An Open Letter to My Senators, Congressmen and The President of the United States of America.
The 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution provides for the people to “petition the government for a redress of grievances”. That is the purpose of this letter. In short, I’M FED UP!!!
The Constitution of the United States of America, The Bill of Rights, Amendment I
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
First, a reminder, because I believe you (our elected representatives) may have forgotten:
The Bill of Rights, Amendment X
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
Please show me were in the Constitution it gives the Federal Government the authority to spend ANY of the tax payers’ money to bail out ANY private or publicly owned business. When I read the Constitution I can only find provisions for our taxes to fund the Federal Government. (Yes, some of us actually do read the Constitution.) I’ve included a copy, in case you’ve lost yours.
The United States Constitution, Section 8.
“The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;
To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;
To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States;
To establish post offices and post roads;
To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;
To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;
To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;
To declare war, grant letters of marquee and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;
To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;
To provide and maintain a navy;
To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;
To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings; And To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.”
PLEASE stop wasting tax payers’ money on illegal bailouts! Please STOP the insane spending that’s going on in Washington. We, the taxpayers, should not have to pay for your mistakes! Stop spending, decrease the budget, and get the deficit under control!
Second, I have taken an oath of office many times in my life, as a soldier, a police officer and a local elected official. In taking your oath of office, as in mine, you swore to “uphold and defend the Constitution”. Many of us feel that you (all of you) have repeatedly violated your oath of office. I would therefore ask that you read and remember the following:
U.S. Constitution, Article I
“Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States: but the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to indictment, trial, judgment and punishment, according to law.”
Please adhere to your oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, all of it!
Third, I would respectfully ask that you remember the basis on which this Republic was founded and consider its relevance given the current state of affairs in this country.
The Declaration of Independence
“WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shown, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.”
“WE, therefore, the Representatives of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in GENERAL CONGRESS, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which INDEPENDENT STATES may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
IN CONGRESS, JANUARY 18, 1777.”
Please remember that your power and authority comes from the consent of the governed!
Be aware that you no longer have that consent!
The United States Constitution, The Bill of Rights:
“The Conventions of a number of the States having, at the time of adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added, and as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution; Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two-thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States; all or any of which articles, when ratified by three-fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the said Constitution, namely…”
“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
The Supreme Court of The United States of America has held that the 2nd Amendment guarantees this Right to “keep and bear arms” to the individual citizen. Therefore many of us believe that all of you that would support addition legislation that would diminish this right are in violation of you oath to “support and defend that Constitution. We would therefore ask that you neither propose nor support any additional so called “gun control” legislation. Rather, purse and punish the individuals that commit crimes using weapons instead of punishing all citizens who would desire to exercise this Right lawfully.
F.B.I. statistics and a great amount for additional research show that “gun control” laws have no realistic effect on crime. However, the same research shows that lawfully armed citizens are a huge deterrent to criminals and can greatly increase the likelihood of a positive outcome on crimes that are being committed.
Please uphold our right to keep and bear arms! Please remember that this right “shall not be infringed”!
Fifth, please respect the rights of our citizens that are guaranteed under the IV Amendment and stop the abuses of our Federal law enforcement and Homeland Security officials in the name of “The Global War on Terror”. We would request that you rein in the BATFE and other Federal agencies that are abusing their power and prevent them from turning honest citizens into criminals. Also at issue is the warrantless detention of citizens as part of the Global War on Terror. We must make a clear distinction between the rights of our CITIZENS as provided by law and the treatment of so called “Enemy Combatants” who are prisoners of war.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Please enforce our right to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures!
Finally, PLEASE secure our borders and enforce the immigration laws that are currently on the books. Your duty is to the American people, citizens of this great nation, NOT to illegal aliens. We would warmly embrace all who enter by the “front door” as most of our ancestors did. However, anyone who sneaks in through the “back door” is a CRIMINAL and should be dealt with accordingly. As illegal aliens and criminals they are NOT entitled to the same benefits as American Citizens. What they ARE entitled to is jail and deportation! Your oath of office to support the Constitution includes the Constitutional requirement that you “provide for the common defense…”. Our current porous borders and the weak enforcement of our immigration laws speak volumes to the lack of commitment of our elected official to adhere to their oath by supporting ALL provisions of the Constitution.
Please stem the flow of illegal aliens into this country and deport all those that are here!
In closing, please understand that I do NOT seek the overthrow of our government. I am a retired police detective sergeant, I’m a retired Army Sergeant First Class (100% Disabled Vet), I’m a husband, father and grandfather. I do NOT seek your impeachment. I do NOT seek your resignation. I do seek a government that represents the people above their own interests. I do seek a government that adheres to the Constitution and The Bill of Rights. I do seek a government that operates legally and honestly and above board. I do seek a government that acts to properly defend this great Nation without trampling on the Rights of its Citizens.
Please listen to the will of the People that you have sworn to represent!
“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.”
Dr. Leonard M. Breure, PhD
2371 – 65th Street
New Richmond, WI 54017