Special Election for U.S.
By Joe Armstrong
September 03, 2009
As a citizen of the small harbor community of Scituate, MA (pop.
17,000), I am impressed that your own harbor community appears
more aware of the threat to the tradition of fair elections evidenced
by Governor Patrick's proposed change in our electoral laws than
most locals do in the BayState. Not two hours ago, I met personally
with my local State Representative, a Democrat, to express my
objection to the Governor's proposal to change the electoral
laws existing since 2004 in regard to how a Senate seat is filled
in the case of a mid-term vacancy.
I told the respresentative that to approve a change now, "ex
post facto" (after the fact) in reaction to the unfortunate
passing of Senator Kennedy constituted a clearly unethical, and
most likely unconstitutional seizure of the right of a free citizenry
to choose their own representatives in accordance with the laws
of the people. Article 1, Section 10 of the U.S. Contitution,
I pointed out, specifically prohibits the passing of ex post
facto laws. I further explained that many citizens, including
myself, felt strongly that the continued dramatic expansion of
the Federal Government into the healthcare field, the automobile
business, the banking and hedge fund businesses, among others,
constituted the rapid conversion of our society from free market
capitalism to one of socialism. I then objected to the proposed
granting of new appointment powers to Governor, pointing out
that the same Democratic-controlled legislature in 2004 knew
such a four month period without a 2nd Senator would occur when
they kept Governor Romney from having such power. I then asked
the critical question of my representative... Do I live under
the laws of the people, or the edicts of the Democractic Party.
To his credit, he was impressed enough with my case to offer
his assistance on getting me into the upcoming joint session
public hearing on the matter to be held next Weds. Sept. 9, 2009.
If successful on gaining a spot on the citizen speaker list,
I will have three minutes to make my case for the continuance
of freedom in the state where freedom began.
You are right, what we do now
as citizens here in Massachusetts could result in the creation
of the 60-vote Senate majority needed to officially stop debate
on the pending Obamacare Bill, among other spending measures
designed to put my young nieces and nephews into untenable debt
for the rest of their lives. I appreciate that our fellow citizens
on the shores of Alask have expressed the same concern many of
us in the minority opinion have as we face this peril of citizenship.
Do the ends justify the means? Governor Patrick obviously believes
they do and unfortunately, I am not sure enough citizens in Massachusetts
even care anymore.
About: "I live in the
seacoast town of Scituate, MA, pop. 17,000 and have served on
the town budget committee and several other local gov. boards.
In addition I am an independent small businessman who faces
increased taxes and regulations on a nearly constant basis.
Though a Republican until 2004, I have been a registered Independent
ever since in reaction to the tax and spend policies of the Bush
Received September 01, 2009
- Published September 03, 2009
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