Letter to Texans

January 23, 2013

Dear Fellow Texans,

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rebecca Paddock, and I’m running for US Senate. My background is in Engineering and Management – probably not the expected background for someone seeking public office. I’m more than a degree and a job, though … I’m a citizen, just like you. And just like you, I’m concerned about the direction this country is headed.

It seems that every time I turn on the TV or scroll through the online news, there is yet another report of an infringement on our Bill of Rights. If not that, then the report is on insufficient oversight, or the blurring of the lines dividing the powers between the three branches of government.

I believe that the rights we hold, and the Constitution itself, are not ours to give away or to do with as we choose. They are to be protected. We hold them in trust for generations to follow. Just as those who came before us guarded and protected our fundamental rights, so we must do the same.

Why am I running for US Senate? I’m running because it is time. My grandma had a saying, “do something or stay quiet.” It’s time for me to do something! No more whining. No more wishing. No more hoping that someone else figures it out. It’s time to fix things, and we have a lot to fix:

  • Federal government in our “knickers” (as my grandma used to say)
  • Infringements on our fundamental rights
  • NSA Surveillance of Citizens without a warrant
  • 23 suicides a day in the military community

Then there’s the economy, border control, and out-of-control debt. It is time to get back to basics. It is time to actually do the job before Congress, as laid out in the Constitution. And it is time for Congress to work within the bounds of the Constitution.

If elected, I will:

  • Oppose any bill outside the bounds of the Constitution.
  • Sponsor legislation to repeal all federal Arms restrictions upon law-abiding citizens. This includes firearm ownership, choice of carry, and protection in the course of defensive use.
  • Sponsor legislation streamlining our intelligence functions, thereby preventing costly overlap, and ensuring effective and accountable oversight is in place.
  • Sponsor legislation to determine the cause(s) of and address the active military/veteran suicide rate.

Congress has a job to do. It’s time to focus our efforts and make an impact. The time is now.


Rebecca Paddock
Candidate for US Senate
Libertarian Party of Texas