April 4, 2018
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
101 Main Street #380
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Re: Idle chatter
I read (on The Hill) that you were on Fox News yesterday speculating idly about that shooting at the You Tube campus. Presumably for no better reason than that there was a crime involved, you took the opportunity to lay blame on “sanctuary cities” and speculate that the shooter “could be” an illegal immigrant.
Could be, I suppose. Could be a Russian oligarch. Could be from the planet Mars. Such idle speculation as yours is intended to ingratiate you, I’m sure, with various rabid constituencies—among them the gun enthusiasts and anti-immigration fanatics. In speaking casually in this way, however, you ignore the harm your thoughtless words inflict on many of your own constituents by inspiring further hostility and hatred. You achieve nothing other than to add to the toxicity of dialogue in today’s political world.
I, for one, expect greater circumspection and respect for people of all kinds from my representative in Congress.
Peter Clothier, Ph.D.