Congressman Mark Walker

Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share

4 April 2019

Congressman Mark Walker, Senator Thom Tillis and Tibet

I live in Greensboro NC and my representative is Congressman Mark Walker. My US Senator is Thom Tillis. I cannot claim to be involved in local politics beyond voting as a duty. But, on occasion, I do write my representatives.

Just a week or so back

If you know me personally, you might know that I am a practicing Buddhist. And, unlike most Buddhists, I use the word practicing in its literal sense. Meaning — I’m not the best Buddhist I can be. I still need a lot of practice.

Behind my desk here at the offices are a string of Tibetan prayer flags. At home, a tree in my front yard is festooned with many of the same.

Free Tibet — a bumper sticker that means much to me personally — is attached to the wall behind me.

Congressman Mark Walker could care less

Mark WalkerA few weeks ago, a Tibetan rights organization asked me to petition Congress to keep Tibetan freedom as a top-of-mind issue on the political agenda.

So I wrote notes to both Congressman Mark Walker and Senator Thom Tillis.

You might want to read a post I wrote a week or so ago to understand my deep feelings concerning the political plight of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

My letter was simple and to the point

I asked that they keep Tibet in mind and continue to support the Tibetan desire for cultural survival. You see, Tibet, invaded by Mao’s China in 1959, has been under the yoke of repression ever since. His Holiness and an entourage of Tibetans crossed the Himalayas seeking refuge in neighboring India back in ’59.

Since that date, Dharamshala, a small enclave in the Punjab, has been the only shining light for Tibetan culture in the world. It is now the 84-year-old Dalai Lama’s home and IS the repository of the Tibetan language, religion and culture.

“But before I cast a vote for Congress, I’m looking for a representative that represents me. No matter the outcome of the probe. Mark Walker is not that person.”

I received a reply back

Both Congressman Mark Walker and Senator Thom Tillis wrote me back. The former sent me a form letter and the latter actually read my note and responded with hopeful words.

Here is what he said ‑

“Thank you for taking the time to contact me about Tibet. I appreciate hearing from you.

I am a proud supporter of Tibetan freedom. I believe the presence of Chinese troops in Tibet is a violation of Tibet’s sovereignty and is compounded by the suppression of Tibetans’ fundamental human rights. I understand the Tibetans’ desire to be free from Chinese oppression. China has one of the worst human rights records in the world. No person, no matter where he or she is, should be denied basic human and religious rights. Please know that, when issues relating to Tibet come before the Senate, I will keep your views in mind.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me again about other issues that are important to you.

Sincerely,

Thom Tillis

U.S. Senator

Congressman Mark Walker deserves his troubles

The response from Mark Walker was a form letter from someone who did not care to read it. Without any mention of Tibet or my concerns, Walker thanked me for writing and stressed how important my views were. Such bullshit.

So, this past week I read that Congressman Mark Walker was caught up in a corruption probe. I could care less.

Don’t get me wrong. I care about corruption. But before I cast a vote for Congress, I’m looking for a representative that represents me. No matter the outcome of the probe. Mark Walker is not that person.

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