Dad sent the letter last week and then shared it with his kids. He gave me permission to post. The pledge Dad refers to in his letter is the one circulated by Grover Norquist.
Dad is a lawyer, banker, entrepreneur, and intrepid cowboy. This is the first letter he has ever written to an elected representative.
As you know, I am a lifetime Republican as Harold can confirm, originally from Sterling and Topeka, now in Lawrence, and have supported you each time you have run to represent we Kansans.
Last week, I was put in a state of shock when I learned that you were one of the Senators who had signed a commitment with an out of state organization, headed by what appears to be radical individual, that you would never vote to raise taxes.
Pat, I do not want taxes raised either…BUT…if the survival of my country depends on making some hard decisions, and one of them is to raise taxes, I want you, Pat Roberts, my elected representative, open to consider that for the good of the country, and for the Kansans he represents, taxes should be raised, he can and will vote to raise them!! Pat, I and the people of Kansas sent you to Washington to represent us and make good decisions, whatever they may be.
By you promising that organization and person that you will not, under any circumstances raise taxes, or even consider raising them, you have given away your ability to properly represent us! At the present time, our government is approaching a state of being non-functional, as has been illustrated several times in the last two years. One of the reasons is that special interest groups such as the one I reference above, is being able to control a duly elected Congress.
Haven’t you forfeited your right to make your own decision when you signed the pledge to this individual and organization not to raise taxes? I will even go a bit further along this path…it is my understanding that the quid quo pro is that they in turn will not run anyone against you. Pat, if that isn’t selling your vote or caving in to extortion, I don’t know what it is.
Please explain to me where my analysis is incorrect. Is there something here I have misunderstood? Pat, you need to have more faith in the people of Kansas in making the judgment on how well you represent us. You will be surprised that they appreciate a Senator that thinks for himself, represents Kansans, and is willing to make the hard decision.
Pat, in closing, I respectfully ask that you renounce the pledge that you made to this organization.
(Emphases in original.)