THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: My Proposal for Police Education and Training

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Shall Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Although I know that it is not just the police but also other sectors of
our society that need education and training to help them to put their
best professional or civic foot forward, I focus in this posting on my
proposal for police education and training.

My proposal calls for a four-tiered program for interventionist training
to give police officers whatever training they need to conduct traffic
stops safely, facilitate peaceful protests by citizens, deescalate
confrontations with mentally ill persons, and redirect those distracted by
anger into activities that provide a constructive outlet to seek and
secure a solution to some real or perceived injustice.

My proposed training program would have four levels of achievement or
certification: Interventionist I, Interventionist II, Interventionist III,
and Master Interventionist.

For each level, the police officer would receive an incentive of a $2,000
increase to his or her annual salary, except for Master Interventionist
for which the officer would receive an increase in yearly salary of
$3,000.

These days a police officer needs also to be a social worker in addition
to being skilled in the use of firearms.

When elected your congressman, I will introduce a bill called APETA: The
American Police Education and Training Act. Federal dollars will fund the
program above so that police officers can obtain the training they need to
protect others, themselves and the community.

If you would like to support my campaign financially, you may go to my
website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make a Donation.”
Follow the directions on the Donations Page to make your contribution.

By sponsoring a bill to create APETA, I will help to bring about a Future
that Shall Be Ours, in that it will promote public safety as it helps to
protect both the lives of police officers and citizens of whatever racial
group.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: Our Rule of Law Must Prevail

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Shall Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

In regard to the Orlando mass shooting, the views of Gabby Giffords and
Mark Kelly of AMERICANS FOR RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS.ORG apply. Gabby
Giffords, of course, is the former congresswoman who was shot multiple
times several years ago in the shooting in Tucson. Mark Kelly is her
husband and the former astronaut. This is what they said:

“Congress must close loopholes in our laws that allows criminals and
domestic abusers
to get their hands on guns. Congress must act to ensure that the dangerously
mentally ill find it easier to access affordable treatment than a firearm.

“And while we are still learning all of the details about what happened,
there are
news reports that the Orlando shooter was tracked by the FBI. Late last year,
Congress failed to pass a law that would have closed the “terror gap” that
allows
people on an FBI watch list to legally purchase guns. That has to change,
as well.” (“Orlando mass shooting,” email sent out by Gabby Giffords and
Mark Kelly of the organization “Americans for Responsible Solutions.org”,
June 12, 2016.)

Secondly, I don’t think that Muslims should be singled out for
discrimination because of what happened in Orlando or other places. Yes,
Mr. Mateen was a Muslim, but was Timothy McVeigh or Adam Lanza? No, they
were not. That’s like saying that we should be afraid of all black men
because of what a few black men have done.

I agree with President Obama. ““Where does this stop?” Mr. Obama said of
Mr. Trump’s approach, noting that Mr. Trump had proposed a ban on
admitting Muslims into the United States, and that the Orlando assailant,
like perpetrators of previous domestic terrorist attacks in San
Bernardino, Calif., and Fort Hood, Tex., was an American citizen.

“Are we going to start treating all Muslim-Americans differently? Are we
going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to
start discriminating against them because of their faith?” “…Because
that’s not the America we want — it doesn’t reflect our democratic ideals.
It won’t make us more safe. It will make us less safe.” (“Obama Denounces
Donald Trump for His ‘Dangerous’ Mind-Set,” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and
Matt Flegenheimer, NEW YORK TIMES, June 14, 2016.

If elected to Congress, I will advocate for reasonable background checks
and a one-week waiting period on gun purchases. I support the efforts of
Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly of AMERICANS FOR RESPONSIBLE SOLUTIONS.ORG.

Moreover, I will support the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
which guarantees religious freedom in our country. No particular religious
group should be singled out for discrimination.

If you would like to support my campaign financially, please go to my
website www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make a Donation.”
If you would like to volunteer, please call our campaign number at
480-607-9726.

