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On September 17, 2008, the 221st anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, thousands of Americans gathered in Washington, DC to begin to “Hunger for Redress.”
They began their mass hunger strike to draw worldwide attention to the fact that the Government of the United States of America has not only been flagrantly violating its own Constitution, it now refuses to respond or even acknowledge the People's Petitions for Redress of these Grievances despite the fact the Constitution requires the Government to do so:
...it now refuses to respond or even acknowledge the People's Petitions for Redress of these Grievances despite the fact the Constitution requires the Government to do so:
1. The Iraq invasion in violation of the war powers clauses.
2. The Federal Reserve System’s violation of the money clauses.
3. The USA Patriot Act’s violation of the privacy clauses.
4. The direct taxes on labor in violation of the tax clauses.
5. The gun control laws in violation of the Second Amendment.
6. The failure to enforce immigration laws in violation of the
“faithfully execute clause.”
7. The construction of a "North American Union" without constitutional
Until recent times, the founding principles of America---limited government, due process of law, respect for private property, personal responsibility and self-reliance---were the defining attributes of the American culture and way of life.
Now, however, with almost weekly escalations of government control over their lives, threats to the lives of innocent men, women, and children in foreign lands, the imposition of a national police/surveillance state and a politicized judicial system which has become incapable of Justice, Americans finally appear willing to say "No! Enough is enough! You have gone too far for decent Americans to any longer tolerate these acts of despotism. We hereby claim and exercise our Right to hold you -- the Government -- accountable to the Constitution."
“The Government of the United States of America is out of control and refuses to be held accountable to the Constitution,” said Bob Schulz, founder of the We the People Foundation for Constitutional Education. “The Government is now routinely violating the war powers, money, privacy, tax, and other restrictions explicitly placed upon it by the Constitution, and in a further act of constitutional defiance the Government refuses to listen or respond to the People’s Petitions for Redress.”
“Our Government refuses to be held accountable for these violations,” said Schulz. “We need to expose the true character of the Government, and draw attention to the fact that the People of America, as a free People, are -- by design -- the final arbiters of the Constitution and that the servant Government has usurped the power of the People, taking over the House that Liberty built. Our repeated Petitions for Redress have been answered only with repeated injuries. Enough is enough.”
Early this year, our landmark Right-to-Petition case, We the People v United States reached the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”). It was an action for declaratory relief in which we sought a declaration of the Rights of the People and the obligations of the Government under the accountability clause of the First Amendment. No court has ever declared the meaning of the clause. SCOTUS decided not to hear the case. Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court and its Appendix.
If we fail to receive responsive responses to the Petitions for Redress of constitutional violations that are now being served on every member of Congress, we plan to file a similar lawsuit in each of the eleven federal judicial circuits outside the DC Circuit. It will be much more difficult for SCOTUS to duck the issue by deciding not to hear the case if two circuit courts disagree on the meaning of the last ten words of the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Last Friday (July 25), Bob Schulz spoke by phone with Ron’s chief of staff, Tom Lizardo, about the Petitions for Redress. Tom said he was generally aware of the Petitions but would have to check with his Legislative staff to see what was being done about them. Tom did express a concern of his. He asked if Bob believed the Right to Petition required Ron Paul to respond to every communication received by him from any constituent. Bob told Tom he did not believe each and every communication would necessarily receive the protection of the First Amendment as a proper Petition for Redress requiring a response. Bob then sent Tom a definition of a proper Petition for Redress – one that would require a response.
Needless to say, a serious situation would ensue should Ron Paul fail to respond, responsively (i.e., with formal, specific answers to the questions in the Petitions for Redress). Absent such a response Ron Paul’s credibility as an adherent of the Constitution could quickly be called into question.
The Constitution is not a menu. Rep. Paul is an official of the U.S. Government, and as a true believer and outspoken defender of the Constitution he cannot be found defending only some of its provisions, such as the war powers, money, privacy and tax clauses, while disobeying another, such as the accountability clause of the First Amendment. Again, it is important to note he has publicly admitted such an obligation to Respond.
Now that Congress has been served with the Petitions for Redress and they have wholly refused to respond -- including Rep. Ron Paul [more details to follow], we need a civic action designed to directly confront the members of the U.S. Congress and the President.
This civic action needs to be peaceful, bold and newsworthy. It requires the participation of a large number of individuals to succeed.
Here's the image: row upon row of tents lined up on the National Mall, filled with true Patriots who, with love of their Creator, Country and Constitution have assembled to directly confront their Government for its gross breaches of the Constitution. These People have assembled for a non-violent hunger strike, communicating the fact that the Government of the United States of America is violating the war, money, tax, privacy and other provisions of its Constitution, and refuses to justify its behaviors or be held accountable in any way by the very People who gave birth to a servant Government that would secure their individual Rights, Freedoms and Liberties.
Photographs of such a compelling sight, provided by the Foreign Press Service, would immediately catch the attention of newspaper and magazine editors around the globe and end up on their front pages and covers, as was the case following our silent vigils in front of the White House in our “V” for Vendetta costumes with our “Dear Government, Obey the Constitution, or Else…” banner and signs. Those images were extraordinarily powerful.
BE IN DC: CONSTITUTION DAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH!
Picture this as the headline and news story that could accompany each photo:
Anyone who believes that the current system of governance in America now stands as a mere shadow of the visionary construct penned by our Founders with Divine Providence, who believes that our Republic faces grave and imminent risks, and who believes that the Constitution cannot defend itself, must find his or her way to DC before sunrise on Constitution Day, Wednesday, September 17, 2008.
Originally posted by wolfmanjack
This part says when to be there..
BE IN DC: CONSTITUTION DAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH!
Originally posted by Lostinthedarkness
I wonder how many elected officials will walk by stop while eating a burger or hot dog or ever eat at a restaurant near by and watch them starve and have no remorse .