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Sunday, February 8, 2009

WE THE PEOPLE Foundation organizing 2009 Continental Congress

http://www.newswithviews.com/NWV-News/news124.htm

Early this year, selected delegates representing the People of each of the fifty states will convene in Philadelphia to debate our constitutional crisis and establish practicable strategies the People can take, en masse, to peacefully reclaim Liberty and restore Constitutional Order.

These historical proceedings will be known as the “Continental Congress 2009.”

Taking a page from the history of America’s Founders, the Delegates will convene in Philadelphia across from Independence Hall for a period of several weeks to begin the virtuous tasks of organizing to resist tyranny and imposing, once again, the yoke of Law upon our servant federal government.

A series of promotional meetings is currently being held across the country to advance public interest in the initiative and to expose potential donors to this most important cause in the defense of Liberty and the Constitution.

"What must a free people do, and what is the appropriate next step, if Mr. Obama refuses to respond to our Open Letter and the Supreme Court refuses to hear the Petitions by attorneys Donofrio, Berg and Taitz challenging Obama’s citizenship status?” asks Bob Schulz, executive director of We the People Foundation, the organizer of the Continental Congress 2009.

"A violation of the natural born citizen clause of the Constitution by Mr. Obama is so egregious and blatant in its nature that it marks the overt and wholesale abandonment of the Constitution by the Government, making this our “capstone grievance,” he told Newswithviews.com during an exclusive interview.

According to the group, the US faces a grave constitutional crisis including:

Endless armed Middle East conflicts without congressional Declarations of war

Economic catastrophe resulting from a privately-owned central bank and a debt-based fiat dollar

Deprivations of privacy and an emerging police state via the “USA Patriot Act”

Unconstitutionally imposed direct taxes on American labor

A president-elect who refuses to produce evidence establishing his status as a “natural born” Citizen as required by the Constitution.

Deprivations of the Rights to a People’s Militia and to Keep and Bear Arms

Plus much more: the NAU, the Fed/Treasury bailouts, uncontrolled borders & immigration, electronic voting, etc.

And the most grievous injury: A servant government that refuses, at every turn, to be held accountable – in any way - by failing to respond to the People’s repeated First Amendment Petitions for Redress of Grievances.

Early this year, selected delegates representing each of the fifty states will convene in Philadelphia to debate constitutional crisis and establish strategies the People can take to peacefully reclaim Liberty and restore Constitutional order.

These historical proceedings will be known as the Continental Congress of 2009.

Taking a page from our Founders, the Delegates will convene in Philadelphia across from Independence Hall for a period of several weeks to begin the tasks of organizing to resist tyranny and imposing, once again, the yoke of law on what they see as a servant government.

A series of promotional meetings is currently being held across the nation to advance interest in the initiative and to expose potential donors to the important cause in defense of Liberty and the Constitution.

During his interview with NewsWithViews.com, Schulz said, “In light of the money clauses of the constitution the Federal Reserve System is unconstitutional.”

“We, the people have not authorized the government to give or lend public money or credit to private corporations for definitively private purposes. The Treasury and Fed bailouts are unconstitutional,” said Schulz.

“We, the people have not authorized the government to create a North American union that would, for all intents and purposes, erase our northern and southern borders. The development of a North American Union is unconstitutional,” he added.

According to Schulz, the purpose of the Congress is to assemble representatives of the People of every state to discuss and debate not only the litany of violations the Constitution now being endured by the People, but to develop and commit to a practicable course of action to set straight errant public servants, restore the Rule of Law and reclaim the Blessings of Liberty once more for our Republic and American children.

Here are the highlights as provided by the group:

1. Three delegates from each state will assemble to discuss our constitutional problems and to agree on a course of action to cure the problem.
2. We are asking the people in each State to nominate and then choose up to three individuals to represent the People from their state at the National We The People Congress.
3. The Delegates will assemble for up to one month, or until they agree on a course of action, whichever occurs first.
4. The nominees must have a proven passion for the Constitution as authors, scholars, or activists. They should be of established respectable character if not “pillars of the community.”
5. The nominees must be without felony convictions and preferably be clear of problems with the IRS (we cannot afford to make it easy for people to paint the delegates with any kind of brush, such as “tax-protestors”).
6. The nominees should be able to cover their expenses associated with the undertaking, either on their own account or with the assistance of the people from their state.
7. Most importantly, the Delegates must understand that the Delegation’s primary objective will be settling on a course of action to cure the problems we have with our rogue Government. That course of action may well be a written demand of the Government that they respond to each of the several Petitions for Redress of violations of the Constitution, or they (the Delegates), along with hundreds of thousands if not millions of their fellow countrymen back home (who by then will have committed to stand in support of the agreed upon course of action), will withdraw their allegiance and support from the federal Government until their Grievances are Redressed.
8. We expect the Delegates will assemble in Philadelphia at the Constitution Center across from Independence Hall.
9. Stenographers will prepare a digital transcript of the entire event for purposes of the historic record, recording all that is said.
10. The Delegates from each state will be responsible for populating their State-level Congress web page with daily communications and updates from the National We The People Congress proceedings so the People from their State can be kept abreast as events unfold. Online discussion boards will be also available to facilitate communications for each state.
11. The entire event will be webcast live from Philadelphia.
12. Space will be provided in the meeting hall for members of the press, government and public, who will be able to observe the discussions, deliberations and debates, but not participate in or film them.

