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[COMMENT: Below is a superb summary of the political morass and disaster into which we have allowed to enslave ourselves (apathy, ignorance, pleasure-seeking, consumerism, etc.). But see also the results of these efforts, as of April 24, 2008, and the courageous peaceful resistance which continues.
T. J. (see block below) should have added that it is only the people under God who are capable of reining in the coercive force of government. The people by themselves will lose that battle. Is that not why the Continental Congress purchased 20,000 Bibles in preparation for the coming war? at a time when they has almost no arms or munitions? E. Fox]
Within months, in all probability just before the Easter break, the hot topic of the day in every single law school in America will be the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals in our case entitled, We The People v. The U.S. Government.
Given the enormous and far-reaching implications of this decision, either in favor of the People or against them, law school professors everywhere will be anxious to analyze and “mine” the decision, discussing it in their faculty and academic forums and bringing it the attention of the young minds that fill their classrooms. Many will likely rush to further explore the gravity of the ruling and publish articles in Law Review journals.
It will be an exciting time, indeed -- especially for the ordinary non-aligned citizen taxpayers of this great Country.
The excitement will permeate Give Me Liberty 2007, our three-day conference scheduled for March 29-31.
Think about it. For the first time in the entire history of our nation -- since the adoption of our Bill of Rights in 1791-- a Court is about to declare the legal meaning of one of the five individual Rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Not just any Right, but the mother of all Rights -- the Right that caps all the others, the so-called “Capstone Right.”
The First Amendment is, undoubtedly, the most important sentence in the entire Constitution. It reads,
“Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the Right of the People peaceably to assemble, and to Petition the government for a Redress of Grievances.”
Within the meaning of the last ten words of the First Amendment is the Right of each individual (and the minority) to hold government accountable to each and every provision of the Constitution, including all the other enumerated and un-enumerated Rights. This is why the Petition Clause is called the “Capstone Right.”
What good would it do to design and adopt a Constitution based on popular sovereignty that guaranteed individual, un-alienable Rights, if the individual himself had not the power to prevent the Government from violating those Rights, non-violently?
Given the historical evidentiary documentation regarding the Right of Petition and the common sense design of our Constitution, we believe the Court has no choice but to declare that when the Government violates the Constitution, the People have the Right to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances, the Government has an obligation to respond to the Petitions, and the People have the Right to withdraw their financial support from the Government until their Grievances are Redressed.
accountability in government restored as more People claim and exercise this
profound reborn Right, the unsound, cracked, flawed, shaky, rickety checks and
balances of today’s system of governance will become a thing of the past --
topics for the constitutional historians of tomorrow.
There will be an enormous shift in the balance of political power, with the ultimate power coming to rest once again with the People, where it was meant to be in the first place -- decreed by Divine Providence. Constitutional governance will once again be carried out in decency and good order, faithful to the purposes it was originally intended, including the preservation, protection and enhancement of individual Liberty.
Given the degree of craziness that currently rules our Republic, the Court’s coming decision is just what the doctor ordered.
We now have cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression, and where once we had the freedom to object, to think and speak as we saw fit, we now have censors, sensors and surveillance, coercing our conformity and soliciting our submission.
We now have a government that commits us to perpetual un-declared wars. This in spite of the war powers clauses of the Constitution.
The Government now forces every one of us -- every working man, woman and child -- to work for the Government, a Government that takes more than half of what you earn BEFORE you can go to the grocery store, pay your utility bills or even pay the rent. This, in spite of the tax clauses of the Constitution.
The Government has debased our economy, first by turning control of our currency over to a cartel of private banks – the Federal Reserve System – and then systematically converting us from a debt-free nation to the world’s greatest debtor nation, with no possibility of ever paying down the principal on the debt, BUT taxing our labor to pay the interest to the cartel on trillions of dollars of public debt. Any reasonable person would call it slavery. This, in spite of the money clauses of the Constitution.
The Government, as a thief in the night, has snatched our privacy as it slowly converts America to a Police State, with national ID cards, domestic wiretapping, spy chips and database systems to track our purchases, money, travels and property; warrant-less wiretaps; secret searches of our homes; and secret examinations of our mail. This in spite of the privacy clauses of the Constitution.
The Government has become despotic and tyrannical, doing whatever it wants, treating persons taken in anti-terror campaigns in inhumane and un-constitutional ways, establishing secret prisons run by the CIA, sanctioning interrogations that are, by any definition torture. This, in spite of the due process and no cruel and unusual punishment clauses of the Constitution.
The Government ignores our immigration laws. This is spite of the Faithfully Execute clause of the Constitution.
The Government bans cameras in our courtroom depriving the vast public the ability to monitor and systemically review the workings of the Judiciary. This, in spite of the Public Trial clause of the Constitution.
The Government prevents defendants in tax trial from defending themselves by preventing the jurors from seeing the defendant’s evidence and hearing the defendant’s witnesses. This is spite of the Due Process and Fair Trial provisions of our Constitution.
Despite the explicit, prohibitory text of the Second Amendment, the government has sought to disarm the populace by requiring the registration and strict control of all firearms and by prohibiting well-regulated state militias.
Even in the most personal matters of choice involving health care, the tentacles of the government reach out to regulate, monitor and control.
How did this happen? Who’s to blame?
Certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But, truth be told, if we are looking for the guilty we need only look into the mirror.
We know why we did it. First, we were taught in our government schools that the Government was always benevolent, always had the public interest uppermost in its collective mind, and could be trusted to do the right thing. When there was a problem, we were taught to look not to ourselves, our churches or our communities for solutions, but to the government for help.
