Wednesday, January 17, 2018

UNPARDONABLE

January 17, 2018

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

Dear Congressman

Re: Unpardonable

Were you aware—I was not until this morning—that according to the Federal Register your Trump quietly pardoned five megabanks on charges of corruption, including Deutsche Bank, to which he is personally indebted to the tune of $130 million? He did this, apparently, during the Christmas week when no one was paying attention, in another shameless action that puts the president’s own interests first.

Why was this action not made more public in the media? Is it that there are too many other—and more juicy!—scandals to report on? And why is the US Congress not exercising more vigilance over the actions of this rogue, and quite possibly corrupt presidency? Is it not your job? Does this not bear some investigation on your part? Is there not some glaring conflict of interest involved?

I was wondering this morning—and I was going to write to ask you before this other matter came up—where your loyalties lies? The Constitution, certainly, which does not require you and your colleagues to kow-tow to the president but rather to act as checks and balances. And also, one would have thought, to the people you were elected to serve. In any event, to judge by your words and actions, your loyalties are surely misplaced if you surrender them to president and party.

As your constituent, I ask that you inquire into this matter and inform us as to its propriety and legality.

Respectfully,



Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

Monday, January 15, 2018

INCALCULABLE DAMAGE

January 15, 2018


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

Dear Congressman,

Re: Incalculable damage

It’s not just the vile racism of your president’s recent “shithole countries” blunder. The attitude it expresses is in itself appalling enough. But anyone with half a brain can see that it has far wider implications: with China courting African countries for their business and their diplomatic relations far into the future, it is hard to imagine those countries opting instead to make those ties with a country whose president so publicly despises and demeans them. And what of relations with our neighbors to the south, in Mexico and Central and South America? Your Trump seems incapable of understanding that what the American president says and does has far more serious and lasting consequences than its repercussions in the ephemeral current news cycle.

Far from “making America great again,” Trump is diminishing our country’s power and reputation by the day. The damage he has done to this country in his now nearly one year in office is already incalculable. It will take decades to recover. And it’s entirely possible that our preeminent standing in the world is already forever lost. China is eagerly stepping up to take our place in the long march of history. Russia will likely never have the power to recover its past strength, but has the capacity, nonetheless, to further erode American democracy and American leadership in the world.

Shame on Republicans, then, who are the only ones to hold in their hands the power to restrain this man and the effects of his reckless words and actions. Shame on you all for your deliberate denial and neglect of Russia’s violation of our election process, and leaving the door open for further attacks. It is you, Congressman, my representative, who contribute to this not-so-slow moving disaster with your silence and complicity. Do not attempt tell me and my fellow constituents that you are doing what is best for America. By this time in the Trump presidency, that is nothing but an empty, shameless and transparent lie.

Yours,



Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

Friday, January 12, 2018

"SHITHOLE COUNTRIES"

January 12, 2018

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

Dear Congressman,

Re: “Shithole countries”

I imagine there will be many of Trump’s supporters who will be delighted to hear him use what they believe to be blunt and honest language, but I hope you are not among them.

As your constituent, I wish to hear your voice amongst the loudest protesting this disgusting and transparently racist comment, which brings dishonor on our country in the community of nations.

Speak up.

Respectfully,



Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

RETIREMENT


January 11, 2018

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

Dear Congressman,

Re: Retirement

I see that your colleague to the south, Darrell Issa, has announced his retirement. Perhaps he found in this decision a convenient escape hatch…

As I’m sure you know, Issa was possibly the least favorite Republican congressman amongst liberal Democrats like myself (though you, Congressman, have the honor of coming a close second!) Issa was dogged to the point of perversity in his eventually mindless pursuit of Hillary Clinton and other Democratic targets. He lied frequently and mercilessly to achieve his nefarious ends, and seemed to take pleasure in using his power to torture witnesses and destroy reputations.

I’m wondering, though: are you also thinking of retiring? It might be the sensible course of action in today’s political climate. As Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Drew Godinich said recently, “California Republicans clearly see the writing on the wall and realize that their party and its priorities are toxic to their reelecton chances in 2018.”

