Voter-ID Trucks:                          A modest proposal

Face it: Voter suppression, mainly in the form of onerous “VoterID” laws, has been very effective at disenfranchising poor and minority voters. Also: These voter suppression tactics, especially the VoterID laws, are going to get a lot worse. My own state, Missouri, shamefully passed one of these in the 2016 election cycle.

We’ve got to fight back. How?

High-Tech VoterID Trucks!

The concept here is a fleet of high-tech, mobile ID “Compliance” vehicles designed to help people get that valid VoterID card.

The VoterID Truck initiative would develop nationwide expertise in complying with all local, state, and federal VoterID laws. The entire VoterID Truck network would procure and establish records access relationships at the state level to help people obtain birth certificates, marriage certificates, and any other documentation necessary to qualify for the VoterID. And, of course, partner with states to become licensed issuers of those VoterID cards.

These high-tech “VoterID Trucks” can move around neighborhoods, regions, and states to help all citizens fully comply with VoterID laws, and help them feel vested in the process.

VoterID laws are going to get a lot worse. But I think VoterID Trucks can not only help voters comply with ID laws, but in effect turn the “VoterID” concept into a positive and engaging, ongoing voter registration and voter engagement drive.

Please consider this proposal to create a VoterID Truck initiative / project / program. If anyone else is willing to work on it, I am too.

VoterID Trucks. Drive right over voter suppression!

(Footnote: as of the posting of this proposal, the URL’s “voteridtruck.com” [singlular] and “voteridtrucks.com” [plural] were both still available, in case someone thinks enough of the idea to snag the URL)

 

Open Letter to Electoral College Members

Dear Electoral College Members;

I am writing to urge you not to cast your Electoral College vote for Donald Trump.

I’m sure you are getting a LOT of correspondence, and hold little hope that this one letter might tip the balance of your decision. But I feel compelled to write, if there’s even the slimmest hope that this letter, along with the weight of others, will.

This is not about the popular vote. This is not about Trump’s provocation of China, or other foreign policy gaffes. This isn’t even even about Russian interference in our election, no matter how concerning that is.

This is about responsible governance, and basic, common human decency.

Virtually every cabinet choice he has appointed so far, is rabidly against the very agency they have been chosen to head. This is not responsible governance; this is vindictive destruction of governance.

Please step back and look at the totality of what Donald Trump has done before, and since, the election. Mocking disabled reporters, telling numerous outright lies, employing the language of hatred and bigotry, constantly attacking, threatening, bullying, and denigrating almost anyone and anything who criticize him in any manner, including American citizens. He may have even threatened you.

I ask you to search your heart and ask: “Is this really the level of common human decency befitting of the President of the United States?”

I urge you to join me in concluding the answer is, “No.”

Please do not vote for Donald Trump for President of the United States.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Derrick Fogle
Your Fellow American

My “Thank you” letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama,

Please find enclosed a unique “Reflective” I made of your first campaign’s graphic. My reflectives are designed to be an iconic upgrade to the typical ‘cateye’ driveway marker; something that might reflect something about you. They look good during the day, they look great in headlights at night!img_4484

I made this reflective, and staked it out by my driveway, to support you during your first election campaign. I found it again while I was preparing to put some winter holiday themed reflectives out for the season, and felt compelled to send it to you. I’m sure you get sent more trinkets and things than you can possibly deal with; it’s not important what happens to the thing.

What’s important, is what what your Presidency has meant to me. I want to list all the incredible ways you’ve provided leadership, hope, class, and dignity. I want to rehash all the wonderful things you’ve done, all the lives you’ve touched. I want to catalog all your acts of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. I also want to list the million-plus ways Michelle is so awesome, but… that’s way too much for one letter!

I am so thankful that I got to enjoy 8 years of your Presidency. You have been one of the greatest, strongest leaders, and one of the most inspiring people, I have ever known of. When I found that reflective, after nearly 8 years, I almost started crying. Hands down, you have been my Best. President. EVAR!!!!11!

I believe the example you have set has made me a better person. Thank you for everything you have done, for me, and for all Americans.

Yours Truly,

Derrick Fogle