We were NOT taught the history, meaning, effect and significance of every provision of our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Then, we became afraid. Who wouldn’t be, with the television parroting the Government’s constant threats of endless war, terror and disease?
There have been myriad problems that have conspired to rob us of our common sense, temporarily blinding us to the essential principles and to the value inherent in continued reliance on self, individualism and moral obligations.
Fear mongering got the best of us and in our panic we allowed an “imperial presidency”, a compliant Congress and a politicized Judiciary to take charge of our lives, all promising security in exchange for our money and our obedience.
We didn’t realize that when birds are put in cages they are safe and secure, but the caged bird is not free.
We failed to think about our Founding Documents -- the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and their essential principles of Nature and Spirit that the Creator breathed into them as part of the gift of Liberty.
We failed to remember that in America, the People are the true Sovereigns and that the Constitution is a set of written restrictions to govern THE GOVERNMENT.
Ignorant of our duty, we unknowingly allowed our Government to step outside the boundaries that we, the People, have drawn around its power, thus allowing our government servants to take (temporary) possession of a boundless field of power.
Becoming fearful, ignorant and unjustifiably submissive, we failed to recognize and act upon the fact that the Constitution of the United States of America is all that stands between us and total tyranny, and that the Constitution cannot defend itself.
The upcoming decision in We The People v United States will indeed be an historical moment. If the Court rules as we believe it must, it will restore the balance of power. It will level the playing field.
For far too long, our government has been unaccountable, allowed to act as though the Constitution is (at best) an “ala carte” menu, and (at worst) just a piece of paper.
The Court’s decision will remind us that the People have the ultimate power in our society, that we have an ever-developing responsibility – a personal duty -- as we go through our lives, to know what our Rights are, to remain forever vigilant, and to teach our children and our neighbors about the gift of Liberty.
The Court’s decision will breathe new life into our Republic and the 230 year old “experiment” in self-government. Apathy in America will decline as the People rediscover the forgotten Right to hold Government accountable, reacquainting themselves with the power and the benefits of their Right to Petition Government for Redress of Grievances.
Prayerfully, like an old fashioned Church revival, People will shout
“hallelujah,” giving thanks for the Court’s declaration, committing themselves
anew, as the colonialists did before them, to guard Freedom, to closely watch
how government acts, to compare its behavior with the requirements of our
Constitutions, and to hold the government accountable to the Constitutions,
doing whatever is necessary, to keep Government inside the boundaries the People
have drawn around its power.
Armed with the intent of our Creator, and the decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals, we, the People, will soon restore the Constitution and resume the historical journey to live as Free Men begun by our Founders over two centuries ago.
With the news of the Court’s historic decision, national interest will soon focus on the details of the record of events that lead up to the filing of the lawsuit on July 19, 2004.
And what a record it is, beginning in 1999 with WTP’s invitation to President Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, and IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti, to send their brightest and best to meet with Joe Banister, Bill Benson and Larry Becraft at the National Press Club to address and answer their questions regarding the fraudulent origin and illegal operation and enforcement of the individual income tax. The Government did not show, but C-SPAN did, broadcasting the 3.5 hour event live and re-broadcasting it numerous times in the following days.
For the next five years, with the support of thousands of individuals representing all 50 states, we remonstrated and repeatedly Petitioned every member of Congress and key officials in the Clinton and Bush administrations for Redress of Grievances regarding the Iraq Resolution, the Federal Reserve, the USA Patriot Act and the Individual Income Tax. In support of our Petitions for Redress, we provided many opportunities for the Government to respond. We sent invitations to additional meetings at the National Press Club and the Hilton and Marriott Hotels. We ran full page ads in USA TODAY, The New York Times and The Washington Times, we marched, we caravanned and, we hungered.
The record shows that the Government utterly failed in its obligation to properly respond to our Petitions for Redress. The record shows that the Government responded with mere non-responsive responses and broken promises.
The extensive record – i.e., the documentary evidence in support of our case against the Government – was originally assembled and provided to the Court as Exhibits to a sworn affidavit by Bob Schulz.
The index of the Exhibits can be viewed here.
will make available to every attendee of this year’s WTP GML 2007 conference,
at no cost, a copy of the affidavit and all exhibits -- the entire record of
the Petitioning process from the landmark Right-to-Petition lawsuit.
The record covers the entire history of the Foundation’s efforts to enable the People to exercise and enforce their Right to Petition. The record covers thousands of pages of legal research, public communications and the repeated Petitions for Redress sent to officials of the U.S. Government without response.
It contains the very first letter for Redress sent to President Clinton in 1999, the full page ads in USA TODAY and The New York Times, the video of the historic 2002 Freedom Drive, the full video and documentary legal evidence presented at the Truth-in-Taxation hearing in 2002, and much, much more.
In addition, WTP will provide, at no cost, to each person attending GML 2007, a separate RTP Educational CD that contains: 1) all the briefs with all the legal arguments that have been presented to the Court that is deciding our case – the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit; 2) all Law Review Articles (10) that have ever been published on the Right to Petition: 3) the Petitions for Redress regarding the Income Tax, the Iraq Resolution, the Federal Reserve System and the USA Patriot Act; and 4) the 1.5 hour Liberty Hour video and Bob Schulz’s Freedom Drive speech on the National Mall that, together, present the justification for WTP’s “No Answers, No Taxes” doctrine.
Although the Foundation will make the Record of the Petition Process (containing
many, many dollars worth of WTP created video, legal, and educational content)
and the RTP Educational CD publicly available following the GML 2007 conference
(with final prices to be determined later),
Chairman Bob Schulz has committed to providing a copy,
at no cost, to
every person physically attending the upcoming GML 2007 conference in
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