Tuesday, November 21, 2017

HARASSMENT

November 21, 2017

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Dear Congressman,

Re: Harassment

I don’t know about you but I’m sick at heart, hearing all these accusations of sexual harassment. Have you, as I have done, looked back at your life and asked yourself if you have ever done anything that might cause someone to accuse you? Anything? Have you, for instance, patted someone’s behind, unaware of the intrusiveness of your action or the offense that might be taken? Or worse? Have you presumed to use the power of your office to obtain unwilling compliance for, say, a stolen kiss? Have you even made tasteless jokes of a sexual nature in front of your staff or colleagues?

This current phenomenon has required me, correctly I think, to examine my own past in order to hold myself accountable for moments of inappropriate or boorish behavior. And I realize that to say that I myself have found none does not mean that some other person I unwittingly offended might still not find something to accuse me of. On this issue I admit I’m caught between my genuine outrage at the crass behavior of some men toward women and alarm at the mass hysteria that seems to have taken hold. Where are the lines to be drawn between the grave, unforgivable offense and the peccadillo—or are there no peccadillos any more? Are there only grave and unforgivable offenses?

It’s a condundrum, Congressman, and an uncomfortable one at that. I hope for your sake that you’re squeaky clean. I disagree with you on virtually every issue, but even so I would take no joy in seeing you pilloried—unless for truly gross and repeated patterns of behavior!

Respectfully,


Peter Clothier, Ph.D.


Monday, November 20, 2017

ELEPHANTS

November 20, 2017

 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Dear Congressman,

Re: Elephants

I’ve been looking online to find out whether you’ve expressed any thoughts about Trump’s plan—now thankfully withdrawn—to reverse another Obama-era ban, this one on the importation of elephant parts as trophies. I have found nothing.

I bring this up because I note that several of your colleagues in the House have dared to express loud disagreement with the man in the Oval Office (I still have difficulty calling him “president”!)

I’d like to hear your opinion, even now that Trump has been forced, by public opinion, to back down on this gift to his big-game hunting sons. Predictably, perhaps, I think it’s a despicable “sport”—if it deserves that name. Please let us all know what you think.

Respectfully,



Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

Friday, November 17, 2017

ELEPHANT TROPHIES

November 17, 2017

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Dear Congressman,

Re: Your Trump

Every time I think I have seen your Trump do his worst, I am proved wrong by yet another loathsome action. His reversal of (another!) Obama-era ban—this one targeting the importation of elephant trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe, for God’s sake: what was, until yesterday, the tyrant Mugabe’s realm!) in effect nullifies the international censure of the ivory trade. The idea was to end the slaughter of an increasingly endangered species of magnificent animal to satisfy naked human concupiscence and greed.

Do you remember, Congressman, the sickening picture of Trump’s son, Eric, looking so smug as he stands beside his hunting rifle and a fallen elephant, a knife in one hand and the dead creature’s severed tail in the other? I suppose he is now able to import his trophy legally, thanks to his father’s generosity. 

What could possibly be the purpose of this action, if not to please his son and anger those of us who care about our stewardship of this planet and its wild life? To alienate the international community? Or is it nothing but sheer spite against Obama and everything he accomplished, everything he stood for?

Enough is more than enough. Enough with your continued support of this man, whose disrespect now extends even to our fellow travelers in the animal kingdom. How low must he sink before your conscience requires you to disown him?

Yours in anger,



Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A GLIMMER OF HOPE? (SEE POSTSCRIPT)

November 15, 2017

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Dear Congressman,

Re: Individual mandate

Are there no depths to which your Republican colleagues will not sink in their unremitting attack on the Affordable Care Act? There can be no explanation for their implacable opposition unless it is sheer spite, directed against the legacy of a former president who was beloved by most people in this country. The fact that your current (Republican?) president is despised by an equal number is, I suppose, adding fuel to this particular fire.

