Rock Island County Republican Chairman's Letter
This week I was asked to speak briefly to an area club. What has been prominently on all our minds is the horrendous injustice that occurred in Minneapolis. Peaceful protestors deserve our support!
For the past few years now in our Quad City community, I’ve learned how minorities are taught how to act when stopped by police. At local groups to which I belong, I have seen the excellent job being done to improve and enhance relationships with law enforcement by identifying potential problems- leading the way by being vigilant and on guard against potential profiling. We should be proud of the Rock Island County community.
Minority injustice can hit close to home. Only six years ago or so, I had a personal friend that was stopped by police in a suburb just adjacent to Chicago because he was walking barefoot in a park. He was stopped because he had taken his shoes off and that drew the attention of police because he was wearing a suit.
His “crime”?— His feet were sore and he was walking to visit his mother who lived near the park. He was beaten because police believed he was gay. The pictures were horrific. This “incident” did not make the news.
When going door-to-door to talking to residents, I was given another wake-up call. I discovered important issues in my own community that I represented. Laws that were on the books to protect residents’ health and safety were not being enforced equally. When contacting the state agency that was responsible for enforcement of those laws in place to protect, I explained what I saw.
The residents’ “crime”?— they did not have a voice because of their economic status and the laws were not enforced equally.
The agency defended their actions and that of course there were similar violations each year. Since I had done a Freedom of Information Act request on those past inspections, I knew that they were the same violations in the same locations year after year and therefore no improvements being made to change those conditions. I advised that in the next inspection, carbon paper could be used to save time. Although that wrankled the agency, I said it to awaken and was proven correct- and real changes were made. Not only by enforcing laws equally, but by working with all stakeholders and government agencies to improve conditions. Not by punishing, but by helping. Not by publicizing and disgracing, but by finding ways that would have a plan that would work.
As Americans, we believe that all Americans are created equal. Americans such as President Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King believed that “all men” meant “ALL” and demanded freedom and equality for African-Americans.
Americans today have a moral obligation to actively search for and enact reforms that need to be made and must be made to ensure that our America is the beacon of exceptionalism. Exceptionalism doesn’t mean we are better than the rest of the world- It means that we continue to lead the way where all men have equal opportunities to succeed.
It is easy for the majority to not see what is happening to the minority. We must assure that we are vigilant to look for instances when people are not being treated equally Just as no man is perfect, no society is perfect, but we must work and aspire to be the best we can be.
Justice will be served. We must ALL work together to make America great. We must find the answers to the injustices that are shaking our nation and make America work for all!
Rock Island County Republican Central Committee Chairman
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Our Rock Island County Republican headquarters is located at 500 -16th Street, Rock Island; near the American Bank & Trust. Our hours are Monday and Wednesday, from 10 am - 1 pm. or by appointment in the evening. The Rock Island Headquarters phone is (309) 558-0454.
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Most of us have or used to have elderly loved ones, children and loved ones who we want to see reach their full potential and have full and productive lives. All of us are concerned about the future of America, our state, our county, our town.
We believe that America is a great country. We believe that American values are worth fighting for and defending. We believe that what makes America unique is that from the day they are born American children are taught that they can become anything, that anything is possible in America. If this sounds familiar, you are in the right place.
Under attack lately is what is known as “American exceptionalism”. What makes America exceptional is the lack of social boundaries that restrict where a person can end up. Americans see insurmountable problems and immediately start working on solutions. Americans invented flight, space flight, mass production, and electronic communications. Americans are responsible for most of the great inventions that have changed the face of the planet. It is our “can-do spirit” that makes America Exceptional.
What makes a Republican is their strong believe in America. Republicans come in all colors and beliefs. A Republican is anyone who thinks big government supported by big taxes hurts their ability to achieve their dreams and take care of their priorities. A Republican is someone who thinks that children deserve the right to take risks to achieve success and that people are best off if the rules encourage people to become their best and achieve their highest level of human potential. If you are concerned by other’s efforts at building and continuously expanding government and decreasing individual freedom, then you are a Republican.
Republicans believe that ALL PEOPLE, regardless of every division created to segment and divide, should be encouraged to be everything their human potential will allow them to become and that when people achieve their full potential, we all are better off. It is people, not big government that makes America great! Lets Make America Great again!