“When a long train of abuses, usurpations and refusals to respond to Petitions for Redress of violations of the Constitution evinces a conspiracy to transition our Constitutional Republic to a pure democracy, or to otherwise strip us of our Liberties and reduce us to serfdom under absolute despotism, it is the right of the People to alter the Government, pro-actively, non-violently and with critical mass,” said Schulz.

The straw that appears to have broken the camel’s back for the We the People Foundation is the unresolved issue of Mr. Obama’s eligibility to be President of the United States.

According to Schulz, Barack Obama has steadfastly refused to respond to any of the Petitions requesting he provide documentary evidence about his place of birth or other information needed to conclusively establish his citizenship status.

“He has ignored our Petition for Redress of the Grievance, published in the Chicago Tribune as an Open Letter. He has hired law firms to fight the lawsuits seeking evidence of his eligibility, rather than simply provide the evidence, strongly suggesting he has no such evidence and as such, is ineligible to hold the Office of President,” said Bob Schulz.

5 comments:

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

I pledge $200 to help fund our delegates in Philly for a month and to help them with expenses at home while they are away.

Give Me Liberty said...

his message is for all people who support Ron Paul's message of Freedom and want to know what they can do as a "Freedom Keeper."

Listed just below are seven activities of the federal government that are un-constitutional.


With the exception of Ron Paul, all of this year's presidential candidates, past and present, would have us believe these activities are mere matters of public policy.

Ron Paul says "NO!" -- These are not matters of public policy, they are VIOLATIONS of the Constitution.

Here they are:


* The Federal Reserve
* The invasion of Iraq
* The USA Patriot Act
* Undocumented, illegal immigrants
* The North American Union
* Gun control
* The federal Income Tax, as enforced by the IRS

It is true, our servant government has seized power from the People by stepping outside the boundaries drawn around its power by the Constitution.

How important is the Constitution?

It's a set of principles to govern the Government, not the People.

We are not mentioned except in the preamble that says We the People establish the Constitution to secure the blessings of Liberty.

The Constitution is all the stands between the People and total tyranny and despotism.

That's it's function. That's its importance.

The problem is the Constitution cannot defend itself, it just sits there.

If the Government won't defend it -- and it will not -- who will?

If corporate America won't speak up in defense of the Constitution, who will?

If the dominant media will not defend the Constitution by exposing its violations, who will?

If our Government controlled schools refuse to educate our children regarding the limited power of Government, then who will?

If our churches and places of worship are prohibited -- by the IRS -- from discussing these truths in public, who will preach the Gospel of the Constitution to the masses?

You guessed it. It's up to the People -- you and I.

So what can we do? As a Free People, what MUST we do?

Fortunately, in this country of, by and for the People, there is a Supreme Law that enables the People to directly hold the Government accountable to the Constitution.

Due to the passage of time, this law has been all but forgotten. It's not a law the Government wants you to know about.

Still more fortunately, it's a law that is embedded in the Constitution -- explicitly guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Deliberately inserted by Jefferson and the other prescient Sons of liberty as the most critical factor in the carefully crafted balance of power between the People and their servant government. It reads:

�CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW . . . ABRIDGING . . . THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE . . . TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.�

That's it. The Right of Redress. The last ten words of the First Amendment. A law that enables the People to directly hold the Government accountable. The Right to remedy Government violations of the Constitution. An individual, unalienable Right, endowed by the Creator.

However, the Government treats the clause as People treat the "third rail" -- not to be touched, to be avoided.

Unlike the other four Freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, the Supreme Court has NEVER interpreted the last ten words and recently refused its first invitation to do so.

What are the Rights of the People and the obligations of the Government as guaranteed by the Petition clause?

What was the intent of the Founding Fathers? What did they have in their minds?

