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Henderson: Dear Dems and GOP money-grabbers: Please leave me alone

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Published:   |   Updated: August 1, 2014 at 05:23 AM

“Sorry to email you again, but you need to hear this. Just now, I watched Republicans vote for the first lawsuit against a President in U.S. history.

House Republicans took to the floor of the House and compared President Obama to a tyrant.

It’s sickening. This is nothing but disgraceful politics — and total disrespect for our President. Joe, I’m just … furious. You should be, too. And if you are, then chip in right now and let Boehner feel the consequences for his disgraceful actions.” — Nancy Pelosi

Um, Nancy?

Stop hounding me for money. While you’re at it, let President Obama and his wife know I won’t be making any donations to them. All of you should feel free to remove me from your mailing list.

That goes for you, too, Vice President Biden.

By my rough count, for months I have received 3 to 4 emails a day from Democratic fundraisers (signed by really big names) to head off some Republican or tea party apocalypse. Each email helpfully “suggests” a donation from $3 to whatever I feel comfortable giving.

I feel comfortable giving them nothing. I have never donated to a political party and never will. I am not even sure why they bother to ask.

That includes you, GOP.

Republicans are playing this game of political panhandling just as well as the other guys. If they had any foresight they should have promised to put the money in a trust fund to keep David Price in town.

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Since they didn’t, I guess they have other priorities. Their chief one seems to be perfecting ways to shout loudly and say nothing.

House Speaker John Boehner has engineered a lawsuit against Obama, which is another example of Washington idiocy and will be as effective as the 50-something times Republicans have sued to defund Obamacare.

So what do the Democrats do? They try to use this stupid gambit as a way to widen the gulf and scare supporters into donating, lest the president be impeached. Boehner then goes, “What? Us? Impeach? Not gonna happen.”

So then it goes into a back-and-forth about getting Republican control of the U.S. Senate in the fall elections, where it would be possible to get an impeachment conviction if they only had legitimate grounds to remove a sitting president from office — which they don’t.

Putting the nation through a bogus impeachment trial didn’t work with Bill Clinton, and trying it now would be the best way to ensure Clinton II in 2016.

My head hurts.

“We’re almost there — but right now we’re coming up 17,947 (donations) short. And since we can only count donations that come in before midnight towards the goal, now is the time to act. Listen, this could make or break us right here. Joe — Can you step now to put us over the top?” — Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

No. I give my money to worthwhile endeavors, like my church and organizations that do good things to help people. I don’t donate to scaremongers with a peculiar idea of what the job of governing is all about.

Like Nancy Pelosi noted in her email, it’s “sickening ... disgraceful politics.” She’s right. I’m just not sure we’re talking about the same thing, though. Until both parties figure that out, I blame no one for giving either one exactly what they give us.

Nothing.

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