Following is a copy of a letter I sent to Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette, with copies to Michigan’s Governor Rick Synder, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, MI District 11 Congressman Dave Trott and MI District 41 State Rep. Martin Howrylak.
Dear Atty Gen Schuette:
YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO USE THE POWER OF YOUR GREAT STATION TO PROTECT THE LIBERTY OF THE PEOPLE IN A PROFOUNDLY IMPORTANT WAY.
As I am confident you remember, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama, on April 16, 1963 (a short 52 years ago), “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Those words are as important today as they were 52 years ago, and as they were in 1776, when great men and women risked their lives to establish an order of self-government that is the shining example of republicanism around the world and across history’s great divide.
To the point, a present day assault on the Liberty of an individual woman living in Oakland County, Michigan, is occurring as we speak. Mrs. Doreen Hendrickson has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for refusing to sign a government-generated document instructing her to agree to statements that she believes in her heart to be untrue.
Can you imagine the horror that people, like me, who follow political happenings and who study constitutional principles and care about the Liberty of all persons feel, when we witness an assault of this magnitude on another fellow American citizen?
The government’s judge (Ms. Victoria Roberts) would have us believe that Doreen is a threat to society? I know Doreen; she is a gentle woman who has been falsely made to look like a monster.
I am an individual who has experienced the horrors of a totally inaccurate, media-driven attack on my personal character in 2012, the likes of which have not been seen in Oakland County, possibly in all of Michigan, for as long as I can remember. I know the depths to which the written word can be used against a person, and there seems no way to stop the abuse, the mischaracterization and, in the case of Doreen Hendrickson, the complete misapplication of the power of the state against a woman who holds firm beliefs.
Attorney General Schuette, you hold a position of power that is unique, in that you can stop the federal government from incarcerating this woman, and I pray to the God of our fathers, that you have the strength of character to agree with Dr. King that injustice to one is injustice to all.
Please initiate an injunction against this order and end this injustice to everyone who values their Liberty (and quite frankly also for those who don’t have the sense to value theirs).
Most sincerely yours,
Former mayor of Troy, MI
April 19, 2015