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Sunday, May 19, 2024
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Letter to Republican Voters—please read it

This letter to my Republican friends is my way of opening up the line of communication between members of the two major political parties. Instead of fighting each other (which is the goal of the rich and corrupt), we should be working together to hold those in government accountable for catering to corporations, lobbyists, and the 1% instead of us! Our tax dollars should go to making our lives better. Don’t you agree? Let’s ignore their attempts to use culture wars to pit us against each other and call out those corrupt SOBs in Washington! (share this letter with friends if you agree)

Dear Republican voters,

I sometimes feel like the lies and gaslighting from your politicians and Conservative media hold so much power over your mind that you subconsciously refuse to hear anything different. Even if that includes facts and the truth. My goal for this letter is not to lecture you, criticize you, belittle you, or make fun of you. I only want to give you some information that you may not be aware of.

Health Care

If you are living in a state with a Republican governor, did you know that your governor is so against helping people that aren’t wealthy that they choose to send back the funding they receive from the federal government to expand Medicaid?

I so often hear about the high number of people that are uninsured living in a state under leadership that chooses to return money rather than use it to make sure every citizen in the state has health insurance. In fact, states with Republican governors have the highest rates of poverty, uninsured citizens, gun violence, and the worst education systems.

Facts

Graph of states with the most uninsured citizens
Source: CDC via Times Record News

Gun Violence

Graph of gun violence by U.S. State
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Poverty

Map of the U.S. showing poverty levels by state
Poverty levels by state

Immigration

I hate to use the terms “red states” and “blue states” because the concept itself is polarizing. I prefer to just truthfully say “states with Republican leadership” and vice versa. Conservative media spends a lot of time on culture war topics to distract you from what’s really going on. Your politicians do the same thing. They are anti “woke”, because to be woke is to have your eyes opened to see what the government and politicians are really up to.

Fox News and the other outlets are so good at telling you things meant to scare you and/or make you angry. They think it’s easier to get you to vote for Republicans if you are scared of or angry at the other side.

They have referred to your fellow Americans with different political ideology as your “enemies” for a long time now. That simply isn’t true! I’ve heard Fox News hosts say, “The Democrats hate you.” That is not true!

Republican politicians keep complaining about the Southern border. Did you know that a Republican Senator, James Lankford, worked with a group of Senators—Republican, Democrat, and Independent—to create the most Conservative border security bill ever? It had provisions like: increasing the number of Border Patrol Officers to help protect the border. It also increased their pay. In fact, the Union of Border Patrol Officers wrote a letter in support of the bill.

The bill also increased the number of immigration judges so that instead of having asylum-seekers released into the country until their court date months-years away, there would finally be enough judges to hear every case right away, and deport any migrant that isn’t granted asylum. That solves a problem Republican politicians are always complaining about!

Fentanyl Crisis

They have the equipment used to detect fentanyl coming across the border, but it’s sitting in a warehouse! Why? They don’t have the funds needed to install it! This bill also provided money necessary to install the equipment that would help with the fentanyl crisis.

Those are just some of the things in the Conservative border security bill that would have helped exponentially with the crisis. The bill was set to pass when Donald Trump told the Republicans NOT to pass it because it would make Biden look good for doing something to fix the border, and Trump wanted to campaign on the border crisis, so if it was fixed…

When that happened I thought for sure you would be angry. I tuned into Fox News and watched a Trump rally only to find out that they were all lying to you about what the bill would do!

For future reference, you can visit the Congress website and read the details of any bill you want. You can also look at voting records to see how your politicians consistently vote against anything that will help you. Armed with this knowledge, they can never trick you or lie to you again when it comes to legislation being passed.

Education

This graphic from Time magazine shows U.S. states in colors based on their education systems.

Public school system ranking by state
Public school system ranking by state

I’m hoping this letter and the facts I provided will help you to see that Republican politicians will always do what makes them and their friends rich, while making their constituents poor, uneducated, and uninsured. Once you cut through the lies and propaganda, you can clearly see what’s happening. I think the abortion bans are something you can’t spin or hide. That one topic has opened a lot of eyes to the Republican mission to control women and take away their rights.

I hope that you take the time to read this letter with an open mind and it opens your mind, and your eyes, to what your politicians and media are doing to you.

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