Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth.

First Inaugural Address of George Washington...April 30, 1789

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Abraham Lincoln said:

"In this age, and in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it nothing can suceed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions."

James Madison Declared

The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the PEOPLE altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, wherever the derivative may be found, RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE ALONE. (Federalist Papers, No. 46, p.294; emphasis added.)

Friday, February 25, 2011

USA PATRIOT Act (aka the Patriot Act)

A short time ago I wrote to Congressman Joe Walsh, 8th District, Illinois. I voiced my concerns about continuing the Patriot Act and expanding its provisions which in my view may, in some cases, violate our civil rights. I believe it is necessary, at this time in our national history, to have this Act in place to safeguard our country and its citizens but I do believe that it should be reviewed at least twice a year and any additional intrusions on our civil rights and privacy have to be closely followed by the House Committee on Homeland Security of which Congressman Walsh is a member.

Congressman Joe Walsh responded on February 11, 2011 to my inquiry in the following manner:

"Yet, I do believe wholeheartedly that our civil liberties are sacred and indivisible, and I share your concerns that the federal government may be overstepping its bounds and going beyond what is necessary and proper to maintain our safety. As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I will continue to monitor federal authorities to make sure they do not infringe upon the rights and privacy of peaceful Americans. I plan to review Patriot Act programs and investigate all cases of its abuse and will endeavor to reform the offending agencies or programs so that these cases are not repeated."

I hope that all who read this will keep in contact with Congressman Walsh and monitor his progress in keeping the above promise to his constituents.

Congressman Joe Walsh
432 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-3711

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