A Letter To Senators

The following is a letter that I have sent to the two senators from my own state, as well as a number of other republican senators including Mitch McConnell, and every other who will face re-election in 2020*.  In truth, I question whether our letters are ever seen by the intended recipient, but we have to try.  And keep trying.  The stakes are too high to give up.

Dear Senator _________________,

Tonight is a sad night for this nation, for it is crystal clear that we do not have a president, but we have a dictator.  Further, it is equally clear that said dictator is highly irresponsible with the reins of our government, proving time and again that to him the people of this nation are naught but pawns, tools to be used to expand his own power and wealth.

I write to you tonight, not asking, not hoping, but insisting that the Senate, starting with you, step away from Mr. Trump and become the independent law-making body that the Article I of the U.S. Constitution defines.  You often seem to forget that you are not beholden to Mr. Trump in any fashion, but rather are tasked with doing what is in the best interests of this nation and the approximately 328 million people who live here.

Mr. Trump has said that he would be proud to shut down the government, which he did.  Now he says he will keep it shut down for months, or even years, and further that he is considering declaring a national state of emergency where there is none.  More than 800,000 federal workers are going without pay.  Three people have died in accidents in our national parks that might have been avoided if the park rangers had been on duty.  The lines outside social security offices are reminiscent of the lines of concert-goers waiting for tickets.

This is the single most irresponsible act that I can recall by any president in my 67 years on this earth.  Some federal workers stand to lose their homes.  Food stamp offices are essentially closed, with only a skeleton staff.  People are going to die, Senator ______________, and those deaths will be on Trump’s shoulders, certainly, but also on yours as long as you continue to support his ignominious demands that the government stay shut down until he is awarded initial funding for what will in all likelihood turn out to be a $70 billion white elephant.  The wall is not needed, for immigrants are not our major problem.  A president with no conscience is our major problem.  Unregulated guns are our major problem.  And a boot-licking Senate that puts their own well-being ahead of that of the nation are our major problem.

The problem of the government shutdown is easily enough solved if the Republicans and Democrats in the Senate get off their collective asses and determine that they will work for the good of the nation, pass a veto-proof spending bill in conjunction with the House, and open the government.  If you fail in this, I and many others will make a concerted effort to see that you are not re-elected when your current term comes to an end.  Please, for a change, do your job!


Jill E Dennison, taxpayer and voter

*List of all Republican Senators up for re-election in 2020

  • Dan Sullivan – Alaska
  • Martha McSally – Arizona
  • Tom Cotton – Arkansas
  • Cory Gardner – Colorado
  • David Perdue – Georgia
  • Jim Risch – Idaho
  • Joni Ernst – Iowa
  • Mitch McConnell – Kentucky
  • Bill Cassidy – Louisiana
  • Susan Collins – Maine
  • Cindy Hyde-Smith – Mississippi
  • Steve Daines – Montana
  • Ben Sasse – Nebraska
  • Thom Tillis – North Carolina
  • Jim Inhofe – Oklahoma
  • Lindsey Graham – South Carolina
  • Mike Rounds – South Dakota
  • John Cornyn – Texas
  • Shelley Moore Capito – West Virginia
  • Mike Enzi – Wyoming

29 thoughts on “A Letter To Senators

  1. Fantastic letter, Jill! Whether the Senator directly sees your letter or not, we won’t know, but the staff do have to log every letter, call, email, etc. to let their Senator know where their constituents stand on issues. At the very least, your letter will get logged! Thank you for writing, and using your voice.


