Intermezzo: An open letter to political leaders

emailed to,, Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at 10:11am
Dear Senator McConnell, Senator Paul, and Congressman Barr,

Again, I say Thanx to you for your excellent service to our country and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Again, I appeal to you to try to stop Mr. Trump from destroying his chances for reelection by bullying and bragging.

Please relay to him two verses of Scripture that often guided Abraham Lincoln:
Proverbs 23:9 says, “Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.
Provebs 17:28 says, “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is deemed intelligent.”  To paraphrase, Even a fool who does not tweet is considered wise; when he stops tweeting he is deemed intelligent.

Please suggest to Mr. Trump that he should discipline himself the way my mother taught us children: Do not be hasty with your words,, because Someone is listening.  If he would simply limit himself to two tweets per day maximum, and require himself to wait six hours minimum before tweeting what is on his mind, he could probably avoid half of the attacks against him.

Mr. Trump also needs reminding that in the final analysis all men are very small.
Isaiah, the Hebrew prophet says in 40:15 of the US, Russia, China, India and all the rest: 40:15 “See the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as dust on the scales.”

I am seriously considering not voting for any presidential candidate this year because the choices are narrowing to two men who have behaved misogynistically, seem to feel as it the country “owes” them the high Office of the Presidency, and both seem woefully out of touch with what we need in leadership: statesmanship, commitment to principles, respect for differing views, and HUMILITY.

You three men have served admirably and well during difficult time, especially Mr. McConnell, and you are in my daily prayers, as is Mr. Trump, Mr. Pence, Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Schumer, and Mr. McCarthy.

yours truly,
“I believe in democracy not because I believe every man is so noble and wise, he should have a say in his governance. I believe in democracy because no man can be trusted with absolute power.”  C.S.Lewis


2 thoughts on “Intermezzo: An open letter to political leaders

  1. Not sure you will get anywhere with your letter, but I appreciate the concerns you are expressing. I don’t know what to do in November. I’m inclined to not vote for President. I know Trump will be elected anyway and I don’t have to have on my conscience that I voted for him. On the other hand, aside from his childish character, he is doing a pretty good job I think and I support many of his policies. If he were not self-identified and identified by many Christians as a Christian I would not have as much concern. But if he claims to be a Christian, he should be publicly disciplined for his behavior. My greatest concern for those like us who work with internationals is that many countries will consider him to be representative of what a Christian is (since some think we are a Christian country anyway and because many Christians treat him as one), his example will adversely affect the Great Commission. I commend you for your letter though if you send it, I’m confident it will fall on deaf ears. Discernment is at a very low point I think because of many Christians are hoping in politics to fix our problems that can only be fixed by living out and giving ourselves to the gospel. Doug



    1. Good thoughts, Doug. And I always appreciate your expression of your views. Yes, I agree that his policies, or at least the conservative policies he has followed, are worthwhile. Also, that politics and political activism is not a prime area for Christian involvement (unless specifically called by our Lord to such). A previous blog noted that I did not vote “for Trump,” per se, but for the Republican platform, which more closely aligned with my priorities for following Jesus. Sent the letter to the White House via their website, and to the senators and congressman before the blog.


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