A week after giving his moving eulogy at late President George H.W. Bush’s wake, former Republican Senator Alan K. Simpson joined with forty-three other former Senators across party lines in publishing a letter to the Washington Post. This co-signed letter urges the current Senate to embrace a bipartisan defense of democracy and constitutional values as FBI special agent Robert Mueller’s investigation enters its endgame.
The co-signed letter states, “We are at an inflection point in which the foundational principles of our democracy and our national security interests are at stake, and the rule of law and the ability of our institutions to function freely and independently must be upheld.”
The letter also addresses the Senate’s historical role in enforcing rule-of-law during past moments of constitutional crisis. “At other critical moments in our history, when constitutional crises have threatened our foundations, it has been the Senate that has stood in defense of our democracy. Today is once again such a time.”
But, more than anything, the letter reminds both the Senators and their constituents that the things that unite us as Americans represent a stronger bond than what party interests may divide us.
“During our service in the Senate, at times we were allies and at other times opponents, but never enemies. We all took an oath swearing allegiance to the Constitution. Whatever united or divided us, we did not veer from our unwavering and shared commitment to placing our country, democracy and national interest above all else,” the forty-four bipartisan former Senators write. “[W]e urge current and future senators to be steadfast and zealous guardians of our democracy by ensuring that partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest.”
Read the full letter online via the Washington Post.