This is a letter I submitted to our Representative Jeff Miller (FL-1) at a sort of-Town Hall meeting on Wednesday. If anyone would like to copy and paste and edit or whatever and send to your Reps, Senators, President, whoever may need to know that we are concerned with what is taking place, please feel free.
AUGUST 12, 2009
Representative Jeff Miller,
The Declaration of Independence serves as a model declaration for expressing our grave concern about the actions taken by the Federal Government recently, which is causing the People of Fort Walton Beach and throughout the United States to rise up and express our sincere outrage over the abuses of power, reductions in freedom, irresponsibility with our nation’s finances, lack or transparency and accountability by our duly elected officials and representatives and general disregard of the constraints of government power guaranteed us by the Constitution of the United States of America.
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to voice our concern with the current direction of repression and irresponsibility from our Federal government, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to rise up in mass and ongoing protest.
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 institutes 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 it and to elect new Government, which is most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness
Prudence will dictate that Governments long established should not be protested and confronted continuously for light and transient causes. 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 rise up and confront such a Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such as been the patient sufferance of these States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to confront and challenge the current elected representatives.
The history of the present President and Congress of the United States and past elected officials is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
They have created, campaigned and championed divisions within our nation based on race, gender, age, income, religion, political connections, and industry.
They have weakened the Sovereignty of the States through excessive regulation by loose interpretation of the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, by Unconstitutional federal environmental and labor laws, and by using federal tax revenues to create incentives for the States to enact Federally-desired laws.
They have eliminated competition between the States through a tax code that does not allow local choices for State spending priorities and policy strategies.
They have ignored the proper role of the Federal government in usurping powers reserved to the States by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.
They have used tax revenues to unequally distribute monies to politically favored businesses, organizations, programs, States and individuals.
They have subjected citizens to economic slavery by forcefully withholding retirement monies, healthcare monies, and income tax monies.
They have reduced or eliminated consumer choices for economic freedom by raising hidden taxes and prices on goods and services, preventing consumer options through excessive Unconstitutional regulation from environmental, labor, tax, and health regulations.
They have reduced labor options for individuals by restricting business development, forcing commerce overseas, excessive regulation, high taxation, high employment costs to business, and excessive interference in States ability to attract business.
They have favored an organized labor monopoly in particular industries which donates to political campaigns creating a mutually beneficial relationship between legislators dependent on campaign contributions and labor dependent on creating favored legislation to exist.
They have ensured continued subservience of individuals to the government by restricting choices and competition within the education system and removing monies from that education system for the purpose of eliminating competing education systems.
They have taken justly earned private income and capital and distributed it to others based not on the Constitutional mandate of Promoting the General Welfare, but on the basis of rewarding politically-favored voters and political contributors.
They have misused tax revenues not to pay down debt, protect the States or to facilitate free commerce among the people as intended in the Constitution, but to sustain failed businesses, governments and individuals.
They have misused tax revenues to bribe States into enacting laws not in the best interest of the State as determined by the citizens of that State.
They have misused tax revenues to fund politicized science used to justify a more repressive Federal government and subsequent regulations.
They have misused tax revenues to fund overly generous salaries, benefits, retirement plans, campaign benefits and other self-interested monies for Federal officials.
They have misused tax revenues to inappropriately advertise and market pending legislation which gives an unfair advantage to the government passing legislation.
They have misused tax revenues to force unfair economic decisions from individuals with the purpose of controlling the behavior and preventing the free will of the individual.
They have unethically influenced the freedom of the press by offering access, interviews, and employment to members of the press which create favorable press for Federal officials.
They have spent excessively from borrowed monies which will force future generations into greater debt and economic slavery to the Federal government.
They have endangered our States by indebting the nation to other countries.
They have failed to protect the States and the individual citizens from foreign nationals not following established laws to enter the country.
They have solidified a ruling political class that does not allow for more political choices or candidates outside of the established political party system.
They have abdicated their Constitutional duties by allowing a private business, called the Federal Reserve, to print the money of the United States.
They have abdicated their Constitutional duties by allowing agencies and individuals of the government to create laws and regulations rather than from the United States Congress.
They have abdicated their Constitutional duties by allowing the Supreme Court to create legislation rather than interpreting legislation passed by the Congress.
They have abdicated their Constitutional duties by allowing undue influence by special interest groups to influence legislation rather than creating legislation for the General Welfare of the States and their citizens.
They have abdicated their Constitutional duties to read all legislation proposed and enacted which affects the States and citizens.
They have abdicated their Constitutional duties to ensure all legislation, laws, regulations, and other information are open, complete, truthful, transparent and available to citizens to allow timely and informed election decisions are made by voters.
In every stage of these Oppressions, We have exercised our duty to vote in the most humble terms, only to have elected officials mislead us or are unwilling to support promised legislation. We must now show we have taken notice and will hold officials directly and swiftly accountable for ignoring the will of the People.
We have reminded our elected leaders to refrain from extending legislation outside the confines of the Constitution. We have trusted the political class to ultimately make the most beneficial decision to the whole nation, but history and continued abuses warn us that we must take a more active role as a free and sovereign people to ensure our liberty continues into posterity.
We the People, in order to continue this perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do reaffirm our commitment and support for the Constitution for the United States of America.
Please raise awareness with other members of Congress that this is the general feeling of the People of the United States. This is not funded by any political party, organization or business but is a true movement of the People, by the People and for the people for the purpose of preserving Freedom and Liberty.
Thank you greatly for your time and please remember who you represent in your most sacred and honored responsibility.
Chris Saccomanno, Organizer
Fort Walton Beach Tea Party
**Author’s Note: It was not my intention to disrespect the Declaration of Independence or the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States in any way, but to parallel the utmost importance of our duty to support our Nation’s freedoms.