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Washington, D.C. Seditious Insurrection — a letter to my Senator Ted Cruz


9 January 2021

The Honorable Ted Cruz
United States Senator for Texas
United States Senate
404 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Cruz:

I am a proud American patriot who, over the course of my 34 years, five months of government service, has taken three times the oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. The first time was upon my military enlistment. The second was during my reenlistment. The third and final time was upon my entry into the federal civil service.

I am therefore disheartened, angered, and totally disgusted with you for so totally and completely abrogating the oath you took to do the same. You have disgraced not only the oath I took with such solemnity on those three occasions, but you have also disgraced your position in the United States Senate, the Great State of Texas, yourself, and even your family.

Despite your post-insurrection proclamations to the contrary, you knew to be false the election conspiracy theories you were propagating upon the floor of the United States Senate before a national audience. You had to know. You were advised as such by Attorney General William P. Barr, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and myriad other federal sources that were well acquainted with the facts.

You knew that the conspiracy theories you were propagating upon the floor of the United States Senate before a national audience were false because you were advised as such by the Secretaries of State for Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

You knew that the conspiracy theories you were propagating upon the floor of the United States Senate before a national audience were false because you were advised by legitimate news sources in both print and broadcast media.

And yet, knowing all that, you chose to give credence to contemptable and dangerous falsehoods that were all but guaranteed to incite violence.

You did so not out of any real conviction that there was validity to what you were telling potentially violent insurrectionists. Rather, you chose to do so to gain political capital with President Donald J. Trump’s base. You chose to fund raise on misinformation you knew to be false. You chose to peddle falsehoods to the gullible — those who obtain their “information” from social media, bogus sources such as Newsmax and OANN, and media hosts such as Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, and others who intentionally mislead their audiences for profit.

You, sir, had a duty to correct this misinformation rather than propagate it. That duty was not only to yourself and your family, but also to your constituents, to your oath, to your position in the United States Senate, to our country, and to the Constitution of the United States of America. You chose to disregard all that for political expediency and personal gain.

I fully understand this correspondence will fall upon deaf ears, for this is far from the first time you have prostituted yourself publicly for personal political gain. But I live in vain hope that perhaps these words will one day reach into that fathomless, dark pit of your heartless, mercenary soul. I pray that you will one day self-assess your actions of this past week and take note of the damage you have heaped upon this country, both domestically and internationally.

Your actions directly benefitted our enemies, both foreign and domestic. Five people lie dead. Our beloved Capitol was desecrated. Our international reputation lies in tatters, destined in our lifetimes to never again return to what it was even one week, ago. And all this lies at your feet, the feet of Donald J. Trump, the feet of Senator Josh Hawley, and others who chose to betray their oaths and, in so doing, disgrace themselves for all time.

If you had even an ounce of self-respect remaining, you would resign. Alas, both you and I know that self-respect, a sense of duty, and an obligation to your country are virtues that your parents obviously failed to instill in you.

Sincerely,

R. Doug Wicker

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Postponement of This Week’s Series of New Zealand Articles


Recent events have overtaken even this blog. As such, this week’s continuation of my series on circumnavigating New Zealand is now rescheduled to resume on Monday, 18 January 2021.

I cannot in good conscience continue as though nothing has happened, for indeed something profound, historic, and devastating to our nation and our international standing did in fact occur. Therefore, for the first week since I started this blog nine years ago, there will not be the usual three or more articles. Instead, the entire week will consist of just one featured letter.

That letter is one I wrote to my Senator, the disgraceful and disgraced Ted Cruz of Texas. Tomorrow you shall have an opportunity to read precisely what I told Senator Cruz as to his culpability in last week’s insurrection, and his complete and total abrogation of his responsibilities to himself, his family, to the oath he took, his position in the United States Senate, his country, and to the Constitution of the United States of America.

My apologies to those of you who were looking forward to the continuation of my New Zealand series, but it shall return in just eight days.

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An Essay on Oaths and Duty to Country — And How We Are Being Failed Today


The oaths I took upon joining the U.S. military and, later, the Civil Service of the federal government were remarkably similar to the one taken by every senator and congressman. But do members of Congress take seriously those words that they recited? Do they truly accept the responsibilities they supposedly acquired when they swore or affirmed their oaths of office?

The actual requirement for members of Congress to take an oath is derived from this:

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

— U.S. Constitution, Article VI, clause 3

You will note that the constitutional requirement above is also required of state legislators, members of the executive branch (which is why I was required to take such an oath upon entering both military and civil service), and the judiciary. (As a side note: attorneys are considered ‘officers of the court’, and thus also take an oath to support the Constitution of the United States)

The oath that these congressional representatives take is:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

For a member of Congress to openly condone ongoing attempts to overthrow a legitimately elected president is in direct contradiction to that oath. That is an act of commission.

Members of Congress standing by in silence while witnessing such attempts constitutes ignoring that oath. That is an act of omission.

The former likely amounts to treason, or something remarkably close to it. The latter, in addition to being an abject example of pure political cowardice, might very well be considered by some an act of sedition, as it involves abrogating one’s oath to ‘support and defend’ in exchange for political expediency. At a minimum, remaining silent completely disregards the requirements outlined in the oath of office, which is itself disqualifying for the office held.

As things stood on 5 December 2020, an incredible 222 congressional Republicans, a full 89% of the GOP congressional contingent, either publicly supported President Donald J. Trump’s attempts to overthrow a free and fair election in contravention of the Constitution of the United States, or have remained silent while those attempts are ongoing. Many more at the state legislator level across the nation have likewise forsaken the duties which they swore or affirmed to uphold.

Example:

Two current members of Congress, both senators, are currently in runoff elections in Georgia. They are actively campaigning for votes while simultaneously endorsing President Trump’s attempt to invalidate completely the election conducted by their own state on 3 November 2020. In other words, these two senators are vying for votes in a state in which they are both on record as not respecting the will of the majority of the Georgia electorate. Advocating for an attempt to overturn the collective will of Georgia voters while at the same time seeking to garner the votes of those same citizens is just absolute, mind boggling hypocrisy on an almost unimaginable scale. It is also, as I have already noted, a complete abrogation of their oaths to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

You will note that this essay is not about court challenges, frivolous as they may be. The judiciary are so far taking seriously their oaths, even if the Trump legal team may not. Judges — local, state, and federal — are roundly rejecting unsubstantiated claims unsupported by evidence, as they should. I have full faith that the U.S. Supreme Court will act similarly, and on a unanimous basis.

Rather, this essay references other attempts beyond courts of law. I refer here to conspiratorial attempts to legislatively throw out the election results in multiple states, and substitute for the will of the citizens of those states that of the current occupant of the White House. I contend that this is in direct contradiction to the oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. These faithless elected officials must at some point be held accountable. If not by the electorate, then by the law. There is simply no room in a representative democracy for representatives who refuse to protect that democracy.

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