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01/25/2016 03:37 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2017

Mr. Trump: You Do Not Want This Job

So now you have the endorsement of Sarah Palin and you claim you could shoot somebody in the middle of Fifth Avenue and not lose any voters. Mr. Trump, I have watched you for months. Watched you insult, yell, mock and bully your way into our lives all under the pretense that you want to be our next president. But Mr. Trump, it's time to go. If it's too embarrassing for you to leave voluntarily I'd be happy to give you the hook and drag you off vaudeville style, but either way, it's time to go.

It's time to thank everyone for being a great crowd, remind them to tip their bartenders, and drop your microphone as you walk offstage. I'll even let you have one last joke on your way out. But it's late, and the red light is on. And it's not because of your personality, your politics, or your tired and offensive below-the-belt tactics. The simple reason is: it's time to go because you do not want this job. You think you do, but you don't. You want the spotlight, the soapbox, the podium, the media attention, the fame, the power, and the adoration of your fans -- but you don't really want to be President of the United States.

How do I know this? Because you don't really understand what the job of being president encompasses. I don't fully understand the job either, but then again, I don't want it. I know that I would make a terrible president. I am not cut out for it and neither are you.

You do not want this job.

You do not want to practice, let alone master, the art of diplomacy that is required to deal with our allies and enemies. You do not want to listen to Democrats across the aisle and work towards bipartisan solutions. You do not want the pressure of calming our nation if we suffer another terrorist attack. You do not want to look into the eyes of families who have lost loved ones in combat. Those are incredibly difficult things to do; tasks that require empathy, strength and putting aside your personal opinions and politics for the greater good. Qualities that I can honestly say I've never seen you possess.

You do not want this job.

You do not want to visit citizens who have just lived through a natural disaster, losing their homes and everything they own. You do not want to express genuine concern for what they are going through and assure them that you, as their president, are doing everything you can to help them. And while you do want America to be great again, you do not want to accomplish that by lifting every citizen up and ensuring we rise to the level of many other industrialized nations when it comes to quality education, helping the poor, family planning, equal pay, a fair living wage, women's rights, LGBT rights, civil rights, environmental protection, prison reform, racial inequality, universal health care, regulating the financial industry, tax reform... shall I go on?

You do not want this job.

You do not want to take an honest look into our future and create policies that will protect us for generations to come. You do not want to take the time to compose a coherent, logical, measured response before you open your mouth, which is what an effective leader must do. You do not want to make the difficult decisions. You want to make your decisions, whether they are good for us or not. You do not want to reach out to the rest of the world for support in fighting our enemies because you want America to have all the glory. That kind of thinking went out last century.

You do not want this job.

You don't want to run America; you want to run America, Incorporated. I get it. You're a businessman and it's how you're used to operating. But America is not a business; at least, it's not supposed to be. Though I suppose when corporations and lobbyists own our country the confusion is understandable. You do not want to look at the reality of immigrants. But they built this country and continue to do the jobs that most of us won't do and for terrible wages. They come from all over the world to escape horrible, violent circumstances and we symbolize a hopeful future for them. And we are descendants of immigrants and you cannot pretend otherwise. Your stance on immigrants is especially baffling considering neither of your wives was born in America. And speaking of wives, I seriously doubt Melania wants or understands the job of FLOTUS either.

You do not want this job.

I know you will never read this and even if you do, it won't affect you at all. But the fact that you have wasted so much of our time and energy with your nonsense when you don't really want the job definitely affects me. It potentially affects my future. And worst of all, it takes away from other candidates who take the role of president more seriously. I have always believed that you don't really want the job but I also believed that you'd be gone by now. And yet you're still here and I'm genuinely tired, infuriated, and a little bit frightened at this point. You've had your fun but it is time to go. Consider this essay my evaluation of your application for POTUS. Would you hire an employee for your company who didn't understand the job for which he/she was applying? Then why should we?