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|The Line in the Sand Is Drawn. Will You Help Hold It?|
|Commentary/Politics - Editorials|
|Written by Todd McGreevy|
|Tuesday, 24 November 2009 06:03|
The Continental Congress 2009 concluded its 11 days of deliberating on Saturday, November 21. The work product that is emerging, titled "Articles of Freedom," is a testament to a measured, thoughtful, and lawful process that all Americans can be proud of. The more than 100 delegates that convened from 48 states set out to end the violations of the Constitution through which the People's administrative and judicial processes have already been exhausted - i.e., exercising their First Amendment Right to Petition for a Redress of Grievances with no legitimate response from the federal government.
The resultant document, "Articles of Freedom," is the proverbial line in the sand that, if 3 to 5 percent of America embraces it, can restore Constitutional order in America. The "Remedial Instructions to Congress & the States" as well as the suggested "Civic Action" for the people to take to enforce these instructions illustrate that we are in our Republic's 11th hour. If we are to remain a free people, it is time to take action beyond two-party elections, beyond unheard petitioning, and beyond rallies and marches. Those efforts have not worked.
On whichever side of the media-manipulated left/right paradigm you find yourself, it is undeniable that every branch of government and every major political party has failed to uphold their oaths of office. The expansion of government programs, massive spending of money we do not have, and unlawful wars are patently unconstitutional and violate their oaths of office. The result is economic ruin, less national security, and an ever-escalating police state. We are over-extended militarily across the globe, and our stature as a nation of innovators has been reduced to that of debtors and mindless consumers. This is not due to the failure of capitalism and free markets. It is due to our own lack of vigilance that allows for the advancement of corporatism under the guise of democracy.
In full disclosure, I have been involved in the organization and implementation of Continental Congress 2009. I am excited about this popular-sovereignty approach to remedying what is wrong in America, as any right that is not enforceable is no right at all. And if we don't stand up and begin to exercise our rights to hold our servant government accountable, then our natural rights, guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, will ultimately atrophy and die. These "Articles of Freedom" are more than a patriotic feel-good declaration. This is the culmination of dozens of years of exhaustive research, and thorough and legal petitioning for a redress of grievances to avail the People of their constitutionally mandated consent of the governed. Silence by our servant government is an admission of guilt. And so it is time to instruct our servants on how to remedy what we have allowed them to ruin.
I have met many people who just don't care about such matters. Their lives are not dramatically impacted enough at this moment for any of this to matter. They are more concerned with who won the game or the latest celebrity scandal. Their thinking is that all the debt and ruination of our country's infrastructure and ability to produce anything of real value is a problem for future generations, not ours. I got involved because I vehemently disagree. It is our responsibility to future generations that we exhaust all possible peaceful remedies to restore America to its constitutional governance that made us the most innovative and prosperous nation on Earth.
We have forgotten that it is our civic duty to ensure our servant government plays by the rules that created our Republic in the first place. It is our own fault we are in the predicament we now face as a nation. The good news is that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, if followed, will remedy what ails America.
To that end, I encourage you to review the "Preamble" and "Civic Action" sections of the "Articles of Freedom" that Continental Congress 2009 authored, printed below. Watch the Web site ArticlesOfFreedom.us these next few days as the full text of each area of "Violation" and "Instructions to Congress & the States" are posted. Go to CC2009.us/archives to watch videos of the presentations and deliberations of the Delegates. Consider taking the pledge and becoming part of the 3 to 5 percent of Americans that enforce these instructions so that the modern-day revolution of ideas that have served us so well in the past are no longer taken for granted.
Articles of Freedom of Continental Congress 2009
November 21, 2009
In defense of a free people, the time has come to reassert our God-given natural rights and cast off tyranny.
Let the facts reveal - the Federal Government of the United States of America, which was instituted to protect the rights of individual citizens, instead - threatens our life, liberty, and property through usurpations of the Constitution; and emboldened by our own lack of responsibility and due diligence in these matters, has exceeded its mandate, and abandoned those founding principles which have made our nation exceptional;
Our servant government has undertaken these unconstitutional actions in direct violation of their enumerated duties, to the detriment of the People's liberty and the sovereignty of our Republic;
Over many years and spanning multiple political administrations, the People who have, in good conscience, attempted to deliberate our grievances and voice our dissent against these offensive actions through both petition and assembly, have been maligned and ignored with contempt;
The people of the several States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, justly alarmed at these arbitrary and unconstitutional actions, have elected, constituted, and appointed delegates to meet, and sit in general Congress in the city of St. Charles, Illinois.
Whereupon these delegates, as duly elected representatives of the several States, have gathered in defense of divine justice, liberty, and the principles of limited government, and we stand in clear recognition of the supreme law of the land - the Constitution of the United States of America.
Therefore, We demand that Government immediately re-establish Constitutional rule of law, lest the People be forced to do so themselves; and we hereby serve notice that in the defense of Freedom and Liberty there shall be NO COMPROMISE to which we shall ever yield.
Delegates to Continental Congress 2009 and others from each of the several States shall serve this document titled, "Articles of Freedom," with its Remedial Instructions, on each United States Senator and Representative in their offices located in their respective States, placing them on notice that We the free People of America believe them to be in violation of their Oath of Office and the Constitution for the United States of America.
When a goodly number of millions of American people agree, we will therefore withdraw our financial support from the federal government, in a lawful and constitutional manner, and implement other responsible civic actions until all violations of the Constitution for the United States of America CEASE.
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