I have written to you before on diverse subjects, though all linked by one theme: Liberty. Thus it is not particularly surprising that I find myself writing again on the same subject. Thomas Jefferson once said that "the Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." I hope that he was mistaken. I hope that the Tree of Liberty, once firmly rooted in good soil, will thrive without such a watering.
But even if I am correct, and Mr. Jefferson wrong, it requires good soil.
Governor, the soil around the Tree of Liberty is dying. I, and those like me, have no power to correct this. You, and those like you, do. When people like me decide to revive Liberty's tree, we have only one option. My mind shudders from that idea so violently that I dare not even name it. Politicians however, especially Governors, have much more power. With greater power comes greater finesse with which it can be wielded.
You may be wondering at this preamble. Why would I take such a serious, even desperate tone? It is to impart upon you the weight of my feeling. And not just mine. Uncounted, and perhaps uncountable, numbers of Texans see what is going on in the United States, and we want it stopped.You and the other governors have the ability to stand against this rogue regime which calls itself the Barack Obama administration and protect the American people. Perhaps you even have the power to refresh the Tree of Liberty without blood.
The offenses of this administration against Liberty are almost innumerable. They began almost from the day Mr. Obama was sworn in in 2009, starting with the GM Bailout which subverted established law and stole rightful remuneration from secured bond holders, while giving power over a private US company to the union which destroyed it, and to the federal government.
The so-called "stimulus" bill was simply a way to steal money from taxpayers and funnel it to the President's allies and pet causes. The Orwellian named "Affordable Care Act" threatens our very lives, placing them in the hands of unnamed, unaccountable bureaucrats. The IRS and EPA leak sensitive data on disfavored parties. The government suppresses speech it does not like- holding up applications for 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 status- making it harder for groups to raise funds. If that is not enough, they then also target the President's enemies for audits and other harassment. Anecdotal evidence suggests all federal agencies are in on this as well, from the FBI to HHS to OSHA.
Now, we learn that the federal government has retrieved, by warrant, the phone records of every domestic phone call on the big carriers. It is true that the Patriot Act allows for some domestic spying under very strict circumstances and very specific cases. That is fine for true national security needs. However, the NSA spying via PRISM and the Telecom warrants would be massive violations of all Americans' rights, even if the warrants did not make all the data so gleaned admissible in criminal trials.
I am sure I do not need to tell you, but as this is an open letter, I feel the need to inform others who may read this. A warrant is a legal document which, in essence, proclaims that the government believes a particular person to be guilty of a particular crime. That is why, as the 4th Amendment to our US Constitution declares, "and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
This should make it clear that the warrants for all calls made on the Verizon, or AT&T, or Sprint networks are nothing less than the most massive fishing expedition in US jurisprudence history. Whatever judge signed such warrant should be immediately impeached- though that is an issue for our US Representatives and Senators.
Combined with the above abuses, how can anyone call the current administration legitimate? It is a tyrannical regime which seeks to silence opposition while raining favors on its cronies. It is no longer a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people."
Governor, I beseech you- you, and your fellow governors who love liberty, protect us from this tyrant, this despot.
It is within the power of the State of Texas to provide legal safety for her People. It is within her power to reject those laws and decrees from the federal government which are not in line with the constitution. It is within her power shelter our Liberty.
There are 30 States with Republican Governors. There are 33 States which are refusing to implement the Exchanges required by The Affordable Care Act. I beg you meet with the governors of those states, along with our own Senators and Representatives to the US Congress- Re-assert the powers of the States. Re-assert the powers of the People. Destroy this tyrant state which has been built since the days of Franklin Roosevelt. Burn it down. Scatter its stones. Salt the earth where it stood.
May God bless you, Governor. May He bless you, the People of this State and this nation, and may God bless Texas.
In humble sincerity,
Allen GoodnerArlington, TX