Open letter to Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL)


re: Trump tweets to ‘LIBERATE’ states where people are protesting virus restrictions.

Yesterday I wrote, “Is it time to man the barricades?” In that post, I partially quoted a story from The New Yorker in which a grandfather, in a love letter to his grandson, lamented the inability of average folks like him to protest our democratic system’s injustices.

Well, we did that. We called, we wrote letters. Would you have given money to certain people running for office? We did that as well. Would you have marched? For some reason, there were suddenly no marches. Organized a march? Then and now, I did not and do not know how to arrange a march.

So, short of manning those barricades, I, like the fictional grandfather, decided to write a letter…to my Congresswoman, Lois Frankel. Will it do any good? Doubtful. Would it help if all of us wrote a similar letter to their elected officials. Maybe. Will it provide the writer with some, small sense of accomplishment? Probably.

So, with that preamble, following is my letter to Representative Lois Frankel (D-FL):

Dear Congresswoman Frankel,

I’m sure you’re aware that President Trump on Friday tweeted out “LIBERATE MICHIGAN,” “LIBERATE MINNESOTA,” and “LIBERATE VIRGINIA and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!”

I wrote about this latest outrage in yesterday’s edition of my blog, “Around the Block,” entitled, “Is it time to man the barricades?”

While all three tweets were egregious, the Virginia one was particularly chilling. By blatantly referencing the 2nd Amendment in the Virginia tweet, President Trump is not only encouraging his followers to riot, he is suggesting, not so subtlety, that these rioters ought to do their work WITH THEIR GUNS IN HAND!

The words I used to describe Trump’s tweets included, “Outrageous! Shocking! Despicable! Disgraceful! Seditious! Unpatriotic!”

I’m not a constitutional scholar, just a retired advertising executive. But it seems to me that his tweets might be as illegal under, 18 U.S.C. 2102, as they are grotesque.

What’s to be done? What can Congress do?

The House impeached him. But because that impeachment was decided on straight party lines, it was derided as “political.”

The Senate, despite overwhelming evidence, blocked further evidence and testimony and refused to remove him, almost entirely on straight party lines.

We’re now in a full-fledged global crisis. And the leader of the free world, the American President, is egging on demonstrators who are protesting the valid orders of their governors!

I ask again, what’s to be done? What can Congress do?

Censure, perhaps. While it may do no more than just allow us to “feel good” during these horrific times, if Congressional Censure is done on a largely bipartisan basis, it would, at the least, send a signal that Trump’s behavior must stop.

Short of “manning the barricades,” I look for you and your colleagues to provide some solutions.


Theodore Block

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

2 thoughts on “Open letter to Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL)

  1. Good work Ted, as usual. If you have not, check out Jane Mayer in the current New Yorker, on Mitch McConnell. This is a warning, as the story will create rage you have not experienced .



    1. Thanks Russ. Catching up on my reading…in between the writing. So much to read…so little, er, much time….Oops, guess no excuses; it’s not like we have a ton of other things to do (LOL). Jane Mayer is one of my idols; love her and what she does. Will read as soon as possible.


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