March 2, 2022
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Sen. Chuck Schumer
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Congressman Joe Morelle
President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
Vice President Kamala Devi Harris
Congresswoman Lauren Opal Boebert
Congressman Joe Wilson
Dear Esteemed Leaders:
I am an American citizen and a voter in New York’s 25th district. I write to you fresh from enjoying President Biden’s first official State of the Union address March 1. I am concerned, however, with a practice that is becoming routine at this event, that of heckling the Executive from the Congress floor.
The heckling needs to stop.
A look at recent history can see how far and how quickly things have collapsed on this issue. When Republican Congressman Joe Wilson heckled President Obama in 2009, members from both parties condemned it. Sen. John McCain called it “totally disrespectful.” Wilson apologized, and President Obama promptly accepted the apology.
What are we going to do about last night’s outburst?
Look folks. The President doesn’t just show up for the SOTU out of thin air. They are an invited guest. Only a lout invites a person to visit and then hurls insults. And the Congress has no room for louts. This is the legislative deliberative body of the United States of America, and hecklers toward a co-equal branch should be smacked. This is nonsense. Your body is so feckless and weak that Congress critters can be allowed to scream and shout insults at the President and everyone just taps their hats? That’s insane. He is an invited guest, and a Constitutionally guaranteed one as well. But sure. Let them scream and shout inappropriate insults at the President of the United States without consequences. Heck of a job Brownie.
There are many appropriate outlets for Greene and Boebert’s outrage. Weird idea, they could work to be productive members of Congress and then get re-elected, and then could earn leadership spots and committee seats. Wouldn’t that be weird as that’s how people generally affect change in Washington?
While Rep. Boebert somehow continues to maintain her committee assignments, Greene has been stripped of hers just for being horrible. Regardless, had either of them been competent or collected enough to just get the seat, hang the head low, figure out how it works, and gain a few key committee assignments, they might have been able to affect some real change for Ronald Watkins, sorry, I mean Q. But they do not understand how government works and do not have the brains nor the patience to do the work. They seem to have come to office ready to do an upper-decker in the government and to be like SEE, WE’RE DOING IT. They are morons. And this body needs to stop them.
Marjorie Taylor Greene heard the following introduction and felt perfectly comfortable sharing the stage with this person: “Now they’re going on about Russia and Vladimir Putin is Hitler – they say that’s not a good thing.” I am good friends with a person whose mother was a twin, and you know if you know. So this set of events current in this country bothers me not only as a passive examiner of history but as a personal insult. I have heard the stories from the actual humans, from the woman who got her hand broken by a hammer as an infant because she dared to try to rescue her twin sister with feeble reaches into the next cage. That is what the Holocaust was. And this man just cheered for it. Yay.
If you are offered that platform, you demure, even if you have to say it’s because you have a cold or an itch in your tenderloins. You do not speak after that, but she kept the spot, and then she showed up at the SOTU even after, even after reporters questioned her mercilessly about this choice. And she showed up, and she heckled the President of the United States.
Q-Anon Betty and Veronica are embarrassments to this country and to this legislative body. They should be censured if not sent packing. And I don’t want to but have to mention to you the acidic nature of the charges they opted to bring in their heckling. The 13 soldiers who died in a horrific attack in Kabul as the U.S. government struggled to bring as many people away from that situation as possible.
On Aug. 29, 2021, President Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Defense Secretary Austin and others participated in dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base of 13 service members killed in Afghanistan. Congress offered those servicemen the Congressional Gold Medal. Biden offered words regarding the service and sacrifice of those 13. And, in his own innovation, his every speech wishes that God will look over our troops. I’m a non-believer and this still gives me goosebumps every time he does it.
Any indication that President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. somehow lacks concern for our troops is laughable. And yet that is what our hecklers chose to go with. And it’s disgusting.
The President of the United States comes to Congress at the invitation of Congress as per the Constitution, to deliver the SOTU. Congress is the President’s host. As such, the President should not expect any booing or hollering or heckling nonsense. If MTG and Lauren Boebert want to affect change on public policy, they should learn how do do so, work hard, and do so in the committee system and the processes that exist in Washington. They should not boo. They should not heckle. And Congress should work with its full muscles to stop such behavior. It is disgusting and it must stop for the good of our great country. Please censure these two with the urgency and sense that will prohibit this from occurring again.
God bless you and God protect our troops.
Aaron B. Pryor
P.S. Find me an example of a Democrat treating a President so equitably horribly during a SOTU and I’ll contribute five whole dollars to their campaign.