Tell Congress to obey the Constitution

America's Declaration of Independence
proclaimed to the world that . . .

  • All people have a natural right to be free
  • Government's only legitimate purpose is to protect that freedom
  • Power delegated to the government for this purpose can be revoked by the people at any time

Our Constitution was written with these ideas in mind. To protect our freedom from potential tyranny the Founders . . .

  • Divided power between three branches of government in the hope that each branch would restrain the others.
  • Provided us with a Bill of Rights listing specific things the federal government cannot do.
  • Capped the Bill of Rights with the 9th and 10th Amendments in an attempt to prevent future politicians from assuming powers that were not granted.

The 9th Amendment reads . . .

"The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

In addition to rights like the freedom of speech that are actually named in the Constitution, what other rights are retained by you? The answer is simple, but very broad. You should be free to do as you please so long as you don't transgress on the equal right of others to do the same. In other words . . .

The 9th Amendment was created to protect your right to control your own life.

The 10th Amendment reads . . .

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

In other words, the federal government has only those powers specifically delegated to it in the text of the Constitution. All other powers remain with the people as individuals, or with the state governments. State governments, and the social power of the people, serve as the two final restraints on potential federal tyranny.

You can exercise your social power right now by joining with others to "withdraw the consent of the governed." We are providing this campaign to you as a tool for that purpose. The hardwired message to Congress reads . . .

"Please obey the Constitution's limits on federal power."

To this you can add your personal comments, referring to any particular violation of the Constitution that concerns you at the moment. Remember, governments have no just power that does not derive from the consent of the people. This means that, ultimately, YOU are the only real enforcement mechanism the Constitution has.

Use the form at right to send your elected representatives a letter about this issue. It's easy!

  • Your position will be counted by each Congressional office,
  • Will educate the Congressional staffer who reads it,
  • May be passed up the chain of command,
  • May receive a reply (many DC Downsizers get them). If you receive such a letter, please share it with us at Comments@DownsizeDC.org.

Send a letter to Congress

We provide the first few words of the letter so that Congressional offices will see the most important point right at the start, and so that no one can hijack our system for another purpose. Here's the part we provide . . .

You swore an oath to obey the Constitution. Honor that oath. Abide by the Constitution's limits on federal power.
   
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