Steve A. Stone
Letter to President Trump
By Steve A. Stone
July 28, 2023

President Donald J. Trump
c/o Mar-a-Lago Club
1100 Ocean Blvd.
Palm Beach, FL 33480

27 July 2023

Dear President Trump,

It’s been a while since I last wrote, but you’re always on my mind. Like most Americans I’m following all the legal issues you find yourself caught up in. Again, like most Americans I understand the immense unfairness of all the attempts in New York, Georgia, and by the Justice Department to drive you from the public stage. I wish there was more average Americans could do to stop all that nonsense, but our legal system precludes almost any effort we might make in your behalf. Meanwhile, the clock ticks and the charges against you seem to increase by the day. I call it “legal Whack-A-Mole” because those who are bringing the plethora of charges are only hoping one of them will stick. That’s all they need to claim victory, while for you to do so will require either dropping of all charges or total exoneration. It’s taken on an aspect of a numbers game. I can tell you – everyone I know is tired of it.

There are those I hear say “Enough of this circus. Just find someone else to get behind; someone they won’t try to kill off.” It’s an interesting notion. Dump you in hopes we would happen upon the one candidate the current leftist system will decide to leave alone. I wonder if that person exists outside the confines of the Democratic Party. Chris Christie, perhaps? That would be funny if the idea wasn’t so sad.

The problem for most Americans is – we like the whole concept of MAGA. We bought into it whole-heartedly and hope to see it fully resurrected. We want our nation to succeed, and we know the current regime in power wants the exact opposite. We need salvation, but we fear salvation may not come.

You announced your candidacy early. Too early? Maybe. It’s hard to tell right now. It appears the other Republican candidates will fight for a distant second place. That’s today. Will it be so tomorrow? We have to wait and see. I’m fairly confident that will be the eventual situation, but there’s an entire government apparatus gearing up to have its say.

You admit to making serious mistakes in your term in office. You accomplished great things, but the people you had around you were too often the wrong ones. You willingly placed trust in people who worked against you every day. Don’t do that again. If you get another chance – Go after the Deep State and swamp with a vengeance. Clean house! Find people who want to set things to right and sic them on all those currently in government who have turned it into the world’s biggest criminal enterprise. There are many hundreds, if not thousands, who belong in jail for crimes committed against the people of the country. We never asked for any of it, and we never deserved it. We’ve needed a champion for decades. You were that champion, but you didn’t make an appreciable dent in the Deep State or the swamp. Next time … assuming … don’t hesitate. Those who deserve to be axed need to be axed at the first opportunity. As you experienced – nice guys finish last. Be Donald Trump, not Mr. Nice Guy.

This morning I was in conversation with a trusted friend. I remarked that the only thing that might fix Washington would be a nuclear weapon dropped on the Capitol Building during a joint session of Congress. That’s hyperbole, of course, but there’s truth in it. Our Congress doesn’t work for the people. It’s been many decades since that might be true. Congress is like the rest of government – completely invested in self-interest. I tell others that I believe there are exactly five 100% trustworthy patriots in all of Congress. I think that ratio could hold true for the government at large. It’s a pitiful statement to make, but I don’t hesitate in doing so. I know. I was there.

In my own years in government service I determined the degree of bloat in number to be something that varied from department to department. It’s difficult to tell because bureaucracies do one thing very well – justify missions and the manpower needed to succeed at those missions. The problem is, we have a government that attempts to do everything, and a consequence of that is – it does very few things well. It’s great, if the number of rules and regulations created is any reflection of greatness. We’re by far the world leader when it comes to the sheer number of regulations and the cost of legal compliance with them all. No one seems to question the necessity of it. Your administration was the only one in my lifetime to make a serious attempt to de-regulate. Yours was the first to challenge the old saw that “The government oughtta do something about that.” Most things the federal government does are either unnecessary or more efficiently done by state governments. Next time, don’t just go for regulations – go for entire departments. My own thought is our government might be 25% more efficient if it had 50% fewer people. Far too many in the bureaucracy do tasks that only serve the needs of their organization, not the people of the country. The beast has to be tamed if it can’t be killed.

Just what is our government, anyway? I say it’s a living creature. It has all the attributes of a living creature. It has analogous functions to all other living beings. It continually seeks resources to grow and acquire more power. It is voracious. It also is always on the lookout for attacks and will revert to a self-protection mode in an instant. That’s how I explain the attacks on you that are coming from and promoted by the Justice Department. There are countless people in government who believe their careers are on the line if you aren’t stopped. They are in all departments, but they look to the Justice Department for protection. Instead of ensuring justice and legal fairness in our country, the current Justice Department seems fully invested in protecting a horribly corrupt status quo. It’s nothing new, but the blatant way it’s being done today shrieks of desperation. The Deep State seeks to stop you at any cost. They no longer care if it’s obvious. The opinions of average Americans are of no consequence to them. They’re frying fish for bigger customers now.

