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My Response 

Mark A. Goldman                                                                       Dated: 7/20/05


(On 7/18/05, members present at The Vashon-Maury Island Community Council meeting voted—at the recommendation of the VMICC board— not to allow my motion regarding the impeachment of George W. Bush and others to come to the floor for discussion or vote.  This is my response.)

My answer to the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council regarding its decision not to allow my proposed motion on the impeachment of George W. Bush to be considered or come to a vote is this:

The Constitution of the United States is the Supreme Law of the Land and no individual, no organization, no organ of society has the right or the authority to prohibit me or anyone else from speaking out in its defense, particularly at a Vashon Community Council meeting when the Council holds itself out to be “a town hall style forum for discussion of issues relevant to the residents of Vashon and Maury Islands.” 

The Board claimed that there are rules, precedents, by-laws, agreements, and/or contracts that prohibit it from entertaining my motion. But despite the Board’s attempt to deconstruct or reinterpret its own by-laws or founding documents, the fact remains that no such prohibition exits and if it did exist it would be unconstitutional. 

And it would be foolish public policy, in any event, if such a prohibition did exist. The preservation of our Constitution is too important for this or any other community to be complacent about the state of its health—too important for it not to be a welcome topic for public discussion. No other business that will come before the VMICC is more important than the one the Council just decided not to address. 

Apathy, ignorance and neglect has already cost our children and other people's children more than we can begin to justify.  I have good reason to believe that our Constitution is being dismantled right before our eyes by unfaithful public servants.  I have a right to be heard, and this community has a responsibility to listen to what I and/or others might have to say about it.

We as individuals, and the VMICC in particular, as a non-partisan body of concerned citizens, have the power, the duty, and the right to speak out in defense of the Constitution... to state an opinion... to demand an accounting... to be patriotic when times and circumstances demand it, particularly when and if others are unwilling to do the same. We are The People... the ultimate authority and responsibility for the well-being of our nation rests with us.

For those who are interested, the original motion I presented to the Council on 6/20/2005 can be found at:

This letter was published in the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber 
on July 27, 2005



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