Not too late to change mind

To the editor:

Donald Trump attempts to appeal to the needs and fears of members of the electorate who feel alienated and desperately want things to change for the better. His chief adviser, Steve Bannon, is a media expert who interprets the opinions of these supporters and makes recommendations for positions and actions.

During the campaign, this amounted to making promises without detailing how they would be accomplished, and now that they are being enacted, we can see how empty they were: Obamacare will be replaced by a plan that is much better, but there is no new plan; ISIS will be destroyed and potential terrorists will no longer be a threat because they will not be allowed to enter the country, but the recent ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Middle Eastern countries produced chaos, anger, and considerable suffering, and the selection of the countries seems to be ones in which Trump has no business dealings. The hope was no doubt that while critics might note that these were not the countries from which terrorists have come–Saudi Arabia, for instance, which has been excluded, was the home of the 9/11 terrorists–his constituents would not notice or care.

Unlike Trump and many of his proposed and approved cabinet members, most of Trump’s supporters are not billionaires or millionaires and may well be on Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security, all of which are now threatened. Our president has not made his taxes public, will not divest himself of his businesses and is clearly using the position for his own gain. It’s too late to change your vote, but it’s not too late to change your mind. Trump and Bannon are assuming that you are uninformed and can easily be manipulated. I believe, though, that they are seriously underestimating you, and that you cannot so easily be taken in.

Please do what you can to protect our country and yourselves from this danger to our democracy. Our U.S. representative in the House is Jack Bergman (202-225-4735), and our U.S. senators are Debbie Stabenow (202-224-4822) and Gary Peters (906-226-4554).

Elizabeth Flynn