Open Letter to Congress: INTERIM ASSESSMENT from the Citizens’ Mandate

Open Letter to Congress: INTERIM ASSESSMENT from the Citizens’ Mandate

May 18, 2015

With last November’s election of a new Republican Congress, voters demonstrated they wanted Obama’s fundamental transformation to stop. In January, a group of more than 50 conservative leaders signed the “Citizens’ Mandate” to remind the Republicans of citizen expectations.

Many Republicans, and their leaders, campaigned on the promise to change Washington, show a contrast and challenge President Obama’s governance, if only the voters would give Republicans control of the legislative branch.

Citizens expected Republicans new to Congress to:

  • End Executive branch overreach,
  • Restore Constitutional balance of power among the three branches of government,
  • Bring an end to the perennially unpopular Affordable Care Act/Obamacare,
  • Stop the President’s end-run of Congress with his executive amnesty initiatives,
  • Hold the Executive branch accountable for its myriad abuses of power and its national security failures, both foreign and domestic, and
  • Put the interests of the United States of America first among nations.

So, what has Republican leadership done with their power since January 6, 2015 for the last 132 days?

  • Funded executive amnesty: Instead of stopping executive over reach using their power as a co-equal branch of government, the Republican Congress actually funded Obama’s executive amnesty.
  • Continued Obamacare: Regarding stopping the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, key Senate Republicans actually stopped a vital investigation into fraud and are looking for ways to save Obamacare subsides for themselves.
  • Jeopardized national security: Instead of safeguarding our homeland, Congress has done nothing to address the security risks from illegal immigration.
  • Ceded away treaty power on a nuke deal with Iran: Most Senate Republicans signed a letter that expressed serious concerns with President Obama’s appeasing of Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism. But, when push came to shove, almost the entire Senate rolled over and blocked consideration and ultimately adopted a bill that actually reduces the role Congress can play in enforcing, or lifting, tough sanctions on Iran as the mullahs continue their pursuit of nuclear weapons.
  • Continued excessive federal spending: Passed a so called “balanced budget,” but then immediately blew through their new-found fiscal responsibility by passing a healthcare bill that would add $500 billion to the deficit over the next 20 years.
  • Undermined faith-based agenda: As a whole, the Republican–led Congress has refused to pass bills overturning the District of Columbia’s violation of federal legislation assuring religious liberty and restrictions on abortion.
  • Helped Obama: Instead of holding the Executive branch accountable for its abuse of power, the Senate confirmed an Attorney General who thinks there is a constitutional basis for Obama’s executive amnesty.
  • Continued federal education. Instead of acknowledging and welcoming mounting, bipartisan grassroots opposition to egregious federal control over education – notably involving a growing civil disobedience movement to opt-out of federal testing, the House and Senate seem bent on reauthorizing, with bipartisan support, a major education statute thatpreserves the fundamentals of No Child Left Behind/Race to the Top/Common Core. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans joined with Democrats to expand the federal government’s reach into pre-K education.
  • Punished conservative champions. Republicans started the new Congress with the removal of conservatives from key committees; then sat back while leadership-affiliated groups ran ads against conservatives (discussed here). The Senate, and Leader McConnell in particular, campaigned on the promise of an open amendment process. But when conservative amendments do not fit into the perceived necessity of “governing” or avoiding appearing extreme, the Republican leadership routinely works with Democrats to box out conservatives.
  • Neglected congressional oversight. Despite a vast array of needed oversight of federal actions and spending, no Republican John Dingell or Henry Waxman who could capably challenge such conduct, has yet surfaced! Benghazi, IRS, EPA, the refugee resettlement program, the penetration of the U.S. government by the Muslim Brotherhood, taxpayer funded ideologues eroding American exceptionalism and more await scrutiny. Best oversight efforts to date have, surprisingly, been done by an effective outside group, Judicial Watch, who has no subpoena or constitutional power!

