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Trott’s Response

Trott is playing ball with the president. I expect this is in hopes of getting the GOP agenda passed. I hope this turns out OK for all our sakes. This is a dangerous game given Trump’s statements about the press, and the judiciary and Bannon’s seeming influence towards white nationalist policy.

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Email to Representative Trott RE:Immigration

I previously sent you a letter with a more moderate tone via USPS, but I’m inspired to write by  a cowardly act by Mr. Trump to ban refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.

The proximate cause of my writing is a friend who retweeted names from the St.Louis turned away in 1939 from the US. Many of the the names on the manifest of that ship were later killed in Auschwitz. The United States was wrong then and it is wrong now.

While immigration is largely the purview of the executive branch I hope I can have your reassurance that you will do all you can to change this decision. As a resident of the Detroit area who works in Dearborn, the Muslims I know are hard-working people seeking the best for their families like all Americans and American immigrants and indeed almost everyone in the world.

I hope the United States can continue to be an inspiration to the world and not a nation of cowards. I hope 80 years from now someone does not weep for the Syrians we are turning away as much as I weeped tonight for the Jews we turned away in 1939.

Feel free to respond. Be aware I will likely share the response on social media. And for God’s sake have some empathy.

Letter to Trump (1/22/2017)

Mr. Jeff Morford

Mr. Donald Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
Washington DC 20500

Dear Mr. Trump:

We have so many differences of opinion and basic philosophy that it would be hard to enumerate them. Let me focus instead on a few key principles that I think are essential to preserving our democratic republic for future generations.

  • A president must report truthfully to the press. A president must not attack the press for doing their essential job. Tyrants and autocrats casually lie to the press. People hiding their true intentions lie to the press.
  • A president must respect the first amendment. A president must not single out people, or groups of people based on their ethnicity, or religion. A president must respect the rights of people to peaceably assemble.
  • A president president must release tax returns and other documents so that the people can be reassured that the president’s decisions are based on his opinion of what is best for the people and not on what is best for the president.

I’m sure my list of bullets could be extended. However, be aware that if you continue to attack the press, call for registries of citizens based on their religion, call for further restriction on voting, try to roll back civil rights, or try to restrict access to health care, then you will surely hear from me and see me.

I vote, I write letters, I mobilize others, I support financially candidates who share my views, and I will join protests to preserve the Republic and to ensure equal opportunity for its citizens.

Yours truly,

Jeff Morford

Letter to Representative Trott (Sent 1/22/2017)

Mr. Jeff Morford

Representative David Trott
625 E Big Beaver Rd #204
Troy, MI 48083

Dear Mr. Trott:

I am not naïve and I know that with Republicans in control of the presidency and both houses of congress you will pursue the agenda of those whose votes you received. This will often not agree with my views about the best direction of the country. These differences are, however, in some ways trivial compared to the greater risk I now see.

I am disheartened beyond simple policy at some of the ways the Republic is going. While this is not directly your responsibility as a House member, the Senate ignored the constitution in not fulfilling its duty to advise and consent on the filling of a Supreme Court vacancy. Further, we have a president who has already resorted to telling petty, easily disprovable lies. Historically this has been one of the approaches autocrats use discredit a free press. The free press is essential to making sure the government does in fact represent the people and not just the interests of the leader and his inner circle. The president has called for registry of citizens based on religion. This strains, if not outright violates, the religious freedom clause of the Bill of Rights. The president has refused to let the people know what potential conflicts of interest he has. True he cannot legally have a conflict of interest outside of emoluments, but his lack of transparency will lead many to question his every decision.

I would like to try to preserve the democratic republic for my children and theirs. So, the list in the paragraph above worries me greatly.

I guess I write to you knowing that we will have differences in many policies. I hope, however, that we can agree that:

  • The president must report truthfully to the press. The president must stop attacking the press for doing their essential job.
  • The president must respect the first amendment. He must not single out people, or groups of people based on their ethnicity, or religion. He must respect the rights of people to peaceably assemble.
  • The president should release tax returns and other documents so that the people can be reassured that his decisions are based on his opinion of what is best for the people and not on what is best for his companies

I’m sure my list of bullets could be extended. However be aware that if the president, continues to attack the press, if he, or Congress call for registries of citizens based on their religion, if he, or Congress call for further restriction on voting, if he, or Congress try to roll back civil rights, if he, or Congress try (verb agreement corrected 1/23) to restrict access to health care- especially for women, then you will surely hear from me and see me.

I vote, I write letters, I mobilize others, I support financially candidates who share my views, and I will join protests to preserve the Republic and to ensure equal opportunity for its citizens.

Yours truly,

Jeff Morford