Sunday, September 8, 2013

My letter to Senator Saxby Chambliss regarding intervention in Syria

Fired this off in an email a few minutes ago. I've added links to the post here for clarity.

Dear Senator Chambliss:

As a constituent, I am deeply concerned by your statement of August 31st regarding Syria:

"I believe the evidence is clear that the president's red-line was crossed long ago, and the United States must respond... Leadership is about reacting to a crisis, and quickly making the hard and tough decisions. The president should have demanded Congress return immediately and debate this most serious issue.”

Seriously, Mr. Chambliss, how can a constructive debate be considered with so little factual information, or by building debate around one aspect of a two year old foreign civil war? I grow weary of our elected representatives attempting to rush through all matters of business without benefit of true study or even reading the resolutions or bills you vote on.

Your recent comments in approval of NSA domestic spying are also troubling. You seem to take great satisfaction in considering yourself more informed with insider information, making you superior to the people you represent. It reminds me of a passage I read long ago:

"What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security."

The comment, recorded by historian Milton Mayer, describes the process of totalitarian consolidation in Germany in the 1930s. And this seems to be the way our two political parties in Washington DC treat American citizens today.

You weren't elected to the senate to rush us into wars without it being a true matter of national security, or without benefit of true intelligence gathered on the circumstances. I've yet to see justification, legal or otherwise, as to why a civil war contained to Syria is a matter where the United States should insert itself in any manner, especially when there's plenty of documented atrocities being carried out by the factions that you and President Obama propose to aid.

Perhaps it's time you again prioritized the will of the people of Georgia instead of those who tickle your ears in the backrooms of Washington DC. You can start by voting no on the president's ill conceived push to get us involved in yet another Middle East civil war. You must also stand strong in opposition should the president attempt intervention without the consent of Congress.

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