114 Conservative Leaders Signed The “Citizens’ Mandate” to remind the Republicans of citizen expectations

Open Letter to Congress: INTERIM ASSESSMENT from the Citizens’ Mandate

May 18, 2015

With last November’s election of a new Republican Congress, voters demonstrated they wanted Obama’s fundamental transformation to stop. In January, a group of more than 50 conservative leaders signed the “Citizens’ Mandate” to remind the Republicans of citizen expectations.

Many Republicans, and their leaders, campaigned on the promise to change Washington, show a contrast and challenge President Obama’s governance, if only the voters would give Republicans control of the legislative branch.

Citizens expected Republicans new to Congress to:

  • End Executive branch overreach,
  • Restore Constitutional balance of power among the three branches of government,
  • Bring an end to the perennially unpopular Affordable Care Act/Obamacare,
  • Stop the President’s end-run of Congress with his executive amnesty initiatives,
  • Hold the Executive branch accountable for its myriad abuses of power and its national security failures, both foreign and domestic, and
  • Put the interests of the United States of America first among nations.

So, what has Republican leadership done with their power since January 6, 2015 for the last 132 days?

Funded executive amnesty: Instead of stopping executive over reach using their power as a co-equal branch of government, the Republican Congress actually funded Obama’s executive amnesty.

Republicans first passed the Cromnibus in December to avoid the fight to defund amnesty saying that severing out funding for the Department of Homeland Security in March would be the more effective way to combat Obama’s policies. Then Republicans seemed incapable of driving a unified, clear message to leverage eroding support of the President among Senate Democrats, when polls showed vast popular support for restraining the President. Now, Republicans are avoiding any effort to defund amnesty in the new DHS funding bill for this fiscal year.

Continued Obamacare: Regarding stopping the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, key Senate Republicans actually stopped a vital investigation into fraud and are looking for ways to save Obamacare subsides for themselves.

Jeopardized national security: Instead of safeguarding our homeland, Congress has done nothing to address the security risks from illegal immigration.

Ceded away treaty power on a nuke deal with Iran: Most Senate Republicans signed a letter that expressed serious concerns with President Obama’s appeasing of Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism. But, when push came to shove, almost the entire Senate rolled over and blocked consideration and ultimately adopted a bill that actually reduces the role Congress can play in enforcing, or lifting, tough sanctions on Iran as the mullahs continue their pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Continued excessive federal spending: Passed a so called “balanced budget,” but then immediately blew through their new-found fiscal responsibility by passing a healthcare bill that would add $500 billion to the deficit over the next 20 years.

Undermined faith-based agenda: As a whole, the Republican–led Congress has refused to pass bills overturning the District of Columbia’s violation of federal legislation assuring religious liberty and restrictions on abortion.

Helped Obama: Instead of holding the Executive branch accountable for its abuse of power, the Senate confirmed an Attorney General who thinks there is a constitutional basis for Obama’s executive amnesty.

Continued federal education. Instead of acknowledging and welcoming mounting, bipartisan grassroots opposition to egregious federal control over education – notably involving a growing civil disobedience movement to opt-out of federal testing, the House and Senate seem bent on reauthorizing, with bipartisan support, a major education statute that preserves the fundamentals of No Child Left Behind/Race to the Top/Common Core. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans joined with Democrats to expand the federal government’s reach into pre-K education.

Punished conservative champions. Republicans started the new Congress with the removal of conservatives from key committees; then sat back while leadership-affiliated groups ran ads against conservatives (discussed here). The Senate, and Leader McConnell in particular, campaigned on the promise of an open amendment process. But when conservative amendments do not fit into the perceived necessity of “governing” or avoiding appearing extreme, the Republican leadership routinely works with Democrats to box out conservatives.

Neglected congressional oversight. Despite a vast array of needed oversight of federal actions and spending, no Republican John Dingell or Henry Waxman who could capably challenge such conduct, has yet surfaced! Benghazi, IRS, EPA, the refugee resettlement program, the penetration of the U.S. government by the Muslim Brotherhood, taxpayer funded ideologues eroding American exceptionalism and more await scrutiny. Best oversight efforts to date have, surprisingly, been done by an effective outside group, Judicial Watch, who has no subpoena or constitutional power!

