Remember when our biggest concern was retaining the good parts of the ACA? Now we have to fight to even preserve what America stands for.
Here is a draft of a letter I am mailing to Senator Bob Casey, Senator Pat Toomey, Rep. Tim Murphy, and the White House. I cribbed much of it from a tweet that The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect sent out on Friday.
Hello, my name is RPM and I am one of your constituents writing from [zip code]. I’m writing regarding Trump’s executive orders for a ban on immigration from Muslim countries and for building a wall on the Mexican border.
As President Trump prepares orders to wall out Mexicans and shut out refuges from specific countries, be aware that he is retracting the promise of American freedom. Not since President Franklin Roosevelt forced Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II has this country seen such dark days.
Make no mistake, suspending visas for citizens of Middle Eastern and African countries is not national security. It’s prejudice. Building a wall isn’t national security. It’s prejudice. The President compromises our national security by engendering disrespect for America by people around the world.
President Trump is now exacerbating the largest global refugee crisis in history. His slamming of the doors to America on the starving, the wounded, and the abused is a grotesque blot on our nation’s history of freedom. His abominable orders and revolting prejudice seem to know no boundaries. Demonizing refugees and immigrants and spending billions of tax dollars to keep them out of our nation is not in line with American values.
In addition, please know that we Americans who care strongly suspect that white-nationalist Steve Bannon is behind many of the executive orders President Trump has enacted in his first week. I’m sure I hardly need to remind you that Bannon is not an elected representative, only an appointee chosen for his servile loyalty to President Trump. We will hold the White House and Congress responsible for seeing that Bannon is removed from power, because he is not representative of the majority in our nation.
I hope you will find the will to call your representatives or to send them a letter such as I have outlined above.
This is not us. This is not America. We are bigger than this, and we cannot stand idly by as we are misrepresented by our minority President and his cronies.