CPT Hestilow, US Army (Retired) Writes Letter to Congress About DHS

Terry Michael Hestilow, Captain US Army, retired, wrote the following letter and posted it to his Facebook page …


The Honorable Senator John Cornyn, State of Texas

United States Senate

517 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C.  20510

 Re:  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and that agencies preparation for war against citizens of the United States of America.

bookwithfeatherpenl122 Dear Senator Cornyn,

It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that can only be understood as a bold threat of war by that agency, and the Obama administration, against the citizens of the United States of America.  To date, DHS has been unwilling to provide to you, the elected representatives of the People, justification for recent purchases of almost 3,000 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) armored personnel carriers, 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition (with associated weapons), and other weapons systems, when, in fact, the DHS has no war mission or war making authority within the limits of the United States of America. Continue reading

Protecting Constitution: Letter to Senator Johnson

January 30th, 2013
Senator Ron Johnson
386 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
[All Members of Congress] 
Keith A. Lehman
RE: Senator Feinstein’s Firearm Ban and Registration Bill
For too longWe the People have been fighting to keep liberties and rights of the Constitution of the United States and its amendments, allowing those that operate OUR government to weaken what the Founders had written and discussed in the Federalist Papers. The federal government has consistently passed legislation and policies that should have been delegated to the states of the Union and ignored the limitations of power clearly prescribed in the articles of our Constitution.

Letter of Grievance: Wisconsin Career Politician

Representative GareyBies
RE: Letter of Grievance: VA Benefits, Property Rights and Freedom of Choice

One of the most important parts of my job is communicating with my constituents and being responsive to your comments and concerns. …

That is a false statement because over the course of about two years and three communique to your office, you have NOT responded to any of the issues I presented.
Yet, I consistently voted for you in every election.
You are a chair for the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, yet the only person who responded to my issue concerning disability benefits that I have been fighting for since 1994/1996 was followed up by the office of Senator Ron Johnson, US Senate – for whom I will continue supporting and voting for because he is truly a representative For the People.

The two major issues of my concern was the fact that in 1996, the US Congress passed a law that combined military retirement benefits with disability benefits. So, even after a long battle and the VA conceded (despite documented evidence in my records during US Army service) that as of 2009 I was to receive 30% disability compensation. However, because of the legislation passed in 1996, which disability was deducted from my retirement severance pay issued in 1994, which monthly checks will not be mailed until March of 2016. Retirement compensation and medical compensation are two different issues, but government, who always cut in the wrong places, decided differently.

