An open letter to All Republican Office Holders And Candidates For Office:
Gentlemen and ladies who hold office as elected officals in the Republican Party
To hold public office is a trust, an honor, bestowed upon you by the citizenship that you are elected to serve, or seeking election from. This is a
solemn and earnest trust that exists between the people and our chosen representatives in office.
A President must take the following oath upon inaguration:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability,
preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
And any member of the House or Senate must affirm to this oath:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and
that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. [So help me God.]
Further, the United States House of Representatives Code of Official
14. A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not, with the intent to influence on the basis of partisan political affiliation an
employment decision or employment practice of any private entity–
(a) take or withhold, or offer or threaten to take or withhold, an official act; or
(b) influence, or offer or threaten to influence, the official act of another.
In addition, the Senate Code of Offical Conduct
4. No Member, officer, or employee shall knowingly use his official position to introduce or aid the progress or passage of legislation, a
principal purpose of which is to further only his pecuniary interest, only the pecuniary interest of his immediate family, or only the pecuniary
interest of a limited class of persons or enterprises, when he, or his immediate family, or enterprises controlled by them, are mem bers of the
So. How is it that the vast majority of you are beholden, contractually to Grover Norquist
is the President of a private ( 501(c)(4) — Civic Leagues, Social Welfare Organizations, and Local Associations of Employees ) non-profit called
Americans For Tax Reform
and its subsidiary ( 501(c)(3) — Religious, Educational,
Charitable, Scientific, Literary, Testing for Public Safety, to Foster National or International Amateur Sports Competition, or Prevention of Cruelty
to Children or Animals Organizations ) branch, Americans For Tax Reform Foundation
Both tax exempt lobbying groups
? Mr. Norquist, additionally is a member of the
Council On Foreign Relations
, on the board of
The National Rifle Association[
, and also on the board of
American Conservative Union
Mr. Norquist holds no public office and has not been elected to such by any voter in the United States of America. Yet he holds levels of power in
Washington that no private citizen should posses.
Regarding his association with the Council on Foreign Relations. Its own Mission Statement
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource
for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested
citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.
Founded in 1921, CFR takes no institutional positions on matters of policy. CFR carries out its mission by:
Maintaining a diverse membership, including special programs to promote interest and develop expertise in the next generation of foreign policy
Convening meetings at its headquarters in New York and in Washington, DC, and other cities where senior government officials, members of Congress,
global leaders, and prominent thinkers come together with CFR members to discuss and debate major international issues;
Supporting a Studies Program that fosters independent research, enabling CFR scholars to produce articles, reports, and books and hold roundtables
that analyze foreign policy issues and make concrete policy recommendations;
Publishing Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy;
Sponsoring Independent Task Forces that produce reports with both findings and policy prescriptions on the most important foreign policy topics; and
Providing up-to-date information and analysis about world events and American foreign policy on its website, CFR.org.
And, yet, Mr. Norquist is by the very definition of the word partisan
. Therefore his involvement in a supposedly nonpartisan entity is very
suspect. And your association with this man is therefore suspect as well.
Many of you signed a pledge to Mr. Norquist and his two corporations. An example of which, the version for the House of Representatives I have
The fact that an estimated 95% of the Republican party have signed this contract with a private citizen, and a privately held business interest - a
contract which dictates
your behavior as a public servent is despicable, deplorable, and in my opinion criminal. Those of
you who are beholden to Mr Norquist, contractually, are in violation of not only your oaths but are doing so in direct contempt for the people who
elected you. We the people choose who runs this country and who makes our laws. And we did NOT elect Mr Norquist.
The guilty among you are not secret. You are listed in the following links:
The 112th House and Senate
2012 Campaign Signers
Those In State Level Government
Who Have Signed
Some information about the man you have beholden yourself to:
Early in his career, Norquist was executive director of both the National Taxpayers Union and the national College Republicans, holding both
positions until 1983. Afterward, he served as Economist and Chief Speechwriter at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1983 to 1984.