Open Letter to Cong. John Ratcliffe – The Proper Role of Gov’t. and Unconstitutional Searches

28 January 2015

 

Congressman John Ratcliffe Texas CD-4
Congressman John Ratcliffe – Texas CD-4

Honorable John Ratcliffe
6531 Horizon Road
Suite A
Rockwall, Texas 75032

Congressman Ratcliffe,

I read today an article in The National Journal dated 27 January 2015 Florida Sen. Marco Rubio wants “Congress to permanently extend the authorities governing several of the National Security Agency’s controversial spying programs, including its mass surveillance of domestic phone records“.

The proper role of government is a topic near and dear to me. The most fundamental duty of government operating under authority of the Constitution is to protect and preserve the rights of our fellow citizens.

As reported in this same article, our Texas senator Ted Cruz voted last fall to pass the USA Freedom Act (SB 2685)

In the post-911 world of “homeland security”, actions authorized by Congress and carried out by nameless bureaucrats have become, I believe, a greater threat to me and my fellow citizens than the sum of all so-called “radical Muslims”.

Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? - Thomas Jefferson
Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? – Thomas Jefferson

It was not the original intent of our founding fathers that federal government turn on citizens, treating us all as criminal suspects, guilty until proven innocent.

This “homeland security” mindset adopted by federal and state governments threatens the foundations of our beloved country.

Let’s review police actions following the Boston bombing incident, for one example.

Watertown, MA police engaged the Tsarnev brothers in a shootout out of which police captured Tamerlan alive, but died after his injured brother Dzhokhar drove over him as he fled. Shortly thereafter there ensued a house to house search for the surviving Muslim terrorist. Citizens were forced at gunpoint from their homes without benefit of search warrants and most assuredly without cause.

Later, police did in fact capture a bloody but alive Dzhokhar, but it wasn’t massive police work that found him. All those unconstitutional searches that terrorized families were for nought. It was a homeowner who discovered a bleeding Dzhokhar hiding in a covered motor boat.

I could list for you numerous instances of unconstitutional warrantless searches and seizures taking place across the fruited plain, all as a consequence of Patriot Act, NSA, TSA, etc. disregard for the fundamental duty of all government: to protect the rights of citizens. First. Not maybe. Not sometimes. Always. And always first.

Residents forced from homes at gun point
Residents forced from homes at gun point

Federal government has become a “power monster” that threatens the civil and natural rights of us all, including you, Congressman.

Your committee position has uniquely positioned you to represent us. You can be sure there are not 317,000,000 suspicious persons living in this country. As such, I encourage you to think first on the proper role of government when you participate in your committee meetings. I believe, I know, federal government is moving ever toward fascism. Is that what you want? I don’t think so.

I encourage you to read and study the Constitution. Reexamine the 30 enumerated powers and our precious Bill of Rights, particularly the Fourth Amendment. I want you to take upholding the Constitution as seriously as do I.

John White

Rockwall, Texas

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