Thursday, December 16, 2010

Message to Jon Kyl: If you want a Christmas break, get some work done now

The Republicans in D.C., led by Arizona's own Jon Kyl, are now trying to derail any efforts to pass significant legislation late in the year by claiming that doing so would somehow disrespect one of the "holiest" of Christian holidays.

From TPMDC -
To Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's suggestion that the Senate come back the week after Christmas isn't just a way to complete a busy lame duck agenda -- but an attack on people of the Christian faith.


"It is impossible to do all of the things that the majority leader laid out," Kyl said today, "frankly, without disrespecting the institution and without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians and the families of all of the Senate, not just the senators themselves but all of the staff."
Let me keep this brief -

There are millions of Americans right now who would love to be in a position where they could complain about having to work between Christmas and New Year's.  Yet Kyl doesn't think that is disrespectful of Christians, though many of the people affected are Christians.

There are millions more who will be working between Christmas and New Year's, and wishing that they could afford to take the week off.  Yet Kyl doesn't think that is disrespectful of Christians, though many of the people affected are Christians.

There are thousands of American servicemen and women who will be away from their families and in harm's way on one of Christianity''s "holiest" days and have no choice about that, yet Kyl doesn't think that disrespects the Christian members of the armed forces.

Senator Kyl, all I have to say is this:

If anybody is "disrespecting" Christmas, it is you with your brazenly cynical attempt to use the holiday as a political tool.

Quit whining and finish the year's work before Christmas, or plan to drag your ass back to D.C. immediately after the holiday.

Note: most of the above was sent to Sen. Kyl as a letter through his website's contact form.  There were a few minor modifications (I'm not going to use the word "ass" in a letter to a senator, even one I can't stand :) ).

Later...

1 comment:

Steve Muratore said...

On The Daily Show this evening, Jon Stewart had four 9/11 first responders on to discuss the Republican filibuster of the bill to provide health care benefits to (all) 9/11 first responders. The four men all are suffering substantial health problems as a result of breathing the air at Ground Zero for prolonged periods. THEN Stewart interviewed Mike Huckabee. Huckabee, being a Baptist preacher and Republican, denounced Senate Republicans for blocking that health bill AND he debunked Kyl's nonsense claim about disrespecting Christmas.