An Open Letter to Vice-President Joe Biden
Dr. Tiffany B. Twain
Vice President Biden,
for your great service to our country, Joe!
As your tenure in office approaches conclusion, our nation turns its
sympathetic and hopeful eyes to you to help save our democracy. I appeal to you in the strongest possible
terms to take advantage of the moment on January 3rd during the transition from
last year's Senate to next year's Senate to appoint Merrick Garland to the
Supreme Court seat that was left vacant after Justice Antonin Scalia died more
than 10 months ago. Or, alternatively,
please convince President Obama to accomplish this same goal by making a recess
appointment during the “inter-session” recess between outgoing and incoming
also appeal to ALL Americans to give close consideration to the common sense
words and ideas set forth below, because they are exceptionally well reasoned
and provide an eminently persuasive case for an overarching necessity and
rightness of this action for the American people.
We the People have just
violated the most important principle that our Founding Fathers were concerned
with when they hammered out the provisions in our great American Constitution. That
consideration was the creation of a new and fairly representative form of
government that had strong enough checks and balances that no despot, either at
home or abroad, would be able to overthrow it and impose repressive control
over the populace.
American colonists had first-hand experience with tyranny, and frankly, they
hated it. So after courageously declaring
independence from British despotic rule on July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers
were highly motivated to devise a real fool-proof system to prevent ANY group
from seizing domineering power, and they did such a good job of creating an
enduring system to protect the American people from any future episodes of
tyranny or despotic rule that our democratic republic has survived for more
than 240 years since they valiantly declared independence from tyrannical
rule. But make no mistake about it, a
threat has arisen today that could lead to authoritarian and even dictatorial
abuses of power.
honest with ourselves. Most Americans
feel deep-seated anxieties about how Mr. Trump will rule, and judging from the
billionaires and military generals and hard-right loyalists he is surrounding
himself with, these concerns are very valid.
owner knows very well that it is crucial to have a safety catch on a loaded
weapon. American voters have just handed
unchecked power to a dangerous demagogue and a stunningly ideological and
extremely "conservative" and partisan Congress that clearly cares
much more about their own careers and rich people than they care about the
well-being of the vast majority of the people.
Maintaining an independent judiciary is the only good fail-safe way to
protect the people from the many threats that the president-elect and a rubber
stamp Congress pose to the liberties and security of the populace.
American people deserve to be reassured that Donald Trump will rule in the interests
of all the people, and a judiciary not dominated by ideological conservatives
is exactly what we need to feel this confidence. If Trump supporters really care about
personal freedoms and the greater good, then they should care more about them
than they care about depriving women of their reproductive rights or gays of
their human rights or people who are conscientious objectors to abuses of power
of their rights to express dissent by engaging in the symbolic act of burning
the American flag.
pledge allegiance to the republic for which the flag of the United States of
America stands, one nation, terribly divided by master manipulators, and to
honest efforts to create an auspicious new reality of greater liberty and
justice for all."
strong and independent judiciary is vitally important to promote fair justice
in a democracy. Courts should be independent of dominance by ideological
extremists who want to allow improper influence by private or
partisan interests. Judicial
independence is a crucial aspect of our constitutional separation of
powers that helps prevent abuses of power caused by an excessive
concentration of power in the executive or legislative branches of government.
And an independent judiciary is a part of the brilliant system of checks
and balances that ensure that no politicians can do undue harm to the people or
undermine the fundamental underpinnings of human well-being provided by a
political establishment in the United States has become much too corrupt in the
last few decades, violating the precautionary wisdom in Alexander Hamilton's
observation, "Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes
of democracy, but in moderate governments." Instead, the worst and most reckless voices
on the right have been empowered, and a constant drip of twittered propaganda
is being used to keep the people in the dark in a cowardly new world of
distraction and misunderstanding and deceit and betrayal.
Lincoln gave us a sensational idea of our responsibilities to honor the
covenant of public trust that our Founding Fathers imbued into the Constitution
when he said, “The task of our forefathers was to uprear
upon the hills and valleys of our land a political edifice of liberty and equal rights, and it is
our duty to transmit these undecayed by the lapse of time and untorn by
usurpation to the next generation. This
task is imperatively required of
us faithfully to perform in gratitude to our fathers, justice to
ourselves, duty to posterity, and love for our species in general.”