One need look no further than the words of an official Act the First Congress passed unanimously in 1774:

�IF MONEY IS WANTED BY RULERS WHO HAVE IN ANY MANNER OPPRESSED THE PEOPLE, THEY MAY RETAIN IT UNTIL THEIR GRIEVANCES ARE REDRESSED, AND THUS PEACEABLY PROCURE RELIEF WITHOUT TRUSTING TO DESPISED PETITIONS OR DISTURBING THE PUBLIC TRANQUILITY.� Continental Congress to the Inhabitants of Quebec, Journals of the Continental Congress, Journals 1:105-113


Another clue comes from the words of Thomas Jefferson who wrote in 1775:

�THE PRIVILEGE OF GIVING OR WITHHOLDING OUR MONEY IS AN IMPORTANT BARRIER AGAINST THE UNDUE EXERTION OF PREROGATIVE, WHICH LEFT ALTOGETHER WITHOUT CONTROL MAY BE EXERCISED TO OUR GREAT OPPRESSION; AND ALL HISTORY HAS SHOWS HOW EFFICACIOUS ITS INTERCESSION FOR REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES AND ESTABLISHMENT OF RIGHTS, AND HOW IMPROVIDENT WOULD BE THE SURRENDER OF SO POWERFUL A MEDIATOR.� Thomas Jefferson, Reply to Lord North, 1775, Papers, 1:225


One of the best clues is found in the Declaration of Independence itself.

Read the words the Founding Fathers used to express their ultimate Grievance, the Grievance that capped the long list of Grievances enumerated in the Declaration, the Grievance that more than any other caused them to withdraw their allegiance, their support, and their tax money from the government of their day. They wrote:

�IN EVERY STAGE OF THESE OPPRESSIONS WE HAVE PETITIONED FOR REDRESS IN THE MOST HUMBLE TERMS. OUR REPEATED PETITIONS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED ONLY BY REPEATED INJURY. A PRINCE, WHOSE CHARACTER IS THUS MARKED BY EVERY ACT WHICH MAY DEFINE A TYRANT, IS UNFIT TO BE THE RULER OF A FREE PEOPLE.�

The Founders believed a government that violates the Rights of the People and will not listen to its People is NOT fit to rule a Free People.

The Founders had numerous Grievances but found most intolerable the Government's refusal to respond to their Petitions for Redress.

Finally, we know the Founders were intimately familiar with the words of the Magna Carta, the cradle of Liberty, signed in 1215.

We read in Section 61 that the monarch agreed that if the royal family offended the People in any respect, the People possessed a natural Right to not only claim Redress, but they also enjoyed a natural Right to a REMEDY of the Grievance.

Read the words of the Magna Carta:

�IF WE [the Monarchy]�MAKE NO REDRESS WITHIN FORTY DAYS�THE [People] MAY� ASSAIL US IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY OF THE LAND, BY SEIZING OUR CASTLES, LANDS, POSSESSIONS, OR ANYTHING ELSE SAVING ONLY OUR [Lives] �UNTIL THEY HAVE SECURED SUCH REDRESS AS THEY HAVE DETERMINED UPON. HAVING SECURED THE REDRESS, THEY MAY THEN RESUME THEIR NORMAL OBEDIENCE TO US.�

So now you know the historical purpose and original intent of the "accountability" clause of the First Amendment.

If the People Petition the Government for Redress of ANY violation of the Constitution (such as the War powers, Privacy, Money or Tax provisions) but the Government refuses to Respond, the People have the Right to withdraw their allegiance, their support, -- and their tax money -- until their Grievances are Redressed, to peaceably and non-violently procure the Relief they are entitled to as a Free People.

THIS IS THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND.

It is very important to note that there is absolutely NOTHING in American history or jurisprudence that contradicts this interpretation of the law.

Now that we know we possess this profound power to hold the Government accountable, it is imperative to address how can we claim and practically exercise this Right.

First, WE NEED A PLAN -- a profound plan for a profound problem.

We then need to WORK THE PLAN.

Given the current nature and extent of the federal Government�s violations of the Constitution, it is clear we must act decisively -- and very soon -- if our Liberty and our Republic are to survive.

To begin, we must acknowledge what will not work.

We know we cannot elect our way out of tyranny.

The math is against us. Think about it.

To elect our way out of tyranny, one more than half the number of People voting in all the precincts and in the halls of Congress would need to strictly abide by the Constitution, abandoning all their party loyalties, special interests and self-interests.

It will never happen.

People have forever suffered human frailties and as Jefferson said, �political parties are by their nature, corruptive.�

In any event, we should never, and can never be forced to rely on the majority to protect our Rights. Our Rights are individual rights that were endowed by our Creator simply because we are alive. These essential principles lie at the heart of our Founding documents and the design of our system of governance.

