Saturday, July 15, 2006

'Why Won't They Answer?' tour

The original complaint, filed two years ago by We The People Foundation, Inc. [WTP], sought the declaration of the full meaning of the Petition clause in the 1st Amendment - including whether the people have an unalienable right to withhold their money from their government until their grievances are made right.

Bob Schulz, Chairman of WTP, said (correctly) the Petition clause means when the people have evidence that our government is stepping "out-of-bounds" of what the Constitution authorized, the people shall submit a petition in writing, and the government will be obligated to respond to the people's specific questions. If the government ignores the petitions, or "Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury", as the Declaration of Independence says, the people have no choice but to retain their money "until their grievances are redressed", as the 1774 Journals of the Continental Congress said.

But, on August 31, 2005, Judge Emmet Sullivan made his decision, and it was horrifying. He had ruled that it makes no difference what facts are on the table, the government is not obliged to respond or even read the petitions. An appeal is scheduled in the U.S. Court of Appeals in DC in the future.

In the mean time, WTP is scheduled a "Why Won't They Answer?" road tour that started two weeks ago, and it is a huge success so far. It purpose is to build a growing number of concerned patriots who will be a part of the answer to the problem in America. It is a 50 state, 70+ stop tour that will wind up on September 18 (Constitution Day) with joint petitions on the government to answer the people's questions at DC plus 50 state capitols, and on October 9, when the national leaders will do it again at the nation's capitol. This tour will focus on the last nine words in the 1st Amendment ("Congress shall make no law...abridging the petition the Government for a redress of grievances."). Anyone is invited to speak on one's expertise about restoring the Constitution to the "supreme Law of the Land" again.

Whether you think about Mahatma Gandhi, he was right. He said if the people are up against unjust and uncivil government and laws, and they are entitled to reform (however, I loathe "reform") and change, they'll get it only if they follow a three-part formula: they have to be pro-active, they have to be non-violent, and they need a mass-movement. On pro-active, WTP are redressing four specific grievances: federal income tax grievance, Federal Reserve grievance, war powers clauses grievance, and the "USA PATROIT Act" grievance: all four are pro-active. On non-violent, if the petitions aren't answered by government, the people will retain our money. Retaining our money is the most effective, non-violent way to make government answer the questions given. All WTP need is to do is to make critical mass. A cross-country, several-month, many-stop tour is the best way to accomplish it. It will cover all the state-capitols, plus several other cities.

As for me, the "Why Won't They Answer?" tour will be in OKC on Sunday, August 6. I will DEFINITELY want to be there and be a part of history.


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