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

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS: Trump’s Misogynistic Style Not the Way

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Can Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Donald Trump appears to live by the personal philosophy of the upside down
version of the Golden Rule. Not that we should treat others the way we’d
like to be treated, but the one that states: He that has the gold rules.

In addition, he would appear to advocate a philosophy of contempt towards
anyone who may have talent that makes them competitive with him.

Nevertheless, Steve Schmidt, “a senior adviser to Senator John McCain when
he ran for president in 2008,” says: “‘There is a bubble of delusion among
Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C., with regard to their
parties’ respective nominating processes…'” Then he goes on: “‘There is
no magic date upon which the air will come out of the Donald Trump
balloon. THE NOTION THAT DONALD TRUMP CANNOT BE THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE IS
COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY WRONG.'” (Capital letters added by me.) (“Party
Rules to Streamline Race May Backfire for G.O.P.,” by Adam Nagourney and
Jonathan Martin, New York Times, Sept. 19, 2015, www.nytimes.com).

Steve Schmidt also “said Mr. Trump could also be helped by the fact that
candidates like Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, with thinner financial
resources and therefore likelier to run out of money, are, like Mr. Trump,
political outsiders. So their supporters would be more inclined to fall in
behind Mr. Trump than, say, Mr. Bush or Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.”
(Ibid.)

Mr. Trump’s tragic flaw, however, seems to be that, on the personal level,
he consistently does not treat people with dignity and respect. He
belittles people. For example, his remarks about Carly Fiorina: “’Look at
that face!’ he said at a conference table with his staff as Mrs. Fiorina
took a question about him on television. ‘Would anyone vote for that? Can
you imagine that, the face of our next president?!’” (“Donald Trump’s
Uncomplimentary Comments About Carly Fiorina,” by Alan Rappeport, New York
Times, Sept. 10, 2015, www.nytimes.com).

President Obama, on the other hand, is very respectful towards others.
It’s a strength of his leadership style. We need leaders who will set an
example for young people on how to treat others with courtesy. We don’t
need bullies who, perhaps because they have more coin than others, think
they can say anything they want.

If you would like to support a candidate in Congressional District 6 who
believes in treating people with dignity and respect, then please consider
donating to my campaign. Check out my website at
www.williamsonforuscongress.com, and click on “Make a Donation.” A
contribution of $20 can help a lot. It can pay for the cost of keeping my
website up for one month.

Desmond Tutu, a South African leader who played a key role in ending
apartheid, once said:
“Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good
put together that overwhelm the world.” (www.brainyquote.com) Let’s
overwhelm the Republicans and David Schweikert in 2016. It’s up to you, in
large part, to make this happen. Support a candidate who stands for the
Democratic principles that you yourself hold dear.

Thanks for your attention.

THE FUTURE CAN BE OURS.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

The Future Can Be Ours: Top Scientists Back Obama’s Nuclear Treaty With Iran

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Can Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

The nuclear treaty with Iran, still up for ratification with the U.S.
Congress, would establish a framework for rigorous oversight of nuclear
activities in Iran, contrary to what we hear from those who oppose it.

In the New York Times article “29 U.S. Scientists Praise Iran Nuclear Deal
in Letter to Obama,” William J. Broad writes that six Nobel laureates
signed the letter. They are: “…Philip W. Anderson of Princeton
University; Leon N. Cooper of Brown University; Sheldon L. Glashow of
Boston University; David Gross of the University of California, Santa
Barbara; Burton Richter of Stanford University; and Frank Wilczek of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.” (“29 U.S. Scientists Praise Iran
Nuclear Deal in Letter to Obama,” by William J. Broad,New York Times, Aug.
8, 2015, www.nytimes.com).

Moreover, Broad informs us, “The letter notes criticism that the Iran
accord, after 10 years, will let Tehran potentially develop nuclear arms
without constraint. ‘In contrast,’ it says, ‘we find that the deal
includes important long-term verification procedures that last until 2040,
and others that last indefinitely.'” (Ibid.)

In a letter to azcentral.com, Cordell Overgaard of Scottsdale told about
his experience of a phone forum sponsored by Rep. David Schweikert, the
present District 6 congressman. Overgaard summed up what he learned from
listening to that forum: “It is clear Schweikert would oppose the Iran
agreement no matter what it said.” (“Schweikert would oppose Iran deal
regardless of details,” Aug. 10, 2015, www.azcentral.com).

