Postcards to Politicians, 4/14/17: To Donald Trump, On Money

This week was low on the usual blinding rage, instead replaced by a kind of low-intensity shock. Dropping a MOAB? Shooting missiles at Syria? Cutting off Planned Parenthood funding? This is the kind of stuff I was expecting from a Trump presidency — big on explosions, low on thought. But to see it happening still left me in a state of disbelief.

Of course, I’m glazing over a number of issues that bother me, but it’s difficult to keep that many outrages in my head at once without spinning out. I have to give it to the Trump administration and the opportunists in the House: They have blitzkrieg’d us and made it difficult to keep up.

So this week I thought I’d focus on an issue that has bothered me for years, pre-dating Trump: money in politics. A small part of me actually thought that Donald might actually do something to limit the corrupting influence of money over our political system, but that was a funny joke, since Donald Trump’s is the embodiment of corrupt money and he surrounds himself with like-minded individuals.

So here’s my postcard for the week. I copied the text below, in case it’s hard to read.

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The front: Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Mr. Trump,

I believe money in politics is the single greatest threat to American “democracy.”

I think you know that. You talked about it during your campaign. But if you actually cared, you wouldn’t have nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, or populated your cabinet with bankers and party donors.

You’ve been “reversing” your positions a lot this week. (It appears you’re just “learning what stuff actually is or does,” but whatever.) Maybe you could change your position on allowing money to continue corrupting the political process by overturning Citizens United (via amendment) and holding your colleagues accountable for legislating based on donations rather than the will of the people — Dems and Repubs alike.

Think about it,

Eric Goldschein, ATL, GA 30307

PS — Fire your press secretary, he’s terrible.

I’m a freelance writer originally from Brooklyn. I write about travel mostly but also business and “culture.” I hope you like what you read.

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