Finally, A Plea to All People Worldwide
Empathize with us as a nation.
Through various tricks and chicanery, through the peculiar mechanism that remains, up to this point, our nation’s way of electing presidents, through errors of commission and omission on the part of many people, we have arrived here.
But we are better than this.
And we know that.
With luck, we will deny this man the presidency either right away, within months, or God forbid within years.
But we will deny him.
We are virtuous in enough numbers that we can minimize his harm. But we are going to need your support, wherever you are in the world. Just as we will need the support of every American now living, especially those who wield power in the political realm.
And I speak of people in all parties and no parties when I speak of such people. They all need to stand up and say no to a man who is a bully, a narcissist, a starkly divisive force, someone who has never grown beyond the mental age of six.
They all need to stand up and say no to Trump.
I’m under no illusion that my novel is going to make any difference whatsoever, but I’m also aware that narrative art can sometimes do so. There are many examples in our history, and there are many examples, I’m sure, in the history of other parts of the world.
One such is Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. When Lincoln met her, he is reputed to have said, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war."
Like other such anecdotes, that one may be apocryphal. But apocryphal stories crop up because they contain a grain of truth. I’m under no illusion that my book will be anything like Stowe’s.
But one of our strengths lies in our creativity and the artistic expression of our values. This is one such attempt. I hope you’ve found it to your liking, and I hope it will move you to action in the realm where you find your greatest strength.
We need the action and support of every American to minimize the damage—and major damage it may well be—that Trump and the Republican Party are poised to visit upon this nation and the world.
I ask you, in the strongest terms possible, for that action and support.
And I ask you to pledge that action and support every day during these trying times.
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