I am in favor of Obama’s nuclear treaty with Iran and, if I was now in
Congress, would vote for it. When elected your congressman in November of
2016, I will support the treaty’s terms because it provides rigorous
enforcement to protect against Iran developing nuclear weapons. As an
educator myself, I agree with the educators cited above–all Nobel Prize
winners–who support the treaty.

If you agree with my position on the nuclear treaty with Iran, I ask that
you consider contributing to my congressional campaign. Please check out
my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com. To donate, click on “Make a
Donation.” That will take you to the page that tells you what you need to
do to support my Democratic campaign financially. One generous contributor
set up a recurring monthly donation. Thank you so much to that supporter.

Thank you for your time.

The Future Can Be Ours.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

The Future Can Be Ours: SNAP Numbers Provide Food For Thought

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSONIAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Can Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Almost 47 million people in the United States, according to the USDA
website, participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program–SNAP–(formerly known as Food Stamps) in 2014. That’s almost
14.5% of our population. Thus, about 15 out of every 100 people would not
get enough to eat without this program. They might even be starving if
this program did not exist. (www.fns.usda.gov.)

In Arizona, this program is called Nutrition Assistance. The Arizona
Department of Economic Security is in charge of it. Last year in our state
approximately 1,044,000 people got benefits from it.(www.fns.usda.gov.)
The Arizona Department of Economic Security website states that this
amounted to 451,000 Arizona families. (www.azdes.gov.)

This statement from the Arizona Department of Economic Security website
helps to clear up a major misunderstanding:
“Myth: Only unemployed people can get Nutrition Assistance benefits.

Fact: Most people who work at low-wage jobs can get Nutrition Assistance
benefits; in fact, 36 percent of the more than 451,000 families receiving
Nutrition Assistance in May 2014 were working.” (Arizona Department of
Economic Security website, www.azdes.gov, June 13, 2015.)

“Once you are approved for SNAP, you will get a SNAP EBT card. It is
similar to a bank or ATM card…Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is an
electronic system that allows a recipient to authorize transfer of their
government benefits from a Federal account to a retailer account to pay
for products received. EBT is used in all 50 States, the District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. EBT has been
implemented in all States since June of 2004…

“When you go through the checkout line at a grocery store, run the SNAP
EBT card through the machine. Then enter your PIN code. The cost of the
food is subtracted from your SNAP account automatically. The cash register
receipt tells you how much is left in your SNAP account to use at future
visits.

“You can use your EBT card as many times a month as you want to. There is
no fee for using your card.” (www.fns.usda.gov).

Friend, in Congressional District 6, in 2013 (data released in April
2015), the Overall Food Insecurity rate was 16.5%. The Child Food
Insecurity rate was 24.0%! Almost one out of four kids in CD 6 do not know
where their next meal is coming from! (www.azfoodbanks.org.) (That, by the
way, is what “food insecurity” means: Not knowing where your next meal is
coming from.)

Where does our current congressman, David Schweikert, stand on SNAP? An
article in the Huffington Post states: “Republicans could push food stamp
cuts this year through a parliamentary process known as ‘reconciliation.'”
“Reconciliation” is a process whereby congressional budget oversight
committees can require other committes, such as that which oversees SNAP,
to trim their budgets to be in line with new budget enactments. (“How
Republicans Could Cut Food Stamps This Year,” by Arthur Delaney, March 2,
2015, www.huffingtonpost.com). In view of Schweikert’s lack of enthusiasm
for food stamps in the past, he would, I believe, support such food stamp
budget-cutting policies.

When elected your congressman on November 1, 2016, I will support the
state-administered federal SNAP program in every way, perhaps even
advocating for greater funding. If you would like to make a financial
contribution to my campaign, please check out my website at
www.williamsonforuscongress.com. Click on the “Make a Donation” page. You
may use a credit card or mail your check to the address there given.
Remember, the Federal Election Commission requires you to provide your
name, address, name of your employer and your occupation when you donate.

I’d like to thank the contributor who recently made a RECURRING donation.
This means that a certain amount of money is donated automatically each
month. Many thanks, wonderful supporter!