(paraphrased for context)
Right, for all the world, has gone wrong.
Charles Sykes, the conservative talk show host in Wisconsin, points out
that the Right has become deeply compromised by their obsession with gaining
power at any cost. He is critical of the
immoral drive to achieve their narrow goals by sacrificing fair play, honest
principles, prudence, rationality, character, moral integrity, respect for
Constitutional rights, civility, self-restraint, unity, social cohesion, and
many sensible norms of ethical behavior.
“Now that the election is over,” writes Sykes, “don’t expect any
profiles in courage from the Republican Party pushing back against these
of the most chilling indications of the dangers of Mr. Trump's presidency is
his vindictive character. He is a master of manipulation of images, and
in his narcissistic bubble he thinks that anyone who burns an American flag
should be more harshly punished than murders or Russian spies or perpetrators of
a hundred other types of crimes -- by having their citizenship taken away!
Take their citizenship away? For being a truer patriot than the
scheming dictator wannabe and all those collaborators who represent
hyper-privilege for rich and powerful people at the expense of the 99% of us
peons who can't buy our Senators or other representatives or a phalanx of
lobbyists and lawyers? For being committed to greater social justice and
environmental justice, rather than being staunchly intent on imposing a lesser
and more greedily self-serving agenda on the sheepish masses?
it is Mr. Trump who is planning to figuratively shred the flag by setting fire
to the constitutional rights of the people, as the American Civil Liberties
Union has made clear by pointing out the many threats that he represents to
various constitutional provisions contained in the great Bill of Rights.
is also a terrible irony in the fact that social conservatives want to have
ideological right-wing judges on the Supreme Court like the ones Mr. Trump
promises to appoint. Such judges stand
for two grotesque perversions of justice.
First, most of them are committed to taking away inalienable rights of
the people, especially of minorities and women, and second, even more
significantly, they want to empower judges whose career records demonstrate
that they would give giant corporate entities and rich people more rights at
the expense of working people.
of the ardent ideological champions of conservative Supreme Court Justices don't
really give a damn about hot button issues like abortion, gay rights, harsh
prohibitions against flag-burning and such.
These are mere subterfuges that they use to exploit people's emotions in
order to divide them, so that they can perpetuate the current sweetheart system
that allows the privileged to gain huge benefits at the expense of the
people. Their true objective is to have
Supreme Court Justices who will side with giant corporations and rich people
over the greater good of working people and the dispossessed. This is their overriding agenda, and it is
another sad manifestation of the colossal conflict between capitalists and
working people that sparked the creation of the Communist Manifesto in the
1840s. "Workers of the world,
judiciary system respects facts and evidence, in critical contrast to the
incoming executive and legislative branches of the federal government, which
seem to be less concerned with truth or facts in their eagerness to deny many
facets of reality and impose their anti-egalitarian agenda on the people. In this light, our court system is our last
bulwark against potential despotic rule and dogmatic unreason and
consequentially dangerous absolutism.
and evidence have been broadly ignored by the president-elect and Congress in
what pundits describe as our "post-truth" world. But we still live in a reality where denial
of facts and evidence, and of the best understandings of our human foresight,
can be very dangerous, and deceptive spin and propaganda can violate the public
trust in pathological ways.
call on Donald Trump to publicly support this proposal. The most important reason to make sure we
have an independent judiciary may be the issue of helping protect the planet
from irreversible damages. Mr. Trump and
his three oldest children -- Donald, Jr. and Ivanka, and Eric -- all signed a
letter printed in the New York Times in 2009 that urged President Obama and
world leaders who were going to international climate negotiations in
Copenhagen to act on climate change. The
letter stated that, “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable
that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and
our planet.” The signatories in the Open Letter also voiced
this conviction: "We urge you, our government, to strengthen and
pass United States legislation, and lead the world by example. We
recognize the key role that American innovation and leadership play in
stimulating the worldwide economy.
