September 4, 2013
Representative Jeffery Fortenberry
U. S. House of Representatives
1514 Longworth House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
As a citizen of your district and a person who voted for you in the 2012 election, I sent you to Washington to represent the needs of my family, myself, and that of the people of the First Congressional District of Nebraska.
I would like you to oppose any military intervention the U.S. may take on Syria. While the House doesn’t reconvene from its summer session until September 9th, discussions have already begun to take place. Speaker Boehner, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, are already supporting a call for military action.
The majority of the American people do not believe that we should intervene in the civil war, and I need not remind you that the two wars of President Obama’s predecessor have cost the U.S. taxpayers some $3.2 trillion in debt, and some 4,500 service members, not to mention the massive loss of life, within Iraq, and Afghanistan, and including, within their civilian populations.
Let us look at Iraq. Today you see, a new report, of a bomb exploding in Baghdad, killing hundreds of people and wounding many others. Iraq, is no more stable then it was when the U.S. invaded back in 2003. Now, let us skip to Afghanistan, and ask what will happen, when the Taliban take control of the Afghan government?
If the Administration has definitive proof that the use of chemical weapons was actually ordered by the Assad regime, then let the Administration declassify the intelligence report, not just so the American people have proof. I believe the right thing to do would be to present the report to the United Nation’s Security Council. That way an international mandate can take place, a mandate not led by the United States because this is likely to backfire on the United States, and we can’t afford to engage ourselves in another middle eastern conflict.
A decade of war has left the country scared, and divided; the issues the American people are facing now should be of more importance than a civil war happening within another country. The Congress has weeks to decide a budget as the fiscal year ends Sept 30th, and the Debt ceiling is about to be reached, making way for another political showdown, the Fed, could at any moment begin to taper away its $85 billion per month buying of mortgage, and U.S. Debt.
The Economy is still sluggish, infrastructures are failing nationwide due to decreased funding, schools are failing across the nation, things like food and clothes are increasing in price, while the U.S. Minimum Wage stands at just $7.25. In Nebraska to afford a two bedroom apartment you must work 74 hours per week.
All of these issues that should be of more importance find no common ground in Washington, and no support from the parties within Congress, yet we once again put our nose into someone’s business While I do not condone the use of chemical, and or nuclear weapons I feel the people of this country are fed up with the way congress has behaved the last almost four years.
Elections are next year, and both parties may find themselves the center of a national movement to change the ways of our government. Would the U.S. really care about the conflict raging in Syria, if it wasn’t a key player in our ever growing consumption of oil?
Congressional representatives, you were elected to represent not just the first district of Nebraska, but that of the American people. Will you stand there and allow the body that is elected to represent the needs of the citizens of this country to turn a deaf ear, to the already clear stance of the American people?
Within our Declaration of Independence it is written, “That 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 effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown, that mankind is more disposed to suffer, while evils are insufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpation, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Will this be the final act of tyranny and usurpation that will institute the American people to dissolve their government and form a new one? It is not only the right of the American people to question their leaders, but their duty, to hold them accountable for their actions.