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"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
We the undersigned demand that each member and their staff, who comprise of our 113th congress, forfeit their congressional pay until such time it has been proven that a good faith and collective effort has been made to reduce our national debt.
The preamble to our constitution, at the start of this petition, can only be preserved if our national debt is reduced to a level where future generations are free from servitude and may prosper as our founders intended. To ignore these demands, from a free people, would only guarantee that our children and grandchildren will continually suffer for many generations that follow. Freedom loving people do not want this as our legacy. Therefore, We The People, will make every effort to replace those elected servants who refuse to serve with the purpose of preserving these liberties. Our founders and those who have served and continue to serve understand the value of a free people. This debt will render our freedoms null and void if we continue down this path of tyranny.
The following quotes were warnings from freedom loving people who understood how a free nation could lose its freedoms by loading the citizens with debt.
"When you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty"
- Benjamin Franklin
"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our selection between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat in our drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labors and in our amusements, for our callings and our creeds...our people.. must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live"
- Thomas Jefferson
"The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own."
- John Adams
"Nothing is so well calculated to produce a death-like torpor in the country as an extended system of taxation and a great national debt."
- William Cobbett
"Allow a government to decline paying its debts and you overthrow all public morality — you unhinge all the principles that preserve the limits of free constitutions.Nothing can more affect national prosperity than a constant and systematic attention to extinguish the present debt and to avoid as much as possibly the incurring of any new debt."
"When you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty."
- Benjamin Franklin
"The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, and more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes."
- Abraham Lincoln
"All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, nor from want of honor or virtue, so much as downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation."
- John Adams
"A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering… And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression."
To Our Elected:
Sign this petition if you value liberty over debt. If you value debt over liberty, promptly remove yourself from office and renounce your position as an elected representative.