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In 1789, the framers of our Constitution wrote, “The Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”

Written more than 230 years ago, our Bill of Rights is as relevant now as ever. 

Almost 20 years ago, to stop the next 9/11 terrorist attack, we allowed the federal government to infringe on our Fourth Amendment freedom from unreasonable searches. When the government then abused its powers, no one was held accountable. We must demand  that Congress end its infringement on unreasonable searches.

When foreign terrorists attacked us on 9/11, neither Congress nor the President held Pakistan accountable for our lives lost and our economic damage. Today, as a result of China’s actions, we again are losing lives and experiencing economic devastation. We must demand that Congress and the President hold China responsible.      

Over-reporting of COVID-19 deaths (by changing how deaths are attributed), and under-reporting total cases of COVID-19, creates a misleadingly high death rate, which in turn creates immense fear. Our Governor has used that fear to infringe on our constitutional rights to exercise  our freedom of religion, assembly, and speech, and our rights to bear arms and due process.

We must demand that our Governor rescind these infringements on our constitutional rights. Take action:

1)         Exercise our constitutional rights. Start this Sunday: attend church even if you sit in the parking lot and listen to the service on the car radio.

2)         Demand that our Governor and every state senator and representative call for a special legislative session to address the coming budget crisis caused by the drop in oil prices, and to create guidelines for safe public interactions during this crisis.

3)         Demand that our federal delegation hold China accountable for COVID-19.

Our Declaration of Independence states, “… whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it….”

We must deny re-election to any and all public officials who fail to protect our constitutional rights. And we should recall any such officials who are not up for re-election this year.