Placido Salazar psalazar9@satx.rr.

“The wall” is only a symptom of a much greater problem, which many fail, or refuse to see. Instead of wasting more billions of dollars on a racist and senseless divisive wall, which will stop nobody from entering our country, looking for much-needed work, how about diverting some of that money to help Mexico create jobs in Mexico? Many giant American agri-businesses and other giant American corporations have driven millions of Mexican workers out of jobs in their own country, so we are in fact driving these Mexican workers to come into our country, looking for low-paying jobs, to keep their family from starving. Since we helped create the problem, then our country should also help to create more jobs in Mexico. Instead of throwing more billions of dollars into that stupid racist wall, why not send tractors, other farm equipment and seed, to help these workers create jobs and to grown their own food. It would also help if we imported fruits, vegetables and manufactured goods from Mexico, instead of helping China defeat us economically. Didn’t one of our presidents make a demand in Germany to “tear down that wall,” which was dividing German families. Don’t Mexican families on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border have just as much right to be united? If the purpose of the racist wall is “to fight terrorism.” let me again make the point that neither Mexico nor any of the countries south of our country had anything to do with 9/ll or with any other act of terrorism in America…… NONE. So stop using scare tactics to cover the racism against Mexican Americans in our own country.

Further proof of not-so-subtle hatred by Anglos against minorities, is the once-again persistent issue of “voter ID,” illegal withdrawals by Rick Perry from the “Permanent Education Fund;” thereby, bankrupting school districts in minority neighborhoods, drastic cuts in medical care (CHIPS) for millions of low-income minority children in Texas – on and on. It is quite obvious that Rick Perry and the mostly-Anglo republicans in Texas, want to cut funding in education, to keep the mushrooming Mexican-American population as under-educated as possible so as to have an ample supply of a menial labor workforce and undereducated so as to present a less-involved (probably more democrats) political population. These factors, plus the “dirty tricks” political maneuvering for legislators to control what women can and cannot decide for themselves in regard to their bodies, should give minorities the much-needed motivation to get as many voters registered and to the polls, to get these republican dictator-type politicians out of Austin. It’s OK to get mad – but it’s more productive to get motivated. If you have never voted before, now is the time to register – and be ready to vote….. especially if you have school-age children. Too many of our warriors have died or suffered disabling wounds, allegedly “to set up Democracy and the right to vote” in other countries; but when they return home, too many of them fail to exercise their right (and their obligation) to vote. If any of you, as motivational speakers, have Warriors or Veterans for an audience, please make sure to encourage them to V O T E. Placido Salazar, USAF Retired

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