During the course of action to receive those benefits, I received no communication or help on this matter. In addition, the state of Wisconsin owes me unemployment from August of 2012 to February 2012, in which the 20 hours I was working in the Curative program was eliminated due to cutting funds. The Wisconsin Unemployment Office stated that I could not receive benefits because the Curative program was a government work program. So I had NO income from August of 2012 to February 2012 when I received my first Social Security check. I had to request SSI benefits earlier than age 65 because of my 30% disability, which penalized me $200 less per month. Combined with no disability compensation monthly benefits and no unemployment weekly checks – I was in economic straits.
The second issue I presented to you had to do with Wisconsin “Smoke Out” law where government dictated to private businesses whether they could allow smoking within their establishments or compromise by initiating a smoking section and non-smoking section. It was clearly a transgression against private property rights and freedom of choice. No government should be involved with issues and concerns that involve those rights because it is the individual private property owners who determine whether they allow smoking at restaurants, inns, motels, hotels – property that is owned by private person or persons. To set a legal age for smoking is a good thing. To mandate laws that transgress private property rights is unconstitutional and against all ethics of good government, a limited government.
On that issue, you sided with the Democrats, and at that time, Governor Jim Doyle. I truly thought that Governor Walker would rescind the draconian and unconstitutional law against property rights – but he did not, and neither did you. I supported him because he finally put Wisconsin on board as a constitutional state by pushing Second Amendment rights; however, he did not rescind the “Smoke Out” law of the progressives that believe that government can dictate our private lives and choices. I also supported Governor Walker 100% in the fight against labor unions and their power within local, state, and federal governments in regards to government employees – which has been one of the major causes of state government and federal government not being able to budget and reduce deficits.
Your advocacy and sponsorship of restricting phosphorous in fertilizers, tobacco products to minors, underage drinking, and increased jail and prison time for drunken drivers are commendable. You fail in the area of property rights and communicating with your constituents. Maybe it is because you were unopposed in the last election?
The state of Wisconsin unemployment office owes me compensation from August of 2012 to at least January of 2013. The reason for not providing it to me was bogus. A fellow employee was getting unemployment while still working at Curative (Sunshine House), on the same work program, while I received nothing. When the program had to make cuts due to federal budget cuts of 2011-2012, I had to leave the program with no employment available and an unemployment office that was uncooperative; as well as a representative of the state assembly who does not address issues or communicates with his constituents.
On November 6th, at the voting poll location, I will write in a candidate rather than vote for you, and have, in the last six months campaigned against you. You and Governor Walker have failed to rescind intrusive and unconstitutional laws signed by former Governor Jim Doyle, initiated by his cronies in the state assembly.
Limitation of government power and intrusion upon the rights of citizens under the US Constitution includes all state governments and their constitution. A constitution is rules of law, and government must use its powers within those limits and govern by the rule of law, not the rule of men. Government uses taxpayer funding to support abortion because “women have the right to make judgements concerning their own bodies”; yet smokers, using a legal product, are not afforded those rights. I cannot disagree that smoking is not healthy over a long-term period, but it is the choice of We the People to make – not government busy bodies. Yet, those who use tobacco products are not afforded those rights. It is not conclusive in studies that “second-hand smoke” harms anyone. Most smokers are polite when it comes to non-smokers. I do not believe in open season on unborn infants, women getting abortions for reasons other than rape, for example. But a portion of taxes I pay goes toward government controlled abortion programs. The time for government, those that operate it, to be selective when it comes to rights and liberties is coming to an end.
That issue that government took upon itself opened a “can of worms” – and now government is attempting to dictate what we can eat and how much. Special interests, a minority, have power in the government, but in a democracy, it is the will of the majority that presides. Too often in the claim of “rights” have citizen groups of a few have dictated and transgressed the rights of others (majority). That practice must end. The Founders were extremely concerned about property rights because of what they experienced under a tyrannical government of the colonies from across the seas. Today, we have tyrants from our districts who think that government has the right to make choices for us, when God gave humanity freedom of choice (with acceptance and responsibility of its implications) from the very beginning. It is “natural law” as described in the Declaration of Independence, for which was a preliminary to the US Constitution and its amendments.
The draconian “Smoke Out” law must be rescinded, and the responsibility towards veterans and the unemployed (paid for by unemployment insurance tax) must also be honored and attended to.
I might add one last issue. Taxation is for the collection of revenue to support the operations of the people’s government – not to be used for social engineering and punishing a certain sector of the population.
You should be ashamed, Mr. Bies. Democrats are noted for their hypocrisy and intrusion upon individual liberty – too often you have just stood by, and in some cases agreed with them. Moreover, in light of hypocrisy, you advocate health standards, yet obesity is the major cause of heart disease – you recently were named “Friend of Family Medicine” and American Heart Association named you “Legislator of the Year”. With your political stance, it is surprising you have not pushed for laws against obesity, where Wisconsin is made up of more obese citizens among other states. That advocacy and draconian law is no different than enforcing government and special interest will upon privately owned business. If a business allows smoking or no smoking, it is the right of customers to not visit or use that establishment. Private sector dictates such things – NOT government. America citizens require from local councils to federal legislators, politicians that adhere to the rule of law and that rule is US Constitution and its amendments. It is not the type of government you advocate or administer because property rights are fundamental to other rights, which is why individualism is better than the collective.

America Unite: Save the SEALs – Get Them Home for Christmas!

Today is December 7th, 2009 and 68 years ago, on December 7th, 1941, a devastating and treacherous attack upon American armed forces at the naval center and airfields of Pearl Harbor occurred.
It is also a day of shame for America, where three Navy SEALs who captured a most-wanted terrorist who murdered, mutilated and burned the bodies of a contracted security team now face court-martial hearing with January to be actual court-martial proceedings – because the captured terrorist received a bloody lip and complained.
Instead of medals and time with their families for the Christmas holidays, they must defend themselves for giving a POW a bloody lip. I have not been able to attain the details as far as HOW the terrorist got a bloody lip, and why, whether it occurred while trying to subdue the prisoner, I cannot state.
Mainstream media is quite silent about this, as I pointed out in a previous article.
However, Americans should be complaining in letters to members of Congress and directly to the commander-in-chief, President Obama concerning this matter. Political correctness and the sociocrat mentality towards our uniformed members of the US armed forces has caused much grief and negativity in regards to morale, discipline and cohesiveness. If PC doesn’t belong in American society and its government, it certainly should be taboo in our military.

