Thursday, August 16, 2018

McRaven Letter

Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.

Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.

If I thought I still had mine I'd offer it up. Probably wouldn't quite the same impact.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Happy Saturday: Chris Collins Edition

Collins is ending his re-election bid. His district is said to be very red and was out of play for flipping.

It is unclear whether Collins' name can be removed from the November ballot at this point and whether Republican Party officials will be able to nominate another candidate for the seat.

I'd say from reading that that it is clear his name can't be taken off the ballot and replaced. I don't think they even have time to get signatures to run anyone on another line. I believe that date has passed. So, the choices in NY's 27th are the soon to be felon, Chris Collins or Nate McMurray, the luckiest man in politics. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

LTTE in Praise of Reagan

 I'm writing to thank Frank Fronhofer  for alerting me to the letter signed by Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford supporting the banning of assault rifles. Reagan's position was that of Democrats today. He stated, "I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home." No, gunsplaining isn't necessary to tell me an AK-47 isn't a machine gun. If you don't mind the countless lies of Donald Trump, I'm sure you can grant Reagan a little literary license.

Of course, Reagan also treated immigrants humanely, didn't start a trade war with the world because he practiced free trade and he fashioned a cabinet that was competent and not filled with world-class swindlers. His philosophy towards Russia was expressed by "Trust, but verify" not just "Trust." He'd likely be a NeverTrumper and therefore blacklisted in today's GOP. He saw America as a shining city on a hill, not as carnage.  

Other folks deserving shoutouts for recent letters are Carol Simpson, Richard Hayes Phillips and Peggy Wiltberger who all wrote masterful explanations of the "raised taxes 20 times" nonsense. Search for their letters on the website for good nuance. Back to guns. I'm sure Rep. Stefanik will vote to keep assault rifles accessible and whatever else her NRA masters ask for. If that's your major concern then cast your ballot for her. I'm looking at who's going to protect my right, and that of friends, family and fellow citizens, to health insurance. Tedra Cobb is going to do that. I don't need Republican spies to tell me that. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

God, I Love This Clip

I love this letter a lot, too. Nice job, Matt!

Really, Nancy Pelosi?

In response to this: link

I'm responding to Hunter Sartwell's letter in which he claims, "Many are left wondering how Tedra Cobb feels about Nancy Pelosi and Andrew Cuomo." Really, Nancy Pelosi? I'm more interested in her views on healthcare, opioids, the environment, gun violence, immigration and so on. And looking at her website, she has well thought-out ideas on those subjects. One thing I do wonder about is why President Trump and his followers spend so much time and energy denigrating Democratic women. Among our allies, Angela Merkel and Theresa May receive extra abuse. The childish nickname for Sen. Warren is a two-fer. It manages to be offensive to Native Americans, as well. I'm also curious if Rep. Stefanik is running on "repeal and replace Obamacare" again. Or is the plan to just allow the president to continue sabotaging it?

Also from the letter, "Cobb's actions...would only continue this atrocity that we have to deal with in our daily lives." Things such as the Holocaust and killings by the Khmer Rouge are atrocities. Whatever is being referred to in upstate New York is not. Please consult a dictionary. Mr. Sartwell provides some advice for Ms. Cobb, presumably. "Being a member of Congress requires the ability to be forthright with constituents, even when the questions are difficult and there isn't a good answer." Since I'm assuming he's a supporter of our congresswoman, I'd encourage checking the entry for the word irony, too. There are many who might offer those words of counsel to Rep. Stefanik.