I sent this to my rep today.

Dear Representative Velasquez, 

To make a long story short, I’m a forty one year old lifelong New Yorker from Queens, and I moved to your district about eleven years ago, and I really appreciate your hard work on behalf of hard working New Yorkers, and particularly your advocacy work for immigrants and immigrant communities. Like most Americans, I am a descendant of immigrants. Immigrants are what makes America great, and I know you already know that -it shows in your work. Thank you. 

I’ve occasionally signed form letters and petitions, and I’ve donated to campaigns I believe in in competitive districts. I’ll occasionally show up to a protest, but beyond that, as far as civics go, I vote on election day, and I occasionally speak my mind at the dinner table and elsewhere about the things I care about. In other words, I’m probably a pretty average constituent.

Before I really get started, I want to apologize in advance for the wordiness of this letter. I’m more accustomed to just signing form letters written by other people who write letters to representatives for a buncha people to sign, and this is my first attempt at writing one myself, so sorry about that, and now that that’s outta the way, I’ll get to the point:

Somebody else in that house has got to sponsor impeachment legislation.

According to congress.gov, you voted nay on tabling H. res. 705 on 1/19/18 and unfortunately there were only 66 members of the house that voted that way, and that’s the last we heard of that bill, and to be honest, I haven’t looked at the bills on congress.gov super thoroughly, trying to make sense of house bills is very time consuming, and often, headache inducing. At least for me.

Anyway, 1/19/18 was like sixteen months ago. A lot has changed since then, and, unlike house bills, it’s easy to make sense of the contents of the Mueller Report, and it’s easy to makes sense of Mueller’s recent statements in regards to it. 1. If the president was not the president, he would be in handcuffs and he’s not supposed to say that, and 2. The only way for that to happen, for him to even entertain the thought of the man in handcuffs, is for him to not be the president anymore.

Right now, congress could wait it out in the hopes that he gets voted out in 2020, or you could impeach him. The choice is between the courage to say in the halls of congress that the law matters, and a short term political gain. This choice goes across party lines and will have ramifications that will echo out world wide for a very long time, and if we, it’s citizens and their representatives, don’t choose the former, this democratic republic may not survive.

Our democracy is in trouble and I understand that serving in congress is a game of constantly weighing courses of action against their consequences, but to not take action on holding the president responsible for his actions, is a course of action that will cost all of us.

If there is a scenario where we do survive waiting him out of office, what are we going to tell our grandchildren when they ask “Why didn’t you do something about it?” I suppose that’s why I’m writing this today. In the hopes that even if unsuccessful, we do survive, and I’ll be able to tell them I did more than nothing.

I understand that there are norms about following house leadership, but there are more than zero house reps that support impeachment. You would not be alone. You are my representative, you’ve been in power a while, and you’re on a few committees. You have the power to do something more. Please do something more.

Unfortunately, I now have to write letters to Schumer and Gillibrand. Do you have any ideas on who else I could write to?

Anyway, thank you for your time, and thank you for all your hard work.

           Sincerely, 
                 Ira Cogan

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