Military regulations and codes of honor are written for a reason and proper treatment of POWs should always be honored – whether the enemy honors any sense of humanity or not.
You can reasonably blame President Obama for this one … his administration has made a grave error by providing terrorist captives who should be regarded as prisoners of war or suspects of crimes against humanity under the jurisdiction of international and military laws – not constitutional or federal laws afforded citizens of the United States – complete with taxpayer funded defense attorneys. By using the liberal system of what has become of the judiciary system of the United States, we now have created more problems. Every prisoner of this undeclared war will be using that system to make America look bad and those that serve America faithfully, loyally and with honor.
It is a travesty upon several travesties against our nation and the men and women who serve it.
If I were the youth of today I would boycott and abstain from joining the armed forces under the rule of the present administration and any administration and government who takes the side of the enemy to the point of treason – throwing common sense completely out the window.
I beg readers to get on the wagon and be heard on this issue – and get those brave men home for Christmas and exonerated from such foolishness and be presented with medals not a court-martial.
Don’t let our government do to these brave men like it did to Ramos and Compean.

Here’s what you can do:

To file a citizen’s complaint regarding the treatment of these Navy Seals, please call 813-828-4976, or send emails to holly.silkman@soccent.centcom.mil
US Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps : The Office of the Judge Advocate General : Public Affairs : 1322 Patterson Ave., Suite 3000 : Washington Navy Yard,… DC 20374-5066
Comm: (202) 685-5493 : Phone Numbers: Washington Navy Yard: (202) 685-5190 : Pentagon, Room 4C642: (703) 614-7420
AJAG, Military Law : 1254 Charles Morris St., SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5047
Comm: (202) 685-7053
SPO public affairs 813-368-9885 thats a cell phone
You can also write to the Admiral of SOCOM:
Admiral Eric Olson
7701 Tampa Point Blvd.
MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5323

Myth Blaster: Letter to President Obama from Harold Estes, Florida

There is an email circulating around since November 2009 that reprints a letter to President Obama from a 95-year-old (December 13th) Navy veteran of World War II. …
Myth Blaster Verdict:
TRUE, as letter transcribed below and a link was added to Snopes who wrote to the editor of Fore ‘n Aft magazine where his picture and story are located. A Leadership Award is named after him. The response from the magazine publisher is posted at Snopes. The photo at left is what was included in the email sent to me by Joan Bartelson who also provided the link to Snopes.
The letter is published at the website of Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) (who received permission to publish Mr. Estes letter) to whom he provided a copy of the letter to President Obama along with Rep. F. Allen Boyd and Senator George LeMieux, and reads as follows:

Do Your Job
President Barack Obama
Rep. F. Allen Boyd
Sen. Bill Nelson
Sen. George LeMieux

November 20, 2009

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate. Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl Harbor allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can’t figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:

” We’re no longer a Christian nation”

America is arrogant” – (Your wife even announced to the world, “America is mean-spirited.” Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

I’d say shame on the both of you but I don’t think you like America nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said,” America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.”

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around because we stand for freedom.

I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man. Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue .You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts who was putting up a fight? You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president. You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.


Harold B. Estes

McAlpin , FL

Thanks, Joan Bartelson for sending the email and thanks to Mr. Estes who has served his country for so long and so well. If my father were still here he would salute you, for he also served in the US Navy during World War II.
 Petty Officer William F. Lehman, Jr., Chief Gunners Mate, US Navy Air Corps
Links Related to Subject:
Urban Legends, November 25th
Become a Harold B. Estes Shipmate … Fore-n-Aft Magazine

Myth Blaster: Letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House

The following is from an email sent by Friend of LPJ, Joan Bartelson with a copy of a letter to Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker (copy of the complete formal letter) written by Dennis L. Guthrie. In this case it came provided with a link to Snopes that did the groundwork in tracking down this fellow which wasn’t difficult because of the letterhead’s contact information. So –
Myth Blaster Verdict:
TRUE. I transcribe here because I find the letter compelling and a good incentive for Americans to write to members of Congress about the constant barrage against the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights and that We the People are not going to take it anymore. Here is the context of the body of the letter transcribed here:

Dear Ms. Pelosi:

I write to you out of utter disdain! You are as despicable and un-American as the traitor Jane Fonda

I am a soon to be 65 year-old who has voted in every state and local election since 1966. I have voted for both Republican and Democrats alike. I have worked on campaigns for both Republicans and Democrats, white and black. I served the country that I love in Vietnam, as my son did in the Middle East. I was awarded two bronze stars. I have been involved in politics since age 6 when my father was the campaign manager for a truly great American Congressman, Charles Roger Jonas, who worked for his constituents and his country, and was to be admired, unlike you. 

