I thought I’d share this in the interest of trying to normalize civic engagement. I’m probably one of the most civically engaged people among friends of mine, and I still feel like I am woefully too inactive. When something huge happens, I’m prone to make calls and write letters, but I feel like we should all be writing letters, calling, and even meeting with our representatives much more often than we do. So, to that end, maybe this letter will serve as a reminder for myself, and hey who knows, maybe someone else too. Get involved, let your voice be heard, the people of America believe we should be doing many things differently than we are, let’s speak up, make it happen. Good night, and good luck.
I am not a constituent but, I am like you, an American who loves this country and wants the best for her. I am also not a Republican, but I have admired some of what I have learned about you in the past months. You, unlike many on both sides of the isle, showed that you are more than politics, you are a man who believes, a man with ethics, and conviction. Your speech on the Senate floor about the state of politics today moved me, and I appreciate it.
But, I am left confused today, as I find it hard to understand why a man of conviction like yourself, would put political expediency ahead of the sons and daughters of our nation. I won’t deny, I disagree with how I expect Brett Kavanaugh to vote on the Supreme Court but, at this point, that is the least of my concern. At this point, I really am chiefly concerned about my 9 week old son Finn, the daughter I may have in years to come, and all the other sons and daughters of America. What will we be teaching them if we embrace this “boys will be boys” and “why didn’t she come forward 35 years ago” rhetoric? I’m sure you would agree, unlike some people who have suggested in interviews lately, that the kind of behavior Dr. Ford is accusing Judge Kavanaugh of is NEVER okay. To suggest otherwise is to set far too low a standard for our sons, and to teach our daughters to feel shame if and when the day comes that they too are assaulted.
Please, please, stand today for those convictions which I imagine we share, despite our party differences, and vote ‘no’, reach out to your part for a delay and investigation, do whatever is in your power to make sure our sons and daughters live in a better world than we do.