The latest attack on Obamacare takes the form of an attempt to eradicate the individual mandate appended to the so-called (wildly unpopular!) “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” which your colleagues in the Senate are trying to ram down the throats of the reluctant American public. It’s being used, as I understand it, to help reduce the bill’s disastrous increase of the deficit. The elimination of the mandate—and the resulting loss of huge numbers of the young and healthy from the subscriber base—will remove a vital supporting leg of the health care system and likely cause it to topple. No doubt this is the intended consequence.

If and when this cruel and ill-thought tax bill reaches the House of Representatives for a vote, is it too much to ask that you oppose it, on behalf of those many in your district who would suffer as a result? They stand to lose not only a health care system that is now widely appreciated and gaining popularity, but also to be saddled with a tax “reform” that most benefits the wealthiest among us.

Respectfully,

Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

P.S.  I saw you quoted in yesterday’s online New York Times as saying: “I did not go to my constituents and ask them to vote for me in order to increase their tax load, and the bill increases the tax load on a big chunk of my constituency.” I urge you to abide by your own words, and vote NO!


Monday, November 13, 2017

MUELLER

 November 13, 2017

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Dear Congressman,

Re: What now?

What now, Congressman? I hear that your name has come up in the Mueller investigation!  It seems that Mueller’s people are interested in a September 20, 2016 meeting at which you got together with disgraced National Security Advisor and former marine general Mike Flynn, along with his son, and others identified as his “business partners.”

Oh to have been a fly on the wall for that one, Congressman! There are some who are already calling for your resignation over this revelation. Myself, I’d prefer to wait to find out more. But my earlier suggestion still stands, that you consider quitting in acknowledgment of the incompetence of your dangerously erratic and unqualified president, and in view of the current extreme right-wing positions of your party, so far out of line with what your constituents want and need from their representative in the US Congress.

I wonder, will the Mueller investigation uncover some venal, perhaps even criminal participation in the Russia scandal? I hear he’s a pit bull once he gets catches a whiff of evidence of wrong-doing. Hold on to your hat!

Respectfully,



Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

TIME TO QUIT?

November 11, 2017
  
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Dear Congressman,

Re: Time to quit?

I hear that the number of Republican Congressional representatives who have decided not to run for re-election in 2018 now totals 29. Is it time to add your name to the list?

I suspect there are at least two reasons for the defections: the movement of the Republican Party, over the past few years, further and further to the right, until it is now dominated by the loud voices of fanatical far right-wingers; and Donald Trump, whose arrogant, erratic and unprincipled leadership must gall every Republican who retains an ounce of decency or common sense.

Republican policies are currently wildly unpopular: the so-called “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” is disapproved by a 17-point margin. Americans are now fully tuned in to your party’s efforts to further enrich the wealthy at the expense of the average voter. Analysis of this past week’s election results favoring Democrats show just how much antipathy was aroused among voters by your repeated attempts to repeal Obamacare and replace it with wholly inadequate alternative plans. In short, you and your colleagues are way out of touch with the mood and the wishes of the country.

I would like to believe (against considerable evidence to the contrary!) that you are a reasonable and decent man. If this is true, perhaps now is a good time to either step aside, or begin to listen to the voice of your constituents and act accordingly.

(By the way, you might like to know that today is my 45th wedding anniversary. Want to offer your congratulations to my wife and myself? No? I thought not!)

Respectfully,


Peter Clothier, Ph.D.


Friday, November 10, 2017

CUT CUT CUT

November 10, 2017

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Dear Congressman,

Re: Cut Cut Cut

As you vote—IF you join the Republican vote—to cut cut cut taxes (Trump’s words), I remind you of those many of your constituents who will suffer significant financial harm if they are no longer able to deduct state and local taxes.

Even your fellow right-wing Republican neighbor to the south, Darrell Issa, has told reporters he cannot vote for the bill as it stands, because the measure on state and local tax deductions would hit California particularly hard. And particularly affluent areas of California like Orange County.

I have searched online to find out whether you have made a similar commitment, but so far it appears you have not done so publicly. Does this mean that you are keeping an open mind as you study the implications of the bill? I hope so. And I hope that, in studying it, you will conclude that its passage is not in the interests of your constituents.

When called upon to vote, vote NO on Cut Cut Cut.

Respectfully,



Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

HARASSMENT

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