Dear Editor of the Durango Telegraph,
I’d like to share a letter that I’m sending to Senators Bennet, and Hickenlooper. On Jan 6th, while the Senate was certifying a US Presidential election, our US Capital was stormed (under the direction of Team Trump) by extremists bearing arms, while waving the flag of Donald Trump. America’s first ever president with totalitarian ambitions and a complete disregard for our US Constitution, along with anyone who doesn’t worship him.
They vandalized, they terrorized, they killed, then their leader Donald Trump told them, job well done, now ‘stand down, go home and await further instructions'. So they did. Now I sit here mid February - after another profound Democratic failure - having to wonder just how concerned is our Colorado Senate delegation, and the rest of the Democratic Party, for that matter?
I ask because last week in this time of existential threat to our government, with Trump’s Totalitarian Proud Boys bullying and terrorized Republican Representatives and Senators and any witnesses who dare raise an objection to Trump’s insane UnAmerican behavior during his Impeachment hearing, I shared my concerns with both Senators.
When our public needs Paul Reveres riding through the streets waking up everyone to the danger, informing and engaging their support and helping give direction to constructive action, I received a superficial response from both your offices that ignored the actual content of my letter and that basically added up to: “Nothing to see here. Don’t worry, sure scary times, but we have it under control, go back to sleep.”
It was nauseating, no information, no engagement, no suggestions beyond a subliminal “yeah, yeah, now go away, leave us alone.” I’m disheartened and disgusted because this is exactly how Democrats have become such failures at winning the hearts and minds of the American people, resulting in Democrats losing the important battles. The same political mishandling that led to Trump’s rise in the first place, but that too few are learning from.
A healthy democracy demands an informed and engaged public. When will our Democratic leaders learn that you need to step up and engage your constituents, not hide from us with placating bromides!
We need leaders, not chair warmers. I’ve voted for both of you, even as a state delegate, but it feels like a wasted vote. Please start to be leaders, help Coloradans face this foe of totalitarian thinking that’s invaded the Republican Party and the American people.
Unless you are changing minds, we are losing! Inform and engage, nurture the power of a strong grassroots at your back - stop ignoring us.
I’m sharing this in the Durango Telegraph because I want younger people to realize, their elders are failing them, they are scared and apparently clueless when it comes to constructively dealing with current problems that threaten your future.
For better or worse the future is yours, take control, engage, strive to toss out the deadwood and find some young viable candidates for the next election. Yes, our political system sucks, it’s very unfair, but it’s all we have, ignoring it is what made it so bad, continuing to ignore it will only guarantee the powers of darkness an open road to make it even worse than you can imagine. If you care, you must step up.