Kudos for standing up

Posted on Oct 29 1999

I applaud your publication for standing up for the rule of law and the constitutional principles upon which our great nation was founded. All too often, the national news media stands idly by while the actions of government officials continue to erode those principles. I am encouraged that young conservatives such as yourselves stand up for these values in the face of fashionable cynicism.

For these reasons, I want to bring an important issue to your attention. For the past three months, it has been reported that employees at the federal Department of Interior have used taxpayers resources (time and equipment) to produce political materials and conduct opposition research. Their objective: defeat Republican Members of Congress. These officials sent materials and information to Democratic candidates. These illegal political activities represent a calculated effort to attack the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.

The actions have been too blatant for the national news media to ignore. While that attention is important, I think it is equally important that publications such as yours — which teach America’s future leaders–explain what is fundamentally wrong here. I have enclosed editorials from The Wall, Street t Journal, The Washington
Times and the New York Post for your review. I think you will appreciate their analysis of “mud politics,” an “ugly affair,” and “just another day at the office in the Clinton Administration.”

I would encourage you to examine this issue and inform your readers about it. The future of the conservative movement rests with the young activists who share a commitment to honest government as much as they do to the principles of individual freedom and personal responsibility. If you do choose to editorialize on this issue, I would be very interested in seeing clippings of any articles you publish. I would appreciate your sending any clippings to my political office at P.O. Box 897 Boise, Idaho 83701. Thank you, and God bless.

US Rep. Helen Chenoweth-Mage

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