My name has recently been mentioned in your paper. Please allow me to respond. While I have enjoyed programs presented by Rockford Peace and Justice Action Committee (RPJAC), I have never seen its bylaws or constitution, paid any dues, or voted in any election for any slate of officers. Therefore, I am not certain how much its positions resemble mine. I am not politically left. I am conservative about killing people.
While I am not certain as to whether RPJAC has a constitution, I know that the United States of America does. All laws are supposed to conserve it. If we dont like any part of our Constitution, we may amend it. According to the Constitution of the United States of America, only the Congress can declare war (Article I, Section 8). When the power to declare war is passed on to the president and commander-in-chief, the balance of power written into the Constitution is violated. Therefore, any member of Congress who votes for executive warfare is violating the Constitution of this nation, a document which I revere. Don Manzullo has done so; though he considers himself conservative, he does not care to conserve our nations Constitution.
Why does he do this? Perhaps because a local defense contractor, who got $100,000 of federal money (your tax dollars), gave Mr. Manzullo $14,000 for his campaign.
Manzullo continues to vote for funding for an illegal war that even the generals agree cannot be won. I wonder why? Could it have anything to do with the campaign contributions of defense contractors? Defense contractors are in business because not enough people want to be last to die in an illegal war that cant be won. No problem for Mr. Manzullo. His kids are safe at home. Are they going to a private university? Mr. Manzullo did. Did you?
Its tax time, folks. Is this where you want your tax dollars to go? As you finish your returns, be happy if you get any of your own money back from the federal government (which has borrowed it interest-free all year long). Ask yourself when you last got an interest-free loan. Mr. Manzullo is happy at tax time, too. Hes happy to take your money and give it to defense contractors. They help him keep his congressional seat. Do you like this scenario? If not, make your wishes known at the polls.
On the matter of term limits, congressional terms are limited by elections. If you dont like your legislator, vote him/her out of office. Vote. The harder it is for you to vote, the more important it is. Too many kids? Take them with you. Anyone who hasnt seen any kids lately needs a reality check. Cant get to the polls? Call either party office. Theyll get you there. You have a right to a secret ballot. You dont have to tell anyone how you plan to vote, not even the people who call on the phone during dinner. Vote in the primaries. Thats where the most choice is. Dont think the systems working? Look around. Its working for some people.
Think about it. If you cant break even from one paycheck to the next, get mad. And while were at it, conserve the Constitution of the United States of America. Its what made this country great. Lets keep it that way.
Rosemarie D. Slavenas is a Rockford resident. Her son served as a helicopter pilot in Iraq before he was killed.
From the March 7-13, 2007, issue