Statement on Relief in Texas

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It has come to my attention that there have been many individuals politicizing the relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana in response to the flooding and storm damage. This is not a time for political opinion. No one cares what type of shoes the First Lady was wearing, or that the electoral votes from Texas went to Donald Trump in the 2016 election. What matters is that there are good men and women, children and elderly, black and white, etc. who need our help as fellow Americans.

When people are suffering, it is time to put partisanship aside and come together to help those in need. On 9/11, when we were attacked, we came together. We didn’t look at the event as Democrats or Republicans, Southerners or Northerners, Liberals or Conservatives. We came together. We were just Americans. We need that same spirit to help out the good people in Texas and Louisiana.

The federal and state emergency services are not enough to carry this load, however. So we cannot rely on them to help feed and clothe all the people in need. What we need to do as Americans, is if able, head down to provide services. If you cannot, donate money, water, or food to be sent to the people of Texas and Louisiana. We can do this and help show the world that when tragedy strikes, Americans will always put differences aside to do the right thing.

If you are religious, also keep those families affected in your prayers. Ask for comfort, peace, and help. Follow through by offering help yourself and become a part of the answer.

My heart goes out to the people of Texas and Louisiana. I am proud to see so many people, charities, churches, and companies who have stepped up so far in offering relief. That is what it means to be American.

In Liberty,

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