Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The million dollar retirement fund idea is not mine, but one I heard was written about in a Florida newspaper some time back. If I knew the author I would give credit where it is due.
Dear Senator Casey/Senator Specter/Congresswoman Schwartz,
I am writing this letter in regards to our dully elected representatives in Washington DC. Far too long those in elected positions have not listened or heard the voice of the people. They “listen” long enough to collect the votes from their district. They then leave for Washington and never return until the next election.
Those who claim to represent the people no longer do. They represent their careers and those who donate the most to their re-election campaign. Special interest groups, those I support and those I do not, are running Washington at a time in out nation’s history when it should be run by the people, for the people. This lack of representation is a symptom of a larger cancer that is eating away at the national body that is America.
BOTH parties espouse facts skewed by political ideology and a want or need to be re-elected. Both parties have moved left and some of the party members have moved further than others. The Democrat and Republican parties of today would not be recognized by the party members of 50 years ago.
It has become, by some, un-American to question our leadership and their decisions or lack thereof. The fact is our nation’s history is built on the shoulders of giants who questioned everything about our former government. These men lost everything they had, money, family and in some cases there lives, to question our government and then try to change it. They tried and succeeded. They gave us the gift of a government we could change, if we saw fit, by majority vote. They built a system whereby we the people could govern ourselves. Govern ourselves by electing representatives.
That is no longer happening. Middle of the night meetings, “secret” votes, bills that are far too long and written in lawyer-ese so that nobody short of a lawyer could understand. It all seems to be done in order to keep the people confused or in the dark about what really happens in Washington.
Both parties are guilty of inserting needless information or proposals into bills. The recent “stimulus”, at first glance, appears to be a payback from the Democrats to their constituency. Very little in the stimulus bill creates jobs. As a matter of fact, we were told unemployment would not go above 8% if we passed the stimulus bill. Here we are approaching 10%. The “representatives” in Washington lied to us for support or that is how it appears.
We were told this was the worst economy since the Great Depression. Then we were told we underestimated just how bad it was. Is this really the time to increase spending exponentially? Is this really the time to increase taxes on the upper income earners? I would say no. I never got a job from a poor man. It is the upper income earners who own, operate and open small business and employ the vast majority of Americans.
Enact the FairTax if you truly want a level playing field for all of America. Let everyone, regardless of income earned, pay the same percentage. THAT would be fair. Taxing the upper income bracket to pay for your Socialist programs is not fair nor is it American.
We need to fix health care costs. We can all agree to that, I believe. However, allowing the government to put their hand into the medical care arena is ludicrous. There is no government plan that runs as it was envisioned or advertised to the people. Social security is bankrupt, or very close. They tell us it will create competition. What competition can the government bring that the other 1500 insurance companies can’t? How can ANY business compete on a level playing field with the government?
If we send the 11-15 million illegal aliens back to their country of origin, we can do a few things. By getting rid of the illegal workers in America, we have open jobs for Americans. We will ease the burden on the health care system by eliminating people using the emergency room as the primary care physician. We will also open up construction jobs to work on the border fence that we the taxpayers funded but is not being built. Where did the money go?
Bailing out ANY company was the wrong move by the government. I feel for the people loosing jobs. The auto industry was hit hard. But the majority of the blame can be laid at the feet of the U.A.W. By forcing, through strikes, the companies to move more money into the workers retirement, health care, pay, etc, it forced the auto makers to increase auto cost to pay for the increases. There are people out of work right now that, I believe, would cross a picket line for a check. Let the UAW walk out and hire new workers. I would rather pay for training a new person that giving in to the UAW.
Unions can and should talk to workers about becoming a union shop. BUT the vote by the workers should be private behind a curtain, NOT in public so as to be influenced by union representatives.
Investigate ACORN. There are enough allegations that it should become apparent that something is going on.
Leave my guns alone. The Constitution guarantees me the right to keep and bear arms. Support HR 197 / S 845, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.
Given the chance to speak to the President I would say this....
Mr President, you decided, along with Congress, that bailing out failing companies was a wise investment. You said giving money to business failures was what we needed to do. There was a better way that trusts the average American. It gives the people who are used to budgeting and living within their means a chance. Give all those citizens of the USA over 50 years of age 1 million dollars with the following caveats. Using that money, pay off your current home OR buy a newly constructed home. Pay off your current AMERICAN made car OR buy a new car, in cash, from one of the big 3. What is left is yours free and clear, not taxes, provided it all goes into a designated retirement fund, IE 401(K) IRA, etc. Pay off all credit card debt. Last, retire now.
Doing this would have immediately opened up jobs, created a need for automobiles and shored up the housing market and lending institutions.
I would like to thank you for taking time to “listen” to one of your constituents.
Monday, July 6, 2009
You have seen fit to appoint people to act in your stead, yet they answer to no one but you. I fear you have risen to the position you are in and have not the first clue what The Constitution is about. You sir are the very reason it was written. You and your political appointee's.
I have made it my mission to, at every chance, expose your tyranny to the light of the American public. I have made it my mission to expose your traitorous words and actions so that the public is made aware of what some of us elected.
