Richard Burr

Tillis MIA too

Richard Burr is rightfully getting skewered for allowing our democracy to be held ransom to Russian oligarchs, but don't forget there's another senator supposedly representing North Carolina, Thom Tillis. Though a lightweight in his first term, Tillis is nonetheless a United States Senator, and as such, has enormous power should he choose to exercise it.

Burr isn't just an incompetent slacker, he's also corrupt

For years friends have told me that Senator Richard Burr is a nice guy. They characterized him as an affable frat boy, proud of not wearing socks. They said he'd never do anything of importance, but that he would be a good soldier, for the most part, and toe the party line. No one ever said he'd prove to be a corrupt lap dog to the most dishonest president in history. But that's what he is.

Dear historians

Looking back on America in the early 21st century, it's clear that one of the great near-misses for democracy was the short-lived presidency of Donald Trump. A con man through and through, Trump flaunted his power like cokehead tweeting porn at three in the morning, daring anyone to challenge him.

Calling Senator Burr ... again

Let me make sure I understand this.

Senator Burr is the chair of the Senate Special Committee on Intelligence (how's that for an oxymoron?). That committee held secret meetings in December and reported no evidence or concern about Russian involvement in US affairs. Yesterday, one of Cheeto's top military men resigned after it was learned that he had extensive and illegal contact with Russians during the course of the campaign. It looks to me like Mr. Burr is part of the cover-up.

Burr speaks out on the Supreme Court

During the campaign, Senator Richard Burr said this: "If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that four years from now we've still got an opening on the Supreme Court."

Every Democratic US Senator should apply the same rationale to Trump's right-wing radical nominee.

Dear Senator Burr:

Well, we're quickly coming to the end of the line. King Donald has all but shredded our Constitution, while delivering a healthy dose of "screw you" to Congress and the Courts. Short of assassination, there's not much standing in the way of a complete and insane takeover of our faltering nation. American carnage, it turns out, was an apt descriptor for the world in which we live.

Only a few people are in a position to stop this reign of terror. You are one of them. This is the time to step up, sir, for it will soon be too late.

Do the right thing. We're begging you.

Do Burr and Tillis listen?

In a word, no.

By my count, both senators have received many thousands of calls and emails from worried constituents over the past week. Their voice mail boxes are full. And what is the result of those calls? Nothing. Both men voted to begin dismantling ACA, without even the illusion of a viable replacement plan. Of course, Trump has promised a magnificent alternative. Bigly indeed. Just like he promised Mexico would pay to build his wall.

An open letter to Richard Burr UPDATE

UPDATE

I wrote this earlier today, but just found that hearings will be held. I am proud of Burr. It feels good.

Dear Richard.

It's a new year, and I've resolved to be nice. Thank you for reading.

When people ask me to call members of Congress, I find it hard to comply. It almost always seems like wasted effort. Especially when I'm calling you. You don't seem to care what I think, and your mind seems already made up about everything.

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