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House Proceeding 02-03-10 on Feb 3rd, 2010 :: 0:48:20 to 0:51:45
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David G. Reichert

0:48:06 to 0:48:26( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: without objection. mr. reichert: thank you, mr. speaker. now more than ever young people across this country understand the gravity of the issues that we face today as a nation. mr. speaker, i'd like to take some time this evening to share a poem that was written by a ninth grade student in washington state.

David G. Reichert

0:48:20 to 0:51:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David G. Reichert

David G. Reichert

0:48:27 to 0:48:49( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: this ninth grade student just happens to be my grandson. his name is caleb methina and he has written a poem. he said, papa, what do you thinabout this? i didn't know he was writing this poem but was pleased to get it and share it with those who are listening. it's called "we the people."

David G. Reichert

0:48:50 to 0:49:10( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: we the people of freedom and choice. we elected our main voice, hired to keep our country strong, our rights secure and list of options long. why is it then that this has happened? why have they disregarded us in this matter?

David G. Reichert

0:49:11 to 0:49:31( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: thinking they know what's best and what we need. speeding through without the heed of what we choose and of what we demand. forgetting they are merely hired hands, easily removed, easily replaced. perhaps that is what's best for

David G. Reichert

0:49:32 to 0:49:52( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: these united states. not knowing humility, only selfish ideals. now reacting blindly regardless of how others feel. secretly dealing, concealed by closed doors instead of candidly conveying.

David G. Reichert

0:49:53 to 0:50:13( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: betraying what was promised before. what has it come to? has it come to this? where we the people are just dismissed? as for me i know that i won't be silent, won't just stand by. i will not watch as my country,

David G. Reichert

0:50:14 to 0:50:34( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: our country is taken. i cannot nor will not sit back. i will not fore sake it. if -- i will not foresake it. if we all stand up for our thoughts, if we have the courage to secure our rights that our founders painstakingly soug, if we risely decide who

David G. Reichert

0:50:35 to 0:50:56( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: would -- wisely decide who would be unselfish leaders for our great country, surely the land in which we live will remain free. free for my children's children to admire and see. if my forefathers fought for obtaining liberty to me then i

David G. Reichert

0:50:57 to 0:51:18( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: can surely do like-wise to the utmost degree. mr. speaker, this young man speaks words far beyond his 15 years on this earth. he talks about liberty and frdom. this is the people's house, and sometimes we forget who we represent. sometimes we forget who we work for.

David G. Reichert

0:51:19 to 0:51:40( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: we work for the people of these united states. weust listen to these words and the words of our constituents. listen to the words of caleb methina, a 15-year-old student and all the people and citizens across this country. listen to the words of our constituents across the country and respect their wishes to

David G. Reichert

0:51:41 to 0:51:46( Edit History Discussion )

David G. Reichert: preserve and protect the freedom that has been so

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