Congress, you are continuing down the path of destroying America. Please realize that we do not need you in our lives as much as you think we do. You are “sucking the oxygen” out of America and its people with all this legislation. Enough is enough! We must not raise the debt limit.

We need resignations of all those that are corrupt, dishonest with the American people and inept. Judge for yourselves. My request would be to senators and representatives: Stay in your states you represent nine out of 12 months of the year and spend no more than three months out of the year doing the people’s business in Washington. Make use of the electronic age. Three months out of the year will provide you sufficient time to legislate (de-legislate) and vote on measures and issues with this thought in mind – you could be a greater asset to the country and those you represent by staying away from the addiction of Washington and disavowing the belief that you need to legislate as a lifeblood to your elected office. You see, we do not need you other than to represent us, the People, and abide by and protect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I would further suggest in the 2011 Congress that you start eliminating and downsizing government organizations and budgets by a minimum of 25 percent. As well, start eliminating federal legislation that violates our Constitution and the sovereignty of our states and local authorities. Go to work to reduce government and spending NOW! Disallow all lobbyists and special-interests groups. You work only for the People, no one else!

This is a National Call to Action that begins now. 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.”

“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul” – from the Poem “Invictus” by English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903), penned in 1875. Yes, America, WE are the masters of our fate and the captains of our soul.” You are watching while Washington burns and self-destructs before our very eyes, but now you are starting to awaken. Glory be! The majority of the country and its citizens are seeing the light of our inept and incompetent leadership in Washington! The battle is on, and we shall not retreat.

We will not 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 and destruction of the republic. The patriotic revolution I forecasted well over a year ago is happening now. We constitutionalists face a battle that is unknown to our generations, so we must be aggressive in our collective efforts to continue to change the tide. The fate of the country is now in our hands, and the plea from the majority of our citizens is to enforce the Constitution, severely limiting the federal government and its out of control spending. There is a growing list of documented violations of the Constitution and their oaths of office by current elected and appointed government officials.

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.” As a representative republic, not a democracy, “rising up” means other than revolution by use of arms. The people must “rise up” (stand up) 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. That is why the patriotic revolution must take place to ensure survival of the union.

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 politicians violate their oath. Fraud, lying and corruption are rampant, and some have engaged in treasonous activities; 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.

The Constitution 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 power growth; it effectively grew eightfold in the 20th century alone. No wonder our representatives seek to stay in office so long. Power, money and benefits beyond the reach of most Americans are the basis now for many politicians and revolving-door appointees staying in office. 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.” But this can be changed through grass-roots organization 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. We need more de-legislation. Far less laws, regulation, government and bureaucracy. The Obama White House and identifiable members of Congress are now on a progressive socialist and treasonous death march and are bankrupting the country beyond expectations. We have watched them violate their sacred oath of office. “We, the People” cannot solely depend on the results of the elections. It is now that many of these public servants (and you know who they are) must put the people and country above self-interest by resigning and stepping down immediately.

A civil uprising is still not out of the question as “pain” grips the country more each day. Hopefully, our future will reflect that citizens changed the tide in a peaceful way. This means raising your voice now to your neighbors, family, co-workers and friends. Be the captains of your souls. I pray for another George Washington to appear within the year and lead us.

Paul E. Vallely, major general, retired, U.S. Army, is chairman of Stand Up America. He has a distinguished military career of 32 years, serving in many overseas theaters including Europe and the Pacific Rim countries as well as two combat tours in Vietnam. The general has been a military analyst on television and radio for several years.

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