Armed with this new growing record, how do you think Congress is doing with respect to the mandate that voters gave them this past November? Are they “making sure your voice is heard” as Senate Republicans are touting in this self-congratulatory graphic (below) being distributed to announce their accomplishments in their first 100 days in the majority?

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The Undersigned (114 collected in 72 hours): (Titles for identification purposes only)


Brad Thor

#1 New York Times bestselling author

 

The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Former Attorney General of the United States for President Ronald Reagan

 

Richard A. Viguerie

Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com

 

Steve Deace

USA Radio Network

 

Phyllis Schlafly

Founder and President, Eagle Forum

 

William G. Boykin

LTG (Ret), US Army, Executive VP, Family Research Council

 

Jerry A. Johnson

President and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters

 

The Honorable Tom DeLay

Former Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives, 2003-2005

 

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell

Visiting Professor, Liberty University School of Law

 

Gregg A. Phillips

Founder, The Voter’s Trust

 

Andrew C. McCarthy

Former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney

 

J. Christian Adams

Election Law Center

 

Star Parker

Founder and President, Center for Urban Renewal & Education (CURE)

 

Rich Bott

President & CEO, Bott Radio Network

 

Frank J. Gaffney

Founder, President, & CEO, Center for Security Policy

 

Bishop E.W. Jackson

President, STAND, Inc.

 

Allen Roth

President, Secure America Now

 

Steven Thrasher

General Counsel, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

 

Greg Scandlen

Consumers for Health Care Choices

 

Tim Daughtry

Author, Waking the Sleeping Giant, and speaker


The Honorable J.D. Hayworth

Member of Congress, 1995-2007

 

Dave Bossie

President, Citizens United

 

Dan Bongino

Talk radio host & Republican nominee for U.S. Congress

 

Elaine Donnelly

President, Center for Military Readiness

 

Paul Pressler

Retired Justice, Texas Court of Appeals

 

Nancy Pressler

Charitable volunteer and Member, Texas Board of Professionally Licensed Counselors

 

Joy Pullmann

Managing Editor, The Federalist

 

Lew Uhler

President, National Tax Limitation Committee

 

Amy Noone Frederick

President, 60 Plus Association

 

Rod D. Martin

Founder and CEO, The Martin Organization

 

Susan A. Carleson

President, American Civil Rights Union

 

Donna Hearne

The Constitutional Coalition

 

Kelly Monroe Kullberg

Christians for A Sustainable Economy (CASE4America.org)

 

Mark Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs, American Target Advertising, Inc.

 

Sherri Martin

The Martin Foundation

 

Sam Sorbo

Talk radio host, The Sam Sorbo Radio Show

 

Nicholas Stehle

Campaign for the American Future

 

Rick Scarborough

President, Vision America Action

 

George Rasley

Editor, Richard Viguerie’s ConservativeHQ.com

 

Clare M. Lopez

Vice President, Research & Analysis, Center for Security Policy

 

Janet Porter

President, Faith2Action

 

Joseph Farah

Editor and CEO, WND.com, WND Books, WND Films

 

James Lafferty

Chairman, Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force

 

Tim LeFever

Chairman of the Board, Capital Resource Institute

 

William J. Becker, Jr.

President, CEO, GC, Freedom X

 

Ginni Thomas

President, Liberty Consulting

 

Wade Kirby

Member, Council for National Policy

 

Beverly Gossage

President, HAS Benefits Consulting

 

C. Preston Noell, III

President, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

 

Gayle Trotter

Attorney and Columnist

 

Tricia Erickson

President, Crisis Mgt Inc, Angel Pictures & Publicity, and TheConservativePundit.net

 

Diana West

Author and journalist

 

Robert Fischer

Meeting Coordinator, Conservatives of Faith

 

Jim Backlin

Christian Coalition of America

 

Rebecca Hagelin

Columnist

 

Kevin Freeman

Founder, National Security Investment Consultant Institute (NSIC)

 

Gary L. Bauer

President, American Values

 

Sandy Rios

American Family Association, Family PAC Federal

 

