It's the middle of the school year, and I'm reviewing my children's report cards. It's also the midpoint of this congressional session, so I thought it's a good time to also look at my congressional representative's performance. A helpful rubric is found at fivethirtyeight.com.
As a senior citizen and long time resident of CD3 I am writing to express my incredulousness about recent interactions I have had with members of Rep. Erik Paulsen's staff. The first incident occurred on Jan. 9, when a group of 20 constituents went to Paulsen's Eden Prairie office to communicate our dissatisfaction with his policy positions.
In Exodus Chapter 22:21, the Bible states "Do not mistreat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt." This verse reminds all United States citizens that at one time or another, we were all aliens in this country. Even Native American ancestors came from Asia.
He's an inaugural member of the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus, in which the blowhards, ankle-biters and rabid vermin of America's most depraved institution will hold themselves out as beacons of social etiquette. Yes, it will get weird. Members of the newly formed group plan to tour their districts to "promote the use of a respectful dialogue on tough issues."
In a recent fundraising letter, Congressman Erik Paulsen went beyond his usual partisan talking points and sprinkling of half-truths and waded into the territory of unfounded conspiracy theory. He warned against a "flood" of outside "paid liberal activists" and labeled opposition in his district as "all the paid volunteers George Soros' money can buy".
I was struck by the rich irony of the news that my Congressman Erik Paulsen was selected as a member of the recently created Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus. The caucus states its mission is to "encourage all members of Congress to act with civility and respect in their political discourse in their congressional districts and in Washington."