As an independent and former Republican (and Democrat) voter, I try to read and watch several validated news sources. They are validated, as they try to get it right and print retractions when they don’t. I also try to use an independent lens to see politicians for their good and bad actions and stances, regardless of party. Am I biased? Of course, we all are. But, my greater bias is favoring the truthtellers as I do not cotton to being obviously lied to by our elected officials.
That is why your support of this reckless president is troubling. It troubles me that he is so cavalier with the truth, that maybe, he does not know when the truth stops and the marketing schtick begins. But, this is not news, as five biographers of the president have noted he has a problem with the truth. And, the Mueller report (which I read) validated several untruths made by the president and did not exonerate him of obstruction of justice.
But, you know this, because I would worry about you more if you did not. Yet, it bothers me to see Senators seemingly support tribal loyalty over our constitution. You can say that you do not do that, but I can read how seemingly rational people bend over backwards to defend the indefensible.
Instead of looking to say those who investigated this corrupt and deceitful president somehow did not do it pristinely, it would be better to pay attention to that parade of honorable diplomats who testified under oath and at great risk of their concerns over the president’s actions in Ukraine. Now, the Republican Senate can pretend that all that did not happen, but these folks knew the president is highly vindictive, but testified anyway. Some have lost their jobs and received death threats, yet they still did it,
Rather than focus on whitewashing history, I would prefer the Senate to spend time focusing on the issues of today. COVID-19 deaths in the US are now in excess of 115,000. That is 27% of the global death total, but we have only 5% of the global population. And, as we have opened up the country more, too many have been too rash with their actions and COVID-19 is on the rise again. Frankly, this is not a surprise. The summer heat dampens the spread, but too many folks in close proximity, especially indoors, does the opposite.
The other issue is the ongoing racial injustice that is being shown to our black citizens. This new Jim Crow era is seeing greater degrees of incarceration for blacks than for whites for the same crimes and blacks being treated differently and more aggressively by police. I recognize the police have a hard job, but they need to better police their own. Every group has bad apples and even good police make poor decisions in the face of fear. We must do better at this. It is well-past time.
The current president has not helped on these two issues and it concerns me. We missed six weeks of planning on COVID-19, where we could have taken some steps instead of calling it a hoax and naysaying it as late as February 28, ironically the date of the first US death (now we exceed 115,000 just over three months later). Instead of being the leader we needed, the president decided to follow his modus operandi of misinformation, which continues to this day. As for the racial injustice, while I applaud the bipartisan sentencing reform of many months ago, the president has not been one to ease the tensions of the whole nation. We need him to be president for all, not just his more strident base of voters.
So, I ask you to set aside doing the president’s bidding and serve the American people. I will be joining conservatives George Will, Colin Powell, Republican Voters Against Trump and The Lincoln Project and voting for former Vice President Joe Biden in the fall. Biden will endeavor to bring our country together and restore our global reputation which has fallen precipitously per the foreign press and leaders. I fully recognize Biden is not perfect, but he is a decent and empathetic person, which are two traits conservative David Brooks says the president lacks. Right now, very few trust the US as our president is untrustworthy. The obvious question is why would they?
That is what I think. It truly saddens me to have to say this about our president. Please join with me in making this the final term of this president. Our country so desperately needs you to help make that happen. I realize it may endanger your reelection (but it may help) but you frankly missed the chance to remove him when you could have and fully opened Pandora’s Box.
Excellent, Keith. It’s hard to imagine that people still support him.
Janis, it is hard to understand, but too many still do. Keith
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Very thoughtful and sincere letter. Are you going to send it to a particular senator?
Many thanks. I am contemplating how wide. I have sent stuff to my two from NC as well as to select others. That is likely what I will do with this one. Keith
I’m sure one or two can still read Keith. They’ve not got long to learn that their support of Trump may be the death knell of their careers. Their support is currently letting Trump use the SS as he calls it. against a public peaceful demonstration.Things must change. He should go now.
Agreed. These Senators are feeling the weight of the Trump anchor. A small few are speaking out. Yet, there must be more. I took heart in the Senate voting against Trump’s wishes on renaming the military bases when Trump said he did not want to. Keith
I much appreciate your thoughtful insights Keith
Keith … this is a perfect letter. I have been trying to compose a similar one to Rob Portman, but as yet could not tone it down enough to be viable, so I shall modify and use yours! Thank you! You have said all that needed to be said, without ranting. I will send it tomorrow and let you know if I receive a response.
Thanks Jill. Good luck with your revisions and editing. Keith
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To the point! I’m reblogging.
Thanks Nan. With Bolton’s legitimate accusations, Republican Senators have even more to answer to.
Yes, but what will their sleazy answers be? Denial? Attacking Bolton? It’s a good thought, tho! Thanks.
Nan, it will likely be denial and denigration. Apparently, only a small handful of GOP Senators see the emperor with no clothes. Keith