The Future Can Be Ours when we recognize that about 15 out of 100 people
in our country would not be getting enough to eat without SNAP, the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. That amounted to almost 47
million people throughout the United States in 2014. A hungry population
cannot work productively, cannot parent energetically, cannot learn in
school attentively. As your next congressman, I will support the SNAP
program in every way. In turn, I ask for your support so that my election
can become a reality. And to have a Democratic congressman in CD 6 would
be a great thing.

If you wish to respond to this e-mail, please feel free to do so.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

The Future Can Be Ours: What Should U.S. Do To Help South Sudan?

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Can Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Newfound freedom is a powerful drink that human beings need to learn how
to handle. Indeed, unaccustomed freedom can be an intoxicant that one must
approach carefully so as not to be overcome by it.

As a parent, a single dad, I remember that the most harrowing year I
experienced with my daughter was the one after she turned 18. Then, as her
father, I could no longer say, legally: “You must be home by midnight.
That is your curfew.” She was on her own.

During that year, I sent countless “3:00 A.M” texts to her–that is to
say, in the middle of the night–worded this way: “Are you okay??” She
would, thank goodness, often respond, one way or the other. At least she
knew that I cared.

South Sudan became independent in 2011. It will celebrate its fourth
anniversary tomorrow, July 9. Yet from that joyous beginning–that moment
of newfound freedom– the country’s leaders–its president and former vice
president–have plunged their people into a civil war that threatens to
destroy their new nation. The world, because of extensive coverage by
media such as the New York Times, watches the humanitarian crisis and
holds its breath. The South Sudanese government is in the throes of
discovering, like a teenager who has just turned 18, that independence
offers not only the freedom to achieve, through education and job
experience, positive growth, but also the freedom to fall into, through
poor choices, a pattern of self-destruction.

What can the United States do to help this fledgling country of South
Sudan stabilize itself so that it can grow and prosper? More than that,
perhaps: Why should we even care about this nation of only 11,000,000
people half way around the world from ours? (“South Sudan’s Fourth
Anniversary Offers Little to Celebrate,” by Marc Santora, New York Times,
July 7, 2015.)

I do not quote the following horrific details of what has been happening
in South Sudan to be sensationalistic, merely to present the facts:
“Gatkuoth Kueah Yak tells me he watched from a distance as South Sudan
government soldiers tied up his 15 children and put them in a grass hut.
And then, he says, he watched as the soldiers torched the hut and burned
his family alive.” (“Tales of Horror Should Galvanize Obama,” by Nicholas
Kristof, New York Times, July 4, 2015.)

Moreover: “’The violence against children in South Sudan has reached a new
level of brutality,’ warned Anthony Lake, executive director of Unicef,
alluding to the army’s assault. ‘Survivors report that boys have been
castrated and left to bleed to death. … Girls as young as 8 have been gang
raped and murdered. … Children have been tied together before their
attackers slit their throats.'” (Same source.)

The above atrocities were committed by the army of South Sudan’s President
Salva Kiir. His opponent in this life-and-death struggle for power is his
former vice president, Riek Machar. Machar’s soldiers, however, have not
been innocent of wrongdoing: “The recent slaughter by government soldiers
may be a response to horrific massacres by Machar’s forces a year ago.”

What’s to be done?

Says Mr. Kristof: “This civil war here in South Sudan will be a top item
on President Obama’s agenda during his visit to Africa this month…”

I agree with Kristof when he says: “Obama,” on his Africa trip, “should
work closely with Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia to impose targeted sanctions
on the families of recalcitrant leaders in all factions, so they pay a
price until there is peace…” Mr. Kristof goes on to say: “..what is most
needed isn’t money but tough, hands-on diplomacy to pressure all sides.
Ethiopia has been trying to hammer out a peace, and it deserves more
Western backing.”

President Kiir was nurtured, Kristof states, by both Presidents George W.
Bush and Obama. We helped him get into power. Mr. Machar, however, Mr.
Kiir’s former vice-president, broke away from the established system of
government in South Sudan and has tried to overthrow the legitimate
government of President Kiir. Obama, when he visits Africa later this
month, should make a special effort to have a conversation with Mr. Machar
to tell him to let the duly elected government of President Kiir do its
job without interference so that the people of South Sudan may recover
economically and live in peace.

Friend, when elected your congressman in November 2016, I will support
policies that recognize the need to assist new democracies when they are
in trouble. If you would like to contribute to my campaign financially,
please visit my website at www.williamsonforuscongress.com, click on “Make
A Donation,” and help my Democratic candidacy be successful. Remember
that the Federal Election Commission requires you to provide your name,
address, name of your employer and your occupation.

