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The president has implemented a policy of zero tolerance for immigration. This means separating the children from parents. Why is he doing this? In my opinion the president is using the children as pawns to get money for his wall on the southern border. Really!
These families are walking hundreds of miles and/ or days with few clothes, little money and leave behind their life to get to the border of the United States to ask for asylum. They are fleeing poverty, crime, drugs and death only to be told “no” because there is no room, or being blocked from stepping on U.S. soil.
We are all immigrants. At some time your family decided to come to the United States. What if your ancestors were blocked and/ or denied entry. Where would you be?
Put yourself in these immigrants’ shoes. I am a mother of six children. If I thought my children were being recruited for drug gangs, my daughters were being raped or receiving death threats, I would move heaven and earth to get them to safety. This is what is happening to most of these families.
Instead, when they ask for asylum, the parents and children are separated. The parent(s) is charged with a crime. The children are taken away crying, screaming, further frightened — and apparently the children are unable to be touched by those caring for them while confined.
There is even the possibility these children may never see their parents again. They are put in internment camps (jail) just like during WWII with the Japanese camps in the U.S., Hitler in Germany, and Mussolini in Italy. Is this what we have become?
First, the president had a Muslim ban, now it is Mexico and south. I see a pattern; it is called brown skin. If we don’t speak up now, what policy will the president enforce next? Are you next?
Whatever happened to compassion, heart and love thy neighbor as you would love yourself? I keep hearing “We are better than this.” Maybe not!
Editors Note: this originally appeared in the June 28th edition of the Central Virginian, and has been re-posted on Blue Louisa with the author’s permission.
In an interview on Richmond’s Lee Brothers show, Dave Brat said, ““I like bringing everybody together. I went to seminary, and I’m going to run positive, on the issues.”
I’m not sure what kind of economic professor Brat was but I can tell you even his worst student would question the thesis in his June 3 article in this newspaper. Brat, Trump and the Republicans have already moved the old Jim Crow stereotypes from African-Americans onto Hispanics: lazy, criminals, gangsters, rapists. In his column it’s this new group that needs to be feared. Seriously? These families being cruelly separated at the border are desperately seeking asylum from almost certain death in places like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. “Huddled masses yearning to be free,” anyone? Brat continues to defend the many lies that Trump and his administration have told the American people about this terrible situation. Where is his humanity?
His column is disrespectful both of democracy and his job as a representative of a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” He has not held a real town hall in more than 410 days. “The women are in my grill no matter where I go.” He substitutes meaningless friendly photo ops for meaningful dialogue with his constituents. As a member of the Freedom Caucus, Brat suggests that ideological purity is more important that solving peoples’ problems. That is why Senator John McCain characterized Brat and his ilk as the “no-to-everything” caucus.
Brat’s column insists that when Blue voters “get to the low-tax, high growth areas, they vote in favor of policies that undermine the economic environment they were attracted to in the first place.” Brat’s analysis—that population shifts represent people trying to avoid paying taxes—is neither economically nor sociologically sound. It is, however, useful for and designed to divide American citizens against each other. Just like Trump does.
Brat gets personal and uses Henrico County as a place, once deeply red, where new people are bringing their blue state values with them See Carolyn Walker’s excellent rebuttal to this idiotic theory, in her Letter to the Editor of June 11th—“Brat has it wrong about “red” and “blue”.
While Americans may prefer lower taxes, they also want the government, at every level, to be involved in ensuring things like affordable healthcare, quality education, safe roads, bridges and airways, and a fair business environment. Republicans, however, will drop many of these things by the wayside in their quest to constantly reduce taxes so they can appeal to their woefully ignorant base in order to get reelected. Now, they’re putting Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block. Look at Kansas to see Republicanism in action. Its Republican government drastically reduced taxes, its infrastructure crumbled, its deficit skyrocketed, and its economy tanked. It can only afford four days of school per week.
We must all energize ourselves and our friends to get out the vote in November to send Brat into retirement, so he can re-immerse himself in his Judeo-Christian economic nonsense (did I mention he went to seminary?).
After so many years of being ignored by Cantor who was pursuing loftier ambitions, and the spectacle of Brat’s do-nothing buffoonery over the past four, we must finally elect someone to the House of Representatives, who will actually work to represent us, and help us solve the nation’s problems. That person is Abigail Spanberger.
Editors Note: This letter originally appeared in the Sunday June 24th edition of the Culpeper Star Exponent, and has been re-posted here, with the author's permission.
I hope everyone has had the opportunity to read Senator John McCain’s recent book, “Restless Wave,” or watch the HBO documentary on his life, “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls,” which aired this past Monday (it’s “on demand”).
I didn’t vote for Senator McCain when he ran for president, but I respect him as a Navy fighter pilot, courageous prisoner of war, a long-serving legislator, maverick, patriot and American hero. He is the epitome of “Duty, Honor, Country.”
It is outrageous that Cadet Bone Spurs treats McCain with such contempt for being captured. The Congress sent Trump a massive VA reform bill on May 23rd but somehow, Memorial Day passed without him getting around to signing it.
Where have all the other Republicans of courage gone? Republican legislators are running away from the Constitution they used to honor. Free speech? Not for football players. Freedom of religion? Not for Muslims. Rule of law? Not for immigrants or the Central Park Five. Not for the victims of former sheriff and convicted felon Joe Arpaio, whom Trump pardoned. Now, we have ICE channeling the Gestapo.
The Founding Fathers wrote our Constitution to create a federal government with three main functions: First, it established a national government consisting of a legislative, an executive, and a judicial branch, with a system of checks and balances among the three. Second, it divided power between the federal government and the states. And third, it protected individual liberties of American citizens. These elements put a premium on cooperation, compromise and mutual benefit. Trump and his Republican allies, especially the laughably-named “Freedom Caucus” that Senator McCain calls “the say-no-everything crowd,” have shredded these functions and protections. Never has the Congress so thoughtlessly abandoned its high ground against a reckless executive.
We need senators and congressional representatives that are not complicit with the dismantlement of the Constitution.
As citizens, our duty is to use the voting booth to elect people who will speak for us, not Wall Street, K Street lobbyists, or the Koch Brothers.
The Virginia primary election takes place on June 12th. Republicans who decide to vote in their own primary must choose among Nick Freitas, Corey Stewart and E. W. Jackson – all Trumpians – to run against Senator Tim Kaine. The rest of us, in Culpeper and across the 7th Congressional District, will choose between Abigail Spanberger and Dan Ward to run against incumbent Dave Brat, who has distinguished himself by avoiding his constituents, grandstanding on conservative talk shows and for closed, hand-picked audiences, while reminding everyone that he thinks he’s an economist and went to seminary. The only bill he has introduced during his entire time in the Congress that actually became law was to rename an arboretum.
Spanberger and Ward, on the other hand, have outstanding records as patriots, public servants, and strong credentials in national security. They are grass roots candidates not beholden to the party establishment. They want to represent the interests of all their constituents, work across the aisle to solve problems, and restore checks and balances among the three branches of government – unlike Dave Brat.
I will mourn for John McCain. He may be the last of the truly great United States senators. As for his Republican colleagues in the House and Senate, they are standing neck-deep in Trump’s swamp. They must all go – and, you can start that process by educating yourself, picking your champion, and voting on June 12th. This may “only” be a primary, but it is a watershed moment for Culpeper and for Virginia.
Be a part of history.
Editors Note: This letter is appeared in the Sunday June 3rd edition of the Culpeper Star Exponent, and has been re-posted here, with the author's permission.
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