What is Washboard Express?

Washboard Express is a way for me to express my own opinions, to be a provocative gadfly, by writing a "letter a day" to the President. I may miss a day here and there, because sometimes my family with be my first priority, but my goal is to write a total of 365 letters, representing one full year. To say I have opinions about most things would be to understate the obvious. Those of you that know me, know this is true, those who don't know me, will learn that it's true. The Washboard is a reference to going back to basics and "keeping it clean," so if you would like me to post your comments or opinions on this blog, I only ask that you be respectful. So go ahead, express yourself, and I look forward to an exchange of ideas and opinions.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Day15... Dear Mr. President

Day 15
Dear Mr. President

We hear a lot of rhetoric about this country’s children, but every time we turn around our politicians are voting to slash services that benefit our children, including their education which is supposed to prepare them to be contributing members of society. How can we call ourselves a “compassionate” nation when we can’t even educate or protect our own children?

Our two party system is not working, as evidenced by the abject failure of our elected officials to pass ‘anything’ that promotes “the general welfare of the people,” let alone the welfare of our children.

Going into the next election you have an opportunity to turn that around and start a ‘grassroots movement’ using your vast network of influential ‘friends’ and volunteer workers. Here is what I propose as an alternative to a “third” party, which has only produced an even more radical arm of the GOP… the Tea Party nut jobs.

Think of what this country could look like in the future if we elected politicians based on the following mission statement. If you, Mr. President, got your people involved in this movement, it would give a whole new meaning to “ObamaCare”.
I believe that the First Lady would agree.

Children’s Advocates for Representation in Elections

Mission Statement

As a nationwide coalition of non-partisan voters, devoted to supporting candidates and issues relevant to the healthy development and protection of children, Children’s Advocates for Representation in Elections will become a voice for all children in America through the power of the vote. Children cannot vote for themselves, therefore, this coalition of voters affirms as its mission: 

To recruit voters aged 18 to 80+ years, neighborhood by neighborhood, state by state, to vote on behalf of children.

To propose, prepare, and lobby for a comprehensive nationwide children’s agenda. To work for improvement in existing and to create new legislation pertaining to, but not limited to the health, education, welfare, and protection of children in America.

To form committees in every state of the nation to serve as “watchdogs” over elected officials and to investigate candidates’ and politicians’ positions on issues relating to the protection and enhancement of children. To investigate and publish the voting records of candidates and politicians on issues relating to the well being of children. To propose a slate of qualified candidates who have proved themselves to be strong proponents of a children’s agenda. To promote and support only those candidates, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or political party affiliation, whose philosophy and voting record reflect the needs of children and the mission of CARE.

To keep CARE members informed and aware of the activities of the organization and the results of its work on behalf of children.

The infant mortality rate in the US is a disgrace, child abuse is unconscionable, children being tried as adults starts younger and younger, and the number of homeless children is appalling. If only we could elect politicians who ‘CARE’.

Most Respectfully,

Marcia Reimers
The Gadfly Granny

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