An Open Letter to Senator McConnell

Now is a good time for you and every senator to remember the oath of office you took when elected. 

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

There is a significant legislative item before the Senate that, in the interest of the people, MUST be handled seriously. The House of Representatives has passed impeachment proceedings against our current President and it is the responsibility of the Senate to conduct a PROPER trial and agree on a verdict.

The outcome of a PROPER trial may result in the impeachment of President Trump or it may not. As a citizen of these United States, I can only ask and expect that the trial be executed in an orderly and legal way. However, for the sake of the People, for the sake of honoring the Constitution of the United States and for the sake of honoring the oath of office which you have sworn, DO YOUR DUTY.

I would like to remind you that it is the responsibility of the Congress to protect and legislate for the best interests of the People. For three years, you have abdicated your responsibilities for the sake of supporting the President. You and the Republican majority in the Senate have, in my opinion, failed your constituents by offering your full support to the erratic and self-serving antics of President Trump. FOR GOD’S SAKE, do your job this time.

                                                                                          Frederick J. Iekel

                                                                                          United States Citizen

Please consider adding your name and sharing this open letter to Senator McConnell. If we are to expect the Senate to do its job with regard the impeachment proceedings, we must let them know how we feel. While I have strong feelings as to the appropriate outcome of a trial, I have tried to write this open letter free of bias. I am merely asking the Senate to do its job properly.

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Rick Iekel, a storyteller, has held a lifelong fascination with real stories about real people in real places. “With real-life stories so available,” he muses, “why would I make the effort to create believable fiction?”
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3 Responses to An Open Letter to Senator McConnell

  1. Rick, let me preface by saying that I am not a supporter of the president and that in general I agree with the top line message of your post – this is a serious matter and needs to be handled in a serious way. However, after that I’m afraid we diverge. To me this entire process has little to do with representing the people and much more to do with protecting power, specifically the incumbents’ self-perceived right to remain in power. While both political parties have behaved with naked self-interests – wrapped in partisan appealing fig leaves – the process used to produce these articles of impeachment was anything but a serious exercise in the powers established in the constitution. It’s outcome was a foregone conclusion, regardless of the facts whose presentation was tortuously manipulated with more concern given to focus group data than a serious attempt to find the truth. As I said, I am not a great fan of this president, but he won the election. The proceedings in the House reeked of KGB leader Beria’s philosophy ‘show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.’ To me this type of ends justifying the means process is the bigger threat to our republic.


  2. Thanks for your comment. I’m glad we can agree to disagree. Your point is well taken. I’ve listened to some of the proceedings and have to agree that they were one-sided and probably not fair to the Republicans. However, in my opinion, the shoddy treatment of our international allies, the sucking up to our perceived international opponents, the lack of trust in the advise of his own advisors and the ruthlessness he shows toward those who, in fact, need our help is unacceptable and, frankly, unamerican (again, in my opinion). Maybe Congress should have more appropriately censured him. However, now that the impeachment process is under way, I believe McConnell has an obligation to lead the Republican majority through an honest process.


    • I think we both agree that McConnell has an obligation to be more even-handed than the leadership of the House was with their process. The points you list in favor of the action are conceptually valid, but to me don’t rise to the level of impeachment. They are differences in policy and in administrative style. That’s not to say I agree with them at all, but presidents are within their power to set foreign policy and as long as they break no laws to run their administration as they wish. The founders considered maladministration as an impeachable offense and specifically rejected it. To them it would come too close to replicating the parliamentary system of England, which they had recently escaped. As for policy differences, they’re why we have elections. That’s where we the people get the opportunity to judge the actions of our representatives, senators, and the president – and they must listen and respect our judgement. This entire process has been a misguided attempt to overturn the previous judgement of the people. Instead of seizing the high ground, the democrats have joined the president in the cesspit. I believe Michele Obama said, when they take the low road we take the high one. Sadly, that’s not what I’m seeing here. The ends don’t justify the means. The articles of impeachment may please activists and campaign contributors, but they will not remove the president. If anything they are far more likely to ensure his reelection.

      That said, I’m glad we can disagree, too.


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