As NAHREP prepares to release its formal strategy to provide support for the victims in Mexico City and Puerto Rico, I have received numerous emails and private messages from members expressing their heartache and frustration by the government’s relief efforts. Below is an excerpt from an email I received from one of our members in NYC:
“It saddens me that I’ve had to read posts from “friends” on Facebook, who openly post we should be helping Americans first – specifically, the United States citizens in Texas and Florida, NOT an island in the Caribbean. I’ve attempted to educate them that the island is a U.S. territory, everyone born after April 25th 1898 are automatically U.S. citizens. 20,000 Puerto Ricans served in WWI, & 65,034 in WWII, but unfortunately these facts go on deaf ears-as we don’t “look” or “appear” American enough. My grandfather taught me as a small child to respect other people’s opinions – to try to educate them with facts in a respectful way. But at some point you just have to walk away and accept the fact that they’re not ready to receive the truth. Puerto Rico is America’s responsibility!” Aida Lublin
Aida is one of many, including several others who are serving on the NAHREP National Board, who are more grief stricken than I have ever seen. This is a far bigger deal than most Americans realize. We all need to do what we can to help with this effort.
To find out more about how you can get involved with NAHREP’s efforts go to www.nahrep.org/relief
Inflation has impacted all of us. The price of almost everything has spiked faster and harder than at any time since the 80s. Few things can obliterate a modern economy more than out-of-control inflation.
For most people, there is little upside to writing about the January 6th hearings, but as you probably know by now, I don’t worry about those things. We all must stand for something. The hearings have almost everyone taking sides before a single witness is called. Democrats believe that the events of January 6th were a calculated effort to undermine our democracy by demolishing two of the most sacred tenants of our nation, free elections, and the peaceful transition of power.
Most people consider themselves either a conservative or a liberal. I think if we forget political parties, which flip their positions on things all of the time, and instead focus on the actual definition of what it means to be a conservative and what it means to be a liberal, we might be able to temper the emotional reactions some of us have with political discourse.