A Conservative’s Letter to His Daughter

In the days since the election, a new genre of punditry has arisen among our friends on the left. Appalled and frightened by Tuesday’s results, many have memorialized their emotions in the form of letters to their daughters, whom they presume to be – and indeed whom they encourage to be – every bit as appalled and frightened as themselves. I’ve read some examples of the genre (representative samples are here, here, here, and here) and found them all to be more or less the same: The authors lament that the country has declined to such a condition as to reject the sainted Hillary Clinton as its next president, choosing instead the vile Donald Trump. They further lament that they failed to do more to prevent this ghastly result from coming about, and they promise to fight to rescue the country from the hellish depths into which it plunged on Tuesday.

As it happens, I have a daughter too, one for whom I have the same aspirations as these letter writers have for their own. And, like them, I hope to bequeath to my daughter a better world than exists today. But unlike them, I welcomed the election results, as I explain in my own letter to my daughter, presented below.

My Dear Daughter,

As you have done in every election since you were born, you accompanied your mother and me to the polling place on Tuesday evening. When you awakened on Wednesday, we gave you the news that Donald Trump had won and would be our next president. We explained to you weeks ago that Mr. Trump was not the candidate we would have chosen, but he was the one the system produced as the only alternative to Hillary Clinton. You’ve heard us say many times that you don’t always get what you want; neither do your parents.

You will hear others say that Mrs. Clinton did not win because she is a woman. Do not believe this. The country would happily elect a woman as president, and might have done so on Tuesday had the one in contention not been so untrustworthy and morally compromised, as I will explain.

As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton conducted her government business on a private, secret email server so as to keep her activities hidden from congressional oversight and from the citizens she sought to lead. In doing so, she exposed national secrets to our enemies.

She used the State Department as a conduit to deliver great sums of money to her private charity, which in turn delivered that money to her and her family.

She implemented policies that favored our enemies and dishonored our friends, bringing the world to the chaotic condition that exists today. There is no reason to believe she would have behaved differently had she become president.