It’s no more than guesswork, but I believe that support for you in your district is dwindling, while the number of voters likely to choose a Democratic candidate continues to grow. Now might be a good time to follow Issa’s excellent example, and leave with your dignity—more or less!—intact.

How about it, Congressman? You have all those cushy congressional retirement benefits ahead of you to enjoy!

Respectfully,



Peter Clothier, Ph.D.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DO SOMETHING

January 10, 2018


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

Dear Congressman,

Re: Do Something

As Paul Krugman notes in his NYT column yesterday, “even as much of the world is questioning Trump’s fitness for office, the only people who could constrain him are doing their best to place him above the rule of law.”

Have you read “Fire and Fury”? I have admittedly read only extracts, and have heard others cited in news reports. And I certainly hold no brief for the author, because I am in no position to judge the veracity of what he writes. Two things, however: first, if only 20 percent of what he writes is true, that’s quite enough to scare the pants off me—and should be more than enough for Republicans to quit their unquestioning adulation of Donald Trump. Second, as many others have pointed out, his stories do no more than reinforce what has been widely reported about the chaos in the Trump White House, and what he has made evident about his character in his impetuous actions and his own reckless words.

For how much longer will you continue to join your fellow Republicans in propping up this stumbling “genius”? Is this patriotism? Is this the service you were elected to perform for your constituents? Or is this nothing but partisan warfare, conducted on a no-holds-barred basis?

I ask you, not for the first time, Congressman: return to the real world in which the rest of us live. Recognize what it is about this man that the whole world can see. And do something.

Respectfully,


Peter Clothier, Ph.D.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SESSIONS



January 8, 2018


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

Dear Congressman

Re: Sessions

I tuned in to a recording of the recent CNN interview in which you castigated Attorney General Sessions for his recusal from the Russia investigation, asserting that this was some kind of disrespect for Donald Trump.

I have to ask, first, in what way this was a sign of disrespect, when Sessions clearly and by his own admission had personal issues at stake in the investigation; is this not the proper and respectful thing to do in cases of this kind? I would have wished you could have seen it as a sign of respect for the US Constitution and the rule of law. Instead, in your rush to the defense of the president, you chose to ignore the very real possibility that our democratic system may have been under attack from a hostile foreign power. Would a patriot not rush to the defense of his country, rather than a man who thrives on a diet of transparent lies and intemperate animosity?

Speaking of which—the latter, I mean—I noted that in the interview you employed a strategy that seems to have become the standard for members of your party: rather than answer serious and legitimate questions, you choose to interrupt constantly, shout down the interviewer, and complain loudly that this is what she is doing to you. It is both ironic and degrading to watch you play the victim even as you act the bully. Aside from anything else, it’s bad manners. I would hope we constituents could expect better than this spectacle from our Congressman.

Respectfully,


Peter Clothier, Ph.D.




Saturday, January 6, 2018

SCIENCE

January 6, 2018

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

Dear Congressman,

Re: Science

I trust that you, as Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Science, Space and Technology Committee, have taken note of yesterday’s op-ed article in the New York Times. The authors are at pains to alert readers to the fact that, now almost a year into his presidency, Trump has still not named a science adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

This neglect is clear evidence of what the article’s authors call the president’s “disdain for science,” most obviously in his rash withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement but also in numerous small acts that show an ignorance or contempt for the health and well-being of the American people and the natural environment. His recent—and continuing—cavalier and puerile references to the global threat of nuclear warfare reveal a startling unfamiliarity with its potential, as proven by both science and history.

Should it not be the job of your committee to monitor the nation’s commitment to science and technology? Given the apparent indifference of the president, should your committee not vigorously step in to ensure that he remain both conscious of and responsive to the nation’s priorities in this regard? Or do you stand idly by and watch as the atrocities continue?

I would appreciate some evidence of your concern, preferably in the form of public action that would demand greater responsibility and accountability on the part of the present administration.

Respectfully,

Peter Clothier, Ph.D.


UNPARDONABLE

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