Why Won’t Congress Listen and Respond Appropriately to Words from an Expert?

It is beyond dispute

Can we stop arguing long enough to listen to the words of someone who knows Russia well? Can Congress? Could the Senate and The House work to protect us? Apparently party politics are so encompassing that they’d prefer to fight each other than stand united for the country.

“The unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016. This is the public conclusion of our intelligence agencies, confirmed in bipartisan Congressional reports. It is beyond dispute, even if some of the underlying details must remain classified.”— from expert testimony of Dr. Fiona Hill, the former White House National Security Advisor on Russia, speaking to the House.

Did they hear her?

Just since those words were put into the record, at least one Republican member of Congress has tried to say, again, that Ukraine was somehow involved. That isn’t true, as Dr. Hill said. What kind of idiots do we have representing us?

Democrat or Republican — it makes no difference — Russia is our common enemy. Its strongman leader Vladimir Putin does not wish us well. It is his dream to conquer us. Putin would harm all of us, not just Democrats or Republicans. He wants to destroy our country and our freedoms as citizens.

Congress argues about whether Trump should be impeached while Russia is planning to control our elections. Russia is able to do a lot toward that end and unless Congress acts, they may interfere even more in 2020 than in 2016. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R) has refused to bring House bills addressing Russian meddling to a vote. He is ignoring one of the biggest threats to democracy in modern history.

If Russia controls our elections they control us. It’s not an abstract idea or difficult to understand. So why isn’t the Legislature acting? What has the Senate been doing under Mitch McConnell? Not much. And certainly nothing to help fight against Russian interference in our elections.

It’s time for us to consider whose side McConnell is on. Partisan politics have no place in the situation in which we find ourselves. We are vulnerable to Russian hacking in our election systems.

McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and every single member of Congress should be drawing on all the resources of this mighty nation to make it harder for Russia to decide who our next president will be.

Whose side is McConnell on Anyway?

It is their job to bring the nation together in face of a foreign threat. McConnell’s reluctance to create roadblocks to Russia infiltrating our systems can only mean one thing — he’s not on our side. By our side I mean the USA.

Every American should call, write or email his or her elected representatives in Washington and tell them to get to work protecting our election process. They’re allowing our nemesis to weaken our elections and therefore our democracy.

Here’s how:

Or to make it even easier, simply phone the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224–3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the office you request.

Of course, calls are answered by aides, but they are quite good about taking down your exact message and getting it to your senator or representative. It’s very quick and easy to make one’s voice heard. It should be noted that calls are answered only during regular business hours.

Former print journalist, former mayor, retired law enforcement officer. Writing about politics and government along with random personal essays.

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