America Watches as Washington Burns

by MAJ. GEN. PAUL E. VALLELY, US ARMY (RET) March 12, 2010
Yes, America, you are watching while Washington burns before our eyes. What does a country and its citizens do as their nation continues to collapse? What are you going to do? The Declaration of Independence states:
“To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.”
We cannot permit the current leaders in the White House and Halls of Congress to continue in their efforts to lead us down the road of Progressive Socialism. This is the current battle that we Constitutionalists face and we must be aggressive in our efforts.
Notice I have the terms “liberal,” “conservative,” “Democrat,” “Republican,” “left” and “right” from my vocabulary, as they have little meaning in today’s battle for our Country. Incompetence and Dishonesty of officials now come into play as relates to our National Security and Economy and is the rationale for resignations and a change of government.
My emphasis in this article will be a continued plea for Americans to demand the resignation of these officials by the people of this country. We are even at a point that if the demanded resignations and elections do not happen to the degree needed to save the country then we must proceed to Impeachment and a serious transfer of Power at the highest levels of government.
Numbers just released this week:
  • Foreclosures – 300,000 per month
  • Job losses in February – 462,000 (more)
  • Budget deficit: another $221 billion
  • Kansas City closing one half of its schools
  • Healthcare “reform” running up more trillion dollars of debt and taxes.
  • More States moving towards defaults and cities toward bankruptcies
Lincoln issued this warning in his inaugural address, “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one. This is a most valuable and sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world.” Being a representative republic, not a democracy, “rising up” means revolution by any other means than arms. The people must “rise up” (“stand up,” as we say now) from the grass roots across this great country as we think of the greater good of this and future generations. We are limited in the peaceful transfer of power…resignation, elections, and impeachment.
The oath is simple and reads:
“I do solemnly swear 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 faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
Sadly, we have seen them violate their oath. Fraud, lying, and corruption are rampant. Some have engaged in treasonous activities, and they effectively thumb their noses at us and have sold you to the highest bidder.
The Articles of Confederation were replaced with the Constitution, which granted the federal government enough authority to cultivate, promote and secure the Blessings of Liberty. The balance of authority and individual liberty was understood. Power was confined to that which was enumerated in the Constitution with a certain and meaningful intent for check and balances.
Article One, S5, CII and the 10th Amendment provides the authority, but this has been trumped by a system that rewards the powerful. In 1803, each congressional district averaged 38,476 people. In 2010 it is forecast to exceed 710,000. These numbers indicate the growth of power, and it effectively grew eightfold in the 20th century alone. No wonder our representatives seek to stay in office so long! Power is the now the basis for running for and staying in office, where civilian service was the goal in the past. They must be termed out. With incumbency comes power. The party in the majority assigns power, so a long-term sitting representative can expect such power. A representative expected to stay in office in the 3rd Congress for approximately two years now expects 12 years, or six terms. So much for a “citizen government!”
Tip O’Neill, once said: “All politics are local.” This is never truer than today when entrenched politicians, long in office, build war chests impossible to overcome. But this can be changed, through grass roots organizations and discourse. We must make it a local imperative and movement….of the People…by the People… and For the People.
“We, the People” have had enough. Enough is enough. The White House and identifiable Members of Congress are now on a progressive socialist and treasonous death march and are bankrupting the country. We have watched them violate their sacred oath of office. “We, the People” cannot necessarily wait for the next round of elections. 
It is now that these public servants must put our interests above self-interest by resigning immediately or changing their action and legislative efforts.   A civil uprising is still not out of the question. They know which side of their bread the butter is on and it is not on our side. I am confident more and more resignations will be forthcoming based on the efforts of the people. The Vote in 2010 will be critical as well. This means raising your voice now to your neighbors, family, co-workers, and friends. Grass roots efforts have begun; it is now time to put that effort into overdrive. Contributing Editor Paul E. Vallely, Major General (USA/Ret.) is an author, military strategist and Chairman of Stand Up America and Save Our Democracy Projects.

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