Professor Warren Blumenfeld’s Open Letter to Speaker John Boehner.
Dear Speaker Boehner,
I am writing to you in the deepest respect of your office and to you as a person of integrity and intelligence. I admire your rise from humble roots to become one of the most powerful people in the United States government, and your courage in defying social convention by openly and unapologetically weeping in public when reflecting upon the pride you feel for your family of origin and for the nation you love.
It is to that sense of integrity, pride, and profound patriotism that I contact now.
I have witnessed how a relatively small band of extremists within your Republican caucus in Congress has placed you in a seemingly untenable position of following their uncompromising and fanatical positions bent on shutting down the government and the potentially catastrophic action of defaulting on our national debt. Essentially, this group is holding our country hostage. If they are allowed to do as they wish unencumbered by people of courage taking a stand, they will do what international terrorists could only imagine: bring the United States of America to its knees economically, socially, and politically.
I call on you to show your true courage, and take a stand by calling a press conference and telling the people of this country the full truth: that a band of extremists who campaigned for and were elected to Congress by promising a radical downsizing of government and governmental programs have heretofore taken from you your voice and your ability to lead. But no more!
Now you are exposing their diabolical plans to defund the Affordable Care Law, which if destroyed, would prevent an estimated 27 million people from access to affordable health care in addition to Medicare and Medicaid, which currently establishes a valuable safety net for our seniors and for people of all ages; to abolish the food stamp program in which people in need across our country, including many children, use and depend upon; to privatize and make Social Security voluntary leaving our people vulnerable; to end all regulations on the business sector and continue the massive tax breaks for the super rich; to end grants for research and development of clean energy sources and expansion of subsidies to environmentally polluting fossil fuel companies; to terminate the U.S. Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, Consumer Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, in fact, all regulatory agencies, which if allowed, would put all humanity and the planet on which we inhabit in peril.
Mr. Boehner, I realize that exposing these basic truths will be difficult and potentially career ending, but whether you retain your speakership and your House seat are minor considerations compared to the great service you will provide the country to which you have often expressed your commitment and your gratitude. If you stand up and do the right thing at this critical historical moment, you will live with the lasting knowledge that you saved our country from political and possibly economic meltdown. You will live and be forever remembered carrying the lasting and indisputable legacy of working to narrow the gaps in equity that currently run rampant throughout our society — gaps that will become permanent if the so-called “Tea Party” has it way.
I call on you now, Mr. Boehner, to do what only you can do, to do the (moderate) right thing!
Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld
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