Dear Mr. Trump

A Credo

May my strength endure.

May my love be more perfect.

May I serve well, Lord.

Dear Mr. Trump,

As with many Americans, when you first announced that you would campaign to be elected to the presidency in November 2016, I wondered if you were simply seeking the publicity and were not really dedicated to mounting a serious campaign you could possibly win.

Mixed with that doubt was a concern that you could possibly have the objective of eventually running a third party challenge that would effectively hand that November election to the Democrats' candidate.

By the time of the last televised debate before the Iowa primary, I had accepted that you probably were serious about running a professional political campaign with real intent.

Your second place finish in Iowa is certainly not a crippling blow, but it is a cautionary lesson to either pay more attention to the advice you are receiving from your campaign adviser(s) or, if your campaigning has been following their advice, to fire them and take an approach more likely to get you the Republican Party's nomination which is essential to your winning in November.

Unless you are the narcissist that some others claim you are, you can use the Iowa result to admit that some changes in your style, approach, and preparation are called for in order to improve your chances for success before your original momentum is lost.

I believe you are "a quick study." I believe you can absorb the briefings your staff must provide on the key sectors of the electorate you will have to vigorously court in order to build a solid body of supporters with whom you can secure the Republican nomination.

By now you yourself know the nature of your themes and style which are appealing to your present followers and supporters. While you will want their continued support, you will have to expand your outreach by appealing to the concerns and themes that can attract the other eligible voters you will need for the long haul of the next 10 months to and beyond the Republican Convention.

That goal is obvious to every candidate. Help the American voters to know you personally and respect you. Conducting a quality public relations campaign doesn't require that you run a conventional, politically correct campaign, but it does require that you are seen as approachable, reliable, stable, thoughtful, moral, ethical, and can empathize with each potential voter who is open to being persuaded that you are the candidate who can win, unite, and solve the present and future problems the nation you want to lead will have to face for things to be better in the years ahead.

Many Americans believe you can further refine your campaign, learn from what you have already experienced, and ultimately be successful. If you also believe you can, make it happen.

An American voter who wishes you well.

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© 2016 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

You should send this letter to Donald Trump, Demas. The trouble is politicians will say whatever they think it takes to win votes but once elected totally disregard everything they don't really believe in.

You need someone to campaign on what they truly believe in and will carry out as president. See my hub "Trust Me (Would I Lie to You?)"


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M G Del Baglivo 10 months ago

I have no horse in this race. For many years I have found that none of the candidates (or the elected), regardless of party, speak for me. As a moderate unaffiliated voter I feel voiceless, particularly in this selection of possible front-runners. I will most likely write-in a vote in November.

That said, I see supporting Trump as perilous. His recent endorsement by Sarah Palin is disturbing; what cabinet position has he promised her. His comments regarding his ability to shoot someone in the street without losing the support of his base are alarming and sound rather "black shirt" to me. He may need to moderate his language because what he has said in this nomination race shows, at the very least, a lack of good judgment -- a very bad trait in a candidate for POMUS.

Please see my Hub "Trump and the Golden Apple" if my comments upset anyone. I believe it is well-balanced argument.

Cheers from Maryland


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M G Del Baglivo 10 months ago

By the way, POMUS is President Of - My - United States


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MizBejabbers 10 months ago

Trump does seem unapproachable, doesn't he? He kind of reminds me of a cat that was injured and hiding in my neighbor's hedge. Any time we tried to approach the cat to offer help, it lashed out. Trump, at the least, lends the appearance that he is infallible and can go it alone. He says he would have advisers to whom he would listen on his weak points, but would he? I'm not sure his narcissism knows any bounds. Our greatest friends, the British, hate him, and he claims he can buddy with Putin. I'm afraid he would get us into war.


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bradmasterOCcal 10 months ago from Orange County California

Demas W Jasper

I don't agree with your letter as there is nothing wrong with Mr. Trump's campaigns. Trying to make him more like the rest of the field will not make him a better presidential candidate. True, more of the voters might not be put off as much from such a change, but these voters don't make intelligent choices anyway. The bulk of voters make their decisions based on the wave of the media and their pundits.

An intelligent voter wouldn't have to rely on polls, and media opinions, or even the comments of the other candidates to make their voting decision.

Mr. Cruz is surely not presidential material, and it has nothing to do with his race, color, or creed. It has to do with the fact that he is attacking Trump as opposed to laying out his positions compared to the other candidates.

I grew up in Manhattan, and I understand Trump's delivery. The NY manner doesn't hide the truth, as does PC.

I am not in favor of either party, as I believe they are the root cause of the decline in our country. They have been the reason of Congressional gridlock, and they have divergent goals, so they can never compromise, and turn the country purple.


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

What a great spectrum of Hubber opinions!

