October 18, 2016
Email To President Obama
I am trying to read Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. The book tells of the brilliant Black women who were hired by NASA during WW II and then went on to make the space age possible. But what makes it almost impossible for me to continue reading is the justified comparison between the Nazi treatment of Jews and the United States’ treatment of Blacks. I find history so disheartening, so depressing. In no way can I see this country as a “shining light on a hill” and I wish we’d stop using that image. We committed genocide against the Native people (and we continue to dishonor them); we enslaved brilliant people from another continent, people who had an advanced civilization, and we then as we do now treated them dishonorably.
Republicans want States to make their own laws. But when those laws disenfranchise, discriminate, cheat — then the federal government MUST make a universal law that guarantees equal rights to all. We cannot continue to allow (and we DO allow) discrimination based on race.
I also hope to find a supplier for a bumpersticker that I intend to spread far and wide: GERRYMANDERING IS VOTER FRAUD. Gerrymandering is yet another example of how individuals, groups, states will do whatever the “law permits” to cheat voters of equal representation in Congress. Following a law should NOT allow individuals or groups to be unethical. And Gerrymandering is unethical. Tax evasion is unethical. Imprisoning Blacks as yet another form of Jim Crow is unethical. Having teams of lawyers to allow corporations to find loopholes in order to avoid paying taxes is unethical. Why have ethics been removed from our way of life?????
Republicans want LESS GOVERNMENT. Sir, WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE GOVERNMENT. Less government means MORE CORPORATE RULE. Why does OUR representative government not step in to declare that parties and states will NOT use games to cheat voters of their fair and equal representation in Congress and permit corporations to live tax-free???