Best selling Author Stephen King, along with 449 of his fellow writers, signed a letter this Tuesday warning Americans of the imminent catastrophe that would befall all of America if we somehow allow a businessman and con-man to abscond the highest office in all of the land. Below is a portion of this letter to prove just how serious these wordsmiths are about preventing the Donald from being elected as our Commander in Chief:
Because, as writers, we are particularly aware of the many ways that language can be abused in the name of power;
Because we believe that any democracy worthy of the name rests on pluralism, welcomes principled disagreement, and achieves consensus through reasoned debate;
Because American history, despite periods of nativism and bigotry, has from the first been a grand experiment in bringing people of different backgrounds together, not pitting them against one another;
Because the history of dictatorship is the history of manipulation and division, demagoguery and lies;
Because the search for justice is predicated on a respect for the truth;
Pretty strong words from a large group of people who know all too well the power that words can have in our lives. The letter concludes by saying:
Because we believe that knowledge, experience, flexibility, and historical awareness are indispensable in a leader;
Because neither wealth nor celebrity qualifies anyone to speak for the United States, to lead its military, to maintain its alliances, or to represent its people;
Because the rise of a political candidate who deliberately appeals to the basest and most violent elements in society, who encourages aggression among his followers, shouts down opponents, intimidates dissenters, and denigrates women and minorities, demands, from each of us, an immediate and forceful response;
For all these reasons, we, the undersigned, as a matter of conscience, oppose, unequivocally, the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for the Presidency of the United States.
This impressive and blatantly honest letter takes it one step further than the norm for this sort of thing though – it provides a list of the 450 authors, writers, and publishers who collectively signed off on the points made in this letter in protest and utter disdain for even the mere suggestion of a Trump presidency. These writers have definitely made a statement by collaborating in protest of the idea of handing over America’s Leadership to a crazed, selfish, ultra wealthy, dishonest, real estate mogul who has literally built an entire empire through manipulation and dishonesty. This open letter also has its own petition set up for anyone who would like to add their signature to this already intimidating list of writers protesting Trump’s Candidacy.
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