Armed with this new growing record, how do you think Congress is doing with respect to the mandate that voters gave them this past November? Are they “making sure your voice is heard” as Senate Republicans are touting in this self-congratulatory graphic (below) being distributed to announce their accomplishments in their first 100 days in the majority?

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The Undersigned (114 collected in 72 hours): (Titles for identification purposes only)

  1. Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  2. The Honorable Edwin Meese III, Former Attorney General of the United States for President Ronald Reagan
  3. Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com
  4. Steve Deace, USA Radio Network
  5. Phyllis Schlafly, Founder and President, Eagle Forum
  6. William G. Boykin. LTG (Ret), US Army, Executive VP, Family Research Council
  7. Jerry A. Johnson, President and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters
  8. The Honorable Tom DeLay, Former Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives, 2003-2005
  9. The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell, Visiting Professor, Liberty University School of Law
  10. Gregg A. Phillips, Founder, The Voter’s Trust
  11. Andrew C. McCarthy, Former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney
  12. Christian Adams, Election Law Center
  13. Star Parker, Founder and President, Center for Urban Renewal & Education (CURE)
  14. Rich Bott, President & CEO, Bott Radio Network
  15. Frank J. Gaffney, Founder, President, & CEO, Center for Security Policy
  16. Bishop E.W. Jackson, President, STAND, Inc.
  17. Allen Roth, President, Secure America Now
  18. Steven Thrasher, General Counsel, National Federation of Republican Assemblies
  19. Greg Scandlen, Consumers for Health Care Choices
  20. Tim Daughtry, Author, Waking the Sleeping Giant, and speaker
  21. The Honorable J.D. Hayworth, Member of Congress, 1995-2007
  22. Dave Bossie, President, Citizens United
  23. Dan Bongino, Talk radio host & Republican nominee for U.S. Congress
  24. Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness
  25. Paul Pressler, Retired Justice, Texas Court of Appeals
  26. Nancy Pressler, Charitable volunteer and Member, Texas Board of Professionally Licensed Counselors
  27. Joy Pullmann, Managing Editor, The Federalist
  28. Lew Uhler, President, National Tax Limitation Committee
  29. Amy Noone Frederick, President, 60 Plus Association
  30. Rod D. Martin, Founder and CEO, The Martin Organization
  31. Susan A. Carleson, President, American Civil Rights Union
  32. Donna Hearne, The Constitutional Coalition
  33. Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Christians for A Sustainable Economy (CASE4America.org)
  34. Mark Fitzgibbons, President of Corporate Affairs, American Target Advertising, Inc.
  35. Sherri Martin, The Martin Foundation
  36. Sam Sorbo, Talk radio host, The Sam Sorbo Radio Show
  37. Nicholas Stehle, Campaign for the American Future
  38. Rick Scarborough, President, Vision America Action
  39. George Rasley, Editor, Richard Viguerie’s com
  40. Clare M. Lopez, Vice President, Research & Analysis, Center for Security Policy
  41. Janet Porter, President, Faith2Action
  42. Joseph Farah, Editor and CEO, WND.com, WND Books, WND Films
  43. James Lafferty, Chairman, Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force
  44. Tim LeFever, Chairman of the Board, Capital Resource Institute
  45. William J. Becker, Jr., President, CEO, GC, Freedom X
  46. Ginni Thomas, President, Liberty Consulting
  47. Wade Kirby, Member, Council for National Policy
  48. Beverly Gossage, President, HAS Benefits Consulting
  49. Preston Noell, III, President, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
  50. Gayle Trotter, Attorney and Columnist
  51. Tricia Erickson, President, Crisis Mgt Inc, Angel Pictures & Publicity, and Pubisher: TheConservativePundit.net
  52. Diana West, Author and journalist
