I felt compelled to offer some comments regarding Mr. Hubbard’s submission on Nov. 7, “Three years later, nothing on Trump.” It’s commendable that Mr. Hubbard is looking forward to the 2020 elections. I’m hopeful many more fellow Americans become more engaged and will do their civic duty by voting.
However, I have some issues with several of Mr. Hubbard’s assertions.
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts” is a quotation from the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan that is especially evident these days as falsehoods and fabrications are thrown around so frequently that when not challenged, become mainstream believable. Mr. Hubbard begins with: “For three years now, the Democratic majority in the House has been going after this president trying to justify impeachment,” which is factually incorrect. The Democrats have only held the House majority since January of this year, just 10 months ago.
Prior to this year, both the Senate and House were both under Republican control for the first 24 months of President Trump’s term. Secondly, there is a reference to “they continue with their hunt” followed by “they are looking into this Ukrainian incident.” The “hunt” was an investigation authorized by the Department of Justice, not Congress, that culminated with the submission of the “Mueller Report” back to the attorney general in March of this year and before Congress received any of the material. Finally, at the conclusion of this letter, Mr. Hubbard questions if Congress took “time to consider giving themselves a pay raise. Not sure if they voted it in.” Just for clarification, members of Congress are eligible to receive the same annual cost-of-living increase given to other federal employees, if any. The raise takes effect automatically on Jan. 1 of each year, since 2009, unless Congress, through the passage of a joint resolution, votes to decline it.
Mr. Hubbard also reflected upon results of a Washington Post survey that shows a terribly divided electorate and country. I’m very concerned how polarized and fractured our country has become over the years and appears to be only worsening. For many of us fortunate to have been born in this amazing country, we were born as Americans well before we decided on any political affiliation that seems to be a major reason for our polarization. We should celebrate and welcome those who have become citizens and those who are in the process and remember that we have all benefited from our own ancestors’ similar actions seeking a better place to live. For the sake of our current well-being and for our children, grandchildren and future generations, I pray that this great country can find common ground to become more unified despite all her warts and imperfections.