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Posted by on November 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm.

I’m not sure if you saw the Senate vote today on Detaining American citizens as “Al Qaeda Operatives” but it is scary. I have written letters to both Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, and encourage you all to do the same. Thankfully, Congressman Amash voted NO.

TEXT OF MY LETTER

Dear Senator Levin:
My name is little r republican. I am a social studies teacher for the ______________________, an alternative high school for at risk youth. I also hold a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from Grand Valley State University. In addition, I am one of your constituents.

I am writing to express both my confusion and disappointment with the actions taken by our US Senate as a whole, and you specifically, in supporting legislative language which allows for US citizens to be detained by the US military for suspected involvement with Al Qaeda. I am wondering, Senator, how I am expected to teach my students of the supremacy of the US Constitution, the sacredness of the Bill of Rights, and the tradition of law outlined in our historic practice of Habeas Corpus, when such legislation ignores each of the three?
Benjamin Franklin, an American Patriot and one of the greatest political minds in all of history, once warned that those “who would sacrifice essential liberty for temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security.” I fear that your actions have sacrificed the inherent rights of those whom you were elected to represent, while offering little beyond a false illusion of security.
As a Senator of the United States, you have been elected to the highest legislative body in the world, and such an awesome privilege bears with it the sworn responsibility to uphold the US Constitution. How can you, in good conscience, reconcile your decision to strip Americans of such a sacred right with your promise of fidelity to the document which forms the basis of our republic and provides the only guarantee of liberty for us and for our children? Your actions are reprehensible and unbecoming of someone elected by the people to preserve our beloved nation and the principles which define it.
I will hold steadfast to the hope that members of our armed services will uphold their oath with much more honor and integrity than you. I will further work diligently to support those candidates who are true defenders of liberty.
If you truly believe our Constitution to be so inconsequential, I would respectfully request that you resign from your position and allow for someone who will adhere to the laws outlined therein to be given an opportunity to represent us.

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