"Our Republic depends on openness, on our citizens being able to learn about legislation and make their thoughts known to Members of Congress," West stated in an email sent to his supporters today. "No Member of Congress should support a bill whose details are unknown to the public." West called for grassroots activists to contact Congress and demand open hearings on the healthcare bill.
"This is not representative government, it is a flagrant disregard of the trust of the American people," West stated. "The only word to describe what Representative Klein's boss, Nancy Pelosi, is doing is nefarious. Our Republic stands upon a simple premise called the rule of law; this is completely the antithesis of that principle".
Text from e-mail to supporters:
Once again the liberals in Congress are taking action that threatens our Liberty. Even worse, now they are negotiating the final important details of the healthcare takeover behind closed doors.
This is nothing less than a flagrant disregard of the trust of the American people. Our Republic depends on openness, on our citizens being able to learn about legislation and making their thoughts known to Members of Congress.
This week, Brian Lamb of C-SPAN wrote to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid. Lamb and C-SPAN offered to put the entire backroom deal making on TV. So far, neither Reid nor Pelosi have agreed to have the public watch as the liberals plot to enact a government run healthcare system.
We need to take action now. I need you to do the following three action items to let Congress know we expect them to conduct business in the open where we can view the proceedings.
Email or call either Speaker Pelosi ( AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov or 202-225-0100 ) or Senator Reid reid.senate.gov/contact or 202-224-3542 ) and tell them to make the health care negotiations public.
Call my opponent Ron Klein (866-713-7303). Ask Congressman Klein to call for open meetings or to announce he will oppose any health care deal completed behind closed doors. No Member of Congress should support a bill whose details are unknown to the public.
Forward this email to at least five of your friends. Together we can bring the liberals out in the open and expose their plan to put the government in charge of your health care.
Steadfast and Loyal,
Allen B. West
America's Best Choice