by Max Brantley
Dear Congressman Griffin:
You and others in Congress have refused to pass stand-alone legislation (a "Continuing Resolution") to provide funding for the U.S. government unless the legislation removes funding for the Affordable Care Act that Congress enacted and President Obama signed into law in 2010. Head Start programs, efforts to provide shelter and counseling for victims of domestic abuse and violence, and numerous other governmental measures that would prevent vulnerable people from exposure to unnecessary suffering and hardship are shuttered. Moreover, federal employees and others whose livelihoods depend on programs and services funded by the federal government now fmd themselves burdened by costs and inconveniences directly related to the government shutdown you and others in Congress have orchestrated.
I denounced your conduct during my sermon at New Millennium Church on October 13,2013. Like the prophet Jeremiah said of the rulers of his time and place, your actions are "appalling and horrible." You are holding vulnerable people in Central Arkansas and elsewhere across the United States hostage to anxiety and causing them to suffer needless pain. This is oppressive, cruel, hypocritical, and wicked. Shame on you for treating vulnerable people this way!