My Turn: Patrick McHenry needs better friends

REPRINTED FROM GASTON GAZETTE

http://www.gastongazette.com/opinion/20180315/my-turn-patrick-mchenry-needs-better-friends

By Jim Morrison

Posted Mar 15, 2018 at 3:08 PMUpdated Mar 15, 2018 at 3:08 PM

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Hi Patrick. We have never met, but we have a lot in common so I thought I’d write to say hello. I’m a family guy and you’re a family guy. You're patriotic and I’m patriotic. We each attended Benedictine schools so it’s no surprise that now we each attend church. We have much in common. Come over Memorial Day weekend with the family and I’ll grill burgers and ice up some Sun Drop. It will be a nice time.

So Patrick, since we’re becoming friendly I have to ask: What’s with you and Congress? You support legislation that contradicts what I thought were our common values. As a family guy why did you vote to cut Medicare and Head Start? Kids are kids, right? All kids should have opportunities to excel, don’t you think? Also I think you need to give more thought to Congress’s DACA dismantling. Innocent kids being punished for their parents’ alleged crimes? Come on Patrick you know better.

Hey, we both sincerely love our country! Best place in the world to live. You and I would stand side by side to defend it. Each of us would fight for our amazing Constitution. We may even find common ground on a touchy subject: the Second Amendment and gun ownership. Let me ask you this: When will gun violence be addressed by you? Not by you as in y’all, but as in you you? Your children, my children, everyone’s children deserve better service from you. You bet this is a thorny issue. That doesn’t excuse you and your fellow Congress members for not trying to figure out a solution. Listen to the American public and not the NRA! Get moving on this! Like right away! Not after the next election! Please.

While we’re having this friendly conversation I have another question: Why are you silent when our president dismisses the constitutional rights we all cherish? Your children are told to shut up because someone simply doesn’t like what they say. Your family is accused of being terrorists because you worship in a different, unfamiliar church. Your parents are denied re-entry into the country because they visited your uncle in a country that I thought was dangerous. Oh Lordy, what a mess that would be! And I would stand with you when you object. So speak up will ya? I know you know this is just plain wrong.

Patrick, here’s a super easy idea: When our president degrades his office can you pipe up at least once in awhile? It would make us all here in District 10 feel like you have our backs.

So, what to do? It kind of looks like you may lose your chief deputy whip job in November. I’m uncomfortable telling you this, but friends don’t lie: There’s a stench clinging to you. It stinks bad. I am pretty sure it is the company you are keeping in D.C. Maybe new friends like me would help with that situation? Seriously Patrick, look me up. Friends have coffee. We could do the same. It’s OK to disagree. I’d really like to get to know you better. I bet we each would learn something.

Sincerely, Jim.

Jim Morrison is a resident of Belmont.

 

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