Dear Senator Schumer,
I write to you today in the hope that when the time comes for you to make a choice, a choice that will confirm your legacy not only as an American Senator but as a Jew, that you make the choice you know to be right, not the choice you see as politically expedient. I am of course referring to the vote on President Obama’s deal with Iran.
I have heard the arguments in favor of making a deal with Iran. I also understand the difficult position politicians in the Democratic party, particularly Jewish politicians, find themselves in at this time. Your president is calling for your support. Your party is calling for your support. Politics is at play on the grandest scale. Oppose the deal and you risk alienating yourself from the top people in the party who have chosen to maintain their ranks by supporting their leader. Oppose the deal and you yourself may fall far down the political ladder, destroying all you personally have done to achieve your current status.
I am not a politician, however I have a layman’s understanding of the basics in politics. Sometimes you have to go against your better judgment and principles in order to ascend in the ranks. I also understand that sometimes doing this causes an internal struggle only another politician can truly comprehend. That being said Senator, as much as I sympathize with the personal challenge you are faced with, this is one of those times when you are required to answer the bell of those who elected you into office and supported you till now. This is a time when the choice you make may determine the future safety not only of your home state but of the entire planet.
I have heard you say enough over the years to believe in my heart that you know that making this deal with Iran is a mistake. That leaves me believing that the struggle you have is far more a personal one than an ideological one. To make my point I will quote a line from the movie The American President, in which President Andrew Shepherd, played by Michael Douglas says the following: “I was so busy trying to save my job that I forgot to do my job.”
Senator Schumer, your job is to protect and serve the citizens of NY State and to represent us nationally in what is right and safe for all Americans. It is my absolute belief that you know that dealing with Iran is wrong for the country and that the only reason for any hesitation on your part is concern for losing your job and or standing in the Democratic Party. I urge you, as do so many others to do the right thing and oppose what you know to be wrong not only for New York, but for the rest of the country and the entire civilized world.
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