An Open Letter to the United States Senate

I am writing to express my profound disappointment with your suppression of Senator Warren’s opportunity for free speech and debate on the Senate floor. What happened last night should be terrifying to anyone who loves our democracy and principle of free political speech.

Warren’s criticism of Sessions was not criticism made in his capacity as a Senator but rather in his capacity as a nominee. It is self evident that any open and robust debate on a nominee requires that members of the Senate be free to criticize a nominee if that is their view. For purposes of that debate Sessions was not a Senator, but rather a nominee. Sessions’ status as a Senator cannot be an excuse to provide him a shield from vetting and criticism not afforded any other nominee. For purposes of debate on his nomination to be Attorney General he must be treated as a nominee and not as a Senator.

This suppression of speech on the floor, belonging to the people of this country, is the act of a banana republic, and not the world’s greatest democracy. This was a deplorable act for which you should apologize. I say this as a lifelong Republican. As a lifelong Republican, fair is fair and what the Senate did last night was not fair.

Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80

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