I offer a motion to strike the current text: "The American People;" and replace it with either "Some of the American People," or "Certain American People," or "These American People" and include an actual list of signatories.
I'm getting really sick of this cliche, so I'm going to break my reasons down real simple.
I'm damn sure I fit the definition of "An American Person." I'm certain I fall into this demographic category by meeting and exceeding the requirements defined by the United States Constitution. I was born here, raised here, live here, pay taxes here and believe that this is the greatest country on Earth. When I die, I have faith that my spirit goes somewhere else, but my body will be laid to rest in the red clay hills of Athens, Georgia within the boundaries of the United States of America.
But here I see that the Tea Partiers, some of them at least, have released a statement of principles, and signed the document - The American People.
Even though I'm in agreement with a few things found in the Contract From America document, I would not have signed such a document as currently under consideration.
I also move the record reflect my official call into question the validity of that signature.
I distinctly remember that, in November of 2008, some 66,862,039 American voters agreed on who would currently hold the office of President. From understanding the concept of "mathematics," I recognize that the number 66,862,039 is "more" than the number 58,319,442.
I'm damn sure the former is higher than the number 450,000 - which is the cited number of people who participated in drafting the Contract From America.
I find it disconcerting that 450,000 individuals would claim representation of an entire demographic group when it is a demonstrably provable fact that 66,862,039 individuals are on record as disagreeing with their position in whole or in part.
Thank you, Madam Speaker. I yeild the remainer of my time.