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Now that we voters have given Republicans the capacity to cooperate with our president, I believe you should follow President Obama’s lead, hew to his examples of cooperation.

You should cooperate with him the way he cooperated with Congress after Massachusetts voters, having tasted Romneycare, sent Senator Brown to D.C. to try to save U.S. from the Obamacare train wreck.

You should cooperate with President Obama the way he frustrates the will of the people by allowing his Attorney General to refuse to enforce laws enacted by Congress.

You should cooperate with President Obama the way he opposes the Governors and law enforcement officials of our southern border states as they try to enforce laws enacted by Congress and state legislatures to protect us from illegal immigration.

You should cooperate with President Obama the way he flouts Constitutional guarantees by allowing his I.R.S. to make life difficult for organizations and individuals whose values contrast with his own.

You should cooperate with President Obama the way he scorns your Constitutional role, bypassing the legislative process with imperious executive orders.

You should be careful about cooperating with President Obama the way he cooperates during the lame duck session, when he may be trying to make it look like he’s cleaned up his act.

You should cooperate with President Obama the way he …

Will this much-needed “cooperation,” plus a pouting president, produce gridlock? I hope you understand why We the People of the United States sent you more Republicans. We really want our President, who apparently slept through his Constitutional Law courses from Junior High School Civics to Harvard Law, to learn what our Founding Fathers meant by our Constitutional limitations of power and separation of powers — what they meant about a nation under the rule of law, not ruled by the wishes of individuals. Do you agree with us that gridlock is far, far preferable to slip-sliding further down the road away from ethical, constitutional government?

We hope you do.

Frank Frederick Maxant

Ayer