This last Wednesday, Sep. 12th, the Green Valley News published my open letter to Sen. Jeff Flake. Here it is again, in full. (Read on - there’s an update I’ll get to shortly.)
At the end of Bertolt Brecht’s play, Galileo tells his former student “The practice of science would seem to call for valor.” I add, “The practice of responsible politics would seem to call for valor.”
Shortly you will be asked to cast a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court. What you do might well take valor. Everything you detest about President Trump exists as a microcosm that played out in the confirmation hearings. The record shows Kavanaugh being less than honest in previous appearances before the Senate. The record this year shows Kavanaugh being evasive and not answering questions put by the senators. In the past, you have spoken out forcefully on your displeasure with the president. Trump most recently has tried to use the Justice Department against his political opponents. And now Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh appears to be a ploy to protect himself from his legal entanglements. You need to talk about the connection between Trump and Kavanaugh, but you need to do more. You need to vote against that confirmation. Your integrity and credibility are at stake.
In the Rogue Theatre director’s notes, we are told: “Like the courtiers surrounding Prince Cosimo de Medici who refuse to look through Galileo’s telescope, we refuse to learn the truth because it might upset our ideas about the way things are.” You, sir, are not a courtier and Donald Trump is not a king. You are a United States senator and as such you should demand and get honesty and forthrightness from those who testify before the Senate.
I hope you will behave with valor and vote against this confirmation. I ask this of you in the name of the citizens of the United States of America to whom you owe the truth.
Bill Maki, Green Valley
This morning, the GV News published a response to that letter.
In response to Bill Maki’s missive (“Kavanaugh vote,” Sept. 12), it seems that there is almost a casual claim that our president can’t open his mouth without lying. I would like some specifics please, but perhaps you were referring to when the president said, “You can keep your doctor!” Oh no, that was the previous president. Maybe when he said, “Benghazi was the result of a shaming video!” Oh dear, once again, the previous president. It must have been when he said he “knew absolutely nothing about the IRS targeting conservative groups!”
Well, I suppose if President Trump walked on water, Mr. Maki would be the first to claim the president couldn’t swim.
Jan Etheredge, Green Valley
Also this morning, I submitted a reply .
Jan Etheredge’s September 16th response to my letter complained about my “almost casual” claim about Trump’s record of dishonesty. There is nothing casual about it. Earlier this month Trump set a record of 5,000 lies, and that’s just since he’s been in the White House. That’s an average of 8.3 false or misleading claims each day. It’s getting worse. On a single day, September 7th, “he publicly made 125 false or misleading statements — in a period of time that totaled only about 120 minutes.” That’s one lie each minute. He really, as Ms. Etheredge wrote, “can’t open his mouth without lying.”
Anyone can find the “specifics”. Just do an internet search for “trump lies”. My source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/13/president-trump-has-made-more-than-false-or-misleading-claims/
At this writing, I do not know if the GV News editor, Dan Shearer, will publish it. For the sake of factual evidence, I hope he does.
As for Etheredge’s supposition “if President Trump walked on water,” his supporters really believe something like that. But you know from the fact-checking that would likely be a lie. Trump would then drown under the weight of his mendacity.