We the people of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish the Consititution of the United States of America. The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America
Our Heritage Our Founding Fathers were, in many ways, just like us - ordinary men. But their goals were not ordinary and history has proven that their vision for the United States has given the world the greatest country ever. They created a government for the people and by the people.
The separation of powers in the Constitution was uniquely American - an idea that put the power in the people - as long as they could hold on to it. We the people are the central part of the government that provides for this unique greatness.
Today Today "We the People" are the voices of America. However, in most cases, we are simply too busy to follow what is going on in our government. This has caused a dangerous apathy among the people that could change our way of life for now and for future generations. The Founding Fathers chose very carefully the words "We the People of the United States". They sincerely believed that the will of the people should determine the policies and direction of our Government. As citizens of this great democracy, we are now, as we were 200 years ago, a central part of our government. It is up to us to make sure the government is, in fact, following the will of the people - not the special interest groups.
About Us Americans Write is a non-partisan legislative research firm located in Traverse City, Michigan. Its mission is to preserve the freedoms set forth by our Founding Fathers and to encourage Americans to use their influence for a government "by-the-people"'
The founder of Americans Write is Richard Terry. Richard has a degree in political science and over forty years of government and business experience. He served on the staffs of a Michigan governor and Congressman, and as Assistant Auditor General of Michigan for Legislative Affairs. Once in the business world, Richard founded Safekeeper Systems, Inc. - a Michigan manufacturing company that developed, manufactured, and marketed in-room hotel safes and card access guest room door locks.
Terry's political experience gave him the knowledge that elected representatives wanted to hear from their constituents. However, from both his political and business experience Terry knew that constituents were typically too busy, uninformed or confused about a method to have an effective voice on legislation impacting their lives and business.
Americans Write was founded by Terry in 2001 to provide subscribing members a time saving, easy to use system that gives them an informed and effective voice on legislation that affects their lives, their family, and their business. Americans Write gives concerned citizens vital input into the future of America.
The Congressional Record, June 15, 2005 "It is important that all Americans become active in our government, to ensure that their voices are heard. As Americans become increasingly busy, it becomes important to have Americans Write to facilitate easy communication with their elected officials."
Words From Our Elected Officials About Americans Write "It's always refreshing to hear from business and professional people who are not part of a special interest group - and I can assure you, I read most all of them." Congressman Bart Stupak, 1st District, Michigan
"Insight from informed constituents on how legislation affects them helps me do my job better and that helps all of us." Congressman David Camp, 4th District, Michigan
"I appreciate all of the input I receive from constituents who are part of this effort." Senator Debbie Stabenow, Michigan
"Communications between constitutients and their representatives is vital to the health of our Nation's system of representative democracy. " Congressman Pete Hoekstra, 2nd District, Michigan
"Your ballot box isn't far away. It's painted red, white and blue and has "US Mail" written on it! USE IT - it's your right to write." Former Congressman Morris Udall, Arizona