WE THE PEOPLE
The Lawsuit to Restore Constitutional Order
History Making Lawsuit Proceeds
Five years ago, We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education was established by a group of ordinary Americans who deeply love our country, and are devoted to the eternal cause of human freedom.
We are not political activists, nor are we aligned with any of the numerous special interest groups that conspire to undermine the essential principles upon which our great nation was established. As sovereign American citizens, we do not define ourselves by any political label. We are not Democrats, Republicans, or Independents.
We, simply, are Americans, and we are dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal, and that every human being on earth is endowed by his Creator with certain unalienable rights. As Americans, we believe that our right to life, liberty and property comes to us, not from government beneficence, but from God’s grace and love.
Over the past few decades, we have painfully observed the deterioration of our nation’s moral fabric, and the insidious assault on our Constitutional form of government by powerful political, financial and industrial special interests. With heavy hearts, we have watched our beloved Country drift from its moorings of personal freedom, equal justice, due process of law, and respect for private property. We have observed, with great sorrow and consternation, America’s gradual transformation into a socialist welfare state, dominated by a ruling class of political and financial elites.
In desperation, many of us have rushed into the arms of political parties and action groups in search of truth. We felt the sting of helpless despair as our beloved Country fell prey to a governing class of power-hungry, self-indulgent prevaricators who view the People’s faith in God, our love of freedom, and our devotion to the principles memorialized in our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights, with utter contempt.
We must recognize that America has become a divided nation. The fabric of our society is no longer held together by the common threads of faith, justice, self-reliance and love of liberty that gave us strength as a fledgling nation.
A large percentage of Americans—a numerical majority--have now grown dependent on government for their sustenance and well-being. Americans no longer stand together in jealous defense of our unalienable rights and freedoms. We have turned away from a long and vigilant struggle to preserve the founding traditions of our Constitutional Republic. We have traded our precious liberties, for which hundreds of thousands of American soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice, to a corrupt, unaccountable and excessively powerful central government.
what did We The People receive in return for our liberty? Special government
privileges and hand-outs that first had to be coerced from our fellow
citizens. We have conveniently forgotten that Government produces nothing,
and has nothing to give us that it does not first take from someone else who
works to produce it.
Over the past 75-80 years, the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government, abetted by the major media’s constant manipulation of public opinion, have colluded to promote the specious concept that moderation in pursuit of justice is a virtue, and that extremism in defense of liberty is a vice.
We have come to accept that our unalienable rights as American citizens are not those which were recognized by our founding fathers and enumerated in the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, but rather, whatever the ruling class in America determines them to be.
How could this have happened to us as a free People? Is it too late to restore our country to its rightful place as one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all?
We The People must now decide who we are, and what we truly stand for as Americans. It is our destiny to choose between the animating contest of freedom, and the tranquility of servitude. Will we decide to passively accept the destruction of our beloved Country from within, or will it be our solemn conviction to defend our precious freedom against all enemies, both foreign and domestic? Will we, together, stand in spirit with those brilliant and courageous men who gave us The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights? Will we, together, resolve to pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to the restoration of the divinely inspired American Republic?
It is by Divine Providence that we each possess the innate capacity to comprehend the relationship that should properly exist between sovereign People and their servant government. In the dark history that preceded our founding as a nation, the cause of human freedom was subdued by the forces of tyranny, oppression and injustice. At that critical moment in history, a fledgling nation was called forth as the light of liberty to the world.
It is now our destiny as a free people, and our sacred responsibility as sovereign citizens, to preserve, protect and defend the precious liberties without which the concept of America has no meaning.
After two and a quarter centuries, We The People, once again, stand at the crossroads of history. The voices of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our liberty, now call out to each of us to choose the path that will take America to its ultimate destination. Will we choose the steep and rocky path that leads to freedom, or take the wide and heavily traveled path that leads to tyranny and destruction? There are no alternatives. There is no middle ground between slavery and freedom, between justice and injustice, between honor and perfidy, between life and death. We The People must now decide where we stand.
If it is our destiny to live as a free people--to have honest, accountable and moral government--then we must act now. There is no tomorrow, no next week or next year.
Our Constitution and Bill of Rights are being violently assaulted by a class of people---a self-anointed governing class---that believes it is exempt from the lawful and moral obligations imposed upon it by our founding principles of Constitutional governance. We must send a clarion message to career politicians, entrenched bureaucrats and the corrupt special interests that control them, that America’s servant government will be held accountable for its actions, and that We The People will never surrender our freedom. We will not be denied our unalienable rights to life, liberty and property. We will accept nothing less than a servant government that functions within the limits imposed on its power by the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
As sovereign American citizens, we must stand firm in our conviction that no person is free whose labor is owned by another. The fruit of a man’s labor is his most essential personal property. Freedom cannot peaceably exist in the presence of slavery. If we tolerate the insulting, spurious claim that government owns our labor, we are reduced to nothing more than chattel, government property to be exploited and dominated.
Please listen, People of America….can you hear the distant cry of freedom? The voice of those who came before us, who purchased our precious freedom with their blood and sacrifice, are calling us home.
With all this in mind, we have decided the appropriate next step will be to test the attitude of the Supreme Court with a class-action lawsuit seeking a declaration of our Rights and injunctive relief.
