The point of my letter today is to ask all Democrats and Republicans, to step back and take a deep breath. No matter your political affiliation, we are all citizens of the United States of America. Lately, however, it is very hard to see just what it is that unites us.

Like most Missourians, I voted for Donald Trump. President Trump received my vote for many reasons. I thought his chances were slim, but I voted for him anyway. I didn't vote for him because he impressed me with his tact and political correctness when he speaks. Politicians have been using empty words that amount to little more than hollow promises for my entire life. Speaking skills are important, but we have issues that need to be dealt with, that I feel need a fearless leader, more than a fantastic speaker, to deal with them.  

Donald Trump is fearless.  As a  critic of the mess Washington has become, and of both parties, I was initially drawn to him because for the first time in my lifetime, and since Eisenhower, we had an outsider, not a professional politician, running for President. If I had known nothing else about him, that would have almost been enough, but his statements about illegal immigration also struck a chord with me. I did some digging on the subject of illegal immigration. What I learned is shocking, and deserves its own letter (soon to follow).

The point of my letter today is to ask all Democrats and Republicans, to step back and take a deep breath.

No matter your political affiliation, we are all citizens of the United States of America. Lately, however, it is very hard to see just what it is that unites us.

Upon learning  I supported Trump, liberals have declared that I'm “stupid,”  that I've been “duped.” Now I'll admit, I'm a man of many flaws, but ignorance is not among them. I can be stubborn, I struggle with math, and I can't dance, but I'm not stupid.

However, on the other end, I see Trump supporters saying, “Well, we put up with you idiots and Obama for 8 years, and now it's your turn to suffer!”

To both sides I would ask: “How does what the other side is saying, make you feel”?

 Now, I'm sure most instinctively replied, “I don't care how the other side feels”!

I'm not asking you to care about those you don't respect. I'm not asking you to like them. I'm asking you to care enough about America, to respect all Americans, even if you disagree with them. The goal on both sides should be to persuade the opposition, not see who has the better “Mama Joke” about the other guy.

Allow me to offer some advice that I wish I'd heard 20 years ago. (I'm 45)

Insulting people accomplishes nothing, if your goal is to persuade. In fact, a person who you insult will not only hear little you say after you insult them, but become even more dogmatic about the opinion they hold, and cling to it desperately. One thing is for certain, and that is that “We the People” have lost all sense of decorum and politeness in discussing our diametric views, especially those on politics.

If I'm wrong, Clinton supporters should try explaining their position to me, and I should be able to explain mine. We MUST start debating these issues on facts and figures, not feelings and insults. In the age of Internet culture and Social Media, it is no longer just enough to say you believe in something, but to also be able to explain why you believe it. Having opinions is easy, anyone can form an opinion, and too many people, out of exasperation, laziness, or apathy, stop short of being truly informed.  In our high information world, it's just  too easy to find a news source that is biased, and will back up your viewpoint.

There are some very real threats to the United States. Those coming from outside our borders are  easily identifiable. The one that may destroy us however, could very well be the fight we are having within,  and I'm saying that Red or Blue, if you are a U.S. citizen, I want to discuss the issues we face together. 

First however, let me say to you:  “I’VE GOT YOUR BACK”!

Gee, it sure would be nice if I felt that you had mine.