Investing in a Clean Energy Economy will drive state-of-the-art
technologies that will spur economic growth, create new energy jobs, and
increase our energy security all while reducing the harmful emissions that are
putting our planet at risk."
that a huge amount of money and power can be gained by aggressively taking
sides with fossil fuel industries, the Trump family seems to be just fine with
pandering to polluting companies and appointing climate change deniers to
positions of power, and thus to contribute to the probabilities that we will
suffer "catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our
planet". This is a grotesque
repudiation of precautionary wisdom and social responsibility. This
understanding was given glaring emphasis in early December when Mr. Trump named
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head up the Environmental Protection
Agency. Mr. Pruitt has been a leader in
the fight AGAINST the EPA’s efforts to rein in carbon pollution and protect our
nation’s drinking water. Like his fellow
Oklahoman Jim Inhofe, he is a climate change denier and has been a close ally
of fossil fuel industries, defending their interests to get political
contributions at the expense of fair representation of the best interests of
the people. Pruitt would be a disaster
for our hopes of maintaining a safe home planet for our children and
grandchildren and all persons to be born in future generations.
The Trump family's flip flop on the crucial issue of climate
action is infinitely worse than Faust's notorious bargain with the devil, for
not only are the Trumps apparently willing to go down in history as eager to
sacrifice their own souls for money and power, but they are willing to make a
hubris-filled sacrifice of the well-being of billions of people on planet
Earth, and they irredeemably throw into this unconscionably bad deal the
well-being of countless tens of billions of people to be born in future
generations. In this grotesque Trumpian bargain with the devil, notably,
the Trump family is also treacherously sacrificing the prospects for survival
of a preponderance of species of life with which we (theoretically) share the
“For what shall
it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own
--- The Bible, Mark
Earth to Trump -- please abort your dangerous agenda! I
personally cannot imagine what transformational born-again "change of
heart" would motivate a new and "unpresidented" family ethics
that is unfolding to literally "mislead" the USA into staunchly
opposing climate action with extremely antagonistic deniers in charge of our
supposedly democratic government. "Follow the money?" I
call on the Trump family to find common cause with the greater good by
understanding the far-reaching wisdom in Pigouvian incentives that put a price
on carbon emissions so that all people and businesses use dirty energy sources
more sparingly. This would be a good
first step in limiting the quantity of greenhouse gases we are spewing into the
atmosphere. It would also be fair-minded
and auspicious if Mr. Trump would promise to the American people that he will
protect our democratic republic from intensified anti-egalitarian initiatives
and give fairer representation to the true best interests of the people by giving
more honorable consideration to progressive understandings instead of
barricading hyper-privilege in the towers of power and betraying the best
interests of working people, poor people, black people, Hispanic people and
female people, and ultimately of all of humankind.
At the bottom of the Open Letter signed by the Trump family
members, the full-page ad concludes with an "African
proverb" sentiment that the Goddess of Irony must have inserted just
for fun: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go
together.” Bravo! for respectable and
eminently responsible stances by public officials on important and broadly
consequential issues! Mr. Trump, unfortunately seems to be deplorably
yielding to crass political expediency, so he later took to outlandish
conspiracy theories and tweeted, "The concept of global warming was
created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing
More honest and ethical leaders than Mr. Trump have pointed out
that, given the unprecedented scope and consequential implications of global
challenges we face, we need to go far, quickly, and we would be much more
successful if we were to choose to go in the right direction, together.
Garrett Hardin famously warned humanity in 1968 about this type of
"Tragedy of the Commons" folly, when he proclaimed,
"Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing
his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the
commons." To rashly and irresponsibly
rush toward ruin is crazy folly, especially when leaders allow this course of
action merely to get financial support and power for themselves at
incomprehensible future costs and proliferating hardships for billions of
Bible, the Qur'an, the Book of Mormon and other "holy books" make
“deontological” judgments of absolute right and wrong, and of absolute good and
evil. These judgments often turn out to be contrary to people accepting
and getting along with each other, even though the need is great for better
social cohesion in our increasingly racially diverse and ethnocentric world.
