Senator Mitch McConnell,
U.S. Senate Majority Leader
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Representative Paul Ryan,
Speaker of the House,
1233 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Gentlemen: I’m a 68 year old Vietnam Vet and retired 3M Executive. I am on the verge of leaving the Grand Old Party. No big deal for you – huge deal for me. I have come nearly to the end of my loyalty to a party that seems to have lost its backbone.
The lack of leadership displayed by the two of you -- for whatever reason you’ve decided to not support or defend the duly elected President of the United States -- is beyond me.
Yes, President Trump is not the typical political bureaucrat, but he is the President of the United States. It appears from where I sit that you both have decided to lay down on the job you’ve been elected to serve. The 60 Million + people that voted this President into office made this decision based upon the absolute requirement to have someone outside the beltway to lead the nation. As distasteful as this appears to be for not only the Democrats, it appears to be equally distasteful to the GOP leadership. Your lack of action on numerous legislative issues that this country desperately needs is visible to all.
The electoral map of the US. is RED because President Trump mobilized the electorate. These same voters are going to clean house again in 2018 if you don’t start acting like leaders. Former Arizona state lawmaker Kelli Ward is out in front against Senator Jeff Flake by 25 percentage points today. Can you say: “We are tired of GOP leaders in Washington D. C.?” This is only going to increase across the U. S. for all GOP mid-term candidates if they continue to demonstrate no backbone and will not support our President.
My best description of where this country is headed was voiced by David Horowitz. “Friends, this isn’t George Orwell’s “1984.” It is America, 2017.”
When I look at the current GOP, I’m struck by a comparison that I recently heard. This is a basketball example that really does reflect what the GOP appears to be today. The metaphor is the Harlem Globetrotters and the Washington Generals. The Democrats are the Globetrotters and the GOP are proud to be the Washington Generals. The Generals know going into the game that they are going to lose, but it’s a nice gig and they get to be on the court with the big boys. The GOP and The Washington Generals don’t mind losing – they just want to be in the game! Sound familiar?
That is exactly how it appears to the loyal GOP voters out here in America right now. Why is zero legislation moving forward? We have the Presidency, we have the House, we have the Senate! What’s wrong with this picture? We are wasting valuable time here, Senator McConnell and Representative Ryan. The voters are not going to waste time in 2018. This is the last chance for the GOP before it morphs into something none of us recognizes. And, by the way, when are you going to support the laws on the books? Sanctuary Cities, Antifa, tearing down statues, covering statues: the progressives are running wild and the GOP is laying down.
Remember freedom of speech? UC Berkeley? The progressives are worried about what shoes the first lady is wearing and the media is supporting it. What a wonderful world we are living in. Well there you have it.
President Trump and Vice President Pence are being copied on this plea for help. Hitch up your pants and stiffen your backbones. It’s about time! I know what’s coming because I live in a state that has already gone off the cliff – CALIFORNIA. The Progressive have already won here!! I mean the Globetrotters.
I have an extensive cc list of over 1,500 people. I'm asking them to send this note to 10 of their Conservative Friends. We the people will not sit still while this country is being abused and our values are not being represented. The Left will not take this country away from us.
Lenard W. Wahlert
cc: President Donald Trump
Vice-President Mike Pence