January 26. 2017
Dear President Trump,
I will be 50 years old this year.
I grew up on a ranch in Oregon in a time when America was a much better place. People looked out for each other and didn’t think twice about helping their neighbor.
People used to truly care about their fellow man and the world around them. These are some of the things that used to make America a great place.
As I grew older, though, I was so busy working and raising a family that I stopped paying attention to, or even really caring about, the world around me. I had no “American pride”- I just happened to have been born here.
The American flag was a symbol of our country but had no real significance to me, personally. American history was just some class that I was forced to sit through in school, and the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights were just a bunch of old, inconsequential papers written by a bunch of men and had nothing at all to do with me. I never bothered to register to vote in any election because I, like many people, felt that my vote-my voice- didn’t really matter. I’m ashamed to admit that his was my life and my attitude and I was okay with it.
Fast-forward to December of 2015 when my entire life and attitude about so many things underwent a drastic change. I was watching the local news one night and heard the words, “A group of heavily armed, anti-government, extremists have just taken over a bird refuge in Burns, Oregon”. I live in Central Oregon and knew where Burns was.
All I could think was, “what kind of ding-bats would take over a bird refuge miles from nowhere in the dead of winter? What’s the point?” I actually laughed it off. A few days later, I heard that the local news was going to be filming live from the refuge and was going to be talking to some of these people. I turned the TV up and went to the kitchen to make dinner. A few minutes later, I hear the reporter go live from the refuge and then heard a couple different men speak. I wasn’t paying as much attention to what they were saying as to the voices themselves.
I was expecting to hear loud, harsh, demanding voices, not the gentle, kind, respectfully quiet voices I was actually hearing. These voices could not belong to the “domestic terrorists” (as Harry Reid labeled them)! I started to pay attention to what they were saying.
I listened as Ammon Bundy and LaVoy Finicum talked about the Hammond family and the horribly unjust abuse they had suffered at the hands of the Bureau of Land Management and the federal justice system for decades. I listened as they calmly and clearly explained why they were there and what they hoped to accomplish. Right then and there, I knew that the media wasn’t telling us the whole story and so I took to the internet and social media to find out the truth. Believe me, it didn’t take long.
I realized that everything they were saying was the absolute truth. I read page after page-story after story- of ranchers and landowners across the west who had been and were still being abused, bullied and tyrannized at the hands of, both, the BLM and other federal agencies and the courts- were not only turning a blind eye to what was happening, but actually taking part in the abuse.
I read about cases such as the Hage family, the Dann sisters, the Bundy family, the Finicum family, the Hammond family and hundreds of others who were all going through the exact same things. I truly couldn’t believe what I was reading and just how common an occurence this was.
The men and women who “took over the refuge” didn’t “take it over” as an act of aggression. They were in town holding a huge rally in support of the Hammond’s and in protest of them being sent BACK to prison under Terrorism charges for 5 years.
Then and there, they decided enough was enough. They were sick of being abused, sick of watching their friends, family, and neighbors being abused, and tired of being ignored by our elected officials, courts, and the federal government. The People needed to be made aware of how often this has been happening and stand together to change things. They were not violent. They didn’t destroy anything. They weren’t rude or obnoxious. They were friendly and respectful. They invited the public to come and listen to what they had to say. They invited the media to come and talk to them to help them get the truth out. They taught the Constitution to anyone and everyone that would listen. They were waking people up in droves……which proved to be their downfall.
Our government and elected officials realized that they were getting the truth out in a big way and decided they had to stop them. They called what these people were doing a ‘virus that needed to be stopped from spreading’. Speaking the truth, exposing the corruption and teaching the Constitution is a virus? Since when?! That’s when the government decided to send a clear message to all American’s; stand up to us and we will take you down or out. A random handful of people were arrested and one was killed.
The media continues to hide the truth and flat out lie. The courts are acting in opposition to the Constitution. The judge in Oregon stated in the courtroom, during trial, that the Constitution was not allowed in her courtroom! Isn’t the Constitution STILL the Supreme Law of the land? Why is it no longer allowed in a court of LAW?!!
I have spent every day, all day for the past year, getting to know these men and women, their families, and their friends. These are good, honest, hard-working patriotic Americans. My heart aches for what they are all going through at the hands of our very own government. These men and women have done far more good than they even know.
They have taught several thousand people to take an active part in making this country better. To have pride in America again. To get involved in positive change. To learn our history and what our founding father’s intended for us as a country. They showed us what happens when we follow the Constitution and the abuse that happens to the People when we don’t. They have taught us what the American flag really means. They got people, just like me, to get up and vote for the very first time.
In many ways, these men and women remind me of you. You walked away from a good and satisfying life and entered the political arena because you saw a need for change and you knew that no one else was going to make the changes you knew we needed to make. You faced media attacks at every turn. You saw the corruption within our government and the lawlessness of our Justice system.
You stood your ground and refused to give up because it was too important for our nation. They did all of this, too. Only you are sitting in the White House and they are sitting (or soon will be) in concrete cells.
Mr. President, I’m not asking for your help, I am BEGGING you to help these people! You said that as long as you are President, the men and women who feel forgotten will be forgotten no more. These men and women have been locked away for over a year now.
The system is doing all it can to silence them and make people forget them. I refuse to see that happen, so I’m coming to you for help.
These people are truly great American’s that still believe in helping their neighbor, in standing up for what’s right.
Don’t allow them to spend the rest of their lives in prison for it.
The government spent decades ignoring them and their pleas for help, don’t let them be forgotten, as well.
I know others have written you with the names of all the political prisoners so I won’t list them here, now, but I can get you any information you may want or need to look into the TRUTH of the matter,
Email me firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thank you for your time.
Paula J. Hart