Thursday, January 07, 2010

Articles of Freedom, part 2

Last week I wrote about the Preface, The Prayer, and Declaration and Resolves of the Continental Congress 2009. Now I will continue with the first article of the work of the 2009 Continental Congress called the Articles of Freedom. I agree with everything that this says, but I would find it hard not to support my church which (I believe) takes federal funds and food for its food pantry ministry. Of course I disagree with this, but my church is my spiritual family. But it would be hard to leave the ones I’ve known for my entire life. You will never find a perfect church. On the other hand…maybe I shouldn’t be so willing to compromise…

ARTICLE 1.

SOVEREIGNTY AND THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

A. AFFIRMATION

We, the People, in order to maintain our independence from any oppressor, to protect our Rights as Free Men and Women, to secure the blessings of liberty for our posterity, and to document our Resolve to resist any external or internal force which may seek to curtail those Rights make this affirmation:

WHEREAS, the Declaration of Independence declares Man's Right to establish governments to secure his Liberty, and alter or abolish those which do not, and

WHEREAS, the Concept of Judicial Review of Constitutionality is not to be found anywhere in the Federal Constitution, and

WHEREAS, the 9th and 10th Amendments to the Federal Constitution clearly indicate that all powers not enumerated in the Federal Constitution are reserved to the States or the People; and

WHEREAS, the States are not ruling on Constitutionality; it is the responsibility of the People, as the final arbiters of the Constitution, to decide on what is or is not Constitutional, and

WHEREAS, this Body, is a body made up of the People who are able to instruct our servant government, and

WHEREAS, We, the People, do not consent to supra-national bodies that may or may not seek to become a world, or even regional, governing body,

THEREFORE, Be it Resolved, that We, the People do hereby declare ourselves to be independent of all supra-national bodies; including but not limited to: The United Nations (UN) and any subsidiary thereof, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), any so-called Free Trade agreements and organizations (such as WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT); any association or group that seeks to subvert the Constitution (such as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Trilateral Commission); and that we declare any treaties that these bodies create to be null and void.”

And Be it Resolved that We the People do not consent to tyranny, and we will actively resist any infringement upon our Liberty, as described in the Declaration of Independence, and which has been secured by the Constitution of the United States, and which springs from the stirring of our own hearts and souls.”

Be it Further Resolved that We the People reaffirm our Unalienable Rights as written in the Declaration of Independence, which states that: “. . . whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these [Rights], it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it and to institute new Government”, founding it once again upon the principles of Liberty and Freedom. We therefore reaffirm the right of the People to organize their government in such form as to secure their Unalienable Rights, including the right to Life, Liberty, Property, the Pursuit of Happiness and Self-Governance, by use of any and all means available to them.”

Be it Further Resolved that the Continental Congress 2009 appeals to the People to secure their Sovereignty by any and all means necessary. This body recognizes that if and when force is brought to bear on the people—whether it is from a foreign body or misuse of domestic power—it is the Right of the People to meet such force with equal force. Any infringement on the Liberty and Freedom of the People as enumerated in the Constitution is an act of WAR against the people and the People and their Militias have the Right and Duty to repel it.

Be it Further Resolved that this Affirmation shall serve as notice to all Oppressors that the People’s resolve is firm and unyielding and that no one has the right to force his will upon another. The strength of our conviction is deep and powerful, and it is tested at great risk to any Oppressors.

B. GENERAL REMEDIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO CONGRESS AND EACH OF THE SEVERAL STATES

Congress and the Legislatures of each of the Several States shall reaffirm the fundamental political and legal principles that:

The Declaration of Independence is the Original and Supreme Assertion of the Independence and Sovereignty of We the People and as such, it constitutes the Great and Indispensible Charter and Guarantee of our Freedom and Liberty.

The Declaration of Independence asserts that We the People have “assume[d] among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them”; and that the original thirteen Colonies took upon themselves the status of “Free and Independent States” with “full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do”.

