March 27th 2020

An Open Letter to Congress,

“We the People” have reached the worn and frayed end of the rope that is our patience. No longer can we sit idly by while you erode our rights to life, liberty, and happiness in exchange for your own wealth, entitlements, and power. Your actions, and more so inactions, confronting a global pandemic have cost Us lives, livelihoods, and the pursuit of happiness as we sit and wait for you to simply do the job we the people pay you to do.

Your job as our government is simple, it’s clearly defined in one beautiful paragraph written as the preamble to our Constitution:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Your responsibility is to: establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, and promote the general welfare. We’ve not yet crossed the foreboding threshold of the 2nd quarter of calendar year 2020 and you, our Elected Representatives, have failed Us ‘the people’ on every count:

  • Justice: Justice takes many forms and holds many definitions. You, our elected congress, have disgraced them all. From the simple ‘quality of being just; fairness’ to the legal ‘upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward.’ You strip away the earnings of the dwindling middle class to provide bail to your uber wealthy donors and corporations under the guise of being in our best interest.
  • Tranquility: The illusionary blanket of domestic tranquility was torn asunder as you lied to us about the severity of the risk while protecting your own interests and profiting from the coming disaster. The turbulence increases as we watch you pack more and more political agenda into an emergency bill that’s already delayed too far.
  • Defense: In an example of the extreme irony that can only exist in non-fiction, the area where you spend the most time, budget, and effort is the area you’ve failed completely. We sit defenseless from both an economic and healthcare standpoint, with no common defense for either.
  • General Welfare: This leaves us with general welfare a concept you’ve ignored completely as you focus on growing your power and wealth by providing for the interests of large corporations over people, over donors rather than constituents, and barely disguised bribes over duty. You expect the average individual to be ready to weather these storms on their own but provide millions in assistance to the companies that fail to do so while their leaders profit.

For years you have purposefully turned Us against one another. Utilizing party lines and emotional issues to divide, distract, and inflame Us. You’ve turned neighbors into enemies over chosen political boundaries. You’ve bred fear, hate, and animosity for your own gain.

This has been an extremely effective tool for you to maintain and grow your power. While we’ve fought about the things that don’t affect your wealth or power you’ve passed laws to: exempt yourselves from the healthcare you gave us, to increase your wealth, to remove our liberties, and many, many more.

You’d have been wise to study the history of such tools. Their power exists on the razor thin edge of a well-honed blade, one slip in either direction and the ties to that power are cut. You have slipped, and this pandemic has simply exposed it. We now stare bewildered at you, congress, the great Oz and see him for what he is. A weak-minded charlatan puppeteer pulling levers to create delusions of grandeur.

Thanks to you we are angry– raging. Despite your best efforts you are completely exposed. Our anger is shifting from one another, from party to party, to you the true source of the issues we face. We will focus the bright light of our anger like a laser and use the intensified light to cut you away like the cancerous cells you are.

No longer can ‘We the people’ sit idly by while you pack your own agenda into every bill you pass. No longer can We sit as you consistently tax the nation more while providing less and less back to the people who make it up. No longer will We suffer at the laws you pass that are so poorly designed you exempt yourselves from them.

It is time for you to remember who you work for. It is time for you to find, or create a shred of integrity, of decency, of duty in yourselves. It is time to remember that we can start invoking change in November by beginning to remove each, and every one, of you permanently from office.

It’s time to remember that this Nation was founded by people tired of accepting the way things were, for the way things should be. This Nation was founded by revolutionaries, and those same revolutionaries made it clear that revolution may be required again, and provided the constitutional provisions to do so. They said it best:

“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 shewn, 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.”

It’s time to put the people first. It’s time to put the country first. It’s time to restore this once great nation to the beacon of liberty and opportunity it once was. It’s time to be better than we are, simply because we can. We the People no longer accept how things are for how things will be.

Sincerely,

Concerned and Devoted Citizens

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