  53. Robert Fischer, Meeting Coordinator, Conservatives of Faith
  54. Jim Backlin, Christian Coalition of America
  55. Rebecca Hagelin, Columnist
  56. Kevin Freeman, Founder, National Security Investment Consultant Institute (NSIC)
  57. Gary L. Bauer, President, American Values
  58. Sandy Rios, American Family Association, Family PAC Federal
  59. Alfred S. Regnery, Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund
  60. Demos Chrissos, President, RapidResponse Media
  61. Betty Jane Strong, Trustee, William A. and Genevieve H. Strong Foundation
  62. Andrew Bostom, MD, Author, Sharia Versus Freedom
  63. Morgan Brittany, Actress/Author/Co-owner of “Politichicks.com”
  64. Erin Tuttle, Hoosiers Against Common Core, Co-founder
  65. Colin A. Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
  66. Michael R. Long, Chairman, New York Conservative Party
  67. Jerry Melvin, President, Florida Republican Assembly
  68. Tom Hudson, President, California Republican Assembly
  69. Francis X. De Luca USMCR(Ret), President, Civitas Institute (NC)
  70. John Andrews, Former President, Colorado Senate
  71. KennethCribb, Jr., Former Domestic Advisor, President Ronald Reagan
  72. Michael Smigiel, Former Maryland Delegate and Candidate for Congress, First Congressional District Maryland
  73. Bobbie Patray, President, Tennessee Eagle Forum
  74. Tammy Kobza, State Director, Eagle Forum of Iowa
  75. Don Reimer, Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots
  76. Diana Reimer, Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots
  77. Tina M. Gorzalski, WINNER (WI Needs Necessary Education Reform)
  78. Susan Dench, Founder and President, the Informed Women’s Network (Maine)
  79. Anthony Allen, President, Hannibal LaGrange University
  80. Kim Simac, Northwoods Patriots, Eagle Rover, WI
  81. Karen Bracken, President, Tennessee Against Common Core
  82. Jennifer Schubert-Akin, Steamboat Springs, CO
  83. Elizabeth Bailey, General Partner, Books Plus (Colorado)
  84. Rob Maness, USAF (Ret), Founder of GatorPAC
  85. Marcia Chambliss, Alabama Smart Girl Politics
  86. John Miles, Union City, Tennessee
  87. Renee Slinkard, Concerned Citizens of Kansas Group
  88. Michael Swartz, author and founder of us
  89. Cathy Keim, Contributor to us and conservative activist (MD)
  90. Linda Paine, President, Election Integrity Project (CA)
  91. Fred B. Houck, The Traditional American Movement
  92. Mary Bridges, Member of a local Tea Party group in Hampshire County, West Virginia
  93. Sally Baptiste, American Patriot and Voter – American Statesman Blog Talk Radio
  94. Pat Thibodeaux, Union/Towns County Tea Party, Blairsville, GA
  95. James J. Leist, Manitowoc County Conservatives Chairman
  96. Edmund Wright , Contributor: Newsmax TV – Breitbart – American Thinker – Talk Radio Network
  97. Gregg C. Cummings, US Army Ranger Veteran, Co-Founder Iowa Grassroots Coalition
  98. Penny Barker, Pickens County GA Tea Party
  99. John Miles, Union City, Tennessee
  100. Kathy Fuller, Carroll County Central Committee and conservative activist (MD)
  101. Renee Slinkard, Parker, Kansas
  102. David Floyd, Stonewall Brigade
  103. Kathy Wilmot, Nebraska Eagle Forum
  104. Naomi Brummond, Nebraska Eagle Forum
  105. Dan Rawls, President, Tea Party of Southeast Tennessee
  106. Dee Hodges, President, Maryland Taxpayers Association
  107. Shirley Kufeldt, Northwoods Patriots, Eagle River, WI
  108. Dennis Juncer, Marshfield, WI
  109. Janne Myrdal, Edinburg, ND
  110. Carol Himes, We The People of Hampshire County
  111. Lieutenant Colonel Marc Hayes, Ph.D., U.S. Army (retired), Volunteer Veterans
  112. Richard Falknor, Publisher Blue Ridge Forum
  113. Susan Falknor, Publisher Blue Ridge Forum
  114. Becky Gerritson, Founder, Born Free American LLC and President, Wetumpka TEA Party (AL)

Important links:

Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/s/upgeoxr4zggqn2h/Keep%20Promises%2C%20Congress.pdf?dl=0

CSP link: http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2015/05/17/195299/