Many people fell victim to your words and swagger. I did not. I knew that if America was to fall, it would have to come from within, and it has. Your proposed "Cap and Trade" will shackle America, your "Bailout" of American business will lock the shackles in place. Thanks to you, we are slaves. Slaves to a debt that will take generations to pay off, IF it ever gets paid off at all.
Now you want to tell the American public we "need" health care. We "need" Government run, "Nationalized" health care. How ironic that you and your party are proposing a health care plan that is supposed to be a god send, yet you and Congress will not be a part of it. Why is that Mr President? If this plan is so good, why do you and Congress not partake of it?
I am done. No more. every person I meet will know about it. Every person who will lend me an ear will hear about the speech with no clear meanings. They will know that you apologized for us, bowed to world leaders and made us weak in the world's eyes.
One more Patriot
One more Constitutional Defender,
One more Willing to stand in your way,
Dear Mr. President,
I write to you as one elected official to another on behalf of average American citizens. We listen to your words and measure them carefully. With hope, we watch your actions. We then look to history and compare the events of our day with the events of yesterday. We look to our Founders and read carefully their intellectual discourses and their moral debate. They ultimately concluded that the actions of the king were best described as tyranny, because they could not be honestly described any other way. Having come to such a serious and reasoned conclusion, their path was charted—unknown as to its outcome—but certain as to its demand upon them. Mr. President, we are doing what Americans have done before.
Many of your words, at face value, inspire and offer some level of hope. This is why many Americans cast their vote for you. Yet, now that you are in office, your actions are inspiring fear and distrust. At nearly every level, Americans, regardless of political party, are being forced to walk down the same road our Founders were forced to walk – questioning, analyzing, and looking deep within their souls. The similarities between the past and the present are amazing. If you desire to test the American people’s resolve and challenge their patience, you are accomplishing your goal. You know what is happening within the hearts and minds of the average American. That is why state legislatures are offering and passing resolutions, re-affirming the 10th Amendment and state sovereignty issue. That is why the Tea Party movement is growing by the day and is attended by rich and poor alike. That is why you and Congress are hearing from the American public in record numbers on an increasing range of major issues including the bail-out, the stimulus plan, “cap and tax”, and government intrusion into health care.
Your speech sounds sensitive to the economic and emotional needs so heavy on our people. Yet, your continued references to being guided by the “Rule of Law” (our Founders knew this meant God’s Higher Law and the Highest Law of the Land – the Constitution) are hollow and disingenuous. Your recent speech in front of the original Constitution of the United States of America in the National Archives makes it all so clear that your words mean nothing. Your agenda and you yourself appear to be that “rule of law” – effectively setting aside all Constitutional constraints. It’s unfortunate that I must be so direct, but you are leaving the American people with very few options.
Mr. President, it is clear by your speech and actions that your oath to the Constitution is not binding to you and, therefore, is a broken oath. On many fronts, so much of significance has happened in such a short time. You (and the Congress) are overriding state sovereignty and encouraging the states into unsustainable programs through Stimulus Funds: this will force them to beg you and the elite in Washington for help when the funding runs out. Your policies are destroying the wealth of hard-working Americans by plunging this nation into inescapable debt to our enemies and by justifying the disastrous printing of trillions in fiat money. What you and the Federal Reserve do not destroy immediately by exploding our debt, will be completely devoured by the ensuing hyper-inflation. What an insidious way for you and Congress to spend what you do not have by robbing it from every hard-working American who has responsibly worked and saved!
You have violated historic contract law by choosing who wins and who loses, while Chrysler and General Motors is eviscerated and turned into ‘Government Motors’. You have thumbed your nose at the ‘Balance of Power’, so carefully conceived and implemented by our Founders, by appointing unaccountable “Czars” to function as your direct emissaries over fundamental areas of public policy, thereby blatantly by-passing the checks and balances of Congressional oversight. You pursue special interest agendas motivated by the faddish science of “Global Warming” or “Climate Change”, or whatever it will be called next. In the ‘cap and tax’ plan, you justify the biggest tax assault on the American people ever conceived. Yet, you boldly assure the American people that it will cost them nothing, since only the “polluters” will pay. But, in the process you will destroy thousands of truly sustainable jobs (in exchange for temporary “green” jobs – like insulating buildings and re-caulking windows). Bringing America to its knees in financial dependence, in energy dependence, and a gutted manufacturing sector is sadly what’s happening. It appears that in reality, the “Change” you promised is just your personal change—clearly not what the American people so desperately hoped for.
So Mr. President, these things that I and the American people have come to observe and conclude are bringing this nation to a point closer each day that resembles the circumstances that forced the hearts, the minds and then the hands of our Founders. As we quickly approach the remembering of Independence Day – July 4, 2009, please remember that as you make your choices, so must we. May you and all the American people reread the Declaration of Independence – very carefully. Identify the principles they clearly stated and then apply them to today. Feel the intensity of the letter sent to the King. Understand the careful steps they undertook to make the moral case for freedom and independence in the context of the history of mankind. Note in particular the foundational precepts woven into paragraph two, written as much for the benefit of Americans yet unknown and unborn as it was a message to King George. As the President who holds the highest elected position in both honor and responsibility in this Republic, place yourself in the position of the King, look in the mirror, and then look across this great land at the faces of our great people and listen to their pleas. The King didn’t know for sure all that Declaration Letter would mean for him, but I am certain that he knew he had ignited the will and passion of a freedom-loving people for which only time would prove the outcome.