The Future Can Be Ours if we take to heart Martin Luther King, Jr.’s
famous words: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This
especially applies when crimes are being committed against children. As a
candidate for Congress, I support efforts by President Obama, during his
trip to Africa later this month, as a leader and mentor from a more
experienced country, to facilitate an end to the civil war that threatens
to tear the planet’s newest nation apart. He must insist that both sides
stop their brutal attacks on civilians and children. He should,
furthermore, request the United Nations to send in a peace-keeping force
to stop the violence. Then, if Mr. Machar has grievances against the
established government of Mr. Kiir, he should be given an opportunity to
air them, in a non-violent manner, within the legal system of South
Sudanese society. But armed rebellion will not be acceptable, and will be
held in check by the proposed United Nations peace-keeping force.

I believe our President, with the backing of other established nations,
can bring this about. A United Nations peace-keeping force could keep the
public order so that normalcy may return to South Sudan’s economic and
political life. With the return of that order, Mr. Machar’s grievances may
be addressed through the legal system of the country. They may or may not
be found to be valid. In any case, that is a matter for the judges in the
courts to decide, or for the voters to determine at the ballot box in
legitimate elections. Only then, after the weapons have been put down,
will the wonderful possibilities of South Sudan have a chance to develop
properly so that the people of this newborn nation will be able to lift
their heads high once again and proclaim proudly that yes, it is good to
be free.

If you wish to respond to this e-mail, please feel free to do so.

Thank you, and Happy Fourth Birthday, South Sudan!

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

The Future Can Be Ours: Background Checks and Waiting Period Might Be Able to Prevent Needless Suffering

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSI0NAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Can Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

If a leader, and our society, has the power to take steps to prevent
needless suffering, should not that leader, and society, do what he or she
can do to bring that about?

Background checks on gun purchases and a waiting period of at least a week
could possibly prevent not only mass shootings but also tragic suicides.
In addition, the needless suffering not only of the survivors disabled by
their wounds but also of the family members who help them to recover could
be eliminated. Moreover, the search for justice by the family members for
their loved ones, whether deceased or debilitated, might never have to
happen.

For example, as reported by Jack Healy in the New York Times, “before the
bullets and bloodshed in the movie theater, Stefan Moton was a teenager
who did push-ups and boxing exercises in his bedroom, his dreams fixed on
becoming a mixed martial arts fighter. Now, his goals are humbler:
Strengthen the sections of his upper body that he can still move…. Feed
himself again.” (“Full Toll From Aurora Theater Shooting Goes Untold at
Trial,” by Jack Healy, New York Times, July 1, 2015.)

Mr.Healy goes on to say: “Mr. Moton,” now 21, “was shot through the spine
and left paralyzed from the chest down.” He “is among scores of survivors
who have taken the witness stand in the murder trial of James E. Holmes,
the former neuroscience graduate student charged with carrying out the
midnight rampage at a multiplex here in July 2012…” 12 people were
killed in the shooting. But “many stories of Aurora’s painful legacy,
which families say remains as raw and urgent as ever, have gone untold in
court.”

The article goes on to state that family members and friends “are allowed
to cry in court, but audible sobs are against the judge’s rules. So during
a particularly wrenching moment — an autopsy description, or an
explanation of a bullet’s destructive path — they walk into the hallway,
or the quiet room with counselors, therapy dogs and other victims’ family
members.

“‘It kind of catches you off guard,’ said Lonnie Phillips, whose
stepdaughter, Jessica Ghawi, a budding sports reporter, was killed. ‘If
you hold it in for a long time, you can’t even imagine when it’s going to
hit, and what’s going to trigger it.’

“‘What gets us through is each other,’ said Sandy Phillips, Ms. Ghawi’s
mother.”

Another perspective on gun deaths is that, according to Elizabeth
Rosenthal in her article in the New York Times on March 8, 2013, “more
than 60 percent of gun-related deaths in the United States are suicides.”
Her piece, entitled “Suicide, With No Warning,” chronicles the tragic
suicide of Kerry Lewiecki, a recent law school graduate, early in the
summer of 2010. Says Rosenthal: “To his large, loving family and many
friends,” he “was an optimist and problem-solver, with a big laugh and
impressive hugs.” He was even getting ready to marry his longtime
girlfriend.

