Dear Mr. Trump,
It is well reported that you have been slow to fill key positions in your administration. At last count (Washington Post, March 16, 2017) you have failed to even nominate people to more than 500 of the 553 positions that require Senate approval. So, it’s clear you’ve got plenty of room for someone like me.
But, as I said, I despise you and find you more unqualified and ill-suited to be President than your average American. So, why, you ask, should you hire me? Let me explain.
As you’re aware your approval rating is abysmal. According to Gallup, as of March 15, 2017, 53% of Americans disapprove of the job you’re doing so far. This, Mr. Trump is pathetic. I know, I know, you think the polls are wrong. But let’s just pretend for a minute that they’re onto something and at least agree that you’ve got a lot of room for improvement. Also, I need to remind you that the majority of Americans did not vote for you. So, you’ve clearly got a lot of work to do on convincing the American people that you’re doing a good job. And we know that ratings are VERY important to you. So, I’d like to help you with that.
First of all, let me tell you a bit about myself. I’m a 35 year old mother of three with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a Master’s Degree in Social Work both from Boston College. With those qualifications alone that makes me more highly educated than a good portion of your cabinet (can we say Betsey Devos, Rick Perry, & Rex Tillerson??) and well, more highly educated than you, as well.
In my role as a Social Worker I’ve worked or interned in agencies or organizations that addressed issues of homelessness and healthcare. I’ve directly assisted people in obtaining affordable housing, applying for asylum, applying for health insurance, welfare benefits, or food stamps. I know firsthand that the majority of people applying for these resources are hard working, dedicated people who have not been afforded the same advantages that you and I have and would much prefer that they didn’t need assistance. But because they want a better life for themselves and their children they access whatever resources they can until they are back on their feet. I know the people behind programs like Section 8, WIC, Foodstamps, and TANF. I know they are not “looking for a handout.” They are looking for a better life.
Also in my role as a Social Worker, specifically, a pediatric medical Social Worker, I have had the privilege of taking part in the care of some of the sickest children in our Country. I’ve played Guitar Hero with hospitalized kids whose parents couldn’t be with them all day because they had to work. I’ve sat with desperate parents while they waited for the call that their son or daughter would be receiving a life-saving organ. I’ve listened as families feared they would lose their health insurance when a parent got laid off. These parents feared their children would die if they couldn’t pay for the life-saving treatment their kids needed. I’ve been witness to two moms providing the most loving and supportive environment imaginable for their dying son. And I’ve cried with and supported moms and dads as they sat with their dying child and said goodbye.
I’ve also worked as a therapist and counselor and provided support to women who desperately wanted a child only to seek an abortion because of their child’s devastating diagnosis. I’ve provided counseling to children whose siblings or parents died. Oftentimes, the surviving parent was paying out of pocket for these counseling services because they weren’t covered by insurance. I’ve helped kids battling cancer explain to their classmates why they looked different and couldn’t keep up the way they used to. In these rolls I’ve learned empathy, compassion, and acceptance. I’ve learned that kindness is everything, that empathy will get you further than judgment, and that all people need, want, and deserve to have their basic needs met.
So, I’d say I’m qualified for any number of positions within your administration.
And if you ever seek to gain the approval of the majority of Americans then you’re going to have to convince someone like me that you seek to do as much good as possible for the majority of Americans. And no, Sir, the majority of Americans are not rich millionaires and billionaires with multiple homes, in multiple cities, and the resources to meet not only their every need but also their every desire, as you and your cabinet members can.
So, Mr. Trump, hire me, or someone like me. Hire someone who truly knows and understands the way the majority of Americans live. But don’t just hire us; convince us that working for your administration will truly make us a part of an Administration that seeks to make America a better, kinder, gentler place to live. We do not need more “hard power.” We need compassion, empathy, and acceptance. We need leaders who will build bridges between communities of people, not walls. We need people who will stand up to bullies and tell them that their behavior is unacceptable and an embarrassment. We need leaders who will seek to protect our Earth and make it a healthier, easier place to live, not someone who denies climate change and thinks the EPA is dispensable. We need someone who values public education as our most important asset and gives teachers and administrators the resources they need to give our children what they deserve. We need leaders with the bravery and desire to do what is right, not what is easy. We don’t need you. But, we’re stuck with you, at least for the time being.
So, I beg you Mr. Trump, seek to hire people like me, and seek to convince us to stay. Because without people like me (and I promise, there are a lot of us!) your numbers will never improve, and we know those numbers are so very important to you. We’re here to help. All you have to do is ask.
P.S. For the record I’m not looking for a job. My current role as Mom to Ryan, Zachary, & Connor is where I belong. But I know a lot of exceptional people who meet all the qualifications above, and then some. I’d be happy to point you in their direction.