As of Thursday, October 31, 2013
Hood River Walden: represent
To the editor:
Mr. Walden, you presume in some way to represent me, a citizen of your district who has voted in 29 congressional elections. Further, having taken your oath of office you presume to act as a lawmaker of the United States. Not responsible for judging constitutionality and not responsible for executing law. Lawmaker. And a powerful one at that: as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, you sit high, right close to the Speaker of the House. With that power comes special responsibility to “well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office” as your oath says; to govern.
Yet we learn, as the Republican-caused government shutdown ended, that you were the only member of the combined delegation of Oregon and Washington to vote to continue the shutdown; such an unusual action that even extremist Republican congressman Doc Hastings voted to end the shutdown. How is that “governing”?
Additionally, as if to rub salt into the anti-government wound, you continue your vandalism on Obamacare. In the October 24 New York Times you say, “‘If the Web site glitches are just the tip of the iceberg... .
It’s only a matter of time before the law sinks and takes with it those Democrats who wrote it, voted for it and are proud of it.” Sounds like psychological projection to me.
Mr. Walden, you are not fulfilling your sacred oath of office; you are not making laws, you are sabotaging them; and you do not represent me in any way, even on issues on which we might accidentally agree. On shutdown those Democrats upon whom you smear blame represent me, but not because I might be a Democrat: I’m not.