January 29, 2016 AD
An Open Letter to Congressman John Ratcliffe
Honorable John Ratcliffe
6531 Horizon Road
Rockwall, TX 75032
Subject: The Proper Role of Government
The standoff in Oregon ended with an unarmed man shot to death by FBI. To me, this is “Ruby Ridge Deux”.
This is an opportunity to refocus on the first duty of all government. For this, let’s look again at a foundational principle found in the second paragraph of the Unanimous Declaration of Independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…
Review the video for yourself. See heavily armed FBI agents execute La Voy Finicum. FBI personnel claim only a few shots fired; witnesses claim as many as 120.
As I point out above, the chief duty of all government, federal state and local, is to secure the rights of citizens. What I see, and surely you, too, is this did not happen for Mr. Finicum.
This is an all too familiar replay of tyrannical government abuse. Earlier examples include the heavily-armed assault on a home in Miami to forcibly repatriate Elain Gonzales to his noncustodial parent, the father. It was the custodial parent, Elian’s mother, who risked her life and losing it to get her son to our shores.
Still earlier, the heavily-armed assault on the Branch Davidians in Waco where children, as well as adults, perished in a government-started fire. Seventy to eighty persons, all U.S. citizens, perished at the heavy hands of federal employees – none of them were punished.
For the last example, I remind you of the Ruby Ridge incident where FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi shot an unarmed mother to death, she with her child in her arms.
Apparently, federal law enforcement personnel are unaware of the principle stated above. This in mind, I ask you to prepare and promote legislation that would require annual refresher training for all federal government employees, whether armed or not.