Jodah - Two NH newspapers have this as an Opinion piece. One editor was asked to consider giving this to Mr. Trump, if for nothing else than to see if he might react in some way.

M G Del Baglivo - If he is displaying his true personality, and it appears he is, then the question is: can he actually be somehow humbled into attracting the votes he will need...and remain more attentive to the needs of all Americans?

MizBejabbers - Judging how stable, irrational, etc. a candidate is and would remain, is a valid way to decide who not to vote for. Let's keep our eyes, ears, and gut feelings open on that one for sure.

bradmasterOCcal - Good and needed comment. I would suggest that appealing to Mr. Trump to examine himself as to "approachable, reliable, stable, thoughtful, moral, ethical, and [able to] empathize with each potential voter" is really no more than what any potential leader should do periodically to stay centered on being a real leader.

Charging thoughtlessly ahead with an attitude that comes across to some as "Like me, or lump it!" will appeal to some, but has its own inherent dangers that are understood to be part of the package with narcissism....and in any case, when weighing what he potentially has to offer, can deny him the goal he and his current supporters hope to achieve.


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M G Del Baglivo 10 months ago

The politicians in Washigton will never compromise. It's not in their personal best interests. They thrive on the power obstructionism imparts to them. The two party system is ruining this country because the American voter keeps sending worn out ideologies back to Congress and the White House. At this juncture, it appears we're headed for more of the same from the Democrats in 2016 and the usual chaos in the Republican Party is sure to send her there.


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M G Del Baglivo 10 months ago

Great article, Perspycacious.


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bradmasterOCcal 10 months ago from Orange County California

Perspycacious

The question is do you judge people by the way that they talk to you, or do you want the truth.

I will use an interview example.

Most candidates for a high level or medium high level are picked more on how they clone the interviewer. Bonding with the interviewer can override any short coming in the job competence, and experience.

I have seen many incompetent and inept executives get the job over more competent candidates. Picking candidates that have the ability to be liked are favored by most interviewers, but when they really can't do the job, how good was their pick.

The attribute that Trump has over most of the rest of the candidates is his lack of p0litical experience, and political correctness. Remember, that the US has been declining since the 70s, and the experienced and PC candidates were part of the cause, and not the solution.

I think that both political parties are the root cause of the problems of the US today, and undeterred they will continue to cause more problems in the future.

It is similar to the financial industry in 2008 that were the cause of the economic meltdown, and then spent 7 figure of the US bail money to give the executives of those company bonuses. Today, the financial industry is too big too fail, and not under the control of Congress.

Is that what we want with the experienced politicians that had caused the country to fail because they can't work together in congress?

My point is that I would like the Trump Opponents to deal specifically with his positions on the issues rather than making emotional attacks because they are threatened by him. They should compare their positions on the issues with his and show the voters why they have a better idea than Trump.


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

In response to the last comment: In my inexpert opinion, if Trump can moderate the vitriole there is more likelihood that simply attacking his character will have a reduced impact, and serve to force more direct discussion of Trump's positions as he comes to more clearly define them. That's the very thing you want, and that would be my suggestion as to how Trump should bring that about. Namely, as I suggested, be " thoughtful, moral, ethical, and.... empathize with each potential voter who is open to being persuaded that you are the candidate who can win, unite, and solve the present and future problems the nation you want to lead will have to face for things to be better in the years ahead."


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bradmasterOCcal 10 months ago from Orange County California

I understand your point, but I think you have not grasped my point.

You seem to have a very optimistic view of a system that hasn't changed in one hundred years. and today we see the tragic results of that system.

Thanks


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emge 10 months ago from Abu Dhabi

Trump looks a bit of a revolutionary and I wonder how the Americans will react to him at the ballot box. Yes, you could send this letter to Trump. He means well, but needs to refine the edges


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M G Del Baglivo 10 months ago

Ah, the system is older than one hundred years. So much for informed discussion. Too bad.


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

bradmasterOCcal - Don't give up on the system, and I believe it has changed a great deal since 1916 with such things as more open conventions, the New Deal, civil rights legislation with more access to the ballot box, etc. That is not to say that there are no changes we are responsible for making to keep this "a more perfect union" such as term limits, perhaps an older age to be eligible to run for some offices, a new definition of "war" for the Constitution, making redistricting equitable, refinements to the Selective Service System and its ability to meet a naitonal emergency, and on and on. And, I am optimistic that Americans can see the job done.


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

emge - Thanks for giving this discussion some international input. As an actual newcomer to "the game" of US politics, Mr. Trump is at best "unrefined" around the edges, and to a great extent that has added to his appeal among those who support his candidacy. This letter is dealing with character and perceptions. Ultimately at some point we will see how he does.