So it is today. Now, we have the Constitution against which to compare the words and actions of those in public office. The people, Mr. President, are awaking. They are realigning their priorities, purifying their motivations, and galvanizing their wills. Their freedom and their families are what they love and, thankfully, what they will defend. As to what comes next, I cannot say. I do know that another Declaration Letter is not necessary since this country already belongs to us. Our freedom and this republic are already ours. It is the return of freedom they demand. It is nothing less than the adherence to the Constitution and to the oath we have both taken that they demand. We, continuing to carefully note and compare as our Founders did, are also coming to serious and reasoned conclusions. Our path is charted – unknown perhaps as to its ultimate outcome – but certain as to its demand upon us.
From all those who love their Freedom,
State Representative Sam Rohrer
District 128 – Berks County
Saturday, July 4, 2009
What follows is a speech written by John Manning, that won a www.worldnetdaily.com Independent Day TEA Party speech contest. All I can say about it is WOW, can that guy write!!
Fastened upon our ancestors by the despots of faraway lands, the Chains of Tyranny were linked by hereditary bondage, undeserved tribute and indentured servitude. By exhibiting gallant resolve and courage – in some cases against the face of certain death – our Minutemen forefathers gloriously threw off these chains just 233 short years ago.
Much has changed since that time. Yet today, we hear again the rattling and clanking of the Chains of Tyranny. The chains we hear are held not by foreign powers. Dreadfully, it is those among us, many of whom are our elected leaders, who possess the chains and toil endlessly to cast them across our backs. Now heavier and longer, the Chains of Tyranny have been wrought with new links – apathy masked by complacency, socialism fueled by internationalism, cults of undeserved celebrity and a reckless belief in the equality of results.
Moreover, they are now deceptively plated in gold. We have been assured, time and time again, by those who hold the chains that they "know better" and that to embrace their shackles would be "for our own good."
The threatened return of the Chains of Tyranny triggers that transcendent call for us to assemble here today.
Who are we?
We are the Defenders of Liberty!
Our hands reach across generations. We do not perceive the value of each other in abstract terms of race, gender, ethnicity or creed. We do not see ourselves as rich or poor. We spurn "identity politics" as a lazy and inadequate substitute for a guarded vigilance balanced by independent thoughts. For we are all individual citizens of America – black and white, man and woman, Mayflower descendent and newly naturalized – and we must all stand united to protect freedom's priceless but delicate charge!
We detest efforts by the holders of the Chains of Tyranny to corrupt the everyday meaning of things and turn us against one another.
Hope is not faith! Change is not reform! Taxation is not charity! Equality is not opportunity! Servitude is not freedom!
To this end, we reject the following confused ideas tinkered in minds that reason abandoned and faith no longer moderates: Inconvenient truths, audacities of hope, carbon footprints, unearned incomes and government-sponsored "recoveries."
We believe there is but one market – the free market – that, if allowed to run unfettered in a free society, can provide all men and women the opportunity to use the results of their work to better themselves, their families and their communities.
We know that public bailouts, no matter the intention, foster dependence, which in turn fornicates with servitude and begets slavery. For this reason alone, we would rather walk than drive a car made by any government! We would rather be paupers than be made rich by "public" money! We would rather drop dead than be cared for by Nurse Fed!
We further reject the guise of "universal health care" and recognize this abhorrent creature for what it is: a brazen attempt to seize illegally our wealth, control how we care for our mortal bodies, limit our access to the best medicines, stifle scientific progress and medical innovation, and transform our doctor's offices and hospitals into DMV-style waiting rooms.
The Defenders of Liberty will never stand by and ignore the attempts of others to cast off their own chains of servitude. We will not strike accords or offer bribes to dictators! We would rather cut off our hands before extending them to the harbingers of evil!
Speaking of evil, we know only those true rights: those that are unalienable and endowed by our Creator. We reject penumbral "rights" as false and dangerous ideas contrived in judicial cauldrons established only to massacre those who permeate the bookends of life.
And finally, we know that our sovereignty shall forever reside in We the People. For this we reassert that any government that limits the God-given right of her citizens to defend themselves automatically ceases to be a government – for such action shall void the social contract from which it was forged.
We are the True Patriots, left to guard perpetually that shining city upon a hill. We know of her, we dream of her, and yes, throughout history she has had a name: AMERICA! Let us rally around her, for we are the Defenders of Liberty! Let us will hoist our flags, wave our banners and bear our arms! Let us be vigilant and fight any attempt to ravage her! For, as the envious eyes of the world are still cast upon us, we vow not to be the last to feel the sweet effervescence of her freedom!
God bless America!