A Letter to the Editor

Ronald E. Yates is an author of award-winning historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy.

Yesterday, I, along with thousands of other subscribers to the The Guardian, one of the U.K.’s most famous and respected newspapers, received a hand-wringing letter from Lee Glendinning, the editor of its U.S. edition.

In it she suggested that Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton has put the United States on the brink of calamity. She suggests Trump’s victory spells doom for immigrants, minorities, and women and that now is the time for the news media to do its job. It was all I could do to keep from gagging on every misguided syllable.

Rather than answer Ms. Glendinning with a letter to the editor that she will never see, I decided to provide my response here.

Dear Ms. Glendinning

I received your letter in which you say that because of Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election, many people in America and around the world, are frightened.

You go on to say:

Trumpism has exposed faultlines of cynicism, racism, misogyny and xenophobia, and awakened long dormant white nationalist groups. This election has revealed America to be a deeply polarized nation. As Trump assumes the world’s most powerful office, we must work to protect the US’s open, multicultural democracy which celebrates diversity of perspective and plurality of voices, especially with the Republicans winning the House of Representatives and much of the Senate. Trump will face few checks on his power.”

1433264689488Lee Glendinning, Editor, Guardian US

Okay. The first thing you should do is resist the knee-jerk reaction to assume that a Trump administration is going to be racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic. What you should be doing is examining the millions of Americans who came out in droves to elect Donald Trump. After eight years of the divisive, impracticable economic, and imprudent social engineering policies of