Mrs. Pelosi, Tear Down This Wall

Echoing President Ronald Reagan’s famous admonition to Soviet Premier Gorbachev, “Mr.

Gorbachev tear down this wall,” nearly 100 leaders of the conservative movement, including, issued a letter demanding Speaker Nancy Pelosi reopen the U.S. Capitol and dismantle the grotesque and unnecessary fencing around the seat of American self-government.

February 2, 2021

Washington, DC

Conservatives oppose the permanent fixture of a wall surrounding the United States Capitol.

Access to and interaction with those we elect is central to our representative self-government. One of the qualities that makes America exceptional is our citizen legislature – that those we elect do not sit higher than us, but equal to us.

Placing higher and higher burdens on entry to the U.S. Capitol – the seat of our democracy – as well as access to those who represent us strikes at the heart of that relationship, and a central feature of republican government. It changes the detachment of our representatives from their constituencies from merely a rhetorical formulation into a literal one.

The safety and security of those we elect, as well as their staff, remains paramount. Those who seek to threaten them, or engage in political violence of any kind, should be prosecuted. But safety concerns must be balanced with the right of Americans to access the seat of their government. It must not be used as a proxy to further remove America’s representatives from the accountability and petitioning of those who elect them.

U.S. Capitol Police protocols are no doubt undergoing a reassessment after the events of January 6. Such action is warranted and necessary. But we oppose efforts to make Capitol Hill a fortress, and entrench such measures that are more about “security theater” than actual security.

The Honorable Edwin Meese III

Attorney General

President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

Alfred S. Regnery

Chairman, Conservative Action Project

President, Republic Book Publishers

The Honorable Jim DeMint

Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute

Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)

Tom McClusky


March for Life Action

The Honorable David McIntosh


Club for Growth

Christopher Malagisi

Executive Director of Outreach

Hillsdale College

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop

White House Advisor

President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)

The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell


The Leadership Institute

Myron Ebell

Director, Center for Energy and Environment, Competitive Enterprise Institute

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell


Constitutional Congress, Inc.

William L. Walton


Council for National Policy

The Honorable Tony Perkins


Family Research Council

Wesley Denton

Chief Operating Officer

Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

The Honorable Bob McEwen

U.S. House of Representatives

Former Member, Ohio

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)

Executive Vice President

Family Research Council

The Honorable Scott Walker

President, Young America's Foundation

Governor of Wisconsin 2011-2019

Floyd Brown


Superfeed Technologies Inc

Carrie Lukas


Independent Women's Forum

Craig Shirley

Reagan Biographer

Presidential Historian

Sherri R. Martin

Executive Vice President

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Lourdes Cosio

Campaign for the American Future

Shawn A. Mitchell

Former National Chaplain, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Karen England

Executive Director

Capitol Resource Institute

Lee Beaman


Beaman Ventures

Richard Norman

Founder and President

The Richard Norman Company

Sheryl Kaufman

Board of Directors

Americans for Limited Government

Debbie Georgatos

Host, America, Can We Talk?

CWT Publications, LLC

Thomas Pyle


American Energy Alliance

Richard Manning


Americans for Limited Government

Andresen Blom


Hawaiian Values

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer


American Values

Terry Schilling

Executive Director

American Principles Project

The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.

Managing Editor

James L. Martin


60 Plus Association

Martha Boneta



Darrell A. Henry

Executive Director

Western Caucus Foundation

Tom DeWeese


America Policy Center

Khadine Ritter


Eagle Forum of Ohio

Elaine Donnelly


Center for Military Readiness

Terrence Scanlon

Chairman 1985-89

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comm.

Jessica Jensen

Vice President and Chief of Staff

Young America's Foundation

Steve Berger


Ambassador Services Int’l

The Honorable Tom DeLay

Former Majority Leader

US House of Representatives

C. Preston Noell III


Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Melissa Kaye Ortiz

Founder & Principal

Able Americans

Gerard Kassar

State Chairman

NYS Conservative Party

William W. Pascoe, III

Board Member

Tea Party Patriots Action

Bill Shaker


Washington Marketing Group

Ed Corrigan

Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project and President & CEO, Conservative Partnership Institute

Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.

Chairman, CNP Action, Inc. & President and CEO, First Liberty Institute

Scott T. Parkinson

VP for Government Affairs

Club for Growth

Jenny Beth Martin


Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

L. Brent Bozell, III

Founder and President

Media Research Center

Herman Pirchner, Jr.

Founding President

American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC)

Rachel Bovard

Senior Director of Policy

Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

Penny Y. Nance

President & CEO

Concerned Women for America

Lisa B. Nelson

The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel

U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)

U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)

Thomas Fitton


Judicial Watch, Inc.

Jessica Anderson

Executive Director

Heritage Action for America

The Honorable Russ Vought

Director, Office of Management and Budget (2020-2021)

David N. Bossie


Citizens United

Michelle Easton

President, Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Heather R. Higgins


Independent Women's Voice

Rod D. Martin

Founder and CEO

The Martin Organization, Inc.

Christina Murphy Lusk


The Martin Foundation

Guillermo J. Aragon

Chief Financial Officer

Martin Imaging, Inc.

Haley E. Martin

Past President

The Martin Foundation

Ron Pearson

Executive Director

Conservative Victory Fund

Seton Motley


Less Government

Austin Ruse



Chad Connelly


Faith Wins

Amapola Hansberger


Legal Immigrants for America

Gary Allan Marx


Madison Strategies LLC

Kay R. Daly


Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

G. Eric Georgatos

Executive Producer

America Can We Talk?

Jack Park

Conservative Donor and Activist

Law Offices of Jack Park

Annette Thompson Meeks


Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

Saulius "Saul" Anuzis


60 Plus Association

Charlie Gerow


Quantum Communications

Willes K. Lee

President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Richard D. Hayes


Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP

Penna Dexter


Point of View Radio

Dr. Demaris Miller

Rappahannock-Rapidan Medical Reserve Corps

Donald L. Woodsmall


Arromid, LLC

Mario Navarro da Costa

Director, Washington Bureau

Tradition, Family, Property

Donna Rice Hughes


DRH Enterprises

Tim Macy


Gun Owners of America

The Honorable Peter J. Thomas


The Conservative Caucus

Kielle C. Horton


The Lindsey Foundation

Tim LeFever


Capitol Resource Institute

Kevin Freeman


NSIC Institute

Dr. Rick Scarborough


Recover America Now

The Honorable Diana Denman

Presidential Appointee/President Ronald Reagan

Reagan Legacy Forum

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