Two resignation letters have circulated this month, both of which used acrostics to spell out coded messages to President Trump. The first was written by 16 members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, all of whom oppose Trump’s remarks following the violence in Charlottesville, his defunding of certain arts programs, and for pulling the United States out of the Paris climate agreement. Each paragraph was carefully crafted to start with the letters that make up the word “resist.”
Except for just a few, most of the signatories were holdovers from the Obama administration. But their grand gesture was practically meaningless as President Trump had already announced the end of the committee as he continues tightening the federal budget.
As the White House stated, “While the Committee has done good work in the past, in its current form it simply is not a responsible way to spend American tax dollars. The PCAH merely redirects funding from the federal cultural agencies (NEA/NEH/IMLS) that answer directly to the President, Congress, and taxpayers. These cultural agencies do tremendous work and they will continue to engage in these important projects."
Reusing the same acrostic template, the second resignation letter, published on Wednesday, gets more pointed, spelling out “impeach.” It was written by a State Department science envoy named Dr. Daniel Kammen who also cited problem’s with the president’s Charlottesville remarks and exiting the Paris agreement. Kammen condemned Trump’s “pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism, and disregards the welfare of all Americans, the global community and the planet.”
Similarly to the members in the previous letter, Kammen’s grandstanding falls flat as his position was coming to an end next month. It's the thought that counts, though.
Make sure not to miss the acrostics included in this article.
All you have to do is lift your cup and fill it up, then…
Gulp it down.
And repeat, because nothing tastes as sweet as liberal tears.