Dear Senator McConnell:
As I listen to the latest delusional ramblings of Muammar al-Gaddafi, Charlie Sheen, and Scott Walker, I remember the most recent letter I received from you and realize that the four of you are very much alike. All of you possess erroneous beliefs about yourselves despite evidence to the contrary.
Gaddafi insists that his people love him and will die to protect him, despite the fact that they are protesting in the streets, begging him to leave. Walker, even after being recorded proving that he is a dishonest snake, and while the citizens of his state protest and entertain thoughts of recall, still insists that he has the support of his people. Sheen insists he has cured himself while his face and words do little to support that claim. You, Senator McConnell, send letters like the one I include here, stating things that do not resemble truth or rational thinking. While my heart goes out to each of you, my loyalty must remain with the people who are being hurt by your megalomania.
I donâ€™t understand why the media devotes so much time to the delusional ramblings of the other three without including you. I will alert them to their negligence, with this breakdown to explain my position.
Thank you for contacting me in regard to the United States Senate and our ability to accomplish important business.
Actually, I contacted you about your obstructing the Senateâ€™s ability to accomplish important business. Iâ€™m sure ignoring that fact makes thâ€™s job easier since s/he only has to type one letter, but you must realize that it is dishonest for you and frustrating for the many of us who write when you pretend you read the opposite of what we said.
I appreciate you taking the time to send me your perspective on this matter and I am happy to respond.
It is less than comforting to know that you are happy to frustrate me with your dishonesty.
There is no doubt that a majority of Americans are concerned about the direction of our country, and the impact present decisions will have for the future of our children and grandchildren.
There is plenty of doubt that a majority of Americans are concerned. Did you see how many voted in out last election? When is the last time you tried to initiate a conversation with strangers in your district? I can state with absolute certainty that I have done so more recently and more often than you do, and the majority donâ€™t either donâ€™t have a clue or donâ€™t want to be bothered. Of the ones who are willing to discuss the important issues, many have listened to Republican talking points and do not have a clue. That leaves a definite minority of your constituents informed and concerned.
Having to correct the damaging misinformation that you, the Republican Party, and your talk-radio and FOX News [sic] friends spread makes it difficult for those of us who attempt to engage our neighbors in intelligent conversation and thoughtful resolutions, Senator, not to mention the many hours I have to spend explaining to my grandchildren just how your plan would leave them scrapping for an education, working for half the wages we made when I was young while everything will cost them four times as much because you want the money and the power for yourself. It also highlights your poor leadership since it is your job to deliver the truth.
At a time when Americans are buckling down and making tough decisions, I feel that Congress must address the issues that lay before our nation with common sense solutions that will ease the burdens of those suffering.
Speaking of buckling down and making tough decisions, have you decided yet when you will grace us with a list of things that you, personally, have buckled down and given up, and a list of jobs you have created with your tax break? I gave up social activities (that doubled as physical exercise) in order to eat, and the medication that tripled in cost so I can buy birthday presents for my grandchildren. Not sure how you guys decided that those of us depending on Social Security (warning to fans of the 401k: my retirement savings already went into the system, with penalty taxes for daring to become disabled before my time), didnâ€™t need raises when the cost of everything we need (food, gas, rent, medications, health care) increased, but you were wrong. Very wrong.
From the very first days of this Administration, I have pledged to work with the Majority to find solutions to the nationâ€™s many challenges.
How did your heart survive dictating these words?
Remember this? (I know, youâ€™ve tried to back away and pretend you were misunderstood but we arenâ€™t buying what youâ€™re selling, Senator McConnell.)
McConnell added, â€œOur single biggest political goal is to give our nominee for president the maximum opportunity to be successful. â€¦ We need to work smarter than we did [in 1995], and not become the foil off which [President Obama] pivots.â€ In 1995, then-Speaker Newt Gingrich led a shutdown of the government, which many Republicans now acknowledge was a â€œserious mistake, tactically and substantively.â€
You canâ€™t pretend, Senator, that you have been concerned with the peopleâ€™s business when we all heard you say that you were focused on political aspirations instead, and your obstructionism proved that our business and our welfare certainly took a back seat to your game of politics.
Since your political goal involves finding common ground with Rand Paul and the Tea Party, it would be in the best interest of all women, particularly those of us who already live with Kentuckyâ€™s confusing assault laws, if you would address your thoughts about the head-stomping incident that Senator Paul continues to dodge when he can and lie about when he canâ€™t dodge. How do you feel about politicians who hire thugs to physically abuse people who disagree with them, step aside with their M.D. instead of offering assistance, and lie about their relationship (hired) with the abusers? Who, if not our leaders, should be standing up against such violence?
Moreover, I have repeatedly offered to meet the President in the middle on issues of great importance to the American people.
Obviously, neither you, nor President Obama knows where the middle is. Your idea of center is one step away from falling off the right side and President Obama is not far behind you. Your idea of meeting in the middle is to get everything your way, or no way, and his idea of meeting in the middle is to give you your way before you make things worse. That said, you have thumbed your nose at President Obama, tossed us out with the trash, so this statement is dishonest enough to make my head spin and my stomach turn.
However, it seems that over the past year, this Majority has pursued a policy of governing from the far left.
Wrong. Although others afford you the courtesy of thinking you are ignorant, I believe you know better than this.
Whether itâ€™s in the form of a failed stimulus package, or the passage of massive healthcare overhaul, I cannot support policies that will burden our future generations with an ever-increasing national debt, and continue the unsustainable trend of spending too much, borrowing too much, and taxing too much.
Much better to let the bankers steal from us until we die in the street from lack of health care? I feel your love, Senator.
After President Obama fell for your blackmailing tactics and gave you the personal tax break you want but donâ€™t need, because you threatened to take away tax breaks for those who need every cent to survive and to stop unemployment for many others, your conscience allows you to write this? Unbelievable, even for you.
In case The Economic Report of the President is one of the documents you blew off because you thought was too long to read at the time, I provide this second chance to catch up. And, as one of your constituents, I ask that you spend your time reading bills and reports instead of dragging the secret service around (wasting tax dollars that you pretend to dislike so much) with you to visit schoolchildren who are not old enough to vote.
If you want to speak about trends, could you be so kind as to address the Koch trend, and how you think it helps the people you represent (that would be the people of Kentucky, the majority of whom do not share your wealth)?
As the Republican Leader in the U.S. Senate, I am optimistic that we can still come together in the spirit of bipartisanship as we enter the 112th Congress.
What made you decide to use the word Republican instead of Minority in this sentence? Just curious.
I appreciate your thoughts and you can be certain I will keep them in mind.
No, I cannot be certain that you will keep my thoughts in mind. You demonstrated in your first sentence that you forgot my thoughts before you even started this letter.
Again, I thank you for contacting me.
Again, I thank you for responding. I appreciate knowing that nothing has changed.
Please continue to keep me informed of issues that are important to you.
I will, even if you never, ever, ever in this lifetime actually address a single concern or speak the truth.
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Of course, I am not interested in updates â€œsuch as thisâ€. I tried to get my information from honest, informed sources. But I am a fan of one of your Facebook pages.
In case you are wondering, this is how a politician who honestly cares about we the people speaks: