This is a letter that could well be sent to nearly every single Republican in Congress, but for today I am sending it to those who have a proven role in the events of January 6th: Scott Perry, Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs, and Mo Brooks. Note that I do not expect to receive answers to this letter, and I imagine that if they even bother to read my words, they will scoff or laugh. But I needed to tell them my thoughts, to let them know that there is still a standard for those who represent … or pretend to represent us.
I have a couple of questions to ask, and I hope that, whether you respond directly to me or not, you will think long and hard about your answers. First, do you remember the words you said as you swore an oath and began your position on January 3rd, 2021? If you cannot remember, please read them again and this time think about what you are saying.
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter.
The second question is, to whom do you feel you owe your loyalty and dedication? The Republican Party? Donald Trump? The corporations that donate money to your campaign? Or the hard-working people in your district and throughout the nation who gave you this opportunity to serve your country and who go to work every day to earn money, to pay their taxes that pay for your salary, benefits, and perks?
I and every other thoughtful, concerned citizen in this nation would like sincere and honest answers to those questions. It often appears, especially given your role in attempting to overthrow our votes, overthrow the entire government on January 6th, 2021, that you are self-serving, that when you took that Oath of Office, you were just mouthing words that had no meaning to you, that you never intended to abide by.
Thank you for taking a few minutes to think … really think … about your position in the government and how everything you do affects some 330 million people. Ask yourself if you are worthy of your position, if you are honest and trustworthy, if you are dedicated to maintaining the United States Constitution and the democratic principles outlined therein. We the People have entrusted you with our lives, the futures of our children and grandchildren. If you betray our trust, then you should for once do the honourable thing and step down, let someone who will work for the nation and its people take your place.
Jill Dennison, U.S. citizen, taxpayer, voter