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

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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.
  • 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 thatpreserves 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)

Brad Thor

#1 New York Times bestselling author


The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Former Attorney General of the United States for President Ronald Reagan


Richard A. Viguerie



Steve Deace

USA Radio Network


Phyllis Schlafly

Founder and President, Eagle Forum


William G. Boykin

LTG (Ret), US Army, Executive VP, Family Research Council


Jerry A. Johnson

President and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters


The Honorable Tom DeLay

Former Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives, 2003-2005


The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell

Visiting Professor, Liberty University School of Law


Gregg A. Phillips

Founder, The Voter’s Trust


Andrew C. McCarthy

Former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney


J. Christian Adams

Election Law Center


Star Parker

Founder and President, Center for Urban Renewal & Education (CURE)


Rich Bott

President & CEO, Bott Radio Network


Frank J. Gaffney

Founder, President, & CEO, Center for Security Policy


Bishop E.W. Jackson

President, STAND, Inc.


Allen Roth

President, Secure America Now


Steven Thrasher

General Counsel, National Federation of Republican Assemblies


Greg Scandlen

Consumers for Health Care Choices


Tim Daughtry

Author, Waking the Sleeping Giant, and speaker

The Honorable J.D. Hayworth

Member of Congress, 1995-2007


Dave Bossie

President, Citizens United


Dan Bongino

Talk radio host & Republican nominee for U.S. Congress


Elaine Donnelly

President, Center for Military Readiness


Paul Pressler

Retired Justice, Texas Court of Appeals


Nancy Pressler

Charitable volunteer and Member, Texas Board of Professionally Licensed Counselors


Joy Pullmann

Managing Editor, The Federalist


Lew Uhler

President, National Tax Limitation Committee


Amy Noone Frederick

President, 60 Plus Association


Rod D. Martin

Founder and CEO, The Martin Organization


Susan A. Carleson

President, American Civil Rights Union


Donna Hearne

The Constitutional Coalition


Kelly Monroe Kullberg

Christians for A Sustainable Economy (


Mark Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs, American Target Advertising, Inc.


Sherri Martin

The Martin Foundation


Sam Sorbo

Talk radio host, The Sam Sorbo Radio Show


Nicholas Stehle

Campaign for the American Future


Rick Scarborough

President, Vision America Action


George Rasley

Editor, Richard Viguerie’s


Clare M. Lopez

Vice President, Research & Analysis, Center for Security Policy


Janet Porter

President, Faith2Action


Joseph Farah

Editor and CEO,, WND Books, WND Films


James Lafferty

Chairman, Virginia Anti-Shariah Task Force


Tim LeFever

Chairman of the Board, Capital Resource Institute


William J. Becker, Jr.

President, CEO, GC, Freedom X


Ginni Thomas

President, Liberty Consulting


Wade Kirby

Member, Council for National Policy


Beverly Gossage

President, HAS Benefits Consulting


C. Preston Noell, III

President, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.


Gayle Trotter

Attorney and Columnist


Tricia Erickson

President, Crisis Mgt Inc, Angel Pictures & Publicity, and


Diana West

Author and journalist


Robert Fischer

Meeting Coordinator, Conservatives of Faith


Jim Backlin

Christian Coalition of America


Rebecca Hagelin



Kevin Freeman

Founder, National Security Investment Consultant Institute (NSIC)


Gary L. Bauer

President, American Values


Sandy Rios

American Family Association, Family PAC Federal


Alfred S. Regnery

Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund


Demos Chrissos

President, RapidResponse Media


Betty Jane Strong

Trustee, William A. and Genevieve H. Strong Foundation


Andrew Bostom, MD

Author, Sharia Versus Freedom


Morgan Brittany

Actress/Author/Co-owner of “”


Erin Tuttle

Hoosiers Against Common Core, Co-founder


Colin A. Hanna

President, Let Freedom Ring, Inc.


Michael R. Long

Chairman, New York Conservative Party


Jerry Melvin

President, Florida Republican Assembly


Tom Hudson

President, California Republican Assembly


Col. Francis X. De Luca USMCR(Ret)

President, Civitas Institute (NC)


John Andrews

Former President, Colorado Senate


T. KennethCribb, Jr.

Former Domestic Advisor, President Ronald Reagan


Michael Smigiel

Former Maryland Delegate and Candidate for Congress, First Congressional District Maryland


Bobbie Patray

President, Tennessee Eagle Forum


Tammy Kobza

State Director, Eagle Forum of Iowa


Don and Diana Reimer

Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots


Tina M. Gorzalski

WINNER (WI Needs Necessary Education Reform)


Susan Dench

Founder and President, the Informed Women’s Network (Maine)


Anthony Allen

President, Hannibal LaGrange University


Kim Simac

Northwoods Patriots, Eagle Rover, WI


Karen Bracken

President, Tennessee Against Common Core


Jennifer Schubert-Akin

Steamboat Springs, CO


Elizabeth Bailey

General Partner, Books Plus (Colorado)

Col. Rob Maness

USAF (Ret), Founder of GatorPAC


Marcia Chambliss

Alabama Smart Girl Politics


John Miles

Union City, Tennessee


Renee Slinkard

Concerned Citizens of Kansas Group


Michael Swartz

author and founder of


Cathy Keim

Contributor to and conservative activist (MD)


Linda Paine

President, Election Integrity Project (CA)


Fred B. Houck

The Traditional American Movement


Mary Bridges

Member of a local Tea Party group in Hampshire County, West Virginia


Sally Baptiste

American Patriot and Voter – American Statesman Blog Talk Radio


Pat Thibodeaux

Union/Towns County Tea Party, Blairsville, GA


James J. Leist

Manitowoc County Conservatives Chairman


C. Edmund Wright 

Contributor: Newsmax TV – Breitbart – American Thinker – Talk Radio Network


Gregg C. Cummings

US Army Ranger Veteran, Co-Founder Iowa Grassroots Coalition


Penny Barker

Pickens County GA Tea Party


John Miles

Union City, Tennessee


Kathy Fuller

Carroll County Central Committee and conservative activist (MD)


Renee Slinkard

Parker, Kansas


David Floyd

Stonewall Brigade


Kathy Wilmot

Nebraska Eagle Forum


Naomi Brummond

Nebraska Eagle Forum


Dan Rawls

President, Tea Party of Southeast Tennessee


Dee Hodges

President, Maryland Taxpayers Association


Shirley Kufeldt

Northwoods Patriots, Eagle River, WI


Dennis Juncer

Marshfield, WI


Janne Myrdal

Edinburg, ND


Carol Himes

We The People of Hampshire County


Lieutenant Colonel Marc Hayes, Ph.D.

U.S. Army (retired), Volunteer Veterans


Richard and Susan Falknor

Publishers Blue Ridge Forum


Becky Gerritson

Founder, Born Free American LLC and President, Wetumpka TEA Party (AL)


If you want to join in this message to Congress, just say: “COUNT ME IN” and attach the “Interim Assessment” through snail mail or social media to your Republicans in the House or Senate!


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