Besides, these religious judgments are tragically prone to authorities
excessively misusing their influence to get people to obey commandments and
loyalties that are often advantageous to selfishly dominion-demanding
authorities, but not necessarily to the social good. Holy books and
worldviews that champion deontological perspectives of right and wrong do not
take important assessments of the consequential impacts of actions into
account. Also they have been a source of
more violent conflicts and pogroms and genocides and wars than almost any other
Judgment is in. We need better guidance. Inclusive and unifying
guidance. And it is here at hand, in the
truer wisdom of consequential ethics.
We need an eminently responsible Golden Rule ethic of reciprocity
because it provides us with fairer guidance in our lives. The Golden Rule is a consequential ethic that
gives people better means of prioritizing assessments of the best courses of
action, and can thus provide marvelously positive guidance and civilizing
ethic of reciprocity is distinguished by being salubriously fair-minded and
inclusive and propitious for improved prospects of peaceable coexistence.
Some of the most holistic, farsighted guidance possible would be
provided by a Bill of Rights for Future Generations, as
specifically set forth in the Earth Manifesto.
Also, by seeing the bigger picture and longer-term consequences, we
would be more ready to adopt the farsighted ideas articulated in One
Dozen Big Initiatives to Positively Transform Our Societies.
really need is better guidance for the simple reason that, as the human
population approaches eight billion people within seven years, pressures on
natural resources and fresh water supplies will dangerously intensify, so
collaborative actions are needed, and not ruthless gambits for dominion,
defiance or world domination schemes. Foresight is humankind's most uniquely
important quality, while denial is surely an evolutionary dead end.
Paine honorably declared, among his many efforts to express Plain Truths,
"... my religion is to do good."
conservatives may howl at first blush with this proposal to appoint Merrick
Garland to the Supreme Court, and declare that it would be outrageous. This would be real darn ironic hypocrisy in
light of the many unbelievably unscrupulous and illegitimate ways that
Republicans managed to win the November national elections. The long litany of these unscrupulous tactics
is examined in detail in my online essay Demagoguery
and the Dangers of the Demise of Democracy.
I strongly encourage you, Mr. Biden, and all Americans to read this
My father used to tell the oddly funny
story about the old codger who would say to him, "Cheer up, things could
be worse." And I never tired of hearing his pragmatic and ruefully
cheerful observation, "So I cheered up, and sure enough, things got worse." The national elections on November 8th gave
domineering power to a rash demagogue who has since been assembling a group of
extreme loyalists in his Cabinet, and together with other “conservative”
politicians, they are plotting a path forward that is all but certain to make things
much worse for the American people and humankind in general.
A coach of a second-rate football team
once encouraged his players in their contest against a powerful opponent with
the ringing words, “Cheer up, boys, there is no hope!” I submit that the American people must remain
hopeful and refuse to allow themselves to be relegated to inferior status, and
to recognize, in fact, that they ultimately hold the most power, no matter how
many dirty tricks are played. There is
actually great cause for hope, but this is true only as long as we maintain
vigilance and heed Benjamin Franklin’s sage advice to keep our democracy from
being taken away by authoritarian rulers.
Let us not obsequiously admit defeat, and instead demand more dignity
and respect for us being in the game!
I have adduced and examined nine primary
Constellations of Reasons that underlie this assessment that conditions are
going to get worse, in Demagoguery and the Dangers of the Demise
of Democracy. These nine constellations of understandings fall into the general
categories of Fomented National Insecurity, The Biggest Financial Scam in World
History, Risks Related to “the Disastrous Rise of Misplaced Power”,
Ideologically Twisted Perspectives on the Supreme Court, Overarching Ecological
Perspectives, The Harms Associated with Diversionary Tactics and Public Graft,
Subsidiary Themes, It Can't Happen Here, A Brief History of Truth and Lies, and True American Values.