A few days ago we posted an open message to President Bush and the leaders of Congress, putting them on notice that we would soon file a class action lawsuit seeking a declaration of our Rights regarding the Petition Clause of the First Amendment.
Here are a few of the questions that will be presented for the court’s determination in the lawsuit that we file in federal District Court in Washington, DC.
At stake is the most unique system of governance on earth – a Constitutional Republic in which sovereignty resides in the People, not the government. Nowhere else on the globe or in history have People other than Americans enjoyed “popular sovereignty” – a government OF, BY and FOR the People. In no other country do the People have the Right to impose defined limits and powers on the government.
In America, the People are the source of all political power, and ALL those who serve in government are limited by written Constitutions. All those in government – elected or appointed -- can ONLY do what the law specifically authorizes them to do; if it is not written down, they cannot do it. This is what it means to be free.
At stake is the only national Constitution intended to be a set of principles to govern THE GOVERNMENT.
At stake are constitutional principles that are unique and essential to America’s greatness: that all individuals are created equal; that all individuals are endowed by their CREATOR -- nature’s GOD -- with certain unalienable Rights; that all individuals have these Rights for no other reason than they are alive; that all individuals have the Right to LIBERTY; that all individuals have the Right to FREEDOM from government that infringes on their unalienable Rights, or that otherwise steps outside the boundaries drawn around its power to tax, its power to make war, its power to incur debt and make money, its power to police the peace and enforce the laws, or any other power to which the People have consented.
At stake is the AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE, the great American experiment in self-government that has served individual Americans so well and which so many individuals around the world have aimed to reach.
Please remember this: Over 200 years ago, while thirteen independent, sovereign American States were struggling to develop their identity as the world’s first Constitutional Republic, every major European nation was moving toward a diametrically opposite form of government, one that is now commonly referred to as “social democracy”, where sovereignty rests with the government, not the People; where the People have privileges granted by government, rather than unalienable Rights; where the purpose of government is to take money from those who earn it and give it to those who don’t earn it; where the government confiscates the fruit of the People’s labor and uses it to financially support and keep in power an elite governing class comprised of legions of privileged autocrats.
Please know this: All nations in Europe are still socialist democracies and their self-serving governments have NEVER stopped trying to convert the American Way to the European Way.
Please understand this: if the People lose this lawsuit, we will lose OUR way.
The Constitution is hanging by a thread. That thread is the Right to Petition government for a Redress of Grievances.
We now have people like Rep. Henry Hyde saying “events have overtaken our Constitution”, and that our Constitution has become “anachronistic.” We now have law school professors like Allen Dershowitz teaching that “we have no unalienable Rights”, and that “government should not be limited by a written Constitution because government can do good things for People.”
Simply put, we will not have another opportunity like we have right now to bring together the collective will of the People to peacefully restore our Constitution.
Hanging in the balance is “popular sovereignty,” the ability of individuals to question the behavior of their servant government and to hold their servant government accountable to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, thereby limiting its enumerated powers and preventing its infringement upon the individual Rights of the People.
Without the Right to Petition our servant government for a Redress of Grievances, and the government’s obligation to honestly answer, the only way the People will be able to have their voices heard will be on Election Day. What that means, of course, is our Republic will have been replaced by a Democracy, where only the majority’s voice will be heard by the government.
Remember Germany in the 1930’s, when the majority voted to support the
government. The Petitions of the minority were ignored, and those who
questioned the government’s authority were systematically persecuted or
Please take a hard look at what is now happening in America:
We have an ill-advised majority supporting a government that is routinely applying the armed forces in hostilities overseas without a congressional declaration of war as required by the Constitution, while taxing the labor of the working men and women of America to pay for the mischief.
We have an ill-advised majority supporting a government that is routinely violating the individual’s speech, press, assembly, due process and privacy rights (for instance, spying on People in their homes, libraries and houses of worship, searching and seizing People’s property based on “reasonable cause” instead of “probable cause” as required by the constitution, and suspending habeas corpus, attorney, jury and speedy trial protections), while taxing the labor of the working men and women of America to pay for the mischief.
We have an ill-advised majority supporting a government that is incurring public debt in spite of constitutional restrictions while taxing the labor of the working men and women of America to pay for the treachery.
We have an
ill-advised majority supporting a government that,
in spite of constitutional restrictions,
We have an ill-advised majority supporting a government that, without legal authority, is collecting its direct tax on the labor of working Americans through a nationwide campaign of fear, intimidation and coercion, and by the use of swarms of armed agents to illegally search and seize private property, in violation of the People’s right to due process of law.
We have a well-advised minority that has humbly exercised their First Amendment Right to Petition the government for a redress of these grievances, setting a high standard for such Petitions in terms of rationality, intelligence and professionalism.
However, we have arrogant Executive and Legislative branches that
have utterly ignored the People’s Petitions
To make matters worse, we have an Executive Branch, which in spite of Constitutional guarantees, is harassing and penalizing those individuals whose Petitions for Redress of Grievances have gone unanswered and who now are acting to stop the withholding and payment of the illegal direct tax on labor. And, we have ill-advised tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court that are cooperating in this abuse of federal power.