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.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Day 83...Dear Mr. President... Is this the America we want?

Day 83
Dear Mr. President,

What kind of country has America become? I know that August is my ‘good news’ month, and at the end of my letter you will learn the good news, but for now I have to ask a few questions that have really been bothering me.

What kind of country puts corporations ahead of people, allowing untold amounts of money to be raised for one candidate or another?  Is it the kind where we allow the Supreme Court to select our President, and to declare that Corporations are people? Why are we allowing this in our America Mr. President?

What kind of country allows its police department to roust the homeless, not only displacing them, but shredding their tents with box cutters so they are not able to relocate. That just recently happened in St. Petersburg, Florida, and was video taped on someone’s cell phone. Why are public servants allowed to destroy public property even if it only belongs to the homeless? Is this our America?

What kind of country allows such severe cuts to education that many states are forced to move to a four-day school week? How is cutting education going to allow this country to compete on an international level? What is the message we are sending to our children? How are they ever going to feel valued, if we cut all the programs that make them want to remain in school? How should we expect to be treated when we’re seniors when these kids are making political decisions that will affect our well being? Will they remember how we failed them, and in turn fail us?

What kind of country wants to expel or deport young people starting college just because their parents brought them to this country illegally? These are the best and the brightest of the immigrant population, is this the group we really want to target? Why are we penalizing kids for the sins of the parents? Do we deny our kids a drivers license if one of their parents have a DUI record? Why do we allow such discrimination of the children of immigrants, whether they are legal or illegal? Is this the America we really want to live in?

What kind of a country convicts children as young as 10 or 12 for murder? What kind of a society have we become when we incarcerate children without possibility of parole? It’s a scientific fact that the human brain does not develop the ability for understanding the long-term consequences of actions committed when we are children. Some say that doesn’t develop until our 20’s at the earliest. Is this how we want the rest of the world to view how we treat our children?

I ask these questions Mr. President because these deplorable acts are going on in our America today. The good news is it’s not too late to do something about it. It’s not too late to decide the kind of America we want for ourselves and our children… the choices are ours to make.  Please let us know what kind America you want.

Most Respectfully,

Marcia Reimers
Your Gadfly Granny

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