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS, if we adopt in Congress reasonable background
checks and a one-week waiting period on gun purchases; and if we do not
discriminate against any religious group because of the actions of only a
very few of its members. Our rule of law and our Constitution must
prevail.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: Trump Has Witch-hunt Approach to Politics

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Shall Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Referring to Donald Trump’s ad hominem attacks on federal Judge Gonzalo
Curiel’s Mexican heritage, Lindsey Graham, the renowned Republican U.S.
Senator from South Carolina, stated: “This is the most un-American thing
from a politician since Joe McCarthy,” … “If anybody was looking for an
off-ramp, this is probably it,” he added. “There’ll come a time when the
love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.” (“Democrats Jump On Allies
of Donald Trump in Judge Dispute,” by Patrick Healy, Maggie Haberman, and
Jonathan Martin, NEW YORK TIMES, June 6, 2016.)

Judge Curiel, an American, was born in Indiana and graduated from Indiana
University’s law school.

Moreover, Senator Graham, “another former primary rival of Mr. Trump’s,
urged Republicans who have backed Mr. Trump to rescind their endorsements,
citing the remarks about Judge Curiel and Mr. Trump’s expression of doubt
on Sunday that a Muslim judge could remain neutral in the same lawsuit,
given Mr. Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim noncitizens entering the country.
(same source as above.)

As a public high school English teacher, I have taught Arthur Miller’s
celebrated play THE CRUCIBLE for many years. It is based on the Salem,
Massachusetts witch-hunt that occurred in 1692. In that play, people who
were different, or on the wrong side of the town’s authorities, were
accused of being witches. Nineteen of them were hanged before enough
townspeople publicly doubted the authority of the court headed by Judge
Danforth. 80 years later, the governor of Massachusetts apologized for
what had happened and said that a mistake had been made.

The genesis of Arthur Miller’s play was, of course, the Red Scare in the
early 1950’s in which Senator Joseph McCarthy, alluded to by Senator
Graham above, accused various people of being Communists, although it was
found that his accusations were baseless.

Now Donald Trump is saying that Judge Curiel can’t be objective because he
has a Mexican heritage, and that if a judge were Muslim, that judge
couldn’t be objective, either, merely because of their ethnicity. That’s
racist and should be condemned by all Americans who respect and believe in
the rule of law.

Says the NEW YORK TIMES editorial for today, June 7, 2016: “The gravity of
this matter has clearly eluded Donald Trump, who has cast aside the
Constitution and decades of jurisprudence by suggesting both ethnic and
religious litmus tests for federal judges. These pronouncements illustrate
that Mr. Trump holds the rule of law in contempt. (“The Judicial System
According to Donald Trump,” NEW YORK TIMES Editorial, June 7, 2016.)

Where do the Republican candidates for Congress in District 6–David
Schweikert and Russ Wittenberg–stand on this issue? Do they support
Donald Trump’s racist statements about Judge Curiel?

If you would like to support my campaign financially, please check out my
website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com. Click on “Make a Donation”
and, using your credit or debit card, support my Democratic candidacy. My
website uses safe and secure PayPal. Or, if you wish to send a check, mail
it to my campaign address listed on the same page. Be sure to include your
address, occupation and employer.

I need your help so that my campaign committee can purchase signs,
campaign business cards, flyers and stamps. As Martin Luther King, Jr.
once said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you
doing for others?'” If you wish to volunteer, please call our campaign
number at 480-607-9726.

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS if we advocate, as I do now and shall do as your
congressman, for racial justice and the rule of law.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE SHALL BE OURS: Onwards and Upwards!

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Shall Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Yesterday I turned in my nomination petitions at the Secretary of State’s
office. I have 1937 signatures, which should qualify me for the ballot.

I had a very busy year as a public high school English teacher. I taught
mainly 11th grade English, but also was the instructor for one
ELL–English Language Learners–class teaching those students to write
academic English. They were freshmen and sophomores whose native language
is Spanish.

My duties as the Unit Chair at Carl Hayden High School for CTA–the
Classroom Teachers Association–kept me occupied as well. The relatively
new evaluation system resulting from the Legislature’s new rules a few
years ago keeps teachers quite anxious, I believe, about their status and
progress. Like probably all other areas of our society, there’s a lot of
stress in the educational workplace. As the head of the teachers’ union at
my school, I see the effects of that up close; we in the teachers
association seek to assist our members–and often those who are
not–resolve their labor issues and obtain fair and humane treatment.

Further, I completed a two-semester First Year Arabic course at Mesa
Community College, getting an A in both semesters. I’m going to take
Second Year Arabic starting in the Fall. It’s a fascinating language
germane to the contemporary world. 242 million people speak Arabic and, as
I like to say, I’m number 242,000,001.

