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A Letter to Sen. Jeff Flake


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Everyone decided how they were going tote in this case long before Judge Kavanaugh was nominated. They voted straight down party lines as they do on everything. That's why I always vote Republican for every office. Once in, they all vote according to their party.


 Comment Written 08-Oct-2018



reply by the author on 08-Oct-2018
    Let me quote John Adams for you, just as a counterpoint: "There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution."

    He also said: "I do not say that democracy has been more pernicious on the whole, and in the long run, than monarchy or aristocracy. Democracy has never been and never can be so durable as aristocracy or monarchy; but while it lasts, it is more bloody than either. ? Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. It is in vain to say that democracy is less vain, less proud, less selfish, less ambitious, or less avaricious than aristocracy or monarchy. It is not true, in fact, and nowhere appears in history. Those passions are the same in all men, under all forms of simple government, and when unchecked, produce the same effects of fraud, violence, and cruelty. When clear prospects are opened before vanity, pride, avarice, or ambition, for their easy gratification, it is hard for the most considerate philosophers and the most conscientious moralists to resist the temptation."

    Keeping those two considerations in mind and then contrasting it with all the horrors every political party has condemned our nation to, is it safe to call John Adams a prophet? Are these the secular endtimes? I am being very serious, and not a smirking conspiracy theorist here. This danger is very real. And it isn't just the Democrats. It is EVERYONE.
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Your letter might get read eventually, Lance, but by now it's a moot point. Trump got what he wanted to activate his base, which is something to punch at, sadly the real fact of Kavanaugh's provable perjury under oath was lost in linking it to the assault from years ago. Nobody still knows who really leaked the story to the Washington Post, but it wasn't Feinstein that Trump claims. It was an exercise in tyranny and not democracy at all.

Keep writing as it's always good to write letters to the powers that be.

Gloria


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    I never really imagined that this would make any difference or, for that matter, even be read. Once Flake is retired I guess it's possible that he will go over past correspondence. This letter was sent to about 30 Senators and numerous press outlets and contacts. I was just causing trouble, ultimately. I got a lot of hate mail.
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Great letter. I'm so glad Kavanaugh has become a Justice. I would mention that in the third paragraph within the set of parentheses, its confusing me a bit. I am glad you exercised your civic rights and wrote the letter. Thank you.


 Comment Written 07-Oct-2018



reply by the author on 08-Oct-2018
    This letter was actually not meant to be in favor of Kavanaugh, as I am still not. But I did try to be judicious enough to someone I generally disagree with in Senator Flake to concede certain points in my declaration that Brett Kavanaugh, guilty of this or not, is still a horrible person.
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Now, you are cooking. I agree with you wholeheartedly, this man was put through a grinder that was more of politics than justice. A very well-crafted piece of writing.


 Comment Written 07-Oct-2018



reply by the author on 07-Oct-2018
    Thank you. I sent this is about 30 Senators. One response from the staff of one. Someone already on my side. Oh well. Thanks again.
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Well done you! A very well thought-out and well-stated piece it is not too much and not too little it is just right! Great job and as always looking forward to yours posts. yours, diana


 Comment Written 07-Oct-2018



reply by the author on 07-Oct-2018
    Thank you very much, although clearly it made no difference. I sent this to about 30 senators and a handful of congresspeople. I got a response from Corey Booker (or at least his staff), which didn't mean anything. Nevertheless, one sometimes feels patriotic when writing a screed.
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Thank you Lance for writing this, it is my favorite of your writings. I hope he thought about it. He hoped he wouldn't live up to his name...I like what you said about tyranny. I agree that judges should not be partisan..this was a partisan debacle. I felt sorrow for Kavanaugh his family for the woman but most of all I felt sorrow for our country...it wasn't so much about truth bit about winning at all costs....but at the cost of our country?
God bless


 Comment Written 06-Oct-2018



reply by the author on 07-Oct-2018
    Sadly this is the way things have been going, really since Thomas Jefferson got into office, but we can more politely blame FDR. Thank you for your comments.
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But here's the thing (and I this being already long enough to be discarded unread) - in parentheses did you mean:

'I know this is already long enough to be discarded, unread:' - I was kinda confused, but think I know what you were trying to say :)

and seek only the power.. - extra period here, or for an ellipsis, need one more :)

willing to impose 'onto' others. - I think the word 'upon' would work well here also in place of onto - just a thought. As I know you've already sent this...probably a moot point. But, it's up for review, so I'm giving you my writer's eye perspective...hehe

Very brave letter you've composed here, Lance. It's clear and written with political precision and raw, passionate pleading. Yes, we need to recognize what is lying ahead should the current political agenda this country is facing be allowed to dilute the very freedoms we've come to expect in this, the land of the free. Well written. I always enjoy seeing what you've decided to post. Thanks for sharing another clear, precise writing.


 Comment Written 06-Oct-2018



reply by the author on 07-Oct-2018
    Thank you. Yeah, it was pretty sloppy, I realized, afterwards (because this is the version sent to the Senator(s)--I sent it to about 30--I figured I shouldn't edit it. It's not like any of them were going to either read it or care.
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We are living in an age where cowardice is praised more than bravery. It is a sad truth, and we all suffer for it. I dream of a better day for America and have nightmares of the present. It is good to remind Senators of their purpose and the purpose of the Justices. I don't agree with everything written in your letter, but it is well-expressed. I hope it was read.


 Comment Written 06-Oct-2018



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    It's isn't even cowardice, I fear. It is just rank indifference. Thank you for your comments.
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Hi, Lance,

This issue has caused more polarization of the left and right in the U.S. To be honest, I've had to once again turn off the TV, stop reading the newsfeed on FB, and do my best to NOT explode.

Thank you for taking the time to write to a senator instead of flooding the newsfeeds on social media with mere rhetoric and expecting THAT to do something.

I write to my Senators and Congressman on a regular basis. I'm pretty sure the name, 'Patty Adams' is on several watch lists, but I believe in taking the issues to the folks who have a reasonable chance of doing something - maybe,

~MP~


 Comment Written 06-Oct-2018



reply by the author on 06-Oct-2018
    I sent that to about 30 Senators, former Presidents and other retired political bigwigs, as well as most major media outlets (including the handful where I actually know the reporters). I sent it to political/comedy shows (because they, any longer, seem the most serious about reporting the news). I did push it on Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn (my three other primary outlets, which allow me to reach a great many people), as well as on my "Recording Editorial History" blog (https://wordpress.com/view/recordingeditorialhistory.wordpress.com). And, of course, here. I have actually gotten a great deal of response and, if nothing else, is has sparked some pretty serious debate between the hate mail and the love letters. Of course, other than the three people who work for major media outlets and the one talk show host I actually know personally, the only people who have read this, I suspect, are partisans.
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Excellent letter, Lance. It's nice to see someone taking the time to write to there Senator, regardless if you hear back from them. We are the ones paying them, so they should listen to our voice in part. We don't know everything, but we do know fairness, and honesty. A judge must be able to listen to evidence with an unbiased mind and only then make a decision. I hope they read your letter. :) Sandra xx


 Comment Written 06-Oct-2018



reply by the author on 06-Oct-2018
    Sadly he is not my Senator and on his website, where I first sent this, it does say that they do not respond to people outside the state of Arizona. I just hope he gets around to reading this sometime after he is out of office come January. I sent it to around 30 other Senators, as well as various media outlets, including personal contacts I sometimes use. Thank you for your comments.
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