RE: April 4, 2014 presentation at Lehigh Valley Tea Party (LVTP) - Article V. Convention of States (COS)
Dear Elected Representatives,
First, we offer our appreciation to Representative Joe Emrick for his concern and interest in learning about Article V COS by the attendance of his staff member, Mr. Bob Kilbanks earlier this month, joining his constituents at this public presentation and forum on a timely and relevant issue to many voters. We also extend a thank you to Representatives Marcia Hahn, Robert Freeman, and Michael Schlossberg for acknowledging our invitation with a courteous reply.
Though invitations were sent to every elected Representative, Congressman, and Senator from both Lehigh and Northampton Counties, it was disappointing to our members, to say the least, the limited extend of our government representatives attendance and acknowledgement.
If you have asked, “Why do voters feel disconnected from government”? This sorrowful showing of elected representatives at a meeting of the public on such a serious issue as the Article V. Convention of States is a clear example of why voters feel that their elected officials aren’t listening to them. Scheduling conflicts are understandable, but altogether ignoring constituent invitations or requests is unacceptable.
The Convention of States application has been passed thus far by the state of Georgia and is currently in progress in several other states. We support Pennsylvania leading on this issue in the face of gross distortions and usurpations of proper Constitutional power by all three branches of the federal government. A Convention of States is not a Constitutional Convention and should not be confused as such. Article V. was placed in the Constitution by our founding fathers to preserve the proper order of government when such abuses of power as those taking place currently in Washington threaten our liberty and freedom.
Our Constitution is under assault and we call on you to step forward and defend it with courage and boldness, as you have sworn to uphold the US Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. We don’t have to agree on every issue, but the process must be preserved and executed properly.
Please act to restore the integrity of our Constitution by putting a stop to this tyrannical style of government of which our Founding Fathers warned us. Article V. is a wholly appropriate course of action, and urgently necessary.
On behalf of the membership of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party, thank you for your time and attention. We vote and “We’re Still Watching”.