I really appreciate the supporter who made the monthly recurring donation
several months back. That definitely is the “gift that keeps on giving,”
and it has helped to sustain my website of which this webmail is a part.
Senator DeConcini’s $1,000 contribution has been a boon, too, and one for
which I’m very thankful. Donations of any variety–humble or lofty–help
so much and are deeply appreciated.

For those who would like to donate financially to my campaign, please
check out my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make
a Donation.” You can donate using your credit or debit card. My website
uses safe and secure PayPal. Or, if you wish, you may send a check to my
campaign address listed on that same page. If you would like to volunteer,
please let me know. Our campaign phone number is 480-607-9726. Bolster my
Democratic candidacy with your effort and good will. Strive on behalf of
Truth, Justice and Reason and feel good about it.

Thank you for your support and, remember, the Future, if we work together,
shall be ours.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

The Future Shall Be Ours: Clinton Worthy of Our Respect and Vote

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

480-607-9726

“The Future Shall Be Ours.”

Dear Friend,

Before I go further, I want to let you know that I no longer support
lowering the capital gains tax. I abandoned that position quite a while
ago. It doesn’t fit with my support of the Affordable Care Act, nor does
it do anything to render our economic system more fair to those who are
struggling to make ends meet.

That said, I can move on and say that I heartily endorse Hillary Clinton
for president. She’s a hard worker, conscientious and worldly in her
political experience. Indeed, as secretary of state under Barack Obama,
Clinton traveled 956,733 miles.(“Clinton Seeks State Dept. Legacy Beyond
That of Globetrotter” by Amy Chozick, New York Times, Nov. 26, 2013.)

But she accomplished much more than that.

“What about her 13 trips to Libya in 2011 to build the coalition that led
to the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi,” supporters ask. “Why is no one
talking about how she brokered a cease-fire in Gaza? Anyone remember that
she furthered economic sanctions on North Korea?” (Ibid.)

I moreover have faith in Mrs. Clinton’s judgment. She has been a force for
reason and considerate treatment of other nations. “President Obama’s
victory in 2008 and Mrs. Clinton’s frequent personal visits helped mend
tensions, and by mid-2009 favorable opinions of the United States in
Western Europe, Asia and Latin America were almost as high as before
President George W. Bush took office.” (Ibid.)

I would much rather that Clinton have the responsibility for nuclear
weapons than Donald Trump, whose drive to dominate and insult would not, I
believe, contribute to working relationships with other leaders to promote
peace.

If you’d like to donate to my congressional campaign, please visit my
website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make a Donation.”
You may by means of PayPal make a safe and secure contribution. Or if you
wish to send in a check, the address is provided on that same page as
well. I deeply appreciate the contributions I have received so far,
especially the one that recurs monthly. More financial support is needed,
however, as we require campaign business cards, more signs, and website
maintenance.
I hope you will do your part and put yourself down for at least $20. So
far, I’m the only Democrat running in District 6. Show that you appreciate
this by lending a monetary hand to the mobilization of our Democratic
strength.

Thanks, and, with your support, the Future Shall Be Ours!

Democratically yours,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS: Blue Tuesday Luncheon Forum A Great Time

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

I thoroughly enjoyed the BLUE TUESDAY LUNCHEON FORUM held this past
Tuesday at the Starfire Golf Club in North Scottsdale.

Joan Sheff, a long-time friend, had invited me after she had read my
recent campaign update, BLACK STUDENT SAFETY AND DIGNITY A TOP PRIORITY.
Joan and my mom, Alice Williamson, have known each other since the late
60’s. This is partially because my brother and one of her sons were close
friends when they went to Saguaro High School. In addition to that,
however, Joan and Mom have known each other through activities in the
Democratic Party going back to the 70’s as well.

Terry Goddard’s speech on “Dark Money” was, to say the least,
illuminating. His main point, as I got it, was that voters need to be able
to know specifically where the money is coming from that funds campaign
activities. The ruling, however, from the U.S. Supreme Court on Citizens
United five years ago does not require that. Terry pointed out that
Justice Kennedy made a naive error in supporting the idea that it’s okay
for donors not to disclose who they are.