“Then, just a few weeks later, within the span of a few hours, he bought a
gun and shot and killed himself, at age 27. His father, Mike, a doctor in
Albuquerque, who still chokes up when he recalls that day, said: ‘We had
no clue he was desperate. I don’t think he’d ever shot a gun before.’

“Said his father, ‘If it had not been so easy to buy a gun maybe he would
have spoken with someone or woken up the next morning and heard the birds
and felt better.'”

Indeed, a waiting period of one week on his gun purchase might have saved
Mr. Lewiecki’s life.

Friend, when I am elected your congressman in November 2016, I will
support legislation that calls for background checks and a waiting period
of one week on all gun purchases. The background checks would be designed
ONLY to screen out the dangerously mentally ill and those prone to
violence from buying a gun, NOT to deny citizens their Second Amendment
rights. The purpose of the waiting period would be to prevent impulse
suicides by people who are going through a difficult period in their
lives.

If you would like to contribute financially to my campaign, please visit
my website at: www.williamsonforuscongress.com. Click on “Make a
Donation.” That will take you to the contribution page. If you wish to
contribute by check and not credit card, an address is there provided that
you can use. Remember, the Federal Election Commission requires that you
provide your name, address, name of your employer and your occupation.

The Future Can Be Ours if we support the reasonable measures of background
checks and a waiting period for all gun purchases. Do we not value the
lives of our children and loved ones whether they are at a movie theater,
school, public event or other life situation? There is of course no
guarantee that such measures will prevent the mass shootings and the
individual suicides we seek to put a stop to. But they MIGHT, and that
MIGHT is mighty important, because those will be lives saved by the
precautions we had the good sense to support.

If you wish to respond to this e-mail, please do so. I will be interested
to learn your viewpoint.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

The Future Can Be Ours: Obamacare is Alive, Well, and On the Move

June 17, 2015

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

“The Future Can Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Sooner or later it had to happen: My daughter turned 26 in May and was no
longer eligible to be on my health insurance at work through The
Affordable Care Act.

So she signed up for Obamacare, waiting until the last minute, in keeping
with her flair for drama. Her coverage on my plan expired on May 31, so
she had to get to work to make sure she would have coverage by June 1.

The key is to call that 800 number that appears on the screen. That got
her in touch with a navigator who told her about the various plan
offerings. She had an excellent PPO plan when on my Blue Cross Blue Shield
plan with the school district where I work.

Six or seven Blue Cross Blue Shield plans were available on Obamacare for
her. She also looked at some Health Net plans. She chose one of the Blue
Cross Blue Shield plans that was basically the same as the one she had
with my insurance. She got a tax credit which lowers her premium
significantly. Her monthly premium is probably not the lowest, since it’s
a PPO and does not skimp on anything. But it’s about 60% less than the
$400 per month I was paying for her when she was on my work coverage. Her
new plan has a low deductible as well.

According to the New York Times, “Nearly 11.7 million people have either
signed up or re-enrolled for insurance coverage under the U.S. healthcare
reform law, more than the 9.1 million predicted by the Obama
administration, health officials said on Tuesday.” (New York Times, April
1, 2015.)

When elected your congressman, I will continue my support for the
Affordable Care Act, as I have since I first ran for Congress in 2012.
It’s a great law, and it’s successful. “Although Obama’s Affordable Care
Act still has its share of problems, it is succeeding in reducing the
number of Americans without coverage. Congressional budget analysts
estimate that about 19 million fewer people will be uninsured in 2015 than
would have been the case without the law.” (New York Times, Jan. 27,
2015.)

If you would like to contribute to my campaign, please go to my website at
www.williamsonforuscongress.com and click on “Make a Donation.” The
guidelines for making donations are detailed there. Before long, it will
be time to gather signatures on nomination petitions and funding will be
needed to support that effort. Support my Democratic candidacy in
Congressional District 6.

The Future Can Be Ours if we keep up our support for Obamacare and
encourage people to sign up for it. My daughter recently did that, and
things are looking good now for her continued health care coverage. One
reason our nation is great is because Congress cared enough about our own
people to pass the Affordable Care Act. Now it is up to those who will be
in Congress in the years afterward to continue to support the
healthcare reform law and keep it strong.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

The Future Can Be Ours: SOME WORDS ON MEMORIAL DAY

WILLIAMSON
FOR
U.S. CONGRESS 2016

DEMOCRAT

Congressional District 6

“The Future Can Be Ours.”