We also know individuals and small groups cannot speak to power and prevail against the manpower and resources of the state.

What we do know is that peaceful "people power" can work. Gandhi and Martin Luther King understood this well.

They understood that when the People are up against unjust and uncivil laws and government, and they are entitled to reform, they will achieve it only if they are pro-active, non-violent and can mobilize a determined minority into a "critical mass."

This critical mass of People must share a heartfelt passion for Liberty and Justice to the extent that they will put aside their differences, set aside the priorities of everyday life, and join together to act for the common good of all the People.

WE HAVE A PLAN.

We have a profound Plan to restore Freedom and Constitutional Order.

We have a Plan for the minority of Americans who are awake to the present dangers and who have declared themselves to be Constitutionalists and defenders of the Rule of Law.

We have a Plan to mobilize the Freedom Keepers among us, who are more or less isolated one from another, often with spouses, co-workers and neighbors who don�t yet understand that one could love the country but despise the government for they are two different things.

Unless someone has a better plan, we are asking that you join the one we have adopted.

The Plan is bold, but doable. With an energized and vocal critical mass, the Plan could quickly attract world-wide attention.

It starts out rather quietly, but builds in August and September to a climax.

First, on June 30, 2008, every member of the Congress will be served by one or more of their constituents, at their local district office(s), with seven signed Petitions for Redress of Grievances.

Each Petition for Redress will address a separate violation of the Constitution and will request a response within 40 days (by August 11, 2008).

On July 11, 2008, a declaratory judgment action will be filed in each of the 11 federal judicial circuits outside the District of Columbia. These lawsuits will each seek a Judicial declaration of the obligation of the Government to respond to Petitions for Redress and the Rights of the People if the Government fails to respond.

Prayerfully, there will be sharp disagreements among the Circuit courts, making it difficult for the Supreme Court of the United States not to accept the next invitation to interpret the meaning of the accountability clause of the First Amendment.

Beginning on August 11, 2008, Bob Schulz will begin a hunger fast in Washington DC to draw attention to the fact that the Government of the United States of America has turned on its Free People by violating their Constitution and refusing to be held accountable, choosing instead to allow Americans to once again hunger for freedom and Redress of Grievances.

You can demonstrate your support for the Constitution and the Rule of Law by joining Bob for a day or two or, a weekend or more. A large scale, public hunger fast in the Gandhi tradition is needed, now.

Men died to make us free.

Men died to keep us free.

Freedom is a very fragile thing, never more than one generation away from being lost.

Each generation is responsible to the next as its Freedom Keepers.

Acta Non Verba. Deeds not words are needed now.

Time is of the essence.

Here is what you -- as a Freedom Keeper -- can do.

Go to www.GiveMeLiberty.org/revolution to volunteer to serve the Petitions for Redress
on your local Congressperson on June 30, 2008.

Go to www.GiveMeLiberty.org/revolution to volunteer to Petition your local federal court
on July 11 for an interpretation of the Constitution's accountability clause.

Go to www.GiveMeLiberty.org/revolution to participate in �Hungering for Redress�
in Washington, D.C. on August 11, 2008.

And finally, go to www.GiveMeLiberty.org/revolution to suggest any alternative plan.

THANK YOU.

Shorebreak said...

I support a new Continental Congress so long as the sole intent is to restore Constitutional law rather than to alter the Constitution. If restoration is the purpose and direction of the effort, this action by the We The People Foundation is a step in the right direction.

I believe that their list of grievances is sorely lacking regarding some of the most critical issues and their roots, but their goal and their initiative in the effort is admirable.

Anonymous said...

Waste of time. The Federal government has past the point of no return and will collapse financially along with the dollar.

Spend your time and energy in your local areas.

bstar

Shorebreak said...

Anon - you make a very good point. it harkens back to my last post on the previous blog entry regarding state's affirming their independence from the federal government.

FYI - I recently saw a compilation of over 20 states who have passed or who are in the process of passing legislations or other statements that declare sovereignty per the US Constitution.

That's coming in tandem with various states who are pushing for new monetary systems. It won't surprise me if several of these states were to unite as a means to shed themselves the burden of Federal debt and bankruptcy, by using expected Constitutional violations as an excuse for their departure/unification.

Knowing that the economic collapse is a contrived circumstance, with the ultimate goal of driving people to support global controls over the world economy, it certainly doesn't surprise me that states are preparing to divide us. That will drive citizens to be drawn into supporting entry into a regional trading system similar to the EU.

This might shed some light on why the Bush Administration took control of National Gaurd forces away from Governors and placed them under White House control. In the event of an emergency, state government is no longer in the loop.