The Constitutional Rights and Responsibility of members of Congress
An Open Letter to Congressman Peter Welch

Thanks to All !!!!

Picture taken by George Tyler, Colchester Sun / Essex Reporter

Picture taken by George Tyler, Colchester Sun / Essex Reporter

    "If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the union, and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont." – Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, speaking in Bennington, Vermont - 1928.

    Indeed the type of people President Coolidge spoke of in 1928 still reside throughout Vermont. I met many of you and I cannot thank you enough for your help in my campaign for Congress. You understood that continued freedom requires that we stand strong for the principles that birthed America and made her the greatest nation on earth – that all men [people] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. – United States Declaration of Independence, 1776.

    Clearly there was not time to meet all of you. Stay strong, do not lose hope and keep your eyes on the goal - rekindling a Vermont and an America that embraces the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and that by our example the peoples of all nations might find the courage required to rise up and stand against tyranny and oppression.

    Democracy needs you!


  Read Mark’s speech to the Republican “Straw Poll” Convention. (pdf version) *
Read Mark on Marriage Purpose Matters, Rutland Herald 3/7/2009

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