You know who you are, you know what you did and you better start figuring out how to fix this…

Daphne Macklin
2 min readJul 3, 2017

Games have rules. If you do not play by the rules, things happen. Usually not good things. There’s a quote popular in some circles that says you need to know the rules so you will know how to break them properly.

The person currently occupying the position of President of the United States does not know how to play fair at any game. He does understand how to break rules. He’s rather proud of that. The Game, such as it is, allows for a certain amount of rule-breaking, but you do have to do it properly, and I would add with a certain amount of humility. In my favorite game, tennis, there are plenty of times when a ball is on the line. Some times it is close enough to “in” that you get the point, some times it is close enough to “out” that you lose can lose a point, a game, a set or even a match. What you learn (if you watch enough tennis) is not to challenge the line judge’s call, at least not too often.

As I see it POTUS 45 won the position on a technicality. Most people who win as the result of a technical rule tend to humbly accept the win and get on with the game. Not this guy. If there’s an award for poor sportmanship, he needs to be nominated.

So now POTUS 45 wants: the names, addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers and voting histories of millions of American voters and citizens, just because he wants them. Sure the pretext is that there were thousands of votes cast by ineligible voters in 2016. Talk about someone not being able to get over the past.

Wisely, and as required by law, the elected Secretaries of State in many states, and of both parties, have declined the invitation to violate their oaths of office. I expect these folks have their state’s attorneys general and their governors and even their state legislatures backing them up. If there are any Secretaries of State wavering in the direction of giving POTUS 45 what he is demanding, I suspect that there are more than a few voters who would object, in court even.

So, this missive is not directed at POTUS 45. It is directed at the people responsible for his conduct. Either you start advising, counseling, cajoling, entreating or if necessary yelling or, well, I won’t say “else” but I strongly encourage some serious reading of the United States Constitution and Machiavelli’s The Prince. It may surprise you to know that there is an instruction manual, you know, rules for the game of being in charge in a republic that is a constitutional democracy.