With so much uncertainty surrounding Arizona and the USA these days, I think we could all use a big dose of reliable and stable leadership in Congress. This is no time to get experimental or ideological. This is no time to abandon what’s been working very well for the past four years.
I support the reelection of Arizona CD1 Congressman Tom O’Halleran. Since being elected to his first term, Tom has been the most pragmatic and hardworking member of the House of Representatives. Arizona’s families have been able to count on Tom to sponsor and support legislation that treats them as his only priority. When it came to COVID economic relief, Congressman O’Halleran worked around the clock to make sure working families and small businesses were covered. When it comes to health care, Tom has never stopped fighting to make sure our most vulnerable get treated fairly.
Whether we’re talking about businesses, working families, senior citizens, students and teachers or Native Americans, Tom O’Halleran is our best bet in Congress. Tom works across party lines for cooperation and coordination when it matters most. I trust Tom O’Halleran to continue to represent me — he’ll get my vote!
The Dispatch editorial on Thursday said violence would destroy the point of the protests. Ironically, the editorial itself was a direct attempt to destroy and misrepresent the point of the nationwide and worldwide protests.
The editorial sought to use the protests to push a political and anti-labor agenda. It blamed Democrats and labor unions. It trivialized the decades-old systemic racism that spans legal, health, education, law enforcement, judicial and economic lines. It told us how uncommon the problem is and it’s all about a relatively small number of bad cops.
Blaming Democrats ignores what Republicans have done to cut funding for public education and community programs intended to equalize the severely tilted playing fields. No mention of the Republican-controlled Department of Justice dismantling reforms intended to work through state and local law enforcement to heal and unite communities. Completely ignored are the racial differences in wage earnings, housing and employment opportunities.
Saying that police labor unions are to blame is akin to saying defendants don’t deserve to be represented. For far too long, police and other public employees were pawns in political battles. In a system of patronage, they could be disciplined or fired for not being loyal to the politicians in power. Prior to union representation, they had no recourse. If legal defense is at fault, should we get rid of defense attorneys and public defenders all together?
The nation and the world are erupting in protest because the system is racially unfair. From rates of COVID death to incarcerations to unemployment and poverty, the evidence is clear and unambiguous! Misleading editorials seek to hide the truth and breadth of the issue but the facts are indisputable. The knee crushing George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes wasn’t the entire point, it was horror that brought the world’s attention to the undeniable point: Racism still thrives!