  2. Jill, you are definitely on a roll! This post deserves another two thumbs up and out of a possible 5 Star rating, I award another 10 Stars! I would love to see your letter go viral, although I know nothing about how one goes about putting that in motion…perhaps another of your followers is capable. Ever since Trump’s partial Government Shutdown was announced in December, one particular thought has come to my mind again and again. The Harry S. Truman sign that sat on his desk that read “The Buck Stops Here” and later at Jimmy Carter’s request the very same sign sat on his too. Both men believed that the president not only had to make decisions, but also had to accept the ultimate responsibility for those decisions. We have at present a man sitting behind that desk much better at passing the buck! Therefore, the buck must be passed to Congress, particularly the Senate, and the buck must stop here. As a Rhode Island resident, it is my good fortune to have the two Senators and the two House of Representative seats held by Democrats. It has been postulated by some that after the 2020 Census when the congressional maps are redrawn, R.I. may become one district with only one representative in the House. Far more worrisome is that Republicans are already gaining a foothold in one of the two districts, our last elected Republican congressmen was a senator in 1992. I might also add that Mitch McConnell is a disgraceful buck passer. Thank-you!

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  3. Dear Jill,

    Of course I love your letter and thanks for not giving up in trying to reach these recalcitrant Republican Party Senators.

    In 2016, the US Senate map of those up for reelection did not favor democrats as there were too many vulnerable democrats who were residing in states won by President Trump. But in 2020, the opposite is true and so this is when democrats will have a real chance to take over the majority of US Senate seats again.

    The US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has to be well aware of these circumstances. He has not been able to successfully shift the blame for the US government shutdown to democrats which means, he will be forced to have that “come to Jesus” discussion with President Trump.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Jill,

      As per a Judd Legum tweet: This is what Mitch McConnell said in Oct. 2013:

      “There will not be another government shutdown. You can count on that. Shutting down the government, in my view, is not conservative policy. I don’t think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy.”

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Curiosity bids me ask, is that how things go viral, or can one of you make that happen? Excuse my ignorance, but I am not on any of the social media and have no idea how it works…just that it seems it might propel Jill’s letter to be seen by multitudes beyond this forum.

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        • Yes, Ellen!

          Moreover, if you were indeed Ellen DeGeneres commenting incognito, then there is another way!

          You can interview Jill on TV prime time about her letter to senators.

          You can also call on Oprah Winfrey to endorse and promote Jill’s letter.

          Thank you in anticipation!

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    • Thanks Gronda!!!

      Yes, and besides, there are far more republican seats up for grabs in 2020 than there were in the mid-terms in 2018. I hope by November 3rd 2020, people are sick enough of the current crop of do-nothing republicans that they clean house … er, Senate!

      Somebody mentioned that McConnell’s approval rating has dropped in his home state of Kentucky, but I haven’t had time to check it out yet. I hope it has … it’s far past time for him to be gone!


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  4. Jill, this is excellent, much better than my recent letters. Thanks for doing this. My guess is you will get a form letter in response.

    Could you do me and us one more favor? Could you send this to your newspapers in your region? This is worthy of being seen by as many others as possible. It speaks to essential truths. Again, well done.


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    • Thanks Keith, but your letters are every bit as good as mine. We just have slightly different styles, but we both speak the truth and from the heart. Yes, I will absolutely send a copy of this to the newspapers in the region! Hopefully at least one will print it! Thanks again … you made me smile!

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      • Jill, I decided to write a note to the President. It was not accusational, but asked him to reopen the government as people are being harmed by the closure. I said as a former Republican, I feel the wall issue is overstated. The whole subject of immigration deserves due diligence with real data and compassion. We should not hold people hostage while we do this. I closed that I felt the House proposal was worth considering.

        Will this help? Unlikely, but if we are to get through to people we need to speak diplomatically, but with concern. Again, great letter. Keith

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        • That’s a grand idea, Keith! I shall write one to him tomorrow also. Perhaps if enough of us do? I heard that he said he is the most popular president in history. Sheesh … I wonder if he really believes that? Surely not, as his approval ratings can’t seem to make it much above 40%. Perhaps his staff keep telling him that in hopes of keeping him on an even keel, keeping him from having a temper tantrum. Anyway … good job! I shall follow your example.


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