President Obama’s State of the Union speech was so powerful, it prompted famous Mexican-American music artist Carlos Santana to pen him an open letter that beautifully illustrates just how the President conducts himself how a true leader should – and how Donald Trump embodies everything to be despised in a human.
Dearest Mr. President Obama,
I witnessed your speech last night. I am deeply inspired, encouraged and profoundly grateful for your words. Your consciousness soars with clarity and divine purpose. Your articulated your views, subjects and comments with compassion. You made me feel how blessed we are to share life with your leadership. Even more than any other President I have witnessed (including JFK).
Your words of spirit and global healing, unity and harmony for the betterment of the world….not just the USA. I pray for your continued safety for you and your family. Regarding Mr. Trump….I remember when I was a child living in Tijuana…I often crossed the border to visit the San Diego Zoo. I would hear loud screams and commotion in the distance. As I came closer to the sound, I noticed everyone was staring at an ape in a glass cage. The ape was staring back at the crowd that gathered. With an angry look of disgust, the ape defecated in his hand and threw it at the crowd.
This is what I hear when Mr Trump speaks. He lacks consciousness as well as integrity. The Republicans and Mr Trump are selling hate and fear. That is the opposite of what our Country stands for. Let’s go forward with light and love into the future. Global Peace is within our grasp in this lifetime. Pull humanity up, take the high road and look at the aerial view. Peace on Earth now, not later.
With deep respect and admiration,
It is difficult to have to make decisions that determine whether or not people live or die; or at least it should be. The Republican presidential candidates, however, speak extraordinarily callously about how little they care about the lives that would be lost pursing their wars of foreign conquest in the Middle East. For example, Ted Cruz said he wants to “carpet-bomb” the Middle East “until the sand glows,” while Trump freely endorses a return of the torture program and murdering the families of ISIS members.
President Obama, on the other hand, has taken huge strides to make our country safer by trying to bring peace around the world, cultivating relationships with other nations based on mutual respect; turning old enemies like Iran into potential allies and reducing the likelihood of future conflicts breaking out. It’s the kind of sophisticated and thoughtful approach that earns you a Nobel Peace Prize and consistently voted the most popular leader in the world, and we will miss him more than we can imagine when he finally steps down. We must continue his legacy by electing a progressive that will continue the incredible work that he has done.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.