A few days back I sent a note to Texas Senator John Cornyn. I sent another one weeks before that. See the back link above.
Anyhow, here is the text of my most recent to Senator Cornyn:
Senator,First, thank you for responding to my previous note.The situation is obvious and has been driven home by events of the past week. The Republican Party needs to distance itself from President Donald Trump, and more so, you and all of Congress need to repudiate him and his policies and his actions. If you believe continued loyalty to the President is beneficial to you as a candidate or to your Party as a representative of the American people, then you are ignoring a terrible reality. You and the Republican Party can only stand to lose if you do not distance yourselves from this liability.Congress, and you as a powerful member, have the ability to take necessary action to ensure the well-being of your constituents. Teaming with members of the Democrats in Congress, Republicans can set policy and enact legislation to prevent further damage. A strong rebuke from Congress can force President Trump to pull back from his school yard face off with the North Korean dictator. You can force the Executive Branch to resume its role as a responsible leader in world affairs. And more, all of which is obvious to you.All that said, as a liberal and a person who tends to vote for Democratic candidates, I view the election of Donald Trump to be a gift from Heaven, so to speak. Nothing in recent decades has done more to expose the true nature of right wing politics as has the promotion of a man like Donald Trump to a position of the highest power. If your goal is to promote sincerely held conservative values, then your best play for these times is to show to all voters that Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party and that the Party still has the ability and the willingness to look out for the American people first.Background: I am retired, living in San Antonio. I am originally from Hood County, descended from Texans. My great grandmother was born in Texas about the time it was fighting to gain its independence from Mexico.
Much as people might not want to believe, your representatives in Washington will respond to all reasonable mail, in this case a message posted on the Senator’s Web site. As my note indicates, Senator Cornyn’s office responded to my first message. Here’s the response I received related to the above:
Thank you for your recent letter regarding the Trump Administration. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments as our nation transitions to a new administration.
As you may know, President Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017. President Trump has the authority vested in Article II of the U.S. Constitution as the Commander-in-Chief and President of the United States.
To alleviate the dangers inherent in centralized power, the U.S. Constitution establishes three separate, but equal, branches of government: the legislative, the executive, and the judiciary. Our Founding Fathers developed a system of checks and balances to prevent the accumulation of excessive power in any single branch. Within this system, Congress has the duty to provide critical oversight of the executive branch and determine how taxpayer dollars are spent.
I take this responsibility seriously and am committed to working with the Trump Administration to ensure the will of the American people is heard and the interests of all Texans are represented. I believe open government is an essential requirement of democracy. Transparency allows citizens to view how government operates, permits an honest exchange of information that ensures government accountability, and upholds the American ideal that government never rules without the consent of the governed.
During the 115th Congress, I look forward to addressing the critical issues facing Texans and will continue my efforts to restore America’s fiscal health, help Texas businesses innovate and create jobs, strengthen our national security, support our veterans and military personnel, protect U.S. sovereignty, and tackle our health care challenges.
I appreciate having the opportunity to represent you in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
Sincerely,JOHN CORNYNUnited States Senator517 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510Tel: (202) 224-2934Fax: (202) 228-2856
You will notice in my message to the Senator, I urged him to work with his Senate counterparts in opposing President Donald Trump. I hinted doing so would be beneficial not only to the Republican Party but also to the nation at large. An implication was that continuing to move lock step with Donald Trump could bring dire consequences. You will also notice the crux of Senator Cornyn’s response:
I take this responsibility seriously and am committed to working with the Trump Administration to ensure the will of the American people is heard and the interests of all Texans are represented.
If I understand that correctly, Senator Cornyn still considers himself to be in President Trump’s camp. He’s following the leader.
As I write, additional Senators are putting distance between themselves and Donald Trump. One such is the junior senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake. The consequences are manifest:
Phoenix crowd last night was amazing – a packed house. I love the Great State of Arizona. Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!
- Senator John Cornyn is of like kind with Donald Trump.
- Senator Cornyn lacks the self assurance to step away.