Letters to the Editor

Letter: Skipping State of the Union is disgraceful

To the Editor:

Many members of Congress, e.g. Democrats, stated they did not plan to attend the president’s State of the Union address.

Even if the members disagree with the president on his governing decisions or policies, they need to remember what their primary role is as an elected representative, to represent.

The district constituents have placed them in their position of honor to be their eyes, ears and voice in Congress. Not attending an informational session is unacceptable. How can you represent the public when you aren’t present?

The Black Caucus has stated that it believes President Donald Trump is racist and hasn’t done anything to aid the black population. Maybe they should read some of the reports that cross their desk.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics published a report last month that in 2017 the black community’s unemployment was down, same for Hispanics, and the labor force participation for minorities actually rose. Something that didn’t happen during the Obama years. 

Other representatives have said they believe that today we are closer to war than before because of the foreign policy decisions made over the past year.

I believe just the opposite is true when you consider the diminished capacity of the JV ISIS caliphate and the action by North Korea to partner with South Korea to form a united Olympic team. All this while the Iran nuclear deal continues to foster unrest in the Middle East by funding and empowering the leading sponsor of terrorism. 

What happened to the belief that the office of the president should be respected and supported? Or that a duly-elected president chosen by the people to lead them through a democratic process has the right to speak to our citizens and our expectation that government officials should listen and consider the plans for governing the country instead of just turning a blind eye?

Isn’t the election process valid anymore just because you disagree with the outcome? If a congressman or representative from my district wasn’t in attendance, in my opinion, they aren’t doing their job to represent me. 

Jeff Shoemaker

Lake in the Hills

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