Sunday, December 1, 2013

Letter to Speaker John Boehner Written By Marc Belisle

"Speaker Boehner, you just led the House to vote in favor of H. Res 1965. This bill forces the federal government to allocate a massive amount of land to oil drilling, and forces the government to automatically approve oil drilling projects and charges $5,000 to anyone who protests against oil drilling. Let me explain a few things to you.

1) This bill is patently unconstitutional. "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech..." That is the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Maybe you haven't read that far? You CANNOT charge for protest. Your failure to dismiss this bill out of hand on free speech ground is a shocking dereliction of duty as an elected representative sworn to uphold the Constitution.

2) You work for US, We The People of the United States. You DO NOT work for the corporations, no matter how much they might bankroll you and your caucus. Your attempt to place the US government in a subservient role to the greed of oil corporations, allowing them to destroy American land and liberty is smoking-gun evidence that you are not representing the people, you are representing a secretive, blood sucking aristocracy. In trying to midwife this corporate oil coup, you are as great a threat to our government and democracy as any foreign enemy.

3) You are inept at your job. This bill will never be signed into law, and the SCOTUS could never uphold it if it were. Why vote in favor of it? You do realize that despite the gerrymandering, the Citizens United tsunami of bankrolled GOP campaigns, the Hastert Rule, etc., that, at the end of the day, we still vote. No matter how much you jury-rig the system, you still have to put on a show of trying to do the work of the voters. With this vote, you drip with the slime of oil and reek with the stench of corruption. You no longer even pretend to work for the people. You have turned the House of Representatives into the Whore House of Corporate Influence. With this vote, you are only slathering ruby red lipstick all over your face and hiking up your skirts for the oil lobby. You are not a representative. You are a filthy whore."

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