Message to the African American Communities in the Columbus, Ohio Area.
I would like to address some issues that affect our African American communities. I want to address the issue of safety in our communities, public education, and jobs.
Here is what I see in our African American communities. In some neighborhoods, it is dangerous for our children just to walk to and from schools or to go to a corner market. Drugs, like heroin and cocaine, have invaded our communities, which is killing our youth.
Our African American communities have been hit especially hard by the downturn in our economy. The unemployment rates for African Americans is far worse than it is for other Americans. The African American teenage unemployment rate is at a staggering figure of about 58%. Nationally 65% of all African American children under the age of six, live in poverty. About three in four African American homes do not have a father at home.
Our African American students are being trapped in poverty and in failing public schools.
Without both a mom and dad at home to offer guidance, in many cases our youth are left to the lures of the evils of our culture. They are lured into irresponsible sexual activity and the use of deadly drugs. Having very little job opportunities, our youth sadly sometimes turn to crime.
The African American community has suffered much more over the years than other citizens.
It is obvious that in our African American communities we have failing public school systems, a lack of job opportunities and a culture of crime and drugs. The American Dream for the African American citizen is not a dream, not even close to what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about, when he stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in August of 1963 and delivered his, “I Have a Dream” speech. The reality in America today is that in many cases for citizens in our African American communities, life is more like a “nightmare.” As Americans, we must do better, much better for all of our children and grandchildren, whatever the color of their skin.
In order to help solve these great issues of our day, if elected, I will go to Washington to represent you and to speak for you, not for any special money interests, Political Action Committees, lobbyists or Wall Street interests, like my political opponent. I am self-funding my own campaign. I will represent you.
If you help to elect me, I will stand on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. and propose much needed legislation that will improve the lives of all Americans, including those living in our African American communities.
I will propose legislation that will eliminate Common Core and return the control of public education of our children back to the parents and guardians in our local communities, where it belongs.
I will support school vouchers that will give parents and students the right to leave a failing public school system and attend a school of their choice.
I will propose legislation that will lower the tax rates for individuals and businesses. That action will create an incentive for Americans to create new businesses, hiring new workers with good paying jobs. The tax reduction will also help to keep more of your money in your wallets and purses to spend as you wish. As President John F. Kennedy said, “A rising tide lifts all boats.”
I will propose securing our Southern border that will stop the illegal immigration into our country, which takes jobs away from Americans, including those here in the Columbus area. A secure border will also help to stop the flow of deadly drugs, like heroin and cocaine into our communities.
I will propose legislation that will improve the health care for our veterans, improvements that would allow any veteran to seek health care with any doctor or hospital of their choice.
I will protect our religious liberty and our Christian faith by stopping our federal government from forcing people of faith to violate their religious beliefs and also restricting the clergy from speaking freely about moral issues, like abortion and gay marriage, according to scripture.
As a Christian, I support life from the moment of conception to natural death and I also support the traditional Christian marriage between one man and one woman.
At this point, I want to refer to a local issue, which I think really is a Federal issue that should concern all citizens in the Third Congressional District.
On September 14th Tyre King, a thirteen year old African American, was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer. In the weeks following Tyre’s death, citizens in our community have been clamoring for an independent investigation concerning his death. The weekend after his death I wrote to Columbus City Council members and urged them to pass legislation that would pay for an independent investigation, but now, I believe that it should be an independent Federal investigation. Reports are swirling that the actions taken that night might have violated Tyre King’s Federal Civil rights. The Columbus City Council needs to quit sitting on their hands and take common sense action that should determine what exactly took place that night that Tyre King was killed. Specifically, the community wants to know if Tyre was shot and killed simply because of the color of his skin.
I would like for you to understand something about me. I do not know what it is like to drive a car, as an African American. I do not know what it is like to go to a restaurant, as an African American. I do not know what it is like to apply for a job, as an African American. I wish to listen and to learn about the great issues confronting our African American citizens and to find ways to solve these great issues of our day.
I will not take you for granted; I will not take your vote for granted. I will not ignore you.
In closing, I want to refer back to President Abraham Lincoln, America’s first Republican President, with this little known historical fact. In 1848, after Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress from Illinois, he met the former President John Quincy Adams, who was also serving as a Congressman from Massachusetts. President John Quincy Adams was an abolitionist, as was his father, President John Adams. John Quincy gave to Congressman Abraham Lincoln the detailed plan to abolish slavery in America. A few months after they met, President John Quincy Adams died of a stroke he suffered, while sitting in the chambers of the House of Representatives. The future President Abraham Lincoln was one of President John Quincy Adams’s pall bearers. As far as I know, that was the only time in our American history that a future President served as a pall bearer for a past American President.
Years later, when President Abraham Lincoln was elected, he began to put into motion John Quincy Adams’s detailed plan to end slavery in America. And it came to pass.
In America today, we need to elect leaders, like Donald Trump, who will help restore our nation to our intended self-government, not a government of special interests, Political Action Committees, lobbyists and Wall Street interests, but the people’s government.
Donald Trump is an agent of change; he does not represent the status quo. If you elect Donald Trump for your President, and me as your representative in Congress, not only will we win, but you will win.
The nation that we want to restore is a nation that President Abraham Lincoln spoke about in his Gettysburg address, and I quote, “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” And I wish to add, “All the People.”
John Adams - October, 2016