Following is a letter drafted late in 2016 by a group of citizens expressing concerns about governance under the new Trump Administration. The letters were all identical, signed by eight citizens, and hand delivered to the offices of Senators Brown and Portman as well as Congressman Stivers. The goal was to outline our areas of concern and encourage our legislative representatives to exercise the authority of their co-equal branch of our national government.
December 9, 2016
Senator Sherrod Brown
200 North High St., Room 614
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Dear Senator Brown:
Donald Trump is our new president elect and we wish him every success. Unfortunately, millions of fellow citizens have been alienated by attacks on individuals and classes. The public demonstrations are symptoms of the fear many citizens have of the future under President Elect Trump and the directions our country may take under his leadership. We believe it is incumbent on the Congress to exercise its constitutional checks and balances to insure the protection of equal rights for all our citizens and make every effort to implement political compromise solutions. We are particularly concerned with the following:
We depend on you to ensure that the new Administration engages in rational foreign policy and national security initiatives, and that our existing international relationships are honored and strengthened. Congress must insure that Administration policy does not further endanger us, involve us in unnecessary military conflicts, or subvert our values.
The future of our globe demands continuous and firm action in the arena of global warming mitigation. The new president has stated that he believes global warming is a hoax and will work toward the removal of the United States from the international climate change agreement. Our planet and its future cannot tolerate such action.
A humane immigration strategy is needed that maps a viable path forward. Congress needs to produce the necessary legislation that meets the needs of everyday Americans while treating undocumented immigrants with understanding and compassion.
Millions of American citizens will lose their healthcare coverage if the incoming administration emasculates the Affordable Healthcare Act as they have promised. This Act clearly needs revision to address the issues that exist and to safeguard its strengths. Surely the Congress can put aside pure ideology and find practical compromise.
As our representatives to Congress, you are accountable to the American people. We ask that you hold the new Administration accountable, seeking compromise among your members to protect the rights of all of us at home and abroad.
Finally, we believe the new Administration’s self evident demagoguery will spread throughout the country without your intercession. Without your attention, the very tenor of our country will diminish, impacting our democracy. We believe it is essential that you fulfill your elected obligations at this crucial time in our history.