Terry, who was Arizona Attorney General for 8 years from 2003-2011,
further made it known that he is working on a proposition to be placed
before the voters in the next election that would require, as I
understand, such disclosure to take place. This transparency would allow
voters to hold donors accountable for such things as biased unfactual
campaign ads that mislead voters, malign candidates, and even create an
election climate in which voters choose not to go to the polls at all.

He spoke about how dark money was used against Republican gubernatorial
candidates Scott Smith and Christine Jones in the Republican primary in
2014.

I appreciated the opportunity Linda Ambrose, the emcee of the event, gave
me to say a few words about my campaign.

I was fortunate enough to garner one financial contribution and touch base
with valued friends I had not seen for a while as well as make new ones.

I’m going to attend the LD 23 Holiday Potluck on Friday, Dec. 4, to take
place at the Scottsdale Ranch Community Center near 100th and Shea in the
evening. I’m looking forward to that so I’ll be able to meet more of the
indefatigable Democrats in the District 6 area.

Remember, check out my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com. Feel
free to click on “Make A Donation” and support my campaign on a financial
basis. Terry Goddard made a point of reading a statement by U.S. Justice
Antonin Scalia in which he says that people should not have any problem
with disclosing their names when they make a financial contribution to a
political campaign. Justice Scalia said America is the “home of the
brave,” and that therefore contributors who want to keep their names
secret are not operating in the American tradition.

In the meanwhile, I fervently hope that you have a great Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS: Black Student Safety and Dignity A Top Priority

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

BLACK LIKE ME by John Howard Griffin was a book I read when I was a
teenager going to Saguaro High School in Scottsdale.

It’s about a white guy who used medication to darken his skin to deep
brown to find out how black people were treated. With his changed skin
color, he went out into the world of the Deep South of the 1950’s as an
unemployed black man.

The racial protests that have happened at the University of Missouri in
Columbia over the past two weeks have brought to light that we still, as a
country, have not succeeded in ending discrimination against black people.

In the New York Times, journalist John Eligon explains it thus: “COLUMBIA,
Mo. — At first, Briana Gray just chalked up the comments and questions
from her new roommate at the University of Missouri to innocent ignorance:
How do you style your hair? What do you put in it?

“But then her white roommate from rural Missouri started playing a rap
song with a racial slur and singing the slur loudly, recalled Ms. Gray, a
black senior from suburban Chicago. Another time, the roommate wondered
whether black people had greasy skin because slaves were forced to sweat a
lot.

“Then one day, Ms. Gray said, she found a picture tacked to her door of
what appeared to be a black woman being lynched. When her roommate said a
friend had done it as a joke, Ms. Gray said she attacked the girl and her
friends. The police broke up the fight and no one was arrested. But Ms.
Gray said her view on race relations had been indelibly changed.” (“At
University of Missouri, Black Students See a Campus Riven by Race,” by
John Eligon, New York Times, Nov. 11, 2015).

The racial insensitivity shown by the white student who put up the picture
on the door is shocking. One wonders: Didn’t her parents teach her
anything? What about the schools she attended before she came to college?
Wasn’t there any instruction in diversity and accepting others regardless
of their skin color? Yes, I know my naivete is showing.

According to Roxane Gay, a contributing op-ed writer for the New York
Times who is black: “BLACK children are not allowed to be children. They
are not allowed to be safe, not at home, not at pool parties, not driving
or sitting in cars listening to music, not walking down the street, not in
school. For black children, for black people, to exist is to be
endangered. Our bodies receive no sanctity or safe harbor.” (“Where Are
Black Children Safe?” by Roxane Gay, New York Times, Oct. 29, 2015).

She goes on to describe the disturbing incident that occurred recently
when the deputy manhandled the black high school girl who wouldn’t give up
her cell phone. “On Monday, in Columbia, S.C., Ben Fields, a sheriff’s
deputy assigned to Spring Valley High School, was called to a classroom to
exert control over an allegedly disobedient student — a black girl. She
wouldn’t give up her cellphone to her teacher, an infraction wholly
disproportionate to what came to pass. There are at least three videos of
the incident. When Mr. Fields approaches the girl, she is sitting quietly.
He quickly muscles her out of her seat and throws her across the room.”