The purpose of the Constitution of the United States is to provide a Charter for the Government of the People of the United States in their “separate and equal station” that they have assumed “ among the powers of the earth” through the formation of “a more perfect Union” among the States. Through this Union, the Sovereignty of the People is exercised through a federal government under the control of the People and for their benefit. Therefore, the Constitution cannot serve any international, supra-national, anti-national or merely private function that would infringe upon the right of the People to that separate and equal station that the Declaration of Independence guarantees them.

The Constitution of the United States, as the Supreme Law of the Land, is based upon the Principles of Liberty stated in the Declaration of Independence. Therefore, the Oath or Affirmation taken by all government officials at every level to protect and defend the Constitution also binds them to support those principles in the Declaration of Independence.

Therefore, no public official may lawfully take any action whatsoever that:

i. results in the surrender, alienation or delegation of the sovereignty of the People of the United States

ii. by entangling alliances, special relationships, or through political or economic subservience, advances the interests of any other nation, international organization, supranational entity or private organization at the expense of the sovereignty of the United States.

Any such action by a public official is a violation of that individual’s Oath or Affirmation of Office and is therefore treason against the Constitution for the United States of America.

C. ADDITIONAL REMEDIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO CONGRESS

We hereby instruct Congress to repeal all legislation for which it cannot show constitutional authority under the enumerated powers of Article I, Section 8.

D. ADDITIONAL REMEDIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO THE SEVERAL STATES

We hereby instruct our State Legislatures to:

1. Adopt State Sovereignty Resolutions that assert the power of the State to treat as null and void all federal legislation that exceeds the enumerated powers of Congress under the Constitution; and to enforce such resolutions by the interposition of the State to protect its citizens from unconstitutional federal legislation.

2. Demonstrate principled leadership: Strengthen the State's power to protect its citizens; and completely and forever eliminate the most common means of federal coercion by refusing all federal funds that are not specifically authorized by the Constitution.

3. Encourage the true and proper “general welfare” of the State by repealing state welfare legislation. Thus, leave the citizens free to build strong families, exercise true individual charity and rebuild actual community through voluntary association rather than government coercion.

E. RECOMMENDED CIVIC ACTIONS BY THE PEOPLE

Whereas federal violations of the General Welfare Clause cannot be truly reversed without a voluntary resumption of personal responsibility, we urge our fellow citizens to join us in promoting the true “general welfare” of the United States through the following citizen actions. We call upon the People to:

1. Break the chains of government dependence by refusing to participate in any unconstitutional government welfare program, whether individual or corporate, including but not limited to: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, grants, subsidies, or any other form of federal welfare;

2. Make informed choices regarding health insurance, vaccinations, mental health screenings, dietary supplements, medications and other health decisions based on personal choice, and not merely in obedience to intrusive and offensive federal laws, with a willingness to disobey such laws when conscience or reason dictate;

3. Seek out information about companies that use federal and state governments as their agents to rob us of our wealth and enrich themselves through bailouts, grants, subsidies and other corporate welfare, and to communicate to them our refusal to do business with them while they persist in their thievery;

4. Refuse support to churches, religious organizations and charities that denigrate our Constitution by availing themselves of unconstitutional government programs rather than voluntary charity; and instead to vigorously and generously support churches and religious organizations that boldly stand for the Principles of Liberty enshrined in our Constitution; and, additionally, to rebuild strong community structures on the basis of voluntary association rather than government coercion.

5. Refuse to give the federal government absolute control over our children's education while compelling us to pay for it; and to practice our parental rights by providing our children education at home or through private institutions, thereby protecting them from harmful, dishonest, and subversive government indoctrination.

6. To live our lives as free individuals, not ceding any authority to the federal government which we have not expressly granted to it in our Constitution; and to disobey, when appropriate, any unconstitutional laws; and use every means at our disposal to challenge usurpations through the courts, political action, and any other means deemed necessary.

(from Articles of Freedom, the Works of the Continental Congress 2009)


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