Letter to my Congresswoman

I sent the following letter to my representative today. Not that I expect it to do any good, but she should know that not everyone in her district is pleased (to say the least) with her vote for ObamaCare:

This is in reply to your email of 3/26/10, in which you take credit for voting for the Democratic Health Care Reform plan:

  • “I was proud to support the health care reform legislation that passed the House at midnight on Sunday, and to attend the signing ceremony in the East Room of the White House.”

Though I am a registered Republican and consider myself a conservative, I have in the past been willing to vote for you because you were the best candidate on the ballot, largely based on your stands on national security. (Let’s face it, Republicans cannot win in a gerrymandered district like CA-36, and I would much rather have you in office than a genuine fruitcake such as Marcy Winograd.) However, my support for you ended Sunday night, when you voted for the nationalization of American health care.

To be clear: I will never vote for you for anything ever again.

Let me explain why. In general, you voted for the statist takeover of roughly 16% of the US economy, a process that will turn free-born citizens into wards of the State, aggrandize the federal government over the states and the individual far beyond what the Founders ever intended, and set our nation on a path toward Greece-like debt and fiscal ruin. It was utterly irresponsible of you and a violation of your oath of office.

Specifically, the individual mandate is wholly unconstitutional and, in fact, tyrannical. Never in the history of the United States has any individual citizen been required to buy a product from a third party under terms dictated by the government. There is no enumerated power under Article I that gives Congress this authority, and I believe it violates the 5th and 10th amendments of the Bill of Rights: the former for an illegal taking of a citizen’s property (his money and his right to determine its use) and the latter for violating those rights and powers reserved to the People. This is a gross usurpation of power on the part of Congress, rammed through in a wholly undemocratic manner by what can only be described as the act of an arrogant oligarchy.

(Disagree on that last point? Then how would you describe the sections that exempt Congress and senior congressional staff from the bill’s provisions?)

What’s more, any sober analysis shows this bill will in no way meet the goals the President, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader Reid have bragged about. It will not reduce costs. It will not provide better care. It will not allow us to keep the insurance we like. It will not reduce the deficit. It will, however, reduce citizens’ freedoms; it will drive up premiums; it will harm the elderly with the cuts to Medicare; it will result in rationing; and it will make US medical care worse overall.

Thank you. Thank you so much.

Your oath of office reads:

  • “I … do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

You have broken that oath and you no longer represent me in any meaningful way. Not only will I never vote for you again, I will work to see you defeated, quixotic as that goal may be. No member of the House or Senate who voted for this bill -not just “unconstitutional” but anti-constitutional- should keep their seat.

You’ve done good work in the past, but it has all been washed away by this act.

I’ll be surprised if she even notices. Looking at it, there’s so much more I could have said.

I’ll just say it all with one vote next November.

6 Responses to Letter to my Congresswoman

  1. Porkchop says:

    Why would she read past “To be clear: I will never vote for you for anything ever again.”? Poor construction. You should have saved that for the end.

    • Phineas Fahrquar says:

      Pshaw. You think I expect her to read this? It’ll be read by some low-level staffer or intern, maybe passed around for mockery, and then I’ll get a “thank you for your support” form email in about six months.

      However, you are right that the construction would have been better with that statement at the end. I’ll remember that when The Weekly Standard asks for reprint rights. 😉

  2. nick says:

    like your letter means anything

    only letters from literate intelligent people

    might be read – not that you qualify

    (Edit: Okay, I gave you a chance. People who disagree with me are welcome, but you’re just a braying jackass. Go play at Democratic Underground. You’ll fit right in. Here, however, you’re now banned. -Phineas)

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  4. Mack Ramer says:

    I love the blindness to contradiction that can drive folks like you to whine almost in the same breath about “statism” and cuts to Medicare.

    • Phineas Fahrquar says:

      Medicare has been around for almost 50 years. A non-statist method of achieving its aims would have been preferable, but,by now, millions of people are dependent on it. Therefore, it’s almost impossible to do away with, no matter how desirable that might be. I don’t see any contradiction in opposing a further massive expansion of state control over individual lives on the one hand, and, on the other, complaining about people being harmed by having the benefits they’ve come to rely on taken away to (via false accounting) pay for that expansion.

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