Alfred S. Regnery

Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

 

Demos Chrissos

President, RapidResponse Media

 

Betty Jane Strong

Trustee, William A. and Genevieve H. Strong Foundation

 

Andrew Bostom, MD

Author, Sharia Versus Freedom

 

Morgan Brittany

Actress/Author/Co-owner of “Politichicks.com”

 

Erin Tuttle

Hoosiers Against Common Core, Co-founder

 

Colin A. Hanna

President, Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

 

Michael R. Long

Chairman, New York Conservative Party

 

Jerry Melvin

President, Florida Republican Assembly

 

Tom Hudson

President, California Republican Assembly

 

Col. Francis X. De Luca USMCR(Ret)

President, Civitas Institute (NC)

 

John Andrews

Former President, Colorado Senate

 

T. KennethCribb, Jr.

Former Domestic Advisor, President Ronald Reagan

 

Michael Smigiel

Former Maryland Delegate and Candidate for Congress, First Congressional District Maryland

 

Bobbie Patray

President, Tennessee Eagle Forum

 

Tammy Kobza

State Director, Eagle Forum of Iowa

 

Don and Diana Reimer

Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots

 

Tina M. Gorzalski

WINNER (WI Needs Necessary Education Reform)

 

Susan Dench

Founder and President, the Informed Women’s Network (Maine)

 

Anthony Allen

President, Hannibal LaGrange University

 

Kim Simac

Northwoods Patriots, Eagle Rover, WI

 

Karen Bracken

President, Tennessee Against Common Core

 

Jennifer Schubert-Akin

Steamboat Springs, CO

 

Elizabeth Bailey

General Partner, Books Plus (Colorado)

Col. Rob Maness

USAF (Ret), Founder of GatorPAC

 

Marcia Chambliss

Alabama Smart Girl Politics

 

John Miles

Union City, Tennessee

 

Renee Slinkard

Concerned Citizens of Kansas Group

 

Michael Swartz

author and founder of monoblogue.us

 

Cathy Keim

Contributor to monoblogue.us and conservative activist (MD)

 

Linda Paine

President, Election Integrity Project (CA)

 

Fred B. Houck

The Traditional American Movement

 

Mary Bridges

Member of a local Tea Party group in Hampshire County, West Virginia

 

Sally Baptiste

American Patriot and Voter – American Statesman Blog Talk Radio

 

Pat Thibodeaux

Union/Towns County Tea Party, Blairsville, GA

 

James J. Leist

Manitowoc County Conservatives Chairman

 

C. Edmund Wright 

Contributor: Newsmax TV – Breitbart – American Thinker – Talk Radio Network

 

Gregg C. Cummings

US Army Ranger Veteran, Co-Founder Iowa Grassroots Coalition

 

Penny Barker

Pickens County GA Tea Party

 

John Miles

Union City, Tennessee

 

Kathy Fuller

Carroll County Central Committee and conservative activist (MD)

 

Renee Slinkard

Parker, Kansas

 

David Floyd

Stonewall Brigade

 

Kathy Wilmot

Nebraska Eagle Forum

 

Naomi Brummond

Nebraska Eagle Forum

 

Dan Rawls

President, Tea Party of Southeast Tennessee

 

Dee Hodges

President, Maryland Taxpayers Association

 

Shirley Kufeldt

Northwoods Patriots, Eagle River, WI

 

Dennis Juncer

Marshfield, WI

 

Janne Myrdal

Edinburg, ND

 

Carol Himes

We The People of Hampshire County

 

Lieutenant Colonel Marc Hayes, Ph.D.

U.S. Army (retired), Volunteer Veterans

 

Richard and Susan Falknor

Publishers Blue Ridge Forum

 

Becky Gerritson

Founder, Born Free American LLC and President, Wetumpka TEA Party (AL)

 

If you want to join in this message to Congress, just say: “COUNT ME IN” and attach the “Interim Assessment” through snail mail or social media to your Republicans in the House or Senate!

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