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