Guest Opinion: Fitzpatrick focuses on Medicare, but I can't get past Jan 6 – Bucks County Courier Times
Just a few weeks ago, I read Boston College Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson’s “Letters from an American,” as I do nearly every morning. Professor Richardson writes almost daily of the nation’s current and past political developments, comparing them and placing them in true historical perspective.
As I read that morning’s post, I instantly thought of our Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick. Here, in part, is what Professor Richardson wrote:
“…Republican lawmakers, with the notable exceptions of Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois), have largely remained silent about the fact that the head of their party tried to destroy our democracy.
“The best spin on their silence is that in refusing to defend the former president [Trump] while also keeping quiet enough that they do not antagonize the voters in his base, they are choosing their own power over the protection of our country.” [Posted Sept. 25, 2021, quoted with the author’s permission].
Later, that very same day, our household received a mailing from our local Congressman Fitzpatrick. A glossy, double-spread foldout, red and blue print on a white backdrop — very patriotic looking.
The mailer was a reminder about his efforts to save Medicare and Social Security “for now and in the future.” He reminded, “Pennsylvania’s 1st District Seniors” of the “Medicare Open Enrollment Period.” He even included a facsimile of a signed letter bearing his photo.
I couldn’t think of Medicare or Social Security while the 900-pound gorilla remained in the room, the one that has been with us not just several months but several years — the collective Republican silence surrounding what is perhaps the greatest threat to our democratic republic since the American Civil War.
It was hardly the first time I thought of Congressman Fitzpatrick in these terms. He is, after all, the former FBI agent that voted not to hear or view additional evidence in Trump’s first impeachment.
Then, he voted to not impeach Trump during his second impeachment for inciting a mob and failing to act against that mob as it attacked the nation’s U.S. Capitol Building and beat on Congressman Fitzpatrick’s former law enforcement brethren.
But Fitzpatrick would rather me, and all of his constituents, think he will save Medicare and Social Security — or anything else for that matter — rather than mention my primary concern, the existential threat that Trump has brought to bear on our democracy.
Peter Mancuso is a resident of Solebury.