An open letter to Progressives, Social Democrats, Democratic Socialists, Greens, middle-of-the-roaders and conservative Democrats

Imagine for a moment we’re the victim of a serious vehicle collision. We’re the passenger, and we’re bleeding profusely from where our heads smashed into the dash.

First responders arrive within minutes. 

Their top priority is getting us out of the vehicle as quickly as possible, but without compounding our injuries. Their second priority is to staunch the bleeding and get us to medical professionals, again as quickly as possible.

At the hospital, medical professionals assess our injuries and determine what level of care we require. It’s serious. Our skull is fractured in multiple places and swelling around our brain is threatening our life. We need surgery immediately.

We have other issues, too, internal injuries and broken bones; one leg and a hip are in horrible shape. They address those, as well, but the cracked skull and swelling take precedence. 

Surgery is a guarded success. We’ll have to wait and see, the medical professionals tell our family and friends, but for the moment we’re out of the woods.

We recover slowly. There’s a lot of physical and occupational therapy, for months. We relearn how to think, walk, talk and behave. Finally, we’re ready to re-enter our previous lives. It’s difficult, but we’re ready for the challenges.

We were triathletes before, but those days are over. We find other sports, other ways to exercise. After a while we get really good at them, and soon – it’s a surprise to us, too – we’re training for competition.

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Now go back to that fateful day – Nov. 8, 2016 – and we are the United States of America. We desperately need to aid the victims, but so far we haven’t been able to get back to the scene.

Soon we’ll be there. 

The first thing we do is staunch the bleeding. Vote Biden/Harris.

Once we’ve dealt with that most critical issue, we can focus on recovery and rehabilitation. With conviction, luck and tenacity, we’ll be moving forward again, tackling the problems and issues that were holding us back even before the day our collective skull was split open.

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We all have issues that require action as quickly as possible. We feel them in our bones.

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My top three are the climate crisis, police brutality and economic inequality, but there are many more. Your top three might be different, but it’s likely we share frustration, consternation and anger about the majority of the issues on both our lists. We need to do something, lots of things, fast.

But first we need to stem the flow of blood.

We need to get Trump and his GOP enablers out of power. 

If we don’t, none of us is going to make the least bit of headway on any of the serious issues dogging us, for at least the next four years, longer if Trump has his way. Not only will we not make progress, but we will go backward. Think environmental rollbacks, withdrawals from international pacts and additional tax cuts for the rich, just to name a few of the disasters that Trump and his enablers have wrought.

We cannot afford to regress any further. Not one step.

If we can agree on that, then surely we can agree to set aside whatever we might perceive as separations between us for the next 56 days.

Trump is the fractured skull of the United States of America. His enablers and supporters are additional injuries to our body politic. 

Our first priority must be dealing with them.

Only then will we be able to refocus on rebuilding the nation toward our higher visions.


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Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), proud introvert, veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger ( nonprofit founder ( and big-time reader. As they say, if you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff. A ginger, too - ergo the "Red" - although some of it's going white. Cinnamon-Sugar, I call it. Tattooed to boot; seven so far. At age 54, I'm stilling crankin' AC/DC & Metallica, but now and again I spin some Eric Church and Black Uhuru, too. I love hanging out with my (much) better half, spending time with our kids, writing, hiking, riding my mountain bike and reading.


David and Karen Danbom · September 12, 2020 at 4:31 pm

Excellent job, Martin.

    Martin C. Fredricks IV · September 14, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you, Dr. Danbom.

    Martin C. Fredricks IV · September 25, 2020 at 7:59 am

    Thanks, Dr. Danbom!

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