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On the day that the White House celebrated a day of prayer, Rudy Giuliani said that multiple payments to numerous women on behalf of the Donald Trump may have been possible. Now, it appears that Michael Cohen was reimbursed to the tune of $500,000 by a Russian oligarch close to Putin. Meanwhile Speaker Ryan tried to fire the chaplain of the House of Representatives, Reverend Patrick Conroy, a Jesuit priest who offered a mild prayer for justice during the debate over the GOP tax cut.
Scott Pruitt continues his corrupt lifestyle at the taxpayers’ expense while destroying environmental protections as fast as he can. Ryan Zinke, at Interior, is selling off our National Parks and Monuments. The swamp is not being drained; it’s becoming an open sewer with many new inhabitants.
Most egregious of all his egregious decisions, just this past Tuesday, Trump abrogated America’s partnership in the international agreement that was also signed by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the European Union, Russia, China, and Iran. It is a multilateral arms control deal, unanimously endorsed by a United Nations Security Council Resolution. We are now in violation, and Iran is free to restart its nuclear weapons ambitions if it so chooses.
The other signatories are decrying Trump’s decision, and informed military, scientific, national security and diplomatic experts who have served in both Republican and Democratic administrations are all horrified. The International Atomic Energy Agency has determined, through remote monitoring and unprecedented intrusive access to all Iran’s nuclear facilities, that Iran is, indeed, in complete compliance. Bush abrogated the last agreement with North Korea and now Trump has demonstrated that, once again, the United States cannot be trusted to keep its international commitments.
But change is sure to come, and the 7th Congressional District will be right in the middle of it. Excited about the extraordinary quality of the candidates who stepped up to run against Steve Bannon protégé Dave Brat, for the first time in years, the Democratic Committee of the 7th Congressional District decided to hold a primary and let the people choose between candidates Dan Ward and Abigail Spanberger, who have been crisscrossing the district in an intense but civilized campaign for votes.
This is a clarion call for democracy and a demonstration of the Democratic Party’s robust confidence in the will of the people. If you truly want America to become great again, then it must start here in the 7th District by kicking Dave Brat out of office, reelecting Senator Kaine, and taking back Congress from the Republican Party, which has effectively blocked any progress in this country for the last ten years.
The Primary is scheduled for June 12th. Be sure your voter registration is up-to-date, that you have the proper identification, and that you know where your polling place is (you can do all this at one website: http://www.voteinculpeper.info/). Then, go exercise your rights.
The deadline for registering to vote in the June 12th Primary is May 21st. Absentee voting has already begun. June 5th is the last day you can request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you. June 9th is the last day you can vote absentee in person at the Registrar’s office. The polls open at 6:00 am on June 12th.Candidates’ yard signs are popping up around town. Volunteers have begun canvassing door-to-door, and you may be receiving phone calls urging you to register, vote, and support one candidate or the other. The important things are to become informed on the issues, where the candidates stand on them, and then exercise your franchise.
Editors Note: This letter is scheduled to appear in the Sunday May 13th edition of the Culpeper Star Exponent, and has been re-posted here, with the author's permission.
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