The Constitutional Crisis
Our Republic stands
upon a precipice. Within a very short time we will either restore
Constitutional Order or our nation - at least as we know it - will cease
One needs only scan the
daily headlines to grasp that our elected officials have failed to honor their
oath to uphold the Constitution: The collapsing U.S. currency; the
expanding mortgage-debt crisis; rising food and oil prices, intractable
(and ultimately unaffordable and unsustainable) wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan, domestic spying of our emails, phone calls and Internet
use; and the societal decay and crime flowing as a result of
uncontrolled (illegal) immigration.
Add to this the immeasurable pain of broken
families and households devastated by unbearable levels of direct taxes
upon their labor that not only eviscerate the ability to save or care
for their own families, they effectively enslave the population for
political ends. And this is just a short list.
In our hearts, we know
something is very, very wrong with America. Most people are too involved with the burdens of work and
everyday life. Beyond this, we are afraid for our country, our future,
our families, and our values as a People. One could almost believe
that the agonies the nation now suffers are the outcomes of
deliberate plans crafted by those who wish to destroy our Republic and
Until now, most
Americans have believed that they need only elect the "right" person to
implement the "right" policy and our crisis will end. Most have
believed that if we surrender just a "little more" of our Freedom to our
public officials, they will save us from "the terrorists" or
the criminals and end the
crisis. And most have believed that if we just appoint the "right" man
the helm of the (privately owned) Federal Reserve and allow him
to print enough currency, our economic crisis will vanish.
The truth, however is
that these problems cannot be fixed through the representative electoral
process because these problems are NOT problems resulting from
defective political policy -- but rather, these problems are the
result of decades of many violations of the Constitution, all of
which have had devastating impacts on The People.
The Iraq and
Afghanistan wars continue without end because Congress abdicated its
Constitutional duty to Declare War and failed to subject the "Iraq
Resolution" to a vigorous public debate prior to committing the blood
and treasure of the People to this growing global conflict.
Spiraling oil and food prices, the bursting housing "bubble", and our
limitless national debt are all the result of our Government
(unconstitutionally) allowing a privately-owned cartel of banks
known as the "Federal Reserve System" to convert our precious metals
based system of constitutional money into a system of currency based on
limitless, paper debt that it can create out of thin air. While this
system is the only one most of us have known for years, it is clear we
have much to learn about the people and energies --over many decades --
who have acted far outside our fundamental Law to derail our governing
Documents and The Principles which would have assured prosperity, peace
and financial stability to our nation and our People.
The endless influx of
illegal aliens into our local communities is robbing Americans of their
standard of living, if not their jobs, while at the same time burdening
our cities with untold side effects of closed hospitals, overflowing
jails, blighted neighborhoods and degraded school systems. By refusing
to enforce our immigration laws -- i.e., those currently on the books
-- elected officials in all branches of government have violated
their Oath of Office and their explicit duty to enforce the laws under
The IRS purports to
possess an alleged authority to impose and enforce direct, unapportioned
taxes on the labor of ordinary Americans. These taxes, (including
so-called "employment" taxes) are by common definition, slave taxes.
Beyond the fact that slavery is facially unconstitutional no matter its
form, the Constitution explicitly prohibits any direct, non-apportioned
tax. It is no coincidence that our Founders drew a bright line in the
Law, by establishing the requirement for apportionment of all direct
taxes as the only clause in the Constitution repeated twice.
Once we recognize the
fact that the cancers that infect our Republic have been
caused, not by poor political policy, but by systemic,
institutionalized, and unconstitutional tyranny, we can understand why
the People have been virtually helpless in halting the intractable march
of darkness, decay and despotism that has plagued our nation for
We can also begin to
understand that We the People, will need to employ extraordinary means,
outside the (controlled) establishment two-party political/electoral process to
remedy our Crisis.
Thankfully our Founders
provided such a means in our Constitution -- and it's a means that we
can employ individually and peacefully. This means is a Right first
born in written law as part of Magna Carta in 1215. Section 61 of Magna
Carta held the King, under threat of force, to be held accountable to
the People as a matter of the RULE OF LAW.
This principle of
natural accountability to the People is, and remains, a cornerstone
Principle of English Law, American Law and western civilization. In
fact, the very concept of the natural dominion of men over their servant
governments, and the King's obligation in the Law to respond to
Petitions for Redress, is the very moral framework upon which the
Revolution was justified in the Declaration of Independence.
Today we know that
Right as the last ten words of the First Amendment, i.e., the Right of
the People to Petition the government for Redress of Grievances.
The Right to Petition
is not, as our government would have us believe, a redundantly stated
Right of Free Speech or a Right to send paper the government. The Right
to Petition is a procedural vehicle, in the law, and available to all --
even individuals, to serve formal Notice & Demand upon the government
that it must provide substantive response and Redress for the
constitutional violations so alleged – or suffer the consequences. This
is the essence of the exercise of the Right of Popular Sovereignty.
The Founding Fathers expressly told us that should any government fail
to provide such Redress the People are left with only two practicable
options to secure Redress: violent Revolution or the withholding of
The first option is not a path any conscious American would wish to
undertake at this time. The second option remains the most potent arrow
in a quill of possible tools of non-violent resistance the People may
need to employ soon if we are to secure the survival of the Republic and
In short, if we are to peacefully reverse the tide of
tyranny before our Liberty is irretrievably lost, we must look well
beyond the limited paradigm of electoral party politics and begin to
organize to discover -- and EXERCISE -- the profound, but little known
unalienable Rights protected by the Petition clause (and Ninth
Amendment) as bequeathed to us by our Founders through the divinely
These little known Rights – the Right of Petition and the Right to
Secure Redress are, in fact, the practical exercise of Popular
Sovereignty and the natural means of insuring that government forever
remains the servant of The People.
Make no mistake: The concept of holding government accountable is
essential to the fundamental design for civil governance under our
Founding Documents. Without direct accountability to The People,
Liberty cannot exist. This is a truth our Founders were
ready to take up arms and die for. Thankfully, they left us the means so
that we may never have to face that choice. This is the true power
of the Right to Petition for Redress of Grievances.
There is much that our nation needs to learn about.
There is much that our nation needs to debate.
There is much that our nation needs to do.
The Constitutional Crisis is upon us. By now it should be clear what
fate awaits us should we fail to rise in numbers and spirit and begin to
peacefully resist. Wanted or not, it is our duty, in this day, to act in
defense of the divine gift of Liberty.
This is the sole purpose of Continental Congress 2009. It’s
not a public protest. It’s not a freedom rally. It’s not a
“constitutional convention.” It is however, the only SOLUTION being
proposed to remove the cancer of despotism that plagues our Republic.
The historic CC2009 event will gather representatives of the
People to document the Violations of our Law, debate the options the
People possess to peacefully resist the tyrants, and emerge with
a plan for The People to restore Constitutional Order and the Light of
Please join us and support Continental Congress 2009.
Click here for the
Founder's key quotes regarding
the Rights of Petition and Redress.