"Vote Conscience Rather Than Party"
January 22, 1999
Honorable Senator of the United States,
I am writing to you regarding the current trial of President Clinton. As these
proceedings are still in progress, I trust that you have not yet come to a final
decision. It is your duty to keep an open mind, listen to and consider all
facts, and finally, to vote your conscience rather than your party. This
case has already gone too far. It is now much too late to turn back or simply
dismiss it. The time that this issue has taken and the amount that it has yet
to consume is not an issue, and should not factor into your decision. An
attempted "rush to justice" may actually result in a "rush past justice."
I am sorry that it appears that the majority of the country is not paying
close attention and many are more interested in professional basketball or
the sick antics of Jerry Springer's guests. I feel that this matter is of
huge importance to our country. President Clinton's actions, as well as his
inaction, have brought unmeasurable disgrace to our government. Not only the
citizens of our country are watching these proceedings, but also the
governments and citizens of all the countries in the world.
President Clinton will be out of the Oval Office in less than two years
regardless of what happens. Your own political career may or may not last
longer. The decision you make in this trial will last forever. Voting your
conscience may affect your future political aspirations. The effects may be
either positive or negative. While I am sure that your career is important
to you, it should not be your primary concern when considering this legal
case. Your responsibility now is to do what is right, legal, and honorable.
I respectfully request that you please consider the magnitude of this case
as you develop your opinions and advance towards your decision. Your
decision in this trial may be the most important decision you ever make. It
will be a public decision, and it may highlight your career. Your decision
will outlive the both of us. Your thoughts should not be on Democrats and
Republicans, they should be on right and wrong. Consideration must be given
to the legal precedence that will be set by this case. What will the outcome
say about our constitution, our legal system, our government, and our
politicians? What will your decision tell me and my grandchildren, as well
as your own grandchildren, about yourself?
Again, Senator, I ask that you please cast your vote in this trial according
to what you believe to be right. Right legally, and right for the United
States that you should proudly represent.
Adam K. Pruden