PETITION: Inciters of Violence DO NOT Belong in the US Congress

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LEADERSHIP OF THE U.S. CONGRESS

Senator Mitch McConnell                                               

Majority Leader,                                                            

U.S. Senate

                                                                 

Senator Chuck Schumer

Minority Leader,

U.S. Senate

 

Representative Paul D. Ryan                                        

Speaker,                                                                         

U.S. House of Representatives 

 

Representative Nancy Pelosi   

Minority Leader,       

U.S. House of Representatives                 

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and Minority Leader Pelosi:

We are appalled and shocked at Representative Maxine Waters’ recent language inciting violence against those who are a part of the Trump Administration.

These days, our beloved nation is already on edge, broken into two groups who are vehemently and diametrically opposed to each other.  Further threatening and violent calls to action will only make matters worse.

We have entrusted our federal legislators to shepherd us through difficult times like these by enacting well thought-out policies that protect and defend our country, and that ensure its the health and vitality.  We look to members of both of your chambers to lead by example.  The last thing we need is an elected official pitting us, one against another and encouraging violence throughout our land. 

Representative Waters’ recent hostile comments are what we expect to see in a U.S. prison courtyard, not in the hallowed halls of our federal legislature.  Her actions are completely unacceptable by any measure.

Further, we fully support Representative Andy Biggs’ recently introduced legislation, H. Res. 962, calling on Representative Waters to resign immediately and to release a public statement stating that bullying, harassment, or violence is never a form of legitimate public protest.  We expect both of your chambers to concur with this statement by immediately passing the language of Representative Biggs’ resolution.

Now is the time to put our American values to work by having the capacity to debate each other on important issues, while respecting the process of agreeing to disagree.  

Representative Waters has forgotten what even President Obama said at a Notre Dame commencement only a few years ago: “How does each of us remain firm in our principles, and fight for what we consider right, without, as Father John said, demonizing those with just as strongly held convictions on the other side?

We look to you and your colleagues, as members of the U.S. Congress, to return civility back into political discourse.

How you act on this matter will show the citizens of this great nation whether you support Representative Waters’ dangerous views on the nature of public discourse, or whether you support the views of our founding fathers.

We will be watching to see how you handle this matter – from now all the way up to Election Day.

 

Respectfully,

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