Dear Mr. President,
In the last seconds of the eighth round of his championship fight with “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Roberto Durán turned his back to Leonard, and quit. The referee quoted Durán. “No más” (No more)! It’s time for you to do the same for the sake of the American people and the foundations of democracy, as well as for your legacy.
“No más. No más!”
No more tweets. No more denials of reality. No more claims that you won. No more frivolous law suits. No more rallies. No more “Stole the Election” demonstrations on the streets. No more congregating your fans with no masks or social distancing. No more emails like the ones you’ve been broadcasting three or four times a day since your defeat. No more assumptions that I am your best friend. No more emails like the ones your campaign, National Republican Committee, and Conservative Direct, like this one with the subject line about telling the truth.
HERE"S THE TRUTH You've always been one of my strongest supporters, which is why I'm coming to you now with an urgent request. I've activated the Official Election Defense Fund and I need EVERY PATRIOT, including YOU, to step up and make sure we have enough resources to PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF OUR ELECTION. (Insert request for money) I need YOUR HELP to STOP the Left-wing MOB from undermining our Election. I'm counting on you right now, Friend. Only YOU can save America from the Radical Left. Don't let your Country down. Donald J. Trump President of the United States
I feel obliged to tell you the truth about my response to your emails. 1) The subject line — “HERE’S THE TRUTH” — is propaganda. 2) I have never been “one of [your] strongest supporters.” 3) You confuse patriotic duty with support for you. I see patriotism differently. The U.S.A. is bigger than any occupant of the Oval Office. 4) Patriotism is love of country. I love America. I love the Constitution. I love democracy. I love the constitutionally protected right and duty to engage in an on-going a lover’s quarrel. 5) I wince when any of us confuses America with what serves one’s own self-interests. 6) I turn red when a president makes groundless claims that undermine public trust in the electoral process. I respect losers who do what parents teach our children to do: accept defeat gracefully as part of life.
Grateful for the Mistake
Finally, I am grateful for the mistake. Had I not seen your pleas to “STOP the Left-wing MOB from undermining our election” and “to save America from the Radical Left,” I would be less privy to how you speak to your base and deceive your supporters to see people like me as the great threat to America.
Roberto Durán was tenacious. He was a World Champion. He also knew when it was time to admit defeat. He knew when to walk away. There’s wisdom there. For the sake of the country and a smooth transition to a new administration, I hope and pray you will do the same. Tell the Proud Boys, Boogaloo Bois, and Wolverine Watchmen to go home and put away their rifles. Tell them this is America.
No más. Please, no more.
Gordon C. Stewart
Gordon C. Stewart, author of Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness (2017 Wipf and Stock), Chaska, MN, November 16, 2020.
Amen and amen. Thanks for the strong and professional words in these transitional days. You expressed the feelings of many of us.
Glad they rang a bell with you, Gus. It gets worse by the hour.
Well-said, Mr. Stewart!
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Thank you, Janet. Buckle your seatbelt for a VERY rough ride. Thanks again.
We all wish, but I actually do not think Trump is capable of admitting defeat OR putting the nation ahead of his (supposed) interests. Nor do I believe that his cult followers will follow him once he leaves the seat of power. They aren’t smart enough or focused enough to stay on a target. They will no doubt find an equally appalling leader, but at least he won’t be our president, In the meantime, I just hope he does not wreck the entire country before he is gone.
Marilyn, We’ve never met face to face in real time, but your encouragement of a less talented writer is another act of friendship. In this dark time we both see clearly what is happening. My first thought this morning was of the Senate. The GOP senate majority members are either cowardly aiders and abetters of treason or they are as oleaginous as the VP. We’re all in the cuckoo’ s nest. We’re all on the same bus at the mercy of a lunatic and those who put him and keep him in power.
If ever there were grounds for impeachment, it is now before Mary Trump’s uncle drives us over the cliff.