You obviously haven’t read the Constitution recently, if ever, the Federalist Papers, or even David McCullough’s book on John Adams. You ought to take the time while riding around in your government provided luxury executive jet to do just that. You represent Socialistic and even Marxist principals that our founding fathers tried to avoid when setting out the capitalistic republican form of government by our Constitution. 

I find it interesting that you and your husband are multi-millionaires with much of your fortune being made as a result of your “public service”. You have controlled legislation that has enhanced your husband’s investments both on and off shore. At the same time you redistributed the wealth of others. Our system of a free market economy is being destroyed by the likes of you, Harry Reid, and now our President. You ride around in a gulf-stream airplane at the tax payer’s expense while criticizing the presidents of companies who produced something for the economy. You add nothing to the economy of the United States; you only subtract therefrom.

I would like to suggest that you return to the city of fruitcakes and nuts and eat your husband’s canned tuna and pineapple produced by illegal immigrants and by workers who have been excluded from the protection that 90% of the legal workers in the United States have.

I await your defeat in the next election with glee. 

Don’t ever use the term “un-American” again for protesters who love this country and are exercising their rights upon which this country was founded. By the way, while I served in the Army, I was spit on by the same type of lunatics who support you and who you probably supported in the 60’s and 70’s. You are an embarrassment to all of us who served so that you would have the protected rights of free speech to call us un-American. But at the same time, I have the right to write you to notify you that I consider YOU to be un-American, as I do the majority of the people of this formerly great county. You are a true disgrace to most of the people who served this country by offering themselves for public service in the United States Congress. 

I feel certain your aides will not share this letter with you, but I intend to share it with many.


Dennis L. Guthrie

Indeed, Mr. Guthrie, your letter is being shared by many and you have the support and kinship of true Americans, united under the same cause of demand for reform.
Welcome to the Second American Revolution, Mr. Guthrie and thank you for serving your country and fellow Americans in both military service and being a responsible liberty-protecting American citizen. You renewed my faith in the lawyer profession that there are some lawyers out there that represent the rule of law and common sense.
And thanks, Joan Bartelson for passing this to me and your regular contribution to LPJ.
Relevant to Jane Fonda:
Traitor Jane Fonda … 26th Marines
Jane Fonda Biography – Wikipedia
Jane Fonda Really is a Traitor … Voicing Our Opinions
Vietnam Vets Rally against Jane Fonda … NY Daily News, Feb 21st 2009
Hanoi Jane Fonda: Traitor Then and Now … Beth at Military Right Pundits
Relevant to Dennis L. Guthrie:
Relevant to Nancy Pelosi:
Myth Blaster: Nancy Pelosi Wants Windfall Tax … Lighthouse Patriot Journal
Nancy Pelosi: “Are You Serious?” … Lighthouse Patriot Journal
SITREP America – Beyond the First 100 Days … Lighthouse Patriot Journal
Who is Nancy Pelosi? What does Progressive Democrat Mean? … End of the Elite Media Empire, sadbastards.wordpress.com
Congressional Website, Nancy Pelosi … House.gov
Nancy Pelosi on the Issues … ontheissues.org
From the Files of the SARTraitors folder, Nancy Pelosi quotes…
       America will be far safer if we reduce the chances of a terrorist attack in one of our cities than if we diminish the civil liberties of our own people.
       Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs.
       Pertaining to the Iraq Invasion of 2003 against tyrant and mass murderer Saddam Hussein, ignoring the tens of thousands who were tortured, maimed and killed:
I have absolutely no regret about my vote against this war. The same questions remain. The cost in human lives, the cost to our budget, probably 100 million. We could have probably brought down that statue for a lot less.
       And yet, was quoted saying of Saddam Hussein:
Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.
       The impact of climate change is a tremendous risk to the security and well-being of our countries.