Governor, I know you to be a man of good will and I have long admired your steadfastness and refusal to submit to the Trump cult. What is happening in America is something we need to talk about. I think your arguments are ludicrous. Joe Manchin is no hero. He is a politician.
Using the moral examples of Dr. King, Natan Sharansky and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was incinerated in a Nazi oven, to contextualize the current unappreciated courage of Joe Manchin and worse to insinuate that as the American people continue to evolve, one day, with the wisdom
that comes from time and hindsight, Joe Manchin will join the ranks of such men in the esteem of people who admire valor is absurd. Further, the arguments you make are built on bundles of cliches like the one you have highlighted above about loneliness
and changing the world with a script. I’ll leave out the myriad inconsistencies between @JoeManchinWV current position and his past votes other than to make this point. Manchin is behaving exactly like a politician from the state that gave Trump his highest margin.
Political courage could be ascribed to Manchin if he were to challenge orthodoxy and conspiratorial dogma in a State like his, but that isn’t what he is doing. Instead, he is draping himself in the virtues of people who stood against the ill tides of history while conforming
to a cause that we don’t have to wait one second further to understand is on the wrong side of America’s ideas and ideals. That’s called cynicism. With respect, you seem to look for courage in the wrong places. I appreciate your fiscal rectitude and fortitude in voting
the way you campaigned. It’s admirable;not courageous. You kept your word. That’s all. Courage. What does it look like? Courage is Benjamin O Davis suffering through 4 years of silencing at West Point. Courage is Rosa Parks refusing to yield. Courage is John Lewis stepping
forward, towards the beatings and dogs on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Joe Manchin isn’t courageous. He’s just wrong, and so are you. Hundreds of pieces of maliced legislation have been filed all over the country that are aimed at making it harder for Black people to vote 56 years
after the franchise was functionally established. The Federal Government must act to prevent a profound recission of voting rights by all white GOP Legislatures, enthralled to a wannabe dictator who has poisoned our Republic with the lie about the stolen election.
The Filibuster is being used by bad faith Republicans and Trump Lieutenants to do two things. 1. To obstruct an investigation into the murderous 1/6 attack on America. 2. To protect the racially maliced anti voting legislation being advanced all over America. There is no
Bi partisanship. There is no good faith to be found in the the GOP leadership. We are in an existential fight that will determine the future and continuity of America’s 244 year old Republic. Blindness, naïveté delusion and obtusity towards threats and danger are very human
Conditions but they are not admirable ones. @JoeManchinWV rhetoric is high minded and his positions perfectly sensible but for the fact the 90’s are over and its 2021. The gravest threat we face in this country is the internal threat that is hostile to democratic values.
It is filled with political extremists and it represents continuity with the forces that have always existed in America that are committed to the supremacy of some over others. Joe Manchin isn’t a soldier running from the fight. He is a guy who can’t find the fight because
he can’t find the battlefield. He isn’t courageous. He is oblivious and your WSJ piece marks you as equally so. We are at a moment when this country cannot afford that. Clarity is the first step in any courageous action. All I see here is mud. Respectully

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