COALITION OF AMERICAN VOICES
To form a more perfect union,
America must allow the pain of her past to mold the prayers for her future. The time
has come to set aside the careless language of race now used to simply demonize
Robust debate lies at the core of
our free and open society. However, when those in government abuse their temporary
positions of power to disparage, disrespect, and malign the citizenry, it is
incumbent upon We the People to stand up for the sake of our Republic.
petition below is more than a document. It represents a
groundswell of voices rising against this active,
aggressive attempt to stifle debate. In signing this pledge, Americans stand together to ensure
that a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people," will
not perish from the earth because we failed to defend the ideals of our founding.
Declaration of Purpose
We the people, the signers of this
petition, represent American voices of all ancestries, religions, and
Today we unite to secure the foundations of American freedom and
the blessings ofindividual liberty, for
ourselves and for our posterity. We stand together to uphold the words that framed our
Declaration of Independence, and we applaud the history of our great nation:
conceived in Revolution and brought forth in times that tried men's souls.
affirm that we still hold these truths to be self evident, "that
all men are created equal, that they are endowed by
their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and
the pursuit of Happiness."
These words form the basis of American liberty and hold the key to
the longevity, industry, and resolve of this
great nation. For in how we remember these words of wisdom, "we shall nobly save, or
meanly lose, the last best hope of earth." We,
the signers of this petition, make no apologies for affirming the
words of our Founding Fathers. We stand with
one voice, embrace these Conservative ideals, and make this solemn Declaration.
That an ontologically real God, not government, grants every
American certain unalienable rights.
That We the People grant power to Washington; Washington does
not grant liberty, or dignity, to We the
That the true dignity of a man lies in the content of his
character, not the color of his skin.
That American citizens have the right to Life, Liberty and
Personal Freedom-freedom from the
unnecessary intrusion of government, and from those who govern in our name.
That as a nation, we cannot squander our children's future by
not confronting the financial
challenges of today.
And we commit ourselves to oppose all who level the charge of
racism against those who affirm these
now choose the recent and unfortunate statements of
Representatives Wilson of Florida, Waters of California,
and Carson of Indiana, as occasion to launch an official petition and protest
against the Congressional Black Caucus. For theirwords
were directed against those of us who hold Conservative
ideals-these attacks had nothing to do with
We hereby demand
satisfaction on the following issues:
We voice strong opposition to, and denounce the very existence
of, a congressional body that
divides political discourse along racial lines. We deem the Congressional Black Caucus
to be an agent of dangerous instability to the prospects of racial harmony
within the governmental process.
We challenge the purpose of the Congressional Black Caucus,
and call on Congress as a whole to explain
to the American people why our tax dollars are being appropriated to support
this group, and to harbor them in our Nation's capitol.
We call upon the administration of President Barrack Obama to
denounce the language of these members
of the Congressional Black Caucus, and to issue an immediate reprimand of
their dangerous rhetoric.
We implore businesses to withdraw their support of the
Black Caucus by way of ceasing
contributions to its members.
We demand that the mainstream media explain why the shameful
conduct and verbiage of the
Congressional Black Caucus goes unreported, while private citizens, such as ourselves,
have been repeatedly impugned for exercising our First Amendment rights.
racial debate of today is not the same as the racial debate during
the days of Jim Crow. America has long since
moved on from those dark days of overt racism. This is best evidenced by the fact
we recently elected our first black President. We must set aside the flippant
allegations of racism. Labeling public policy disputes as racism not only
trivializes the days that stain our nation's history, it dishonors those who suffered under
these days of economic hardship, we must bring together the voices
and skills of all ancestries, religions, and
socio-economic backgrounds. We must work together to rebuild this great nation so
that every American, regardless of race, can dream the American dream.
September 20, 2011
C. L. Gray, MD
petition by the Coalition of American Voices, as signed by the
people of America, shall be presented to
various members of Congress who will courageously stand side by side
with us in opposition to the racist rhetoric and purposes of the Congressional
Black Caucus. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance
on the protection of divine Providence, we
mutually pledge to each other our
Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.