1/3/11 Letter to Senator Bennet

Dear Senator Bennet:

Congratulations – you are beginning the 112th Congress of our United States of America.  What an honor and what a responsibility.  We citizens of Colorado have entrusted you to represent us and guide this country under the provisions laid forth in our Constitution.

You have taken an oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States… and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office…”[1]

It certainly is important to us, your constituents, that you reflect upon our Constitution every time you draft or guide your staff to prepare legislation and before you cast your most valuable vote on issues in committee and on the congressional floor.

As so well stated in the Constitution preamble, please remember that every vote cast has implicit consequences as to the forming of:

  • “…a more perfect Union…”
  • “…establish[ing] justice…”
  • “…insure[ing] domestic Tranquility…”
  • “…provide[ing] for the common defense…”
  • “…promote[ing] the general Welfare…”
  • “…secure[ing] the Blessings of Liberty…”

Liberty – Defense – Justice – Union – Welfare – Tranquility

Six words that quickly define the founding nature and culture of our nation.  Six words that have over the years been twisted, turned, warped and just plain ignored as our federal government has swelled and become a bureaucratic monster.

Six words that the citizens of this country have recognized are slowly eroding away as:

  • our federal government dictates law from the judicial bench,
  • our federal government formulates law as regulation,
  • our federal government spends the union into bankruptcy,
  • our federal government shoves our defense aside,
  • our federal government ignores existing law,
  • our federal government seems to have forgotten the Constitution.

Liberty – Defense – Justice – Union – Welfare – Tranquility

Six pretty important words to think about and to guide you – every time you are charged with making a decision in the 112th Congress.


[1] 1884 (current) oath of office, US Congress.

1/3/11 Letter to Senator Udall

Dear Senator Udall:

Congratulations – you are beginning the 112th Congress of our United States of America.  What an honor and what a responsibility.  We citizens of Colorado have entrusted you to represent us and guide this country under the provisions laid forth in our Constitution.

You have taken an oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States… and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office…”[1]

It certainly is important to us, your constituents, that you reflect upon our Constitution every time you draft or guide your staff to prepare legislation and before you cast your most valuable vote on issues in committee and on the congressional floor.

As so well stated in the Constitution preamble, please remember that every vote cast has implicit consequences as to the forming of:

  • “…a more perfect Union…”
  • “…establish[ing] justice…”
  • “…insure[ing] domestic Tranquility…”
  • “…provide[ing] for the common defense…”
  • “…promote[ing] the general Welfare…”
  • “…secure[ing] the Blessings of Liberty…”

Liberty – Defense – Justice – Union – Welfare – Tranquility

Six words that quickly define the founding nature and culture of our nation.  Six words that have over the years been twisted, turned, warped and just plain ignored as our federal government has swelled and become a bureaucratic monster.

Six words that the citizens of this country have recognized are slowly eroding away as:

  • our federal government dictates law from the judicial bench,
  • our federal government formulates law as regulation,
  • our federal government spends the union into bankruptcy,
  • our federal government shoves our defense aside,
  • our federal government ignores existing law,
  • our federal government seems to have forgotten the Constitution.

Liberty – Defense – Justice – Union – Welfare – Tranquility

Six pretty important words to think about and to guide you – every time you are charged with making a decision in the 112th Congress.


[1] 1884 (current) oath of office, US Congress.

You Asked For It – well……

Several of you have asked why I haven’t put my almost weekly “Congressional Letters” up on a blog.  Well – here we go!

You’ve watched the “Flying W Ranch” letterhead fly off to Washington for two years or so.  Now there’s a “Flying W Blog” to further aggravate Internet electrons.

I’ve spent many hours trying to keep from losing copies of, trying to find copies of, trying to remember the topics and dates of letters written weeks and months before.  I figure if I post the letters in a blog – then even I can go to the blog, use the search features and find previous topics, ranting’s and dates contained in previous epistles.

I know a few of you have passed my dribbles on to others in the past.  Should you find any future fulminating just what you need to pass on to your Congressman, your boss, your child or your mother-in-law; it might be easier to just refer them to this blog than go through all the electronic mumbo-jumbo to forward an e-mail and attachment, etc.

