To David Rivkin, first please excuse my “vituperation” (“The ignorant Left,” Letters, Nov. 14). I will venture to circumscribe my subsequent opprobrious declamations and endeavor to exhibit a more altruistic causatum.
We obviously live in a republic (“and to the republic for which it stands”). It’s so sad that Republicans don’t understand sarcasm and instead pick and choose which facts to ignore (the rest of my letter).
You’re right to say we don’t live in a democracy. If we did, our country wouldn’t be held hostage by one-third of one-third of our government. Gun control legislation? It would’ve been passed since over 90 percent of Americans want it. Global warming? Still a hoax as Republicans say? Or fact, as more than 99 percent of scientists have proven? In just six months our planet experienced the largest tornado ever recorded (in Oklahoma) and the largest typhoon with the highest recorded wind speed on record (in the Philippines). An act of God? Spare me the fairy tales.
As for filibusters, what Sen. Ted Cruz did in his filibuster was an absolute disgrace. Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, on the other hand, was a true American during her filibuster. Making passioned and fact-filled point after point! Republicans used a “point of order” to cut off her filibuster, arguing that Davis had strayed off topic by mentioning ultrasounds. Amazing! Protesting an anti-abortion bill and mentioning ultrasounds is off topic? Yet protesting Obamacare and quoting “green eggs and ham” is on point?
Finally, the words “reasoned argument and republican” should never appear in the same sentence.