Sunday, November 05, 2006


(copy of an email letter to Harold Ford Jr.)
Dear Mr. Ford,

I am writing you as a concerned resident in Tennessee. I am writing you as a concerned father and husband. I am writing you as an advocate for those who's voices tend to be left out. I am writing as one committed to seeking and imagining alternatives to violence and war. But Mr. Ford, I am first and foremost writing you as a fellow Christian.

I have wrestled, changed my mind, prayed, and even had some very heated discussion on how one ought to vote in this election. There are many reasons why whether I vote for you or not that I would still hope for you to win. The biggest reason being is that with your being elected comes the hope that some real sense of change might be possible. With that said, I can only hope that you will model a different kind of politics than what America has experienced from both the Right and the Left. Mr. Ford, I am going to vote for you in a couple of days, but please know that for me the important task comes after the election. For on Wed. and the days to come you or Mr. Corker (whomever comes out as our new Senator) may see letters with my return address on them. That person may get emails or phone calls from time to time with words of encouragement and words of accountability.

Some of the the things that I might just write about might be things like:
Senator, how are things going? Is there talk in your circles about things like supporting measures that provide for family economic success and security by “making work work,” that promotes fair and decent wages, that show a serious commitment to lifting children out of poverty, and support policies on aid, debt, and trade that would bring extreme global poverty to an end? Senator I do hope you are doing well.

Or I might say, "Senator, I hope you are really committed to a serious plan for ending the war in Iraq, to joining a real national debate on how to remove American forces while seeking both security and peace for Iraq."

I may even say, "Senator, are you seeking creative policies that will dramatically reduce the number of abortions, end capital punishment, and stop genocide, especially in Darfur? Sir, please try your hardest."

These are some of the issues that are affecting many people- not myself as much as many in the world. So Mr. Ford, it is not lightly that I vote on Tuesday, but whatever the outcome- Wednesday the actual "work of the people" begins.

Good luck sir.

Jonathon E. Norman


TN Rambler said...

Thank you for sharing your struggles on this issue. Thank you for the reminder that we must work to keep our representatives accountable; a difficult task in a day when our representatives are surrounded by people who shield them from the very people that they are elected to represent.

An incident in Chattanooga gives me hope regarding Mr Ford (should he be elected): a freind of ours who was very undecided happened to meet Harold Ford as he was campaigning in one of our neighborhoods. He approached Mr Ford and asked him a question. Mr Ford spent about 10 minutes talking with my friend and actually addressed the issues that were being raised with thoughtful answers that indicated more than a passing familiarity with the issues. Mr Ford even went so far as to keep a CNN news crew waiting for an interview during their time together. My friend was impressed.

Do I expect this level of availability all of the time from our representatives? No. I do expect that the replies that I recieve would at least have the appearance that someone actually read the correspondence.

Thanks again for sharing.

St.Phransus said...

wayne, those are the same stories that i've heard over the last couple of days from close friends of mine. that level of thoughtfulness and time really impresses me. thanks for sharing that.

Anonymous said...

So now Corker needs to be the one getting this letter I believe.