Normally, I am pleased with the Constitutional and responsible ways you have executed your office in support and service of the citizens of Idaho and the United States of America. However, I am writing to express my disappointment for your approving vote on the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012,” Senate bill 1867.
Title V, Subtitle E, Section 551, Paragraph (d) repeals Article 125 of the Uniform Military Code of Justice which prohibits sodomy and bestiality. It does not bother to rewrite the code clarifying the legality of sodomy between consenting adults but simply repeals it.
I understand that the Left wing of American politics as well as many Libertarians want to make sodomy legal so that homosexuals can have “intimate relations” without reprisal, but in their haste, they have now made it legal for US military personnel to have “intimate relations” with animals as well. Isn’t that disgusting!
More important than soldiers having sex with animals is how Section 1031 of the bill targets US Citizens as enemy combatants and tramples all over the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
From the Senate floor, PRIOR TO THE BILL’S PASSAGE, Senator Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina said, “[Section] 1031, the statement of authority to detain, does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as the battlefield, including the homeland.” In other words, the bill itself is written in such a way as to permit the President to use the military to arrest, interrogate and indefinitely detain US Citizens.
John Locke, a man to whom many of our nation’s founders looked for wisdom said:
Whenever the Legislators endeavor to take away, and destroy the Property of the People, or to reduce them to Slavery under Arbitrary Power, they put themselves into a state of War with the People, who are thereupon absolved from any farther Obedience, and are left to the common Refuge, which God hath provided for all Men, against Force and Violence. Whensoever therefore the Legislative shall transgress this fundamental Rule of Society; and either by Ambition, Fear, Folly or Corruption, endeavor to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other an Absolute Power over the Lives, Liberties, and Estates of the People; By this breach of Trust they forfeit the Power, the People had put into their hands, for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the people, who have a Right to resume their original Liberty.
It appears that Locke’s wisdom, while still cogent today, has gone unheeded by the legislators in Washington D. C. In S. 1867, you placed a target on US Citizens. Shame on you for letting it pass in such a pitiful and disgraceful condition!
While it is important that we do what we can to prevent harm from coming to the US, the only purpose of defense and, therefore ideally a defense appropriation bill, is to protect a nation’s citizenry, not to arrest and detain them without due process!
The founders had no plans for the US to engage in unending wars, nor did they plan on the US engaging in wars of aggression such as we have done in Libya and Iraq, or as we are poised to do in Iran. Our military was to be used for defensive purposes! That said, once engaged I believe in getting the job done as quickly as possible with as few casualties as is reasonable.
Even if the war on terror were constitutional at one point, it has ceased to be. Terror is a tactic used in war. It is not a nation, a body or an individual, nor is it a cause for war.
Benjamin Franklin said, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." S. 1867 violates this principle ad nauseum. It does little to promote defense, but lays open the arrest of every individual who has an opposing point of view to whomever may sit in the White House as President.
I am not at liberty to fairly nor accurately judge the virtue of Barrack Obama, but his actions suggest to me that he lacks the virtue and self-restraint to be entrusted with such power as S. 1867 seeks to give. In passing, S. 1867, the Senate has given an aspiring dictator the tool necessary to silence political opposition, and to advance fundamental change that is not good for the US.
While I do not believe that Liberty and security need to be mutually exclusive, I take a hint from Franklin, and do not favor losing Liberty to security in any way including the 4th amendment violations constantly perpetrated by the TSA. In fact, I will fight not to do so.
The writing on the wall seems pretty clear to me. The Republic is almost dead. It has, for some time now been more of an oligarchy than a true republic, but at least, it has functioned as a Republic. With every piece of legislation that increases taxes, regulations, and the role of the Federal Government, the Republic slips that much closer to death.
More importantly, if I’m reading things correctly, US Citizens will not remain idle much longer. They will shake off the chains tyranny has stealthily placed on them and "[refresh the tree of Liberty] with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
You took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” This oath was not “to the best of my abilities” as many oaths are. Rather, you swore that you “will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office…” Yet, you voted “Yea” on this atrocity.
Apprehending and indefinitely detaining US Citizens without due process is a violation of everything the founders laid forth in the constitution, and consequently, a violation of your oath of office.
Keep in mind, the Declaration of Independence was written, at least in part, because King George III of England was doing many of these same things.
It’s no wonder, that the Declaration of Independence says,
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.
There are many enemies of the Republic who profess love for it within the walls of Congress, the White House, and the Judiciary. You need to find good allies (like Rand Paul, Jim Demint, and Marco Rubio) and work tirelessly to restore the Republic our founders gave us and for which many patriots have given their all. That, Sir, is your mandate. Uphold your oath of office, defend the Constitution and Restore the Republic and the Liberty it offers.
I honestly fear for the future of this, the greatest nation on earth. It is on the precipice of oblivion.