Open Letter to Congress

Senators and Representatives of the 535 member
Legislature of the United States of America:
Greetings to you all,

Since you have carefully insulated yourselves from the people of this nation by reducing our correspondence with you to a simple matter of numbers for and against – you leave little choice for those of us that want to get your attention. Since it does not appear that there will be massive demonstrations in the streets – yet – I would like to take this opportunity to address you all, as myself alone in this very public fashion.

You are collectively about to grant an open-ended hunting license to The Commander-in-Chief, in perpetuity. IF you do this you will individually and collectively be held responsible by history and by the citizens of the world, for your arrogant desecration of the rules of all recognized ethical behavior and international conduct. In brief – you will officially be opening that Pandora’s Box that contains the chaos, the rebellion, the hatred and bigotry that this world has tried for centuries to contain.

Please make no mistake: What you are about to do is a cowardly act, and IF you do it you will be giving little bullyboy Bush a License to Kill on a global scale.

Since this man came to office, the Congress of the United States has failed in its duties to the public you are sworn to serve, and to the Constitution you have sworn to uphold.

In instance after instance you have entertained and passed a steady stream of un-American laws and Resolutions that are squarely aimed at undermining the Constitutional provisions of the Bill of Rights and many of the Amendments to the Constitution, which are matters of existing law.

You seemed to have done all this because of something as nebulous as the Polling numbers, which the president currently claims to have. Apparently you are unaware that this president lies. You are not there to pay attention to the polls. You were elected to the offices you hold to exercise your best judgment in dealing with matters of state, of defense, and of the national welfare. You have failed to do what you were elected to do.

Those failures have brought this nation and the world, much closer to the brink of chaos than was here-to-for ever thought possible. This has happened because – despite your vast individual experience and your official reputations – you have allowed your greed and fear to dictate and control your votes, on all issues that have come before you.

The failures of George W. Bush will cause history to cringe from the mention of his name – in coming days. It is up to each of you, as to whether the Congress of the United States will share the infamy that Bush is creating with his beyond-the-pale policies both at home and abroad.

When this president came to power – people had jobs, there was a huge surplus and the world was at peace. Even before the rigged election Bush began talking recession. This became a self-fulfilling prophecy. Thereafter Bush began a series of complete reversals of the nation’s course on international agreements of all kinds. This man is clearly unqualified to lead anything larger than a small bar full of drunks. His language is primitive, his professional knowledge of diplomacy is non-existent, and his feelings for his fellow human beings make a mockery of all that matters in the real world. And yet you embrace him even as you grovel in your pathetic attempts to please him.

The disastrous results of you complicity in ‘W’s grand plan to steal the essence of this nation by subverting its laws, its founding principles, and its national honor in the family of nations – is a crime against the people of the United States, because your actions are undertaken in our names. These dire actions of yours are probably not technically covered by legal codes; because there must be loopholes that protect you from the folly of your official votes. But mark my words – you will stand convicted in the court of public opinion before all this comes to the catastrophic end that it is destined to reach.

As representatives of the people of this country your behavior has been unseemly, in your public adoration and complicity with the potentially criminal figures at the top of the Executive branch of the U.S. Government today.

Is it possible that Congress has not noticed that Bush is attempting to bankrupt both this country and the world? Since he has been in office, we have lost millions of jobs; corruption and fraud are running rampant on a massive scale, throughout commerce and the markets as well as banking and business. Ordinary people are hurting badly. We are in one open-ended war and headed for a second and all because Bush has no plan except to lash out militarily to cover the potentially criminal behavior of those in his administration, as well as himself.

Now after nearly two years in office this nation suffers from job losses, the very public and acute failures of our institutions, and especially the massive failures of government to actually DO anything about our collective plight – anything that is – which might be favorable to anyone who is not rich!

Please consider these matters carefully and resurrect your private consciences, from whichever black hole you placed it in, when you took your oaths of office. But whatever you do, know this: There are millions of people in these United States that love this country. They loved it before 911 and they still love it. Most of us know this nation is, and has been, far from perfect since the day it was born. What is taking place now is criminal, both in the eyes of those who care about the country – as well as those people and nations abroad who still hold a decent respect for the continuing efforts of humanity to live in a safe and sane world. That would be a world free from the terror Bush wants to engender under a duplicitous banner of ‘Peace.’

If you give “W” this License to Kill – others may decide to pre-empt what they might see, as their own fate, and the attacks on U.S. citizens at-home and abroad will intensify – they will not decrease!

Bush has stopped looking for bin Laden, yet the war goes on. The nation is flirting with recession again – and a depression is once more on the national-international horizon. Thanks people, it looks as though as members of Congress you have not only deserted your posts when you were needed most – but in the bargain you backed the worst of all possible worlds! Shorthand for this blunder is summed up in one name: George W. Bush.

It is in your hands, it is your sworn duty and responsibility to stop this madness now, or take the honorable way out and resign.


Jim Kirwan


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