While the rest of us are doing what we do, Paul Sheridan is on his toes. A 2005 Civil Justice Foundation Award Winner, Sheridan is on a mission to expose the truth and get some answers, and he means business. He has been writing letters, asking very important questions of those who lead us. Getting unsatisfactory answers doesn’t deter him, as he will write again, looking only for the facts.
The following is one of the very important letters Sheridan has written, this one to Senator Robert Byrd concerning comments made by Chief Justice John Roberts and President Bush with regard to our government and our Constitution. We should all be so diligent, as United States citizens
September 17, 2007
Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV)
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4801
Subject: The All-out Assault to Destroy the United States Constitution
Reference: Constitution Day
Thank you for your leadership and patriotism, especially as such relates to Constitution Day.
In some of today’s news reports one can detect an urgency regarding the ignorance of our young regarding the history and importance of the United States Constitution. In truth, those that have historically mounted and/or are currently engaged in an all-out assault on that hallowed document, up to and including President Bush, rely on the ignorance of the electorate. I do not condone the ignorance of the electorate any more that I condone the assault committed by traitors. I never dreamed, in my wildest allegedly partisan discourse, that I would suspect the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of being a member of the latter.
“Your use of the phrase “constitutional democracy” is confusing. It is my understanding that the Founding Fathers (and the great woman that brought them into the world) intended that the United States of America be founded as a constitutional republic. My simple question follows: Is the United States of America a constitutional democracy or a constitutional republic?”
I was told by the Court clerk that Chief Justice Roberts was “too busy.”
Above you will note that my email is at Cornell University, my alma mater. That is somewhat ironic in the following way: The end of the Revolutionary War was consummated on September 3, 1783 at the signing of the Treaty of Paris in Paris, France. This set the final stages for the United States Constitution. However, after being told that the Chief Justice was “too busy” to respond to my ‘simple question,’ he found time toaccompany my alma mater to . . . Paris, France . . . on a taxpayer funded junket, to attend a ceremony that was once again dedicated to the celebration of America and American law. Attached to this letter you will find various photographs from the Cornell web site that reports the attendance of the U.S. Supreme Court at the gala in Paris. The links to the Cornell University report are here:
The United States Constitution has been under assault since being signed on September 17, 1787. In my opinion the major milestones of that assault include the following:
1. The Federal Reserve Act of December 23, 1913,
2. The USA PATRIOT Act of October 17, 2001,
3. The announcement of July 19, 2005 by the George Bush appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts, that the United States is no longer a constitutional republic; but is now a “constitutional democracy.”
As such the source of that assault has been and continues to be private interests, not the virtues of the public good (How could it be?). In truth, per Benjamin Franklin, it was not a tea party that led to the revolt by the Colonies, the revolt was caused by the outlawing of Colonial Script in 1764, replaced by notes issued by King George’s Bank of England, a private institution. Franklin said:
During a vicious debate at the White House regarding the Constitutionality of the USA PATRIOT Act, it was widely reported that President Bush blurted the following treasonous statement:
"I don't give a goddamn. I'm the President and the Commander in Chief. Do it my way . . . (it's just) a goddamned piece of paper.”