RECEIVED Fri., Aug. 1, 2003

Legislative redistricting should have been a moot point by now because 98% of the people, who spoke from all parts of Texas, spoke out against the redistricting map. They came from all over far East Texas and Fort Worth, Killeen and Waco, Houston and parts south and west and of course many Austinites lent their voice to the opposition. Even one of their own, Sen. Ratliff, was against it.
    And yet the monster rears its ugly head again. I don't know if the public understands how serious this is; but the Republicans are trying to sew us all up once and for all. How? By systematically eradicating the Bill of Rights. The very closest example is the governor and his cronies spurred on by Tom DeLay and Washington attempting to usurp the power and stifle the voice of the voting electorate. They are even rewriting the Texas Constitution and gobbling up our dwindling financial resources in pursuing their whatever-it-takes attitude to win by hook or more rightly by crook. It is an outrage in the purest sense.
    Folks, it is time to get up and start doing something about this before they ramrod this through and padlock the gate – all to keep us subservient to their selfish lust for money and power under the self-righteous guise of Christianity.
    Jesus said, "Many of you will come and say Lord, Lord. And I will say, I do not know you." Under their own philosophy, they face judgment day. Hey, Jesus!!!
J. Richardson
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