The most consequential impacts of having conservatives dominate
the Supreme Court is that they often side with moneyed interest groups and
amoral corporations against the best interests of the people. This
particularly true with regard to facilitating the corrupting influence of Big
Money and Dark Money in our
elections. The reason this is so
consequential is that it aids and abets what I describe in graphic detail as
"the Biggest Financial Crime in World History" in Demagoguery and the Dangers of the Demise of
Democracy. In brief, this legal malfeasance involves the on-going abuses
of power that have allowed politicians to pile more than $19 trillion onto the
national debt since 1981 to finance low tax rates on the highest
levels of income. And, to add insult to
injury, this scam involves politicians allowing corporate entities to
artificially boost profits by foisting high costs of compromised public health
and safety onto the people instead of sensibly requiring these social and
environmental costs to be included in the prices of goods and services.
A good understanding of these ideas
supports this broadly propitious proposal to protect the American people by
having you, Mr. Vice President, appoint President Obama's nominee to the
Supreme Court on January 3, 2017.
The bottom line is that when socioeconomic circumstances become too
desperate for a majority of a nation's people at the same time that Gilded Age
riches are gushing up into the coffers of the wealthy few, a peaceful political
revolution is needed to make our system fairer. Unfortunately, using an
extraordinarily unethical litany of morally corrupt and treacherous tactics, a
dangerous demagogue and a bunch of his associates have seized power, with the
apparent intention of rashly abusing this power. Now we are seeing that an interlude is
approaching during which inequalities and injustices are going to be
exacerbated by trickle-down austerity measures.
What this means is that, instead of a broadly inclusive and peaceful
political revolution, we are very likely to experience a dangerous revolution
that will be harshly repressive because of the authoritarian tendencies of the
hard-right reactionaries who have grabbed power.
Trump and his hubris-filled Cabinet of gilded hyper-privileged
billionaires and tarnished right-wing ideologues and powerful military brass
are pretending they were given a landslide mandate to ram extremely
inegalitarian and rashly anti-environmental and absolutely unsustainable
policies down the throats of all Americans. Trump and his coalescing
cabal of apologists for the rich are going to demand that the American people
meekly acquiesce to their extremist plans.
They have triumphed by dividing the people to conquer them, and they
fervently believe that "to the victors go the spoils", no matter how
downright evil the impacts of their greedily grabbing the lion's share of the
spoils will be on the lives of those disenfranchised by their corrupt and
morally illegitimate actions. The epic poet Dante Alighieri, I imagine,
would consign all these deceivers and perpetrators of fraud to the lowest levels
of Hell for their treacherous breach of the public trust. These words may sound like hyperbole, but I
challenge all readers to evaluate the details of “the Biggest Financial Scam in
World History” to understand the far-reaching treachery of this epic conflict
between the rich and the rest of us, who they exploit with this ruse.
Conservatives have spent
the last eight years doing everything they could to make President Obama fail,
at a terrible cost to the American people.
The deep immorality of this treachery in the pursuit of power is
stunning. Now many partisans say we
should all come together to help Donald Trump succeed. We should all do this, BUT ONLY if having him
succeed is strongly correlated to creating a fairer society that affords
greater social justice and more broadly-shared opportunities, and improved
prospects for upward social mobility, and propitiously better hopes for social
cohesion and Golden Rule-guided peaceable coexistence.
It seems apparent that the
top priorities of Mr. Trump and Republican leaders in the House and the Senate
will be antithetical to the greater good.
These top priorities are to reduce taxes on the highest levels of income
and finance this unaffordable generosity by cutting spending on the social
safety net and imposing further austerity measures on the masses -- the lazy
bums. This would be a way of further
perpetuating the rigged provisions of the status quo, and to exacerbate this
regressive and unethical scheme.
We should echo the famous words of Joseph Welch, who spoke in
Congress in the 1950s to the demagogue Joseph McCarthy during a witch-hunt for
communists among liberals, artists, intellectuals and Hollywood scriptwriters,
“Have you no sense of decency, sirs?”
The inevitable outcome of
this ideological tax-cut perfidy would be to cause a spike in already
dangerously extreme levels of inequality among Americans, and it will serve to
concentrate wealth ever more lopsidedly in the hands of the few. This is a lousy plan in light of the daunting
implications of a provocative observation made by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis: “We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth
concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” Garrison Keillor echoed this truth,
declaring, “The concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few is
the death knell of democracy.”
are not mere speculative words; they are a distillation of the Lessons
of History. The incisive billionaire
entrepreneur Nick Hanauer sharpens this understanding
in his sensationally astute critique of deceitful trickle-down dogmas, The
Pitchforks Are Coming ... For Us Plutocrats.