Ms. Gay, later on, says: “Time and again, in such situations, black people
are asked, why don’t we mind our place? To be black in America is to exist
with the presumption of guilt, burdened by an implacable demand to prove
our innocence. We are asked impossible questions by people who completely
ignore a reality where so many of the rules we are supposed to follow are
expressly designed to subjugate and work against our best interests. We
ignore the reality that we cannot just follow the rules and find our way
to acceptance, equality or justice. Respectability politics are a
delusion.”

Golly, sounds like what it’s like to be a teacher these days!

Only Martin Luther King, Jr. is great enough to save us at this point. He
said: “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is
devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is
some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we
discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

Thus, going by MLK’s vision, it would seem that there is hope even for
Officer Fields.

When elected in November 2016 to be your next congressman for District 6,
I will strive to support diversity education whenever possible, such as in
the training of police officers. The dignity and safety of
African-American children must be ensured in every way.

If you would like to contribute financially to help me reach my goal of
representing you, please go to my website at
www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make A Donation.” Via
PayPal, you may make your transaction safely and securely. If you wish to
mail in a check, please send it to: WILLIAMSON FOR U.S. CONGRESS, 7349 N.
Via Paseo Del Sur, Suite 515-233, Scottsdale, AZ 85258.

I’d like to thank very much those who are lending a hand in funding my
campaign. I appreciate how you have broken your financial silence and
shown your faith in my Democratic candidacy. After all, as MLK once
observed: “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the
bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

Thank you for your support and if you wish to respond to this e-mail,
please feel free to do so. Remember, THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS: Preschool Must Be Accessible To All

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Should every preschool age child have the right to access a quality
preschool education?

To me that’s like asking whether every citizen who is 18 or over has the
right to vote.

Each child SHOULD have the opportunity to go to a quality preschool. But
in practice, that is not always the case.

Kristina Lynch explains: “Since I’m a working mother, my child needs a
full-day program. Those aren’t easy to find, and wherever she goes, it’s
going to be expensive. Even the Chicago Public School full-day preschool
is similar to private institutions, with its $13,000 per school year price
tag… and limited openings…” (“Without Financial Aid, A Preschool Is
Out of Reach,” by Kristina Lynch, New York Times, April 13, 2015).

There are a variety of reasons why parents want their kids in preschool.
It can give them an academic boost as they approach kindergarten age. This
can make them more competitive and successful in elementary and secondary
school. Then they can get into better colleges and get better jobs in the
long run.

My mom, along with another lady, had a preschool in the lower level of our
house when our family lived in New York State. As a kid, my job was to
clean the area at the end of the day.

Margaux Laskey asks: “Is it worth it to take a personal day from work to
wait in line for 24 hours for a year of free quality preschool education
for my daughter? … Practically speaking, the numbers speak for
themselves: The school we’re trying to get her into is probably worth
$25,000 a year, a fair estimate considering the cost of equivalent
programs in Jersey City. … The school is free as part of New Jersey’s
universal prekindergarten program.” (Waiting on Line for Free Preschool,”
by Margaux Laskey, New York Times, May 1, 2015).

If a single mother who works full-time has a preschool age child, she
should not have to move Heaven and earth to get her child into a
preschool, whether that be as part of the Headstart program or any other
provider. It is unacceptable that she should have to wait several months
until a space becomes available for her child.

When elected your congressman in November 2016, I will continue to
advocate for accessible preschools for children from all income levels. I
will speak up for adequate funding for the federal Headstart program. To
ignore our preschool age children is to forget that the future is theirs,
and we must equip them to take charge of it in an effective fashion.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to my campaign, please
visit my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com. Click on “Make a
Donation” and use your credit or debit card to support my Democratic
candidacy. If you would like to mail in your check, send it to:
WILLIAMSON FOR U.S. CONGRESS, 7349 N. Via Paseo Del Sur, Suite 515-233,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258.

Thank you for your time, and remember, THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

The Future Can Be Ours: Adoption Day is Today for Nuclear Treaty with Iran

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Can Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop in the Anglican Church in South Africa and
1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, once said: “If you want peace, you don’t
talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”(www.brainyquote.com) I
agree with this quote, especially when it comes to the Nuclear Treaty with
Iran.

Today, October 18, is Adoption Day for the Nuclear Treaty with Iran. Today
“Iran will start to remove thousands of centrifuges and put them into
storage. It will also make other ‘major changes’ to its core nuclear
infrastructure. Additionally, Tehran will put transparency measures in
place at its uranium mills.” (“Iran Nuclear Deal Withstands Final Vote in
Congress,” Voice of America, Sept. 17, 2015, www.voanews.com).

