Wednesday, February 28, 2018


February 28, 2018 

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

Dear Congressman,

 It has been a while since you heard from me. My apologies. I do try to keep up, but sometimes life gets in the way of the best intentions.

Are you as displeased as I am by the shameless nepotism of our “president”? Qualified or not—and in fact, not, not at all—the Trump family strides across the globe with appalling arrogance and presumption. Trump Jr. shows up in India as an uncredentialed quasi-ambassador, accepting greetings as though he represented this country even as he promotes the family business. Ivanka Trump is dispatched to the most dangerous place in the world, charged, it seems, with disclosing official American policy to the President of South Korea.

Worse, to my mind, the ubiquitous and (forgive me) infinitely smarmy Jared, lacking even the most basic diplomatic credentials or experience, is supposedly not only overseeing our relations with Mexico but also brokering that peace in the Middle East that has eluded a host of skilled diplomats and negotiators before him. That he has finally been stripped of even the temporary security clearance that allowed him access to the most confidential information until now is surely evidence that he is not only unqualified, he is a security risk. Yet his father-in-law makes no attempt to replace him. 

Are you content, Congressman, with the United States becoming what’s close to a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump Inc.? Is it okay with you to see our nation’s international relations and international business conducted as a family fiefdom, by people who are, at best, rank amateurs and at worst, quite possibly, a criminal enterprise? 

How much longer will you and your fellow Republicans continue to tolerate an administration that violates every principle you once claimed to stand for? Are you not in the least bit troubled by this travesty? 


Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

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