An open letter to a mom “terrified of raising a boy in Trump’s America”

On Dec. 27, Elle.com published an article called, “I’m Terrified of Raising a Boy in Trump’s America: How can I explain to a little boy that the year he was born, the President of the United States was an admitted sexual predator?”  I would like to respond.

An open letter to a mom “terrified of raising a boy in Trump’s America”

How can you explain to your little boy that when he was conceived the President of the United States did little to stop the barrel-bombing of civilians and the enforced starvation of millions of people in Syria?

How will you explain that the President ignored his own “red line” about Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons and babies suffered and died?

How will you explain that the president gave millions of dollars to Iran, who in turn gave material support to Assad to kill his own people?

How will you explain US inaction, while 430,000 people died, more were maimed and injured, and millions were displaced?

How will you explain that President Obama made a deal with Iran that ensured it would have better-than-it-imagined nuclear bombs by the time your baby is 9-years-old?

How will you explain that despite reassurances about “snap-back” provisions, the president did nothing while Iran up-graded centrifuges and bolstered its missile programs?

Sure, there’s reason to be upset about some of the president-elect’s remarks and reported behavior. Take heart, at least some of the boys growing up in the Kennedy and Clinton administrations turned out all right. But for the sake of the lives of your child and millions of other children in the world, you should be more concerned about presidential behavior regarding governments like Syria and Iran, and entities like ISIS, the Taliban, and Boko Haram.

About the Author
Lynn C. Koss is a speech-language pathologist in central New York.
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