I've begun writing and sending one letter each week for reasons of politics. I'll post them here, under mostly unrelated images. The first letter is below.
Donald J. Trump
The Trump Organization
725 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10022
13 November 2016
Congratulations on your recent election. I can't say I'm pleased; I voted for one of your opponents, and I'm honestly frightened to think you'll be president. But from a step back, I'm frightened to think of any person as president. No one is wise enough to handle that much authority. In your position, I'd be terrified and paralyzed.
So please know that I'm trying to find ways to limit your powers and importance, and those of whoever succeeds you. I hope you might see this as a relief-- checking your responsibility for whatever might go badly while you're in charge. I don't know how I'll go about this power-limiting project, other than writing this letter, and more letters to you and others in the future. You should feel free to help: for example, by refraining from using your authority to make anyone's life harder; and by renouncing powers that seem absurdly wrong like assassination or indefinite detention.
One of the few ways I hope you will use your authority is to improve our chances of survival and comfort as our climate continues to change. Understand that by "our" chances I mean everyone's chances, here and in other countries, born and not yet born. I think you're looking for a way to be great. This is your best chance. You have an opportunity to be seen as the savior of the world.
If you focus on solving the world's energy use problem as you focused on winning the election, I think you could do it. We have more information about global resources than at any point in history. We have astonishing abilities to predict and plan ahead, to distribute and budget. Seventy years ago this country's government produced nuclear weapons; then space flight a few decades later. Let's aim for something more positive and lasting now.
Don't misunderstand: I have little hope that these arguments will affect you. I'm writing with anger and distrust.
I'm planning to go along with the million woman march, and will try to see you at the inauguration. If you'd like to talk before then, come to our next gallery opening at The Front.* It will be on Friday, December 2nd, from 4-8 in the evening at 6 Barre Street in Montpelier, Vermont. Everyone will be surprised to see you.
Glen Coburn Hutcheson
*The Front isn't a political organization, and its members don't necessarily agree with this letter, which is entirely mine. The gallery is, however, a convenient place to meet and talk.