Sunday, July 5, 2020

An Angry Letter to All Elected Officials

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Submitted by Arthur Stillwell


An angry letter to all elected officials
If you prefer not to or can’t read, have someone read it to you

You have presented yourself for consideration and been elected to represent We The People. The duty that you took on when you assumed our vote and our trust, was to protect the right of all of us to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration of Independence declares:

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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 powers from the consent of the governed.

If you cannot or will not do that, you need to resign and make way for someone who can and will.

Your performance is measurable. The ongoing slaughter of our children through the misuse of guns is an obvious violation of the right to life and an open indictment of your leadership. While excuses in specific instances (“Oh, it’s mental illness”) have become your escape hatch for your failure to act, there is the much larger issue of your failure to pass legislation that will keep our children safe, especially at school.

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To borrow a phrase from the McCarthy era, “Have you no decency?” Do hundreds more have to die before you take seriously the task of leadership?

Your pretext of “defending the Constitution” seems to willfully ignore the fact that the preamble to the Second Amendment says, “In order to provide for a well-regulated militia…” we have a right to bear arms. Why not admit that there is nothing well regulated about killing school children and find a way to restrict the bearing of certain arms to those to those truly, well regulated?

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Your obsession with getting re-elected seems to have blurred your vision and judgment as to what is right and what is wrong. You seem to be rationalizing as to what it means to take blood money. Those who profit from the specific sale of and the culture of unreasonable gun ownership are killing our children. The money they offer you is blood money.

We the People demand that this intolerable situation stop. If you either can’t or won’t lead us to a solution, then have the decency and patriotism to get out of the way.

Paid for by individual angry Americans and not by any registered lobbyists who are paid to ensure more and more gun sales.

Arthur T. Stillwell
Coronado, California

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