A friend of the Boss gave him this letter which he was going to send to his aged parents. However, he felt it would be too upsetting to send directly to them, but he also felt that the message was very important for many people in similar circumstances. Consequently, he asked the Boss to give it to me to post and I have copied and pasted it below:


This letter is absolutely true but anonymous to protect my aged parents.

Mom and Dad, something has changed. Or has it?

Though my own memory may have blurred a bit around the edges, I do clearly remember the many things you taught your children about morality – what is good, what is bad, what is true, what is false, what is moral, what is immoral, what is right, what is wrong.

And you always taught us these things within a Christian context, most especially the context of the evangelical community of which you were a part.  Not that you (in the day) disparaged other religions, but simply that you had been brought up as Christians and had settled on evangelicalism and that was the context of your faith.

And what did you teach us?

That the Devil is the Father of Lies. That he is a liar and a deceiver, a tempter, a divider, a betrayer, one who is the enemy of the good and who “snatches away what has been sown (by the word of the kingdom of God) in (a person’s) heart.” Matthew 13: 19, NASB. You told us that “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord.” (Proverbs 12:22, NASB)

What has been snatched from our hearts, and why are lying lips no longer an abomination to the Lord, Mom and Dad?

You taught us the Ten Commandments, which admonished us not to commit adultery, steal, lie, or covet your neighbor’s wife or goods; to show “lovingkindness.” In many discussions, we used the word “compassion.”

We talked about the Seven Deadly Sins of Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Wrath, and Sloth. (We used the words “anger” and “laziness.”)

We discussed the import of the Cardinal Virtues originating in Greek philosophy and reflected in a New Testament written in Koine Greek. For the record, we mainly used synonyms such as modesty, humility, justice, courage, patience, fidelity, kindness, diligence, and compassion, including our duty to heed and succor those less fortunate than ourselves. We used these words because for us  they best and most precisely illustrated the specific teachings of Jesus.

We augmented our individual, personal explorations, from those of my evangelical minister brother to my own university courses and papers, with countless local Bible studies, including many at your own home during our adult years.

I had shelves of Bibles and we used a multitude of resources, from Matthew Henry to The New Bible Commentary to the works of Gleason Archer and on and on and on. We were unmitigatedly serious and, because our considerations were colored by our faith, meticulously honest.

You and the village you surrounded us with were always intent on teaching us the difference between right and wrong, and how to apply that lesson in our own lives, to seek that which is good, to seek and live in the truth.

You always told us that we were responsible for our actions, our words, even our very thoughts. (The lust of the heart comes to mind.) A few verses from the Bible seem to support this contention:

  • For each one shall bear his own load. (Galatians 6:5, NASB)
  • So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14: 12, NASB)
  • Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. (Galatians 6: 7, NASB)

That responsibility, we understood, included not being unequally yoked with, for example, agents of the Devil. Now I do understand that Paul exhorted us to be subject to the sovereign authorities, and that Christ commanded us to render unto Caesar, but these admonitions are to be taken in context. Christ, for example, was specifically referring to a poll tax in Matthew 22, and Paul also mentions taxation before asking us to render to all what is “due them.” In a democracy, surely no one is due absolute allegiance. Surely no one is required to vote for or support a lawless, vicious, cruel, lying thug. A few verses to put this in context:

  • Hate evil, love good, And establish justice in the gate!(the court). (Amos 5: 15, NASB)
  • Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14: 34, NASB)
  • By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down. (Proverbs 11:11, NASB)
  • It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established on righteousness. (Proverbs 16:12, NASB)
  • Like a trampled spring and a polluted well Is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked. (Proverbs 25:26, NASB)
  • And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them. (Ephesians 5:11, NASB)
  • We must obey God rather than men. (Acts 5: 29, NASB)
  • Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. / Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82: 3-4, NASB)

Now, everything has changed. You have found a new leader, one you follow with as much fervor as you once followed a succession of evangelical leaders, many of whom turned out to be charlatans. But when you found out who they were you stopped listening to them and looked elsewhere for the truth.

Now, the seeds of your desire to seek the truth seem to have fallen among the thorns. Now you have replaced your love for the real Jesus with the adulation of a lawless thug.

Now, you are following a leader who has lived his entire life relying on lies and cruelty and crime in order to enrich and aggrandize his bottomless selfishness, and who continues in this path to this very day. His pathological narcissism has defined him and infected all the world in its shocking, ubiquitous power. The Pied Piper of lust, indulgence, greed, violence, abuse-inducing anger and hate, fraud, and treachery, he has led the disciples of his cult all the way down to the ninth circle of hell.

Most terrifyingly, so many have been blinded by the frauds and hypocrisies of this great deceiver that the power of his lies has poisoned us all, nor does there seem to be an effective antidote for his venom.

What we must remember is that even the Devil needed Adam and Eve, as Trump needs his supporters. Without their complicity he would yet be a two-bit, criminal con artist and sleazy reality TV huckster, paying off his small circle of accomplices and enablers.

But it seems as though his entourage has grown to, at last count, about sixty-three million.  

So, Mom and Dad, what makes me almost clinically depressed is that he could not have done it without you. You and so many others.

People like someone very close to us who so pathologically needs someone to vindicate his hatred for all the people he always thought were inherently inferior to him but who have achieved as much as he has or more, most prominently and gallingly the uppity, black Barack Hussein Obama.

People who hate the “elites” – that is, people who have achieved more, are famous, are educated, are respected, people who have received the attention and status the haters so desperately want while convincing themselves they don’t need any of it. Funny, they are only jealous of the money not held in the pockets of the abusive leaders of their own cults. They are only jealous of the power and privilege not exploited by the abusers they worship. Let Trump spend a third of his time golfing and most of the rest of it watching TV, tweeting, or preaching to his faithful, but when Obama was President, the White House was a plantation from which he dast not stray.

