Dear Senator Lankford: You Scammed Us

Dear Senator Lankford,

Never in my life have I felt so ashamed of my government. Your motion on the morning of December 2, 2017 represents what I hate in our government. You shortchanged your country in exchange for an oily cookie from the Koch brothers and other campaign financiers. This bill goes against the recommendation of every credible economist in the United States, and more importantly “We” the People.

Mitch McConnell ramrodded this repulsive bill through, not because it would do the middle class any good, but because he found a razor-thin opening to shove it through. To do this McConnell paid off a number of senators, and one of those senators was you. Your moral compass is as wide as your public acceptance on climate change. You threw America under the bus because your master threw you a petroleum-laced doggie biscuit, and you keeled.

You passed a budget that will create a $1.6 trillion debt over ten years, and you justify it because the increased rate of economy will pay for it. That is like throwing your family off the edge of a cliff in an airplane suggesting that its wings will lift up the plane, but it turns out that airplane that you provided for them was a beat-up old Volkswagen Bus. The most optimistic economists predict that at best the increased economy will only make up $600 billion, leaving middle-class tax payers to account for $1 trillion of the debt that you created.

When Republicans realize that economic growth will not make up for the difference they will pick the pockets of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, CHIP, and education. In other words, they will raid the most vulnerable in our nation. Mahatma Ghandi is attributed to saying, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” In four years middle class tax breaks will end while corporate tax breaks will last forever. You will have disparaged the poor, the vulnerable, and the needy.

On your website and your email footer you write, “In God We Trust.” How dare you profane the name of the almighty? You are by no means a Christian man. 1 John 3:17 teaches, “Rich people who see a brother or sister in need, yet close their hearts against them, cannot claim that they love God.” When we were in need you turned your head the other way. Matthew 25:35-36 reads, “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in. Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” Your tax bill will compromise our nation’s infrastructure to take care of those who suffer in order to pad the pockets of the most wealthy. Christ did not think so highly of rich people, but you do. Matthew 19:24 reads, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” No human whose hands have touched that bill could ever consider him or herself a Christian, for they love riches of the rich more than they love their country.

You do not represent me, and you do not represent the State of Oklahoma. You represent corporate interests, and for that you no longer deserve the hallowed seat which you actively defile. “Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). The Republicans patched together the worst bill that has been passed in my lifetime. You pretended to be the voice of nuance, but at the end you supported it. You refused to stand up to your party leaders and the President who is a criminal who seeks to use his office to increase his net worth. Dante wrote, “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” When your country needed you the most you threw in the towel, and I will not forgive you for it until you yield your position to someone who is willing to stand up for Americans. There is no place for you in Washington.

Brian D. King



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