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Treason, plain and simple

The recent "cash for trash" bailout is nothing short of treason. Following is a letter I have sent to several newspapers.
The recent "cash for trash" bailout bill that was passed on Friday must serve to show us just how little regard our representatives in Washington D.C. have for the voice of the American people.

Our voice was loud and clear. NO BAILOUT. Did our elected officials listen? Obviously not. They voted to line their pockets and the pockets of their corporate handlers at the expense of the American People, yet again.

I read a couple of different statements saying that the phone calls and emails to different representatives were running from 68% to 90% against this bailout. Yet, they did not listen. They voted to hand over 700+ billion dollars to a bunch of corporate profiteers, with little or no oversight, against an overwhelming cry from their constituents who were pleading for them to stop this foolishness.

I say this is nothing short of treason. Every last one of those politicians who supported and/or voted for the bailout should be charged with treason and sent to prison to await trial. They have now amply demonstrated their allegiance, and it is not to America. It is to the large corporate and banking interests.

I would like to quote Patrick Henry, if I may:

"And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne!"

We now know where we stand. I believe the only solution we may have left is a major demonstration of the power of the American People. I would like to see everyone in this country take up arms and march on Washington D.C. with a handful of tin cans. We could place the cans on the steps of the Capitol Building and do some target practice. Let those irresponsible tyrants know they can no longer afford to ignore the wishes of those whom they have been chosen to represent.

I would like to finish by offering one more quote from Patrick Henry:

There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable--and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!