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Re: “An open letter to Sen. Mark Pryor

Congratulations Senator Pryor. You really did yourself proud today (NOT). My parents taught me years ago that you know a person by the company that they keep. I call your attention to the following:

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In the halls of the United States Senate, dozens of Senators congratulated themselves today for having what one of them called “the courage and grit to stand up to the overwhelming wishes of the American people.”

“We kept hearing, again and again, that ninety per cent of the American people wanted us to vote a certain way,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky). “Well, at the end of the day, we decided that we weren’t going to cave in to that kind of special-interest group.”

“It was a gut check, for sure, but we had to draw a line in the sand,” agreed Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S. Carolina). “If we had voted the way the American people wanted us to, it would have sent the message that we’re here in Washington to be nothing more than their elected representatives.”

Calling yesterday’s Senate action “a bipartisan effort,” Senator Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas) said, “This proves that on a matter that affects the safety of every man, woman, and child in the nation, we can reach across the aisle to defy the interests of all of them.”

Senator McConnell agreed that yesterday’s vote “sent a powerful message,” adding, “If the American people think that just because they voted us into office and pay our salaries, benefits, and pensions, we are somehow obliged to listen to them, they are sorely mistaken.”

As our representative and a member of the Democratic caucus, you abandoned and betrayed our efforts to bring some commonsense legislation to speak to the problem of gun violence that is out of control in this country. The logic of voting for filibuster of the proposed amendment on background checks and against what would have been a small but significant step forward escapes me. So I say simply, shame on you. Maybe you ought to reconsider the crowd you are hanging out with these days.... I know one thing, I won't forget.

Rev. Dr. Charles E. Gilmore Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

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Posted by Charles E Gilmore on 04/19/2013 at 3:33 PM


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