People who have become disciples of this cult leader, brimming over with hate, division, and plain old spite. People in families like ours.

People who can never forgive the Clintons and who were finally able to exact revenge, regardless the cost.

If I have learned anything of the God you have redefined as a clown and the Jesus you have reincarnated as a Republican, it is spite.

And, most depressingly, people who are willing to sell their convictions, their most cherished beliefs, yes, their very souls, for thirty pieces of silver. Prosecutors, judges, members of commissions and other public officials, organized and disorganized criminals who have it for sale anyway, all manner of takers on the take, foreign and domestic, most especially evangelical “Christian” leaders and their followers, and other political actors and organizations such as the Republican Party, but also all the little people trolling for a discount on whatever snake oil they might slather on their open wounds of self-pity, self-loathing, and resentment.

You are responsible. And I hold you responsible. I hold you responsible for the children ripped from their mothers’ breasts to be separated from them forever. I hold you responsible for the children raped and abused and trafficked in and from the prison camps your cult leader set up illegally in Mexico. I hold you responsible for the millions of vulnerable Americans your cult leader and the Republican party have caused to suffer and die while they lavish major welfare projects on the obscenely wealthy. 

And you are responsible for the soon to be two hundred thousand unnecessary pandemic deaths in this country as a result of the selfish, self-serving, partisan, absolutely unsympathetic, unempathetic, uncompassionate, un“christian,” unchristlike, heedless, and stone cold evil response of your cult leader.

Recently a member of our family approvingly parroted the despicable talking point that it was underlying conditions and not COVID that killed most of the victims. Like a twenty-year-old with asthma or a forty-year-old with a heart condition or a fifty-year-old with Type 2 diabetes would have died yesterday anyway.

This family member also included those over 65 on the list of expendables. News flash: this cohort includes 40.3 million American dads, moms, grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

And the reason for the talking point is to  absolve “the chosen one” of guilt. What this talking point clearly implies is that all of these people don’t really “count.” We just have to cut our losses, accept the collateral damage to the goods that are damaged anyway, and move on. In the words of the leader of the cult, “It is what it is.”

Be clear: this family member has chosen loyalty to his cult and it’s messiah over life. I guess these millions of people have no real “right to life.”

I cannot begin to describe my disappointment in this person.

And I hold all of you responsible for enabling this Republican party, for decades and now in real time, in every conceivable, Machiavellian way, to make the rich get richer and the poor suffer more. Who, for example, is profiting most from the pandemic bailout legislation? Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, their rich friends, and their political allies. And who is suffering most? People of color, people of low or no means, the most vulnerable. How do these leadership priorities comport with, for example, Christ’s Beatitudes?

And where does that leave you? Whom are you blessing? Whom do you suffer and forbid not to come unto loving arms? Who are the inheritors designated by your actions? Which of the poor in spirit is blessed? Which of those who mourn is blessed? Which of the meek is blessed? Which of those who hunger and thirst for righteousness is satisfied? Which of the merciful, such as those health care providers, “hoarding, or worse,” PPEs, are obtaining the mercy of the leader of your cult? Which of the pure of heart are allowed access to your God? Which of the peacemakers who rail at “the fake media” and anyone who does not genuflect to the Orange Messiah shall be called the children of any iteration of a true God?

And which who are persecuted for seeking the truth, for seeking righteousness, for seeking compassion, sympathy, empathy, or simply a modicum of heed, shall enter anything but your chosen kingdom of greed, all manners of lust, deception and lies, of anger, spite, division, and hate.

I thought you said you knew Jesus. Frankly, you couldn’t pick him out of a lineup of mob bosses.

You are responsible for all of this. Your blindness, heedlessness, and carefully-cultivated ignorance is responsible for this.

Most to the point, you are responsible for painting the God you worship as a mad clown. You are responsible for painting the Jesus you worship as a monster, the Republican Jesus.

You are responsible for teaching me and everyone you touch, every day, that, “the Bible is a lie.” (Ben Howe, as sincere an evangelical Christian as walks our land, in The Immoral Majority, p. 234.)  I won’t say this. He isn’t saying this. You are saying this by your actions and you allegiances. You are saying this by your support for the roving con artist and walking crime wave who currently occupies the White House. You are saying this by supporting a pathological narcissist and clinical psychopath who is destroying the heart and soul of America.

Because, day in and day out, this man does the Devil’s work while you cheer him on.

So stop crying to me about “murdered” fetuses when your chosen leader is responsible for the suffering and death of so many living human children. Stop preaching to me about your Republican Jesus, who is nothing but a monster. And stop preaching to me about your “loving” God, whom you have certified as being on board with the lusts, desires, oppressions, degradations, cruelties, and the smallest of whims of the proud and the privileged who constitute the elders of your new church.

Please stop your lying and your hypocrisy now, Mom and Dad, and pray to the God that you now worship that He be not real, for if He is and if His unedited “word” is to be believed, you are in for a long, hot summer.

My faith has recently lost even its fragile moorings in the belief in the essential goodness of human nature. I look around, but I cannot find what I have lost: You, Mom and Dad, the people who gave me my moral compass, my faith, and my trust in the good that I so believed we were surely a part of.

In the end, has Donald Trump changed us, or is he just a fifth of whiskey or a primal fear or an irresistible temptation which reveals who we really are?

Who are we, Mom and Dad? Has something changed, or is this what we have always been?

My depressing question: Is this all we are?

Hi – Gizmo here. I have the same question: Is this all we are?

I don’t know. I’m just a puzzled puppy.

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