Who is behind it all? My own comprehension of things tells me it’s a group of the mega-rich who have conspired to take this country to ruin as well as anyone who poses a threat to their grand designs. I’m certain you know many of those people personally. They want The Great Reset and a new world order designed according to their perceived wants and needs, and they see you as a roadblock. They own much of Congress, many in the upper echelons of the Pentagon, and, possibly, a majority of the Deep State. Their pockets are now so deep they believe they can buy their way into world domination. But, first they have to deal with you, don’t they? What we’re all seeing now is them dealing with you.

I applaud your decision to avoid early confrontations with your Republican rivals. There’s little to be gained there. As long as your numbers hold strong you would only give them opportunities to take cheap shots at you. I trust your sense of timing.

In trying to think through a path to a convincing and irrefutable win in 2024 I had to consider the idea of a third party or independent effort. I’m now leaning toward an independent run. If your fundraising has been sufficient to the needs to run a good campaign and your numbers hold, you could be the first President since George Washington to run outside the main parties and win. Maybe Washington’s win doesn’t count – there were no political parties in 1790. I know you’re skilled at doing that calculus. Certainly you understand you’d lose some Republicans – those who place party loyalty over the needs of the country. You also understand you might pick up some Democrats who are sick of what their party is doing, yet still can’t bring themselves to put a mark next to any “R” on a ballot. I haven’t thought through the puts and takes on that. Today I don’t know how the numbers might break. I just know for certain there’s a legitimate opportunity that merits exploration.

One thing I realized a long time ago – Republicans are good losers. You know what they call a good loser, don’t you? LOSER! Republicans are very skilled at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, then appearing to pout about it. Even an idiot would understand it’s a far easier task to follow than to lead. Republicans are rarely comfortable in leading roles. As the second-fiddle party the money and titles are the same, but the amount of work and risks are far less. I’m convinced the Republican Party itself has no real interest in winning. They just hope for a good enough showing to keep their faithful in line and their funding stream flowing. If that wasn’t true, what explains the fact they can’t organize anything the way Democrats routinely do? Democrats herd very well, even when they aren’t that happy. Republicans always tend to herd like cats. They are never to be trusted. I say that as a lifelong Republican; possibly a self-hating one.

The biggest obstacle before you, other than those already discussed, is … YOU. I can’t count the number of times I found myself saying, “Gee, I wish he hadn’t done (or said) that. It just riles up people who want to be his friends.” You’re your own worst enemy, but I tell people we should judge base on accomplishments and not personality quirks. Your record of accomplishing campaign promises speaks for itself. You proved yourself a man who can be trusted, but you don’t seem to comprehend how easily your own supporters can be distracted by little things.

I believe the majority in this country want to give you another four years. Even so, we all understand the reality that as long as we continue to use electronic voting machines in this country any election can be stolen. If the Biden regime fails to derail your campaign there has to be something foolproof in place to mitigate the massive vote theft that’s sure to occur. Today, I know of no way that’s foolproof. My own effort is to continually apply pressure on my state’s (Alabama) Secretary of State to take real actions to safeguard elections instead of bureaucratic lip service. Electronic voting machines cannot be made secure. They’re all vulnerable to hacking and vote-changing and they always will be. But, the incumbent politicians (who must all question whether or not their wins were legitimate) don’t want to kill what could be their golden goose. It’s a real dilemma.

If you’re open to suggestions and recommendations I have one to offer you. It regards 2020 and “the steal.” I think mentioning it as a fact of history is a good and necessary thing, but polling indicates the majority of voters don’t want to hear about it. They want you to move on and spend 95% of your campaign time telling us what you intend to do if elected. Most understand what happened in 2020, but also understand nothing is going to be done about it. We have to get past it and look forward. Please keep that in mind. The media paints you as “whiny” on that subject, which is irritating.

I won’t bore you by rattling off a bunch of issues and opinions on them. You don’t need that from me. If you want a conversation on anything I’m always available. I can also give my proxy to Douglas MacGregor, who, just two days ago, described himself as a “great admirer” of yours. I’ve recently discovered that Doug and I are almost twins in our thoughts and opinions on most topics. He’s a man of knowledge and wisdom, and one I’d trust.

I’ll close now, lest this missive become overly long.

Know this above all things – I’ll be there when you need me.


Steve A. Stone
Grand Bay, AL
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Steve A. Stone is and always will be a Texan, though he's lived outside that great state for all but 3 years since 1970, remembering it as it was, not as it is. He currently resides in Lower Alabama with a large herd of furry dependents, who all appear to be registered Democrats. Steve retired from the U.S. Coast Guard reserves in 2011, after serving over 22 years in uniform over the span of four decades. His service included duty on two U.S. Navy attack submarines, and one Navy and two U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Units. He is now retired after working as a senior civil servant for the U.S. Navy for over 31 years. Steve is a member of the Mobile County Republican Executive Committee and Common Sense Campaign, South Alabama's largest Tea Party. He is also a member of SUBVETS, Inc., and a life member of both the NRA and the Submarine League. In 2018, Steve created 671 Press LLC as his own marquee to publish his books under—he does it his way.


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