April 16, 2009
Louis William Rose
Jacksonville, FL 32211
Secretary Janet Napolitano
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528
I have read with great interest the recent report: Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment and am writing to ask if you would please add my name to the Terrorist Watch List, if this has not already been done. I am confident that many of my friends must be on your list, and I would not want to be the one left out. I think that once you read my qualifications you will agree that I definitely make the cut.
I am a veteran.
I served from 1972 to 1975 in the U.S. Army. I never made sergeant or even corporal, but I learned how to take an order, give an order, and how to disobey one. I learned how to G.I. a toilet and generally how to clean house. Also, I swore to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and … domestic.
I am a conservative.
Just as it says in your report, I reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority, agreeing with James Madison that, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”
I am a gun owner.
I have owned various rifles since I was thirteen and revolvers since I was twenty-one. I am fifty-five now and I carry an automatic so as not to appear old-fashioned. I don’t own guns for target practice, or for hunting. I decided long ago to keep and bear arms in order to vigorously exercise my natural right of self defense so that I may be confident of being able to vigorously exercise all the other rights with which I am endowed.
I am concerned.
Regarding social change, immigration and citizenship, government spending, economic collapse, I am concerned about these and other issues, discussing them with as many as are willing, so that I might gain a greater understanding. However, I am especially concerned with the suspension of the U.S. Constitution, something which I consider to already be the case and the political reality for several years. I seriously wonder what it is going to take to reestablish the rule of law and constitutional government in this country.
Yes, please ensure that my name appears prominently on your list. It would be an honor to be included.
Louis William Rose
Republican Liberty Caucus National Convention