One of my fellow Patriots brought to my attention The Burleson Declaration. It was read on the floor of the US House of Representatives, by Congressman Chet Edwards, in July of 2009.
I’ve taken the liberty, you know how I Love Liberty, to post the text of the Declaration below.
I will urge ALL OF MY FELLOW PATRIOTS, to slightly modify this text, and send similar Declarations to every one of the 535 members of the 112th congress.
Thank you Ms. Cox for all that you do to help preserve our great Republic. You madam, are a GREAT PATRIOT indeed!
[Congressional Record Volume 155, Number 113 (Friday, July 24, 2009)]
[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1932-E1933] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Printing Office
THE BURLESON DECLARATION
HON. CHET EDWARDS of Texas in the House of representatives Thursday, July 23, 2009
Mr. EDWARDS of Texas. Madam Speaker, to honor the request of a group of citizens from Burleson, Texas in my district, I rise today to enter into the Record the following resolution:
The Burleson Declaration
When, in the course of human events it becomes necessary for “we the people” of the United States to remind our federal government of it’s constitutional limits, duty demands that we communicate our grievances and petition for redress under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
We begin by reaffirming the core values on which our forefathers founded this Constitutional Republic.
We hold these truths to be self evident–that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights our forefathers instituted a limited federal government which derives its just powers from the consent of the governed–but the history of our Federal government is one of continual over-reaching beyond it’s constitutional mandate to secure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.
We are therefore peaceably assembled here in Burleson, Texas on this April 15th, 2009 to demand that the Federal government immediately cease it’s abridgement of the People’s rights, and the state’s rights.
We call on our District 17 U.S. Representative Chet Edwards to read this our petition for redress on the House floor so that it may be entered into the official record of the House.
We call on our U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn to enter our petition into the Senate record.
We call on President Barak Hussein Obama to veto all legislation and desist from Executive Orders which contravene the will of the people herein expressed.
Whereas, the encouragement of private and public debt by the federal government has brought America to the brink of financial devastation, and has made us a debtor nation;
Whereas, history proves government spending has never succeeded in curing an economic downturn, but rather serves only to deepen and prolong it, snowballing debt for future calamity;
Whereas, government takeovers of banks and financial institutions move America ever further from the free-enterprise principles that have brought the nation prosperity for 233 years, and bring it closer to Socialism;
Whereas, bailouts of private corporations represent a counterproductive response to what is, essentially, a government-induced crisis, and effectively make the President the CEO of private corporations;
Whereas, the current level of irresponsible government spending is bankrupting this country, burdening our children and great-grandchildren with never-ending debt, and making the United States a servant to lender nations such as Communist China;
Whereas, redistribution of wealth by government for the purpose of achieving “social justice” is immoral and a proven failure:
We hereby demand an end to all further “stimulus” spending, corporate bailouts, “earmarks,” pork projects, welfare programs, higher tax rates and attempts to nationalize industries. We reject socialism, no matter how it is packaged. And we pledge to hold accountable any and all elected officials who continue to pursue this course that is rapidly leading America to ruin. We remind the government that we are guaranteed a Republican form of Government in the constitution. (Article 4, Section 4)
We hereby petition Congress to repeal the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 which unconstitutionally delegated to the Executive Branch the spending decision of 700 Billion dollars. We call on the government to immediately divest itself of GM, AIG, and all private corporations, and to provide an exact accounting of all TARP funds spent to date. We demand the repeal of H.R. 1106, which forces American families pay the mortgage for those who received loans they did not qualify for.
We petition Congress to repeal the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (H.R. 1105), and that the budget bill under consideration be killed which has a net tax hike of $1.35 trillion.
We petition Congress for passage of H.R. 450 the Enumerated Powers Act, to require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws, and for other purposes.
We petition Congress for a final end to the death tax which effectively double taxes every citizen’s income and usurps our right to transfer wealth to our posterity. This abridges our constitutional right to be safe in our effects, papers and property.
We reject the cap-and-trade energy tax, which Candidate Obama admitted would “cause electricity rates to skyrocket.”
We reject the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 which will force onerous certification and inspection requirements on family farms and could make private vegetable gardens unlawful and turn the farmers market into a black market. (H.R. 875)
We reject the deceptively named Employee Free Choice Act which takes from the American worker the right to privately ballot whether to organize labor, or not, and makes them subject to union intimidation and bullying. (H.R. 800)
We reject the so called “Ted Kennedy Serve America Act”which forces our youth into involuntary servitude and subjects them to years of indoctrination. This is a violation of the 13th Amendment to our constitution which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except when duly convicted of a crime. (H.R. 1388)
We reject all encroachment upon our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. An armed populace is the greatest preservative of the Republic against tyrants. We reject all attempts to limit access to ammunition. We reject the reinstatement of the Failed 1994 Gun and Magazine ban.
As Ronald Wilson Reagan has said: “There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure [by giving] government more power, at the expense of the Constitution, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism–government.”
We reject government run Health Care which would give bureaucrats the power to ration health care. This leads to an Orwellian society where government ultimately decides the time and circumstance of every citizen’s death.
Finally, we reject the current `Create a Crisis’ method of controlling the people of the United States. As Texas Congressman Ron Paul correctly stated,“Whenever something terrible happens, people reflexively demand that government do something. This impulse almost always leads to bad laws and the loss of liberty.”
We say that we do not trust in the Nanny-state, we choose instead to believe in the Constitution, in our fellow Americans, in the free enterprise system, and in our God. To these principles we pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor, and witness our determination by our signature affixed below. We demand that our elected representatives make it their highest priority to address these grievances or face certain expulsion from office, and we strongly suggest they add their signature to ours.
Signed in Burleson, Texas, April 15th, 2009 by WE THE PEOPLE.
UPDATE January 21, 2012 @ 12:45pm EST:
I just received information that Ms. Cox has been awarded another Honor concerning her fight to help save our Great Republic. Notice the ‘Personalized/Handwritten’ marks, on the prepared letter, from Congressman Bill Flores. He calls her ‘Angie’!
Once again, “Great Job” young lady!
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Sixteenth Day of January in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand Twelve.