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

M G Del Baglivo - What else should be added, or have we exhausted the topic? Maybe some other commenters will add in at this point. If it should turn out that Mr. Trump and Senator Sanders are the two final contestants, the outcome might indeed prove to be revolutionary?


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

Here is my prophesy for the future.

I think sometime in the future, maybe two or three elections from now Leonardo DiCaprio will run for president, and make a damned good one. About time another actor became president. Just a feeling I have.


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M G Del Baglivo 10 months ago

And Italian to boot, Jodah.

I agree with you, Perspycacious. I have exhausted my comments. Once again, kudos on the letter.


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bradmasterOCcal 10 months ago from Orange County California

Perspycacious

I appreciate your optimism, but there has been no indication that the voters are more intelligent than sheep following their party. My review of history in the US shows a decline during the last one hundred years.

There was a bump of prosperity during the 1950s, but it didn't last through the 60s when the Vietnam "War" started to escalate. The artificial oil shortages of the 70s started the decline of the US and it continues today.

During that time the US Constitution was watered down by the political decisions of SCOTUS, the Federal government usurped the powers of the states, and the democrats and the republican parties became more powerful and more divergent over the decades.

The US hasn't won a war since 1898. Winning a war by my definition means that the issues causing our involvement in the war wasn't satisfied. It only deferred the war, or we just totally lost it. WWII had Europe under the control of the Nazis, and at the end of the war, Eastern Europe became under the control of the Soviet Union.

WWII was the last congressional declared constitution law, and yet we continue decade after decade to engage in police actions, we call wars. And we don't win these wars.

I could go on, but you have an idea why I am not as optimistic as you.

Thanks again.


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MsDora 10 months ago from The Caribbean

So thoughtful and helpful! Is there a way to get the Donald to read this? Win or lose, he should be a better person after the elections.


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aviannovice 10 months ago from Stillwater, OK

This was a nice plea, Demas, but I believe the operative word here is "stable."


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DragonflyTreasure 10 months ago from on the breeze.........

Awesome article!


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsDora - We sometimes forget, though certainly Christians should not, that people can, and do change. We are most likely to do so when we have a sincere goal that something about us stands in the way of accomplishing.

A sincere suitor will do a self-examination to know what he (or she) must do to make them as acceptable as possible to the one they are pursuing,

Mr. Trump is pursuing not only the highest office in the land, but all of us as well. If he is sincere, and his advisers are hones with him, he will make himself as suitable as possible,

Deb Hirt (aviannovice) in the comment following yours highlights "stable" as the quality she most wants to be assured of, if she were to seriously consider voting for Mr. Trump. Certainly voters want to see a candidate who is not easily riled and speaking without thought for the consequences. Mr. Trump will do well to do as my grandfather-in-law taught: "Roll your tongue ten times before speaking."

In debates of both parties, there are other candidates who should have known better than to distort or ignore the truth of facts they are offering.

Surely any candidate who sticks with the race to November 8. 2016 will change in the process, hopefully for the better.


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Dragonfly Treasure - I am glad this struck a harmonic chord with you. I am sure you will find the other comments here to be of interest, too. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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DragonflyTreasure 10 months ago from on the breeze.........

Oh I've been following along for a bit, Perspycacious .

We are in such a state of hurt, we need someone in there to shake things up. Can't believe anything the politicians say, they only say what they think you want to hear - if they win, what was said flies out the window.

I like Trump, he says what we are thinking but are afraid to say. Been quietly rooting for him since the first inkling of him running. Seems I don't have to be as quiet any more. Funny to watch how things have shifted. Right or wrong, it's time for different thinking or at least someone who can think.


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DragonflyTreasure 10 months ago from on the breeze.........

Trump just showed how classy he is, a moment that no one probably even noticed until the press brought it to attention. At the beginning of the ABC debate, the candidates were announced in. Dr. Carson did not hear his name called due to the audience's applause to the previous candidate's intro. He did not go to the stage. The next candidate was called and walked right past him, this went on as the rest of the candidates kept walking past Dr. Carlson, all except one - Mr. Trump. He saw what had happened and felt the awkwardness for his fellow candidate and stood beside him and did not go when his name was called. At the end Dr. Carlson was called again along with Mr. Trump. Trump let Dr. Carlson go on ahead to receive all his applause and appreciation, then took his turn on the stage. Trump could have walked right by Carlson like all the others but didn't, he showed quick thinking, leadership and courage to do what he did. Say what you want but this shows great character.


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Perspycacious 7 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

DragonflyTreasure - The "great character" occasion you have cited will be tested again, when and if Mr. Trump obtains the Republican nomination (prior to, or at the Republican Convention) as late as July. At that time, it will be more than appropriate to clear the competitive air and seek for cohesiveness. If Mr. Trump has the "great character" the Dr. Carson incident showed, he can be magnanimous and healing at that time.

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