Editor’s note: This is part of TNR’s Letters to Legislators Series. It is written in response to House Speaker Mitzi Johnson’s decision to remove Rep. Cynthia Browning from her position on the House tax committee.
Your actions inspired me to come to your defense. We do not share the same party, but political parties are secondary to me, as I perceive they are to you.
It is disturbing to me how we as a sovereign state and nation are so easily manipulated like sheep to the slaughter for a perceived crisis. And it seems rare but noteworthy when someone such as yourself speaks to the integrity of our institutions when those you align with would merely take advantage of the situation, seizing it as an opportunity.
You seem to recognize your obligation more than most for preserving individual rights and personal liberty. While many others spend our liberty like a currency that can easily be replenished, you, on the other hand, have recognized that the excuse of crisis is often just a tool of advantage. Thank you, Cynthia.
You stand taller because of what you stand for, not who you stand on!
I have watched your party’s obsession for climate solutions in recent years. It is is seemingly arrogant and unwilling at times to even listen to people with concerns for their livelihood. It’s really not climate, it’s about what is being done to us in the name of a climate crisis that we object to!
I do not know why you were removed from your committee assignment, but you appear to have been attacked from someone behind the shield of the COVID-19 crisis — perhaps a safe haven for those who would tread on individual rights and personal liberty.
You should be proud of where you stand. I hope your constituents realize how fortunate they are to have someone representing them who takes her oath seriously and demonstrates her allegiance to their representation so well!
Lynn James Edmunds