Dear President-Elect Trump: Contrary to my expectations, you won the election, and will be our next President. Congratulations. Let me start out by saying this: There is no question about the legitimacy of your coming Presidency. We are a nation of laws, and under those laws you are 100% entitled to the office you will soon assume. I will strenuously oppose any efforts to de-legitimize you, or your Presidency. Some people in this country are protesting your election. That is their right to do so. The same laws that give you the right to become President also give them the right to express their opinion. Freedom of Speech is one of the things that makes America "Great" - even if sometimes we disagree with that speech or even, as in this instance, that speech is irrelevant. (More on this later.) I would be lying if I said I do not continue to have great concerns about your abilities to be a great or successful President. You began your political career with the allegation, one you later recanted, that your predecessor, Barack Obama, was somehow ineligible to be President. That bothers me. It demonstrates a fundamental disregard for the truth, and an opportunism that is unworthy of the person holding the office of the Presidency. Don't do things like that again. I am also concerned about a great many things you said during the campaign. You do not know more about military affairs than our professional officers. That doesn't mean that the generals and colonels who will soon be advising you are always right. But they do have training and experience that you do not. Listen very closely to what they tell you. Weigh the advice and counsel carefully, and decide against them only on the strongest possible grounds. I have serious concerns about the potential conflict of interest in your extensive business affairs and that of the Presidency. Get ahead of this problem. Difficult as it may seem, you need to assign control of your private business affairs to truly independent managers. Your children, regardless of their business acumen, do not fit into this category. It might surprise you, but there is a more than reasonable possibility that if you do so, you will leave the Presidency considerably wealthier than you are now. I don't expect that you will follow a half century or more of precedent by annually releasing your income tax returns. But understand that eventually, this is going to catch up with you. As President, you are going to be criticized. That goes with the job. Conservatives criticized President Obama for being too liberal. Liberals because he was too conservative. Take a page out of President Obama's playbook and put it into perspective. Laugh it off publicly when appropriate. Don't take it personally in private. But also weigh carefully the opinions of those that disagree with you. Foreign affairs is an area where you, our soon-to-be President, has great influence. While the United States is indeed the most powerful and influential nation, that is a status we did not attain on our own. US military, political, social, and economic power relies to a great extent on the amity and co-operation of many other nations. Don't antagonize our friends around the world. Stand with them in their own struggles. Recognize that people in Paris, Tokyo, and London are going to see the world somewhat differently than voters in Dade County. Placating Miami Republicans while enraging people in Dusseldorf and Seoul is likely to have seriously negative long term consequences for our nation Pick your advisors and friends carefully. I would again be lying if I didn't say this was an area of great concern. You seem to have surrounded yourself with individuals who seem either sycophantic or intent on pursuing an agenda that is probably at odds with that of the interests of the majority of Americans. Nip this problem in the bud. I will end this by noting that you have made your entire career one that is defined by one simple parameter: You winning. In that process you have left many people hurt. Vendors and lenders left unpaid. Customers dissatisfied. Understand this very clearly: As President, you are playing with stakes that are infinitely higher. A misjudgement on your part doesn't leave bankers negotiating arguing with lawyers over the terms of a bankruptcy. It leaves American servicemen and women dead. It leaves children and families without access to healthcare and jobs. You simply cannot let the concept of Donald Trump winning define your Presidency. If you do that, then you are destined to fail. For once in your lifetime, you need to rise above that ideal and embrace the principle that you are the leader of a nation of 320 million people, many millions of whom did not, and probably never will, support you. President-Elect Trump, you have a great opportunity. You will be blessed with a Congressional majority rarely seen in modern US politics. Don't waste that chance. Don't use it to settle old scores or pursue agendas that are neither in the interests of the people you serve, nor the nation you lead. I'm willing to give you a chance. please don't disappoint me, or the millions of people in this country.