Words matter

Were you there on the night of December 17, 2019? If so, you were one of over 500 voices of The People. We gathered in the parking lot next to the Langhorne building of the office of Pennsylvania 1st District Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.

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It was damp and rainy  and chilly as citizens gathered to demand the Congressman— he who “… shall be bound by Oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution, …” –is on record to VOTE NO to impeach.

On the same parking lot west of where we were gathered, there was less than a hundred Lost Boys of Trumpland, shouting the propaganda of their ‘dear leader’.

The Congressional office allowed only 7 citizens at a time to be hustled up to the 4th floor to his District Office (paid for by the way with our tax dollars). We were permitted to express our position  about the impending Impeachment vote on a one page form where we included our contact information. His staff also distributed a 2-sided one page statement from the Congressman explaining why he will vote against impeachment.

Oh by the way, today was the Congressman’s birthday. A cake was in the reception area for any of us who wanted a slice. I declined.

When our group left the building there was a middle-aged male standing on the outside steps. He asked me who I was and I said my first name; and he asked why was I there and I answered that I wanted to tell Fitzy I supported Impeachment. This guy possibly was one of thousands of people who–in the 2016 election–stepped inside a voting booth for the first time in their lives. He puffed up his chest, glared at me and said: “Trump 2020! Screw you!”

I walked away.

As for Fitzy’s letter, here’s an excerpt from the last paragraph on the back page—the only words Dear Reader, worthy to share:

“Each and every one of us has a responsibility to hold ourselves to this high standard. The future of our democracy, and the future of our nation, depends on it.”

What’s up with that lower case D for Democracy? Really?

If you want to vent after reading the full text, call  Will Kiley in the Congressman’s Washington DC office: 202.225.4276. Phones seem to be their penultimate form of constituent communication.

Finally I must send Kudos to the area activists from Move-On, Indivisible and all the other organizations for organizing this event. Well done.

There were so many signs, not able to get all of them. Go to Facebook pages for Doylestown Democrats and Rise Up Doylestown to view all posters.

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