Vot­ers will re­mem­ber

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

This is a let­ter I sent to Arkansas’ two sen­a­tors. Other read­ers might be in­ter­ested in read­ing it and en­cour­aged to speak up to those who rep­re­sent us in the Sen­ate.

I re­al­ize how dif­fi­cult it is for most Repub­li­can mem­bers of Congress to op­pose the pro­gram of Pres­i­dent Trump and the con­gres­sional lead­er­ship in pur­su­ing the the pres­i­dent’s prom­ise to Make Amer­ica Great Again. True lead­er­ship re­quires courage, in­tegrity, imag­i­na­tion, and a mind that can go be­yond clichés and slo­gans to find and em­brace the truth. Our present-day pol­i­tics could not sur­vive if many men and women ful­filled those re­quire­ments. That is why most politi­cians are fol­low­ers rather than lead­ers. Vot­ers can only hope that the lead­ers are go­ing in the right di­rec­tion and that the rest will have the good sense to fol­low them. And that when the lead­ers are go­ing astray, some­one else will call them out on it.

For­tu­nately for the Arkansas del­e­ga­tion, other mem­bers of Congress have al­ready taken the lead in op­pos­ing the con­tents of the Sen­ate bill to re­peal and re­place the Af­ford­able Care Act. You need only go along with those who have taken that first step. They have stuck their necks out. I be­lieve you have a bet­ter chance of sur­viv­ing if you fol­low them in­stead of hang­ing back, ig­nor­ing the in­ter­ests of your con­stituents and of the coun­try. Fol­low those lead­ers and an­nounce your op­po­si­tion to the bill and work for a health-care law that will ad­dress the needs of all cit­i­zens at a cost they can af­ford.

I think the vot­ers will re­mem­ber what you do.

ETHEL C. SIMP­SON

Fayet­teville

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