This is our slippery slope, our point of no return...
by disillusioned
(Current Events-Related, 1970 views) - 5/23/04
(recorded 5/23/04 @ 9:32:43 PM)
Regarding the newly proposed HR 3920 'Congressional Accountability for Judicial Activism Act of 2004' bill, (click here for said bill, here for press release) my letter to Representative Jeff Flake: (WRITE YOUR OWN, PLEASE!)

Mr. Jeff Flake-

Recently, a bill was introduced by Rep. Ron Lewis of Kentucky to effectively completely undermine the sanctity of the United States' system of checks and balances.

I am referring, of course, to HR 3920, the 'Congressional Accountability for Judicial Activism Act of 2004'.

This is a blatant attempt to grant Congress a form of power explicitly and wholly denied in our Constitution. I hope you will affirm your distaste for this bill, and for the slippery slope it would start our country down.
After such a remarkably far-reaching and overzealous bill's passing in our Congress, where would it end? Would Congress be allowed to reverse the judgment of the people of the United States of America in their elections of voted officials, local ordinances, state laws, and the President? The mere concept of this as a possibility is proof enough that this bill cannot be given any thought by our Representatives.

Supporting this bill suggests that the Constitution is a mere formality- one that can be easily and simply ignored by the very people sworn to uphold its sanctity and power.
Supporting this bill suggests that "two-thirds" is good enough for pretty much anything, no matter what safeguards were effectively in place before to prevent against this exact type of legislative abuse.
Supporting this bill will, I guarantee you, lose you a great deal of your constituents; people who do NOT want to see the balance of power shifted to a group of power-hungry Congressmen who cannot control themselves.

So often, it seems as if the members of Congress make decisions based simply on their own personal whims and desires- a "what's-in-it-for-me" mindset taken to the extreme, easily forgetting the fact that you are servants of the people- not of yourselves or of special interest groups or corporate lobbies and the like.

I urge you to remember this fact, and to consider the desires of your constituency and the American people as a whole, and vote wholeheartedly against this bill.


Chris Cardinal
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There's a lot of charged language in there, and that makes me go "bleargh", but you have a point and you made it well and I'm sure the congressman will be interested to hear from us.

This bill is crap. It's one step closer to communism. Boo.

   [enlite (J :: M) 5/23/04 9:40 PM]

I thought the "charged" language was rather appropriate, considering the severity of a bill like this, and the effects it could have.

Hope you've left Flake a message too.

   [disillusioned (J :: M) 5/23/04 10:52 PM]

You come off as arrogant, offensive, and even at one point threatening. Yay for civic duty. Honestly, do you expect to make a difference? Do you think any of can or will make a difference? I'm not being rhetorical or confrontational. Just wondering.

   [Lux (J) 5/24/04 3:39 PM]

You're right, you're just being a BIG asshole because you don't like Chris.

Hey guess what: we know. Shut up.

   [enlite (J :: M) 5/24/04 10:05 PM]

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