We are former senators. The Senate has long stood in defense of democracy — and must again.

Dear Senate colleagues,

As former members of the U.S. Senate, Democrats and Republicans, it is our shared view that we are entering a dangerous period, and we feel an obligation to speak up about serious challenges to the rule of law, the Constitution, our governing institutions and our national security.

We are on the eve of the conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation and the House’s commencement of investigations of the president and his administration. The likely convergence of these two events will occur at a time when simmering regional conflicts and global power confrontations continue to threaten our security, economy and geopolitical stability.

It is a time, like other critical junctures in our history, when our nation must engage at every level with strategic precision and the hand of both the president and the Senate.

We are at an inflection point in which the foundational principles of our democracy and our national security interests are at stake, and the rule of law and the ability of our institutions to function freely and independently must be upheld.

During our service in the Senate, at times we were allies and at other times opponents, but never enemies. We all took an oath swearing allegiance to the Constitution. Whatever united or divided us, we did not veer from our unwavering and shared commitment to placing our country, democracy and national interest above all else.

At other critical moments in our history, when constitutional crises have threatened our foundations, it has been the Senate that has stood in defense of our democracy. Today is once again such a time.

Regardless of party affiliation, ideological leanings or geography, as former members of this great body, we urge current and future senators to be steadfast and zealous guardians of our democracy by ensuring that partisanship or self-interest not replace national interest.

Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Bill Bradley (D-N.J.), Richard Bryan (D-Nev.), Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.), Max Cleland (D-Ga.), William Cohen (R-Maine), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Al D’Amato (R-N.Y.), John C. Danforth (R-Mo.), Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Byron Dorgan(D-N.D.), David Durenberger (R-Minn.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Wyche Fowler (D-Ga.), Bob Graham(D-Fla.), Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Gary Hart (D-Colo.), Bennett Johnston (D-La.), Bob Kerrey(D-Neb.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Paul Kirk (D-Mass.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Sam Nunn(D-Ga.), Larry Pressler (R-S.D.), David Pryor (D-Ark.), Don Riegle (D-Mich.), Chuck Robb (D-Va.), Jay Rockefeller(D-W.Va.), Jim Sasser (D-Tenn.), Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), John W. Warner (R-Va.), Lowell Weicker (I-Conn.), Tim Wirth(D-Colo.)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/we-are-former-senators-the-...

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Comment by Ron Powell on December 12, 2018 at 6:00am

"We are at an inflection point in which the foundational principles of our democracy and our national security interests are at stake, and the rule of law and the ability of our institutions to function freely and independently must be upheld."

Anyone who believes that my warnings have been a bit too dire, hyperbolic, shrill, alarmist, or hysterical should read this letter a few times....

I have repeatedly stated that this country is in deep trouble. Here are 44 voices of higher profile and greater magnitude who share my posture and concern.

Perhaps the force of these voices speaking in unison will bring a heightened sense of urgency to bear on the matter....

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 12, 2018 at 7:48am

It's all well and good for these past senators to speak up, and they are to be commended for it. But this decline and not yet fall will only be abated or hopefully reversed when sitting senators in the Republican Party grow a spine. That not being likely, there are only two alternatives: That those senators be removed by the ballot box; or that they be removed by a revolution. Let us pray for the former rather than the latter.

Comment by alsoknownas on December 12, 2018 at 8:15am

I haven't thought that you've been "a bit too dire, hyperbolic, shrill, alarmist, or hysterical"  about this matter, but I do think that the 1/2 dozen left here to read is not a large enough audience for you.

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 12, 2018 at 12:55pm

We are the remnants of another place (Open Salon) and time (Twentieth Century). We are, for the most part, a few old, white (mostly) men (mostly) who have sense enough to know that voting for members of the Reptile Party does not benefit ordinary people, not even old white men.

Comment by koshersalaami on December 12, 2018 at 9:27pm

That’s quite a list of senators. 

Comment by Ron Powell on December 13, 2018 at 6:45am

There are nine Republicans included in the group....It would be great if as many active Republican Senators would stand up for Democracy and the rule of law...

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