As many of you know my New Year’s resolution is to contact my elected representative whenever I observe our constitution being violated by either the passage of a bill or by the actions of an elected official. Last week when President Obama bypassed congress and made four recess appointments while congress was still in pro forma session I decided this was one of those instances. Below is a letter I fired off to my congressman today.
I’m writing you to express my deep concern over the actions the President took in regards to the four recess appointments he made last week while congress was still in session under the pro forma rule. As you know Article I, section 5 of our constitution clearly states that each House may determine the rules of its proceedings. The senate was well within their constitutional authority to establish this pro forma procedural rule back in 2007. By bypassing this procedural rule and making departmental appointments, the President is in violation of the constitution. His unconstitutional overreach is a slap in the face to the states and the people you represent. You took an oath to support and defend the constitution and it’s now time kick in and do your part. It’s time to defend it against the President’s obvious assault on it. It’s time to remind the President that the constitution is still the supreme law of the land and that no man to include the President is above it.
Our Founders revered individual liberty above all else and deliberately crafted our constitution so that power would not be concentrated in one place. History had taught them that concentrated power almost always ended in tyranny with the loss of liberty, so their number one priority was to secure the blessings of liberty for all. This was accomplished by creating a constitution that was designed to limit a federal government’s ability to impose its will over the people. They believed the only way to secure liberty was to divide the power up amongst three distinct branches of government. These branches would have the ability to check the power of each other. They did not want a consolidation of power in one branch because they feared it would eventually lead to tyranny. Sadly this model of limited government the Founders envisioned has been legislated away a piece at a time over the last 100 years. Elected officials now believe they have unlimited power to impose their will on the people and routinely pass unconstitutional legislation that infringes on the rights of the individual.
The latest unconstitutional act by the President if left unchecked will further erode the republic by concentrating power at the Executive Branch. You must act! If this means cutting funding to the NLRB and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, then so be it. But mark my words if you fail to act you risk becoming irrelevant and you can’t effectively represent the people if you become irrelevant. You have a duty sir as a representative of the people to honor your oath by supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States. This is not about Democrats or Republicans; it’s about America and the future of our republic. Please consider these words.
I look forward to your response.
This is what it’s all about folks. These are the things we need to do to starting moving our republic in the right direction. As basic as it is, letters still work to certain degree. The only way these elected officials will start moving in the direction we want them to is to raise our voices and this is one way to do it.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!