by Shtuey at Oh…My Valve!
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. ~ Constitution of the United States; Amendment I
First, let us be absolutely clear. Congress cannot, in any way, hinder, impede, or otherwise sanction against the right to a redress of grievances. The Supreme Court has ruled that this applies to the Executive and Judicial branches as well. In addition the SCOTUS has also ruled that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment applies all First Amendment limitations to all State governments, and all local governments. In my opinion, if any branch of local, state, or national government moves to abridge this right that body of governance should be immediately dissolved.
What is this redress of grievances? Let’s define it.
To petition means to, “make or present a formal request to (an authority) with respect to a particular cause,” according to the New Oxford American Dictionary.
Redress: to “remedy or set right (an undesirable or unfair situation).”
With these definitions in mind, my interpretation of this clause is as follows: It is the indefeasible, unassailable right of Americans to demand that government, be it local, state, or national, correct such wrongs as are brought before it by said petitions. This is not optional. The government is constitutionally bound to bring remedy to such a petition. Failure to do so is tantamount to dissolving the compact between the governed and the government, which rules only by our consent.
To my mind the list of grievances to be brought against all three branches of the government are far too long to be remedied in toto. I therefore contend that the only remedy that can be brought to bear is the resignation of our elected officials: the Congress, the President. On what basis do we make this demand? On our nation’s Magna Carta:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [and all women] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Does anyone deny that we have suffered a long train of abuses? Have we not been taxed without our consent? Have we not become subjugated by a central banking system that operates outside the purview of the Constitution, that is beholden to no one? Is this not financial despotism? Have we not witnessed gross violations of the Constitution by our elected officials across many administrations? Has our right to privacy, and protection from warrantless searches been violated by the President and Congress? Has the federal court not abdicated its duties by failing to strike down the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a violation of the Fourth Amendment? These are the reasons we fought Britain for our independence. These acts were intolerable then. They are intolerable now. Allowing any further abuses will only lead to despotism and tyranny. To whom can we turn to remedy this situation if not We The People?
The time has come for one unified petition for redress with only one remedy. The resignation and replacement of our elected officials and finally, Supreme Court.
Your assignment: write your own petition listing the violations that have been committed by the federal government against you. Post them here. And let us define the terms and mechanics involved in replacing the Congress. Engage in this process and end this nonsense.