Draft Proposal for Sun. 12/4 General Assembly: OWS Constitution Working Group

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December 4, 2011

PROPOSAL FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
FROM THE OWS CONSTITUTION WORKING GROUP

WE ARE SEEKING SOLIDARITY ON THIS PROPOSAL FROM THE GA

WE ARE THE VOICE OF THE CONSTITUTION

“Hold on, my friends to the Constitution and the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again.  Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” Daniel Webster

We hereby submit, for the General Assembly’s official review and approval, seven First Amendment Petitions for Redress of Grievances, which address major violations of the Constitution – important to the Occupy movement – which are devastating America’s economy and reputation and pauperizing the People.

We are recommending a ONE WEEK period of review for OWS to consider the contents of the “Petition Packet” with a goal to discuss on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

To facilitate the information process:
a) We will hand out copies at the GA on December 4;
b) We will hand copies throughout the day on Monday December 5 at the park, Charlotte’s Place and 60 Wall Street, as well as at the Spokes Council Meeting on Monday night;
c) We will have a discussion on the Petition Packet at 2pm on Monday, December 5 at Charlotte’s Place for anyone who wishes to attend;
d) We will post the Petitions on www.occupytheconstitution.org for those who have online access.

We, the FREE People of the United States of America, have the unalienable Right to Petition the Government for Redress of Grievances, a Right that is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution for the United States of America, and by every State Constitution.

If government, after first violating the Constitution, then ignores the People’s Petitions for Redress, we, the People, have the unalienable Right to peaceful means of enforcement to ensure compliance. The Right of Redress enables the People to peaceably hold the Government accountable to the rest of the Constitution. This Right has been dormant in America for a long time, but no more.

Individuals and small groups cannot prevail in attempts to hold the government accountable to the Constitution. We need millions of people to support these Petitions, to pressure the government to be attentive and responsive, to shift the ultimate power in America back to the People, where it was meant to reside in the first place.

“THE PETITION PACKET”

STATEMENT OF BELIEFS: Fundamental to America’s Reason for Being, upon which WE THE PEOPLE take this action.

PETITION ONE: Unconstitutional Bailