Sir, I don't own a corporation, so I know I'm limited that way on your list of priorities. If I did, I'm sure you'd have a little time for me but I don't so Americans like me, with silly questions like mine don't get your ear like those who do. I thought that was one of the things that YOU were going to change? Maybe it's too early in your term to do this yet, perhaps there is a good reason behind it. I don't know. I only know that I'm trying to be patient and wait for the right time but you're very busy and never seem to have the time for me and my friends and our questions. Maybe if we elect you for a second term, we'd have some time then but it seems unlikely. Will I have to wait for the next HOPE, the next term, the next President? That's what the last one said too. Is this a government that is "by the corporations, for the corporations" or is it for the people and BY THE PEOPLE? I'm one. The friends I spoke of are some. Will you listen if we call out to you? We're afraid of what you're doing to our country. We're wary of you and your crew. We are doing what we think we're supposed to do. QUESTION GOVERNMENT.
Do we have to beg for a moment in time where questioning government through direct questions to those who are leading us would be appropriate? When is a good time, Mr. President? Freedom of speech seems to be something that only happens during business hours and is limited to an "approved" and diminishing list of topics? Could you tell me when you're open to answer some of the questions the people have for you? I know your ears are usually taken by your lobbyist friends, and they can pay a lot more than we can. We've had a hard couple years and aren't doing as well financially as we have in past years. Is there some forum where an open discussion of current troubling events and struggles could be discussed? We have some questions. They're not coming from crazy people but even if they were, is that prohibited? Are only questions from sane individuals allowed and if so, who decides who's on that list? Are certain questions off limits? Do certain topics offend you or scare you guys? I'd hate to ask a question that did make you feel uncomfortable; uncomfortable enough to feel threatened by me and the question. I'd hate to get tased or billy-clubbed like a baby seal for asking the wrong question or mentioning a "touchy" subject with you. Will you consider us for what we are, free-thinking dissenters that needs to be reckoned with and that we're not against you, unless you prove to be against us and that we're not domestic terrorists or trouble-makers. Quite the contrary. But we do however understand the wisdom behind history and those who lived it. Consider the words of one of my friends I speak of, Sir.
"What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?"
"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all."
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."
He also said that "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." has been called "one of the best-known sentences in the English language" and "the most potent and consequential words in American history".
Is this the best known line for a reason? Is it to overshadow the line just prior to this one? Let's take a look at what comes just before this most famous of lines.
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: source
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."
"The first sentence of the Declaration asserts as a matter of Natural law the ability of a people to assume political independence, and acknowledges that the grounds for such independence must be reasonable, and therefore explicable, and ought to be explained."
Let's take a look at what comes next?
"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, 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 hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, 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."
Hey, it says so right there that I'm doing the right thing. Questioning you is AMERICAN, not criminal. This is my duty and my responsibility.
You took an oath, Mr. President and I'm only trying to hold up my end by holding you to yours. So, why is it that the people are demonized, scrutinized and ridiculed by your secret service, your media and your administration for acting out the words of this Declaration? We are specifically told that the taking of this action is what will keep my country together, strong and independent. If we fail to exercise the right to question government, we will fail as a free people and become slaves to debt. Did something change? What was it, so I can tell my friends and fellow Americans, so that we will be the best Americans we can be? We want to support you and your work but if things are different, what are the new rules and guidelines?
I was wondering if you have a newer copy or edited version of it and if so, could you email it to me? I'm confused by your actions and the actions of your predecessors and get the strong impression that you've ALL been misunderstanding where you stand compared to where the people stand. I wanted to try to make it clear to you, Sir and with all due respect, that you work for us. We are both held contractually to each other to do certain things and although, we the people are guilty of not holding up our end, we feel that administration after administration, the same can be said of you. I wanted to ask if we can fix that? I am going to my brother and asking you to work with us and try to complete our obligation to one another, people and government. Otherwise, Sir and again with all due respect, we're ordered to throw you out of your position. That's not my idea, I'm just referring to our end of the agreement, contract and obligation as the "people". Can we come to terms? Are you willing to cooperate?
"...,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."
So, what is it going to be, Mr. President?
ONE of the PEOPLE