Letter: Send McHenry a note

Jun. 21, 2013 @ 05:47 PM

To the editor:

I received a letter via email from U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-10th. He first characterized several Faux News issues, then requested my feedback as to which of them were most important to me.

He characterized IRS employees sorting applications for 501(c)4 tax-exempt status as “targeting groups based on their political beliefs.” He thought the NSA FISA-approved surveillance he authorized when voting for the Patriot Act was a “revelation” even though he voted for it!

He, then, characterized the preparation for the 2014 effective date of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act as the “Obama administration” implementing the act before its effective date.

Ignoring the Congress (and him with it) having voted 37 times to repeal the health care law while stubbornly refusing to implement any of the employment legislation proposed by a Democrat or our president, he complains of an unemployment rate he characterizes as - get this - “Stubborn.”

Patrick doesn’t like it much, but “we, the people” elected all of them to our team in Washington to serve and protect us from the many real problems facing the nation. We once would have called him part of “the loyal opposition.” Instead, acting as school children, they bicker, pick fights and spread rumors and dissent. They are loyal to their party before their country.

We need a team of Americans who can work as one and move the ball for us. They don’t have to love the quarterback, but they need to get together and move toward the goal for us all.

So, if I thought it would do any good, I’d write back to Patrick McHenry and tell him to lead, follow or, if he can do neither, get out of our way! Maybe we all should drop him a line!

Charles Senf

Lenoir