Over the past few years I have planned (and mostly accomplished) writing at least one letter to at least one of my three federal representatives (one House, two Senators) each and every week our Congress is in session.  I occasionally drop a little note to some of my state representatives as well, but fortunately I live in Colorado and my state doesn’t need saving anywhere as much as the (federal) Union, California, New York, Michigan, Illinois, etc., etc., etc.  I go to some effort to logically explain my understanding and express my concerns and desires regarding timely issues before Congress.

I plan to post on this blog copies of my weekly (or whatever) letters I have previously faxed to various recipients and therefore provide an opportunity for any reader to post comments regarding my efforts or thoughts of their own.

Please – use any text appearing here you wish (including copying the entire letter) to send to your Representative or Senator(s) or to any other members of Congress or other government officials or just other citizens you think may be interested.  I have no secrets – I never hide my opinions. If you have thoughts of your own – pass them back in the comments section.  I’ll post any comments that are mostly void of vulgar profanity or do not propose an illegal violent overthrow of our government (or other illegal activities.)  Who knows, maybe your Congressman will read them (yea, right!)

We’ll start with a precursor for 2011 – the first year for the FlyingWBlog.com.  I’m posting portions of a of a letter I sent to my Congressmen prior to the recent “lame duck” session of Congress which convened in early December, 2010.  I do have a dream.  I dream about a nation reverting away from massive government bureaucracy, massive government budgets, massive government intervention, and massive government apathetic attitude towards enforcing our national laws.  Maybe, with a little help from my friends, my dream may be coming true by the time my grandchildren and great-grandchildren are the ones writing to and directing their Congressional Representatives.

Tom Howe                                                                                              tom@flyingwblog.com

I have a DREAM…

To my Congressmen:

I have a dream.[1]

  • I dream about a nation where “We The People…”[2] recognize the sovereignty of the nation formed by the Constitution of the United States.
  • I dream about a nation where included in “…The People…” are those citizens[3] fortunate enough to have been given the honor and trust by the electorate [4] to be selected to represent the citizens in the US Congress.
  • I dream about how those individuals should truly be representatives[5] of their electorate.
  • I dream with pride about how my country has opened its arms to those that show respect and demonstrate the willingness to join our citizenry in a defined and lawful manner.
  • I dream about those representatives having been elected the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States and dream about them actually exercising the trust provided them by the electorate to “…establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”[6]
  • I dream about my representatives upholding their Constitutional responsibilities respecting and protecting the sovereign boundaries, culture, language, welfare, liberty and posterity.

Then I realize what You, my so called “Representatives” are actually doing to my country and my dream:

  • You (my so called representative Senator) have helped impose uncountable legislative regulations upon the citizenry, many of those regulations construed to earn political or financial gain for our representatives or those close to our representatives.
  • You have taken from the citizenry with ever increasing taxes and beyond that, borrowed with abandon, and spent those resources on ever increasing activities and regulations well beyond the scope of your Constitutional charge.
  • You have begun to intrude not only into the citizenry’s freedoms and liberty – but are actively beginning to dictate how the citizenry must live their daily lives – what they should by, what they should read…
  • You have created a totally uncontrollable myriad of unmanageable government rules, requirements and regulations many of which You will not even attempt to enforce – making the effectiveness of all seem ambiguous if not completely unimportant.

My dream continues to be a nightmare!  Represent your citizens and get to work respecting the honor and trust we have given you.

Tom Howe                                                                                tom@flyingwblog.com


[1] Thank you Martin Luther King Jr.

[2] US Constitution – Preamble – “…The People…” referring to the then resident citizens of the new nation.

[3] A person owing loyalty to and entitled by birth or naturalization to the protection of a state or nation. – ww.thefreedictionary.com

[4] A body of qualified voters. – ibid

[5] One that serves as an example or type for others of the same classification. – ibid

[6] US Constitution – Preamble – Just in case you didn’t know or have forgotten.