Hanauer pointed out
that today, the U.S. "is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and
more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the
middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France.
Before the revolution."
I have a message for my fellow filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated
bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won’t last. If we don’t do something to fix the glaring
inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No
society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no
example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks
didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I
will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no
counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when."
Many peoples have made the mistake of "trusting" a
demagogue, and have found out how consequential a folly this generally turns
out to be. And at this critical juncture in history, it is the wrong time
for rich people to exhibit hubris by tightening their hold on the machinery of
government and pushing their luck to argument the fortunes of the few at the
expense of the many. The Greek Goddess of Divine Retribution looks down
from the heavens, her natural resentment of injustice piqued, poised to avenge
crime and bring much sorrow to offending mortals, just as she is said to have
done to Narcissus for his arrogant and disdainful hubris.
Freedom-loving Americans, don't
lose sight of the fact that fair-minded democratic governance is the only
protection we have against those who would chip away at our cherished
liberties. The estimable Mark Twain and
his Connecticut Yankee expressed this feeling well when he said, “You see my
kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions, or its
office holders. The country is the real
thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for,
and be loyal to …”.
concerns for our great country stem from an incisive and time-honored
recognition that a house divided cannot stand.
The Republican pollster Frank Luntz pointed out that the American people
are so divided today that “we’re hanging by a thread.” Inequalities and injustices are reaching
dangerous extremes, and this makes it probable that there will be one of two
likely outcomes: (1) either revolutionarily
bold measures are taken to soon make our country fairer to rural folks and
urban folks, white folks and colored folks, female folks and male folks,
religious folks and other religious or agnostic folks, educated folks and less
well-educated folks, poor folks and working people and those in the middle
classes -- or else (2) a towering tsunami of social unrest will form and crest,
provoking harsh repression by those in power who will intimidate those who
object to their fraudulent scams and far-reaching abuses of power as they
attempt to control the people and use any means necessary to suppress dissent.
USA is in a predicament like France just before its revolution began in 1789,
when the commoners were exasperated with the privileged class and their
corruption and excesses and tax evasion and the opprobrious level of national
debt that had been incurred. Insistent
demands for reform must be met with honest efforts, not bait-and-switch
treachery, or else the masses will clamor for the King to be sent to the
for giving consideration to these ideas, Mr. Biden! They are evolving rapidly, and will be
revised on my Earth Manifesto website, but I want to get this in the mail right
now so as to have an impact by the fateful date of January 3, 2017.
'em, Joe, before you leave and go away, and the American people will eventually
thank you, like the ancient Greeks thanked wise Solon for his commitment to
fair-mindedness and his statesmanship in saving the nation from revolutionary
Dr. Tiffany B. Twain
December 27, 2016
Tiffany Twain is the philosophic soul mate
of Mark Twain and imagines herself to be “the illegitimate great-granddaughter
of this highly esteemed and irreverent writer, lecturer, humorist and
philosopher.” She has published the first ten of Twelve Books of the
Earth Manifesto, a save-the-world treatise that contains wide-ranging and
far-sighted observations dealing with all the biggest issues facing humanity
here in the second decade of the 21st century.
Check it out!
Frankly, Dr. Tiffany B. Twain is a nom de plume, just like Mark Twain was a
sly pen name that was used by Samuel Langhorne Clemens. How this whole project came about is a long
and evolving story, and one that is better left a mystery than being disclosed
in the full scope of more prosaic actual circumstances. See the
autobiographical assertions made in Happy
Harbingers in Good Ideas for a Better Future for some interesting
the Author of this Production is, is wholly unnecessary to the Public, as the
important thing is the IDEAS THEMSELVES, and not the author. Yet it is necessary to say that she is
unconnected with any Party, and under no sort of influence, public or private,
other than the influence of reason and principle.”
-- Thomas Paine (gender revised)
treasure my anonymity, but if you, Mr. Biden, would like to contact me,
please do so at SaveTruffulaTrees@hotmail.com