This is an open letter to our United States Congress. I am a disabled American. This is not particularly about that. It is, however, about how you, the US Congress, have limited me, and hundreds of thousands of other Americans by making online poker playing for money a non-allowed activity here. Poker is not, by judicial decree a game of chance, but a game of skill. The US Supreme Court decided that decades ago.
Our “leaders” have decided for us that on-line poker playing is not to be allowed. Russians can do it. So can Chinese, Romanians, Spanish, Mexicans, Nigerians, Iranians, etc., etc. But not “free” Americans.
Now, before anyone gets excited about how someone collecting a disability check form Social Security could play poker for money online, let me say there are games, on one site at any rate, where one can enter for free, free, free and win a place at a money-paying tournament and with a bit of luck and a modicum of skill, win big.
But, here in the ‘Land of the free’ we are not allowed. Why?
I can no longer drive. The nearest casino is three hours or so away. And, one needs money to play there. On-line, I could play for free and win money. But, no, no, no, not in America. Why? Is it because your corporate masters don’t want competition? Or are you afraid your kids and grandkids would blow the money you have earned by your service to our country?
Senators Leahy and Sanders, Rep. Welch have trouble sending letters without asking for donations for this or that. How can I gave a donation without money? Senators get a lifetime pension after one term, Representatives have to serve two and a half terms. Their pensions are far greater than what most people in Vermont earn per year and much, much greater than what my disability check is. And they get to vote on how much I get.
It must also be said that the United States Congress thinks State-run lotteries are fine and dandy. Is it because fellow politicians get to spend the over? “Over” is the money not paid out to winners, a considerable amount. Pure luck is okay with Congress, skill is not.
I enlisted in the United States Navy on my 18th birthday. I would not now. I would also counsel all 18 year-olds to not enlist. Not for what America has become. It is no longer the “Land of the Free.” Rather, it is the “Land of the PAC.”
I dare our leaders to reply with cogent and intelligent replies. I’m betting they can’t.