This comes to me from the Fort Walton Beach, FL area. Tea Parties are blooming in those parts.
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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.