David Schweikert, current congressman for District 6, opposed the treaty.

In the world today, it is critical that countries talk to each other and
not become estranged. I see it as like a high school classroom. A teacher
can adopt a policy that “kicks out” any student who misbehaves. Or he can
choose to use methods of interacting with students that make them want to
stay in class and behave.

The idea is that a student who is not in class cannot learn. If a student
does not learn what he or she needs to know to function successfully in
society, society will pay the price sooner or later. Not only that, if a
student cannot be kept in the classroom, that student may drop out of
school, join a gang, or become involved in criminal activity in order to
survive. The cost to society of dealing with this is great, not only
financially to support a convicted person’s stay in jail, but law
enforcement costs as well.

So also with Iran. If we say “My way or the highway” to Iran, Iran may
turn from talking to us to talking with Russia. The last thing we want is
for Putin to have more influence in Iran than Obama or other American
president. We cannot afford NOT to engage with Iran with a treaty, such as
the one, as of today, now in effect that has about as many safeguards as
it can have in today’s world. The treaty is not based on trust, but on the
need for truthful verification of what Iran does or does not have as far
as nuclear resources are concerned.

Says three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas L.
Friedman: “This deal sharply reduces Iran’s bomb-making uranium stockpile
for 15 years, and pushes Iran’s ability to break out with a nuclear weapon
from three months — where it is now — to a year. I’d be very confident
that if I can keep Iran one year away from a bomb for 15 years, during
that time Israel’s defense technologists will develop many more ways to
detect and eliminate any kind of Iranian breakout.”(“If I Were an Israeli
Looking at the Iran Deal,” Aug. 12, 2015, New York Times,
www.nytimes.com).

Friedman, in imagining what he would do if he were prime minister of
Israel, also says: “To deal with the Iran threat I would not, as Israel’s
leader, be pressuring U.S. Jews to go against their own government to try
to scuttle the deal — WHEN I HAVE NO CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE (capital letters
added by me).” (Ibid.)

In the same way that David Schweikert opposed The Affordable Care Act
without offering a credible alternative, so he was against the Nuclear
Treaty with Iran without offering any Plan B as well.

In the same way that I have always supported Obamacare, a successful
health insurance plan for more than 7 million Americans, and growing, so
also I have always favored the Nuclear Treaty with Iran. The Nuclear
Treaty ENGAGES the United States and other signatory nations with Iran so
that we can keep track of what is going on there with their nuclear
resources. Without the Treaty, as Friedman–who spent all three summers of
high school on a kibbutz–points out, THERE WOULD BE NOTHING.
(www.thomasfriedman.com). Iran, without the treaty, would, like a student
kicked out of the classroom, be at risk for becoming an outlaw from
civilized society and a liability to the security of the community–in
this case, the international community.

When elected your next congressman in District 6 on Nov. 1, 2016, I will
continue to support the Nuclear Treaty with Iran and other measures that
seek to engage our country with other nations in an interactive manner.
Only by talking to our enemies, as Desmond Tutu said, can we hope to
achieve meaningful agreements with them to secure peace for the sake of
ourselves and our children. If you would like to contribute financially to
my campaign, visit my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click
on “Make a Donation.” You may use PayPal for a credit or debit card, or
you may mail check to the address of my campaign committee there listed.
Take time to support your Democratic candidate who stands for the
principles you yourself hold dear. I want to thank enthusiastically the
supporter who, within the past week, gave me a check for $50. An amount
like that is incredibly helpful and greatly appreciated.

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS if we adopt such accords as the one that goes into
effect today: the Nuclear Treaty with Iran. To survive in the global
community today, we must engage constructively even with those with whom
we may sharply disagree, in the same way that teachers in today’s world
must find ways to engage students in the classroom to make them want to
stay there so that they can give themselves a chance to achieve their
education.

Thank you for your time, and please feel free to respond to this e-mail.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

The Future Can Be Ours: NRA Position Has Creonesque Quality

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Can Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

The recent mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon
this past Thursday, Oct. 1, has called forth responses of various kinds. I
think the inflexible position of the National Rifle Association deserves
scrutiny.

