We as Americans among ourselves may at times forget - or we are MANIPULATED into forgetting by demagogues such as the soon to be ex-president - that we have more in common than we may realize.
I hope you go to Eternity thinking, "Yeh, that bastard Robert was right." Damn straight. I do know a helluva lot more about it than you and your ilk do.
I voted for her in 2016. I did so because she was much more experienced and competent than him. And I feel 2020 has PROVEN that to be correct.
I presume if you are reading this that this letter has reached you safely.
That ignoramus who does not know one of the most basic facts about the history of the presidency actually has the nerve to lecture professional historians that he knows what constitutes "patriotic" history.
Let us candidly admit we made a big mistake and were taken in by this sleazy con artist and will correct that error.
Two decades ago, I was a lecturer in history and political science, and I heard often from students in the U.S. that they felt they could not relate to American history. I realized I wanted to find a way to help them better do so.
I thought I'd write back after your last missive, because I have to ask: Are you kidding? You must have been drunk. Or have they put something in the water in Vermont?
Try to “prove” history itself. As an exercise, I regularly asked new history and politics students to “prove” yesterday actually even occurred.
My concerns are family and friends and even an employer, but those are PERSONAL. If I don't face prison for my opinions, I have freedom of speech.
For as presumably one of "those" charged with having "conspired" to "hide" distasteful stuff about American history and politics from eager to learn young people fully committed to the ever-sponge-like soaking up of the past, and who could not be torn from the library bookstacks, this evidently needs stating plainly.
There is ... a small ... segment of American society of a "supremacist" bent that seems forever unwilling to admit or even able to comprehend that the rest of the world is not by definition inferior or the planet Mars.
That is in 1861 in Georgia. It was a time and a place that unapologetically practiced RACE-based SLAVERY of blacks. So why is anyone actually ever surprised today that the novel and the film are both full of racism?
I cannot suppress an uncomfortable feeling that we are seeing the police-reforming consensus and impetus largely evaporate due to becoming divided by and distracted by yet another public debate over monuments and - far worse - a spray-painting and statue-smashing orgy that even ends up defacing a Gandhi statue.
If you support him, I apologize. But this is my considered opinion after four years of him. I do not write this lightly.