Like many Americans, I am profoundly concerned about the direction of our country. I have often disagreed with past Republican administrations and congresses, but our country typically grew stronger through those debates. Today feels different. It is one thing to hold different views regarding best policies for our shared good. It is quite another for an administration to challenge our country’s basic foundations: the independence of our judiciary and essential institutions, respect for the press and individuals, basic decency, and basic truth-telling. What makes us American, and the opportunities to which every American is entitled, seem particularly fragile today.
It is essential for Congress to serve as a check against today’s extremes. Too many things are going in the wrong direction: healthcare, voting rights, international relations, women’s rights, gun safety, racial justice, environment and climate, and tax giveaways that supercharge the stock market in the short term in exchange for crippling national debt, inflationary pressures, and increasing inequalities. Senator Chris Murphy and Congressman Jim Himes have distinguished themselves with substance, energy, and personal integrity. They need to be re-elected.