world.