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

The MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT on PBS Channel 8 once again got me thinking about the sacrifice of those who have been killed or wounded in the service of our country. I thought this year’s program was especially well done. The singing was magnificent and the stories moving about soldiers who have suffered grievous injuries yet, as William Faulkner might say, have “endured” and even, in some cases, “prevailed.”

I liked what 77-year-old Ted Strong, who survived mind-boggling injuries in the Vietnam War, had to say: “A dead fish floats with the current. A live fish swims upstream.” Sounds a lot like being a Democrat in District 6. The odds appear to be against us, but who knows what we can accomplish if we set our minds to it?

Again this year, I watched the PBS MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT with Mom where she lives. Last year, at this time, she was recovering from colostomy surgery. We viewed the program on a small TV in her room where she lay comfortably in her bed. This year we watched the big screen TV in the main lobby.

In case you don’t know it by now, Mom is one of those who “swims
upstream.”

Memorial Day is not only a day for somber reflection, but also one where we may enjoy barbecues and outdoor activity. One memory I have of this holiday is when I was first married to my ex, she was in the National Guard Band. They were playing at a ceremony in Paradise Valley. One of the musicians didn’t drink enough water and keeled over backwards from dehydration while playing his instrument. I can still remember the thud when his body hit the dirt. He survived of course, but lesson learned: Be sure, if you are outside, to drink enough water today. This is Arizona.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona

The Future Can Be Ours: Consultation With Dems Is Key To Ducey’s Success

THE FUTURE

CAN BE OURS

W. John Williamson

DEMOCRAT

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 6

480-607-9726

Dear Friend,

Governor Doug Ducey is on the cusp of a critical decision in his
administration: Either he can decide to grow and possibly achieve
greatness, or he can adopt an unconciliatory stance that does not make
constructive use of the strengths that Democrats have to offer.

The key to his success as our new governor will, I believe, be whether he
consults with Democrats in the Legislature when seeking solutions to the
problems that our state faces. Only then will he avail himself of the full
range of ideas and experience to bring to bear to problem-solve. Not to do
so would be, in my judgment, to run the risk of unilateral decision-making
or, as some might put it, a situation where “Fools rush in where angels
fear to tread.”

For example, the Governor should be sure to consult not just the majority
leader in the House, but also the Democratic minority leader, Dr. Eric
Meyer, from District 28, especially on education issues. Yes, it is true:
Dr. Meyer may have views quite different from those of the Governor on
education; but for that reason, the Governor should be sure to give Rep.
Meyer a hearing. Rep. Meyer has vast experience as, first, a former member
of the Scottsdale Public Schools Governing Board. Secondly, Rep. Meyer has
served on the Education Committee in the House for a number of terms.
Moreover, Democratic Rep. Lela Alston, from District 24, has a resume
similar to Rep. Meyer’s. For the Governor not to at least consult with Dr.
Meyer and Rep. Alston on Education issues would be a big oversight on his
part.

While not at all comparing Democrats to parents, I would offer this
analogy. Someone once told me when I was younger, that, even though, when
making a decision, I might not want to listen to my parents, I should
still do so. I should listen to them fully, then make my own decision,
even if I did not follow their advice. The idea was to make an informed
decision.

So also with Governor Ducey and this newly elected 52nd Legislature. He
should have enough of an open mind to at least give the Democrats a
hearing; let them be part of the decision-making process at least in that
way. If the Governor incorporates some of the Democrats’ ideas and they
don’t work out, the Democrats, too, could be blamed for any failure. But
not to include them in the decision-making process is not to recognize and
put to work the full resources of the brainpower and experience at hand ON
BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA. And with the problems our state now
has–the $1 billion deficit for one–we need all the political resources
that we can marshall to meet the serious challenges confronting us.

One thing I like about Doug Ducey is that he seems to want to succeed as
governor. He has enthusiasm. I suggest that he bring the Democrats in our
Legislature into the fold as much as he can, allowing them to participate
meaningfully in the decision-making process. Only then will Arizonans get
the full benefit of the talent in our Legislature; and only then will
Governor Ducey be a real, and perhaps a great, success.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
John

W. John Williamson

Scottsdale, Arizona