Too Many Letters To Count
That’s my wish for today. If you are a regular reader of this blog you probably already know that your government has abandoned Thomas Jefferson’s immortal (or so we thought) words: “Of the people, by the people, and for the people,” and replaced them with something like, “Of the government, by the government, and for the government.”
Between Congress and the federal bureaucracy, those unchecked and unimpeachable members of the EPA, OSHA, FDA, DHS, et. al., over 80,000 pages of laws, rules, and regulations were heaped upon you last year…and the year before that….and the year before that. Then comes our president, a man who openly brags, “If Congress won’t help me, I’ll do it myself.” He revels in his ability to heap more regulation upon us without even consulting Congress or the Constitution. Next on the list has to be the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal court system in general. These guys and gals are proud of the fact that they openly dismiss the U.S. Constitution as an ancient and worthless document that has no place in a modern society. At the very top of the heap, however, has to be the federal bureaucracy itself…those unelected and apparently unregulated folks who sit around in their plush offices and make up more and more regulations to make our lives miserable.
Who would have thought, as John Stossell pointed out in a recent television broadcast, that American citizens could be fined, jailed, or kicked off their own property by federal bureaucrats with guns for such things as hosting a Bible study group in their home, cleaning out a ditch that was flooding their personal property, selling raw milk to people who wanted to buy raw milk, storing fish in bags instead of boxes, or…this is the best one…setting up a lemonade stand or selling Girl Scout cookies in their front yard? One attorney interviewed by Stossel pointed out the probable truth that he could follow any one of us supposedly law-abiding good citizens around for a day and find us in violation of several laws and regulations serious enough to land us in jail or drive us into bankruptcy if we choose to fight the bureaucracy.
What can we do about this heinous suspension of our Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms? Alarmingly, we have few options. We can kick the current president out of office in November. Will his replacement be any better? That is yet to be seen. We can elect Congressmen and Senators who will actually listen to us. That will take time, and time in office seems to be the great corruptor of solons, allowing them to pay little to no attention to their constituents as they become more firmly entrenched in their offices. The Supreme Court members are appointed for life and are answerable to no one, except possibly to public opinion. Then come the bureaucrats. Their offices and their power have been legislated by Congress, but there is a problem. The unquestioned rule of unelected bureaucrats has increased exponentially as government has grown, and has reached a point that the power of the unelected actually exceeds the power of those who created them.
When I presented a problem with one of these three-lettered agencies directly to a U.S. Senator recently, he said, “I can’t do anything about that…I’m just a senator and they are the FDA!” I guess that statement says it all.
So can we do anything at all to return government to ‘the people?’
Write! Write letters to your would-be rulers, both elected and unelected. Write lots of letters! Inundate them with email and snail mail. Write enough letters to bring the U.S. Postal Service back to profitability. Call their offices in such massive numbers that they are forced to waste even more tax dollars by increasing their staffs to deal with the volume. Don’t forget those rulers for whom you didn’t get to vote! Do you think Janet Napolitano or Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Eric Holder want to hear from YOU? They are even more insulated from the general public than was the King of England at the time of the American Revolution. They don’t even know the rest of us are out here.
They are convinced they have made us so fat, complacent, and dependent on them for all our needs and desires that we will never question their actions or personal integrity.
If only a few of us write, it will make no difference. Our letters will be scoffed at and tossed in the trash. If a lot of us write, before long the letter recipients will be asking, “What’s the deal? Who are all these people and why are they bothering me?” If all of us write, sooner or later we will be heard! These guys are arrogant and uncaring of the masses, but they do respond to pressure and they do fear for their jobs when a large number of their ‘subjects’ are unhappy.
For just a few minutes, turn off your television, pick up a pencil or a keyboard, and take the time to compose a letter that might take back America. Tell ‘em you’re tired. Tell ‘em you’re angry. Tell ‘em to climb down off of their lofty pedestal and actually touch their constituency. Tell ‘em you are taking America back.
More than 25,000 Continental Army troops gave their lives to gain America’s freedom. Well over 600,000 died in the Civil War while establishing the nation we recognize today. Tens of thousands more have given their lives since then in wars to protect us from enemies throughout the world. Compared with those supreme sacrifices, it is certainly not too much to ask for each of us to take the little time required to write a few letters in an effort to defeat the menace that is taking away our freedoms.
Playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” It is time for you and me to prove him right. Our children and grandchildren deserve our action. I hope to hear on the evening news that Washington, D.C. is literally sagging under the weight of too many letters to count.
That’s all I’m saying.