By Ken Keil
We The People Foundation Freedom Keeper Rally
Sponsored by We The People Congress, Inc.
On January 14, 2009, Bob Schultz, Chairman of the We the People Foundation(WTF) came to Denver, Colorado to present a summary of grievances committed against American citizens by the U.S. government and to rally interest in the formation of the Second Continental Congress to meet in Philadelphia beginning March 1, 2009. The purpose of the Second Continental Congress is to develop a plan of action of how to address grievances that have not been addressed properly by the U.S. government and various state governments when petitioned.
The rally tour began on January 3, 2009 and the Denver rally was the largest crowd to date (San Antonio, Dallas, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Phoenix, Riverside, Salt Lake City, and Denver). A room for 200 people was reserved and when the meeting began it was standing room only.
Mr. Schultz provided a brief history of the fight for freedom. According to Mr. Schultz, the Magna Carta signed in 1215 is the cradle of liberty. Specific mention was given to Section 61 of the MC. In 1774, representatives from 13 colonies met in Philadelphia to discuss grievances that the King of England had committed against the colonies. These representatives passed an 8 page act which stated several points. It encouraged the inhabitants of Quebec to join the movement. Additionally, the Act stated “People can retain their money until the grievances were addressed.” Until 1830, politicians always responded to the petitions for redress of grievances. Southern congressmen did not like the petition of redress of grievances because of the abolitionists. Per Mr. Schultz, in his opinion, the 1st Amendment of the Constitution contains the most important sentence of the Constitution (the right to petition for a redress of grievances). In the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the signers indicated that repeated petitions were met by repeated injuries.
WTF worked with several constitutional scholars and served four petitions on the U.S. government on November 8, 2008 in Washington D.C. A brief summary of the grievances include: 1) Iraq resolution; 2) the federal reserve system; 3) the US Patriot Acts; 4) income tax; 5) lack of immigration enforcement; 6) the North American Union; 7) the right to keep and bear arms; 8) foreign policy; and 9) federal gun control laws. Leaders from the federal government were invited to attend the 2 p.m. rally that day, but none showed.
Mr. Schultz gave several examples of how the Constitution has been and is being violated by our elected leaders and judicial system. Ron Paul prepared a bill to declare war against Afghanistan (?), but Henry Hyde, chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee stated “The Constitution doesn’t apply.” In a Washington county property tax case in which WTP represented the case, the court stated it does not have to hear redress of grievances. More recently, issues involving the election of Mr. Obama arose. Mr. Dinofrio in New Jersey filed petition to have three people, Obama, McCain, and a Nicaraguan with a green card removed from the ballot because they were and are not naturalized citizens of the U.S. as required by the Article 2 of the Constitution to run for president. The Supreme Court would not hear the case. An attorney, a Mr. Berg in Pennsylvania, filed a petition to stop Mr. Obama because he did not prove he is a naturalized citizen. The federal district court judge stated “Mr. Berg had no standing.” A Mr. Martin in Hawaii petitioned the court to open the vault where Mr. Obama’s alleged original birth certificate is stored. The judge said the could not be done as that would be an invasion of Mr. Obama’s privacy.
“What does a free people do?” asked Mr. Schultz. He indicated there are many organizations evolving around the country that are educating the people about the violations of their unalienable rights given to us by God. Mr. Schultz these organizations are doing a good job educating, but he wants to take this to the next level, i.e., action. He, therefore, is organizing the Second Continental Congress to meet in Philadelphia beginning March 1, 2009. The goal is to answer two questions. The first is should people begin the process of withdrawing their resources from federally elected and appointed officials who have usurped their power. The second is to reenact the state militias that have been taken from us. There will be 50 tables, one for each state, set up with three legislators from each state. Discussions will be conducted on the redress of grievances and what course of action should be taken. For more information, one can go to the We The People website, http://givemeliberty.org , click on Archives and then Archives 6. Refer to the articles dated December 20, 2008 (Summit Call) and December 25, 2008 (People Draw the Line) and articles since then to develop a better understanding of this momentous undertaking. Mr. Schultz’s goal is to motivate five percent of the population or 15,000,000 people to pressure our government to return to its Constitutional roots.
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