Open Letter To Senator Kamala Harris by Anh Lê
ANH LÊ: OPEN LETTER TO DEMOCRATIC VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS
Senator Harris, I congratulate you on your selection by Joe Biden as his running mate for Vice President. It is a winning ticket.
Senator Harris, my favorite choices included you, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Representative Karen Bass, Georgia State Representative Stacy Abrams, and U.S. Senator Cory Booker.
I think Joe Biden made the right decision and the best decision.
I think you bring to the ticket a distinguished record in government and public service.
Your background growing up as a child of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father and your rich heritage represents the beautiful racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the people of this country.
Our country is ripe to have a woman as Vice President or President.
Your becoming the Vice President will not only make history, it will also usher in a new era for our nation and who wields power in the halls of Congress, state legislatures, and city halls.
I appreciate your commitment to the ideals of constitutional and democratic values, your hard work on behalf of the American people, and your passion.
I would give you the following advice:
• When you are elected Vice President, you and President Biden should be circumspect in how you approach issues and matters of how our nation conducts its foreign policy.
For example, our country must not invade another country or wage war overseas, as occurred when then Senator Biden voted to invade Iraq, a sovereign nation.
Our nation must conduct its foreign policy based on respect for the sovereignty of all nations.
We must also uphold our belief in the sanctity and sacredness of human life.
The killing of our fellow human beings should not be how our government conduct its foreign policy. It is deeply immoral. It is also against our nation's vested interests.
• Please work to achieve Universal Health Care for All Americans. The time for it is overdue.
• We must confront and address the greatest existential crisis facing our nation and the international community, the Global Warming Crisis and Climate Change. Time is running out. We must protect and preserve our Earth and leave a habitable planet for our children, our grandchildren, and all future generations. They will ask of us, "What have we done to protect them?"
• As Vice President, you and President Biden must protect and preserve Social Security and Medicare. They are not entitlement programs. The American people have contributed to them through their hard work and their payroll contributions.
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Anh Lê is an independent journalist.
Copyright By Anh Lê August 12, 2020