Letter 4.5 (and musings on re-writes)


Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska)

386A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-4224

Senator Sasse was the first recipient of a letter for this project. I wrote to him specifically about the Dakota Access Pipeline, due to my concern about President Trump’s eagerness to continue with its construction despite widespread indigenous resistance. A few days later, I read that he was one of the first GOP lawmakers to speak out against the President’s new immigration policy that very obviously (but not too overtly) targets Muslims. Of course, none of the countries from which immigrants are banned have exported their terrorists to carry out actual terrorist acts on American soil, but that doesn’t seem to matter to the Administration. For instance, none of the 9/11 hijackers were from any of the blacklisted countries.

I had planned to initially only write to each legislator once, but realized that this self-imposed “rule” was just silly. Things change, opinions evolve, and politicians can surprise. I decided to proceed with the project as intended, but I will keep my eyes open and keep writing to certain people that make news or alter their stance on issues.

On a personal note, I recently visited the National Air and Space Museum (Udvar-Hazy Center), and bought this postcard to send to a Congressperson. They don’t exactly give you much room to write, though. Boo. But now seemed like a good time to use it: the image on the front is the Discovery Space Shuttle launch, which speaks to worldwide collaboration and international cooperation, where nationality was a benefit to humankind, not a hazard. We all need to work together and move past the artificial and arbitrary “borders” that separate us.

Photo: Part of the Smithsonian collection storeroom at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

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