For those of us who have read, or even taught, as I have, the play
ANTIGONE by the classical Greek playwright Sophocles, instruction can, I
think, be found by looking at what happens to one of the main characters
of that play, Creon. Creon, the king of Thebes–this play was written
around 442 B.C., but takes place centuries earlier–insists on enforcing
his edict that the bodies of those who fought against the state in the
Theban Civil War may not be buried under penalty of death. Antigone
insists on burying her brother, Polyneices’, body. Creon puts her in
prison and declares that she shall be buried alive in a cave.

Although warned by Tiresias, the blind prophet, that this inflexibility
will lead to personal tragedy, Creon does not budge. Further, although his
son Haemon, who is engaged to be married to Antigone, pleads with his dad
to show mercy, Creon does not relent. As a result, Antigone and Haemon
take their own lives together. Then, after that tragedy, Eurydice,
Haemon’s mother and Creon’s wife, commits suicide as well. The play ends
with Creon a broken man who realizes that it’s better to have an open mind
and listen to reason.

So also with the N.R.A. which, even in the wake, no pun intended, of these
tragic mass shootings, still objects dogmatically to calling for gun laws
that would require background checks on gun purchases that would screen
out the dangerously mentally ill and those with records of committing
violent crimes. “Wayne LaPierre, the organization’s executive vice
president, declared after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., ‘The
only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.'”
(“Obama Condemns ‘Routine’ of Mass Shootings, Says U.S. Has Become Numb,”
by Gardiner Harris and Michael D. Shear, New York Times, Oct. 1, 2015,
www.nytimes.com). This utterance by Mr. LaPierre has a Creonesque quality
that should give pause to those who grasp the common sense of having an
effective background check system. It’s a matter, simply, of public
safety.

I agree with President Obama, when he stated last week, in reference to
the N.R.A.: “… I would particularly ask America’s gun owners who are
using those guns properly, safely, to hunt for sport, for protecting their
families, to think about whether your views are being properly represented
by the organization that suggests it is speaking for you.” (Ibid.)

Former President George H.W. Bush, in a letter to Thomas L. Washington,
then president of the N.R.A., and in response to insensitive statements
made by Mr. LaPierre after the Oklahoma City bombing, resigned from his
membership in that organization, in a letter dated May 3, 1995. Here is an
excerpt from the closing paragraphs of that letter. Says Bush: “‘I am a
gun owner and an avid hunter. Over the years I have agreed with most of
N.R.A.’s objectives, particularly your educational and training efforts,
and your fundamental stance in favor of owning guns.

“However, your broadside against Federal agents deeply offends my own sense
of decency and honor; and it offends my concept of service to country….

“You have not repudiated Mr. LaPierre’s unwarranted attack. Therefore, I
resign as a Life Member of N.R.A., said resignation to be effective upon
your receipt of this letter. Please remove my name from your membership
list. Sincerely, [ signed ] George Bush'” (“Letter of Resignation Sent By
Bush to Rifle Association,” New York Times, May 11, 1995,
www.nytimes.com).

Anyone who resigns their membership from the N.R.A. will not be in bad
company.

When elected your congressman in November 2016, I will support effective
background checks on gun purchases that seek to screen out the dangerously
mentally ill and those with a history of committing violent crimes. This
approach will have as its goal to promote public safety, for children and
adults alike. We cannot allow our lives to be ruled by the policies of the
N.R.A. whose leaders, like Creon in the play ANTIGONE by Sophocles, have
tunnel vision. Creon’s narrow-mindedness did not allow him, until it was
too late, to see the larger picture of human society. By supporting
reasonable background checks, the N.R.A. could help to create a situation
in which, I believe, mass shootings like the one that occurred last week
in Oregon, would have less likelihood of taking place, with the result
that lives of innocent people could be saved.

If you would like to contribute financially to my campaign, please visit
my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make a
Donation.” You may use a credit card or send in a check to the address
that is there listed. Have the courage to donate to candidates like myself
who believe in the principles of the Democratic Party and who, I would
like to believe, live those principles on a daily basis. I need your help
to pay for the essential elements of a campaign: business cards, funding
for signature-gatherers, website maintenance, and, of course, signs. Don’t
hang back and let others, like David Schweikert, run the show. Step up, be
counted, and be glad you did.

Thank you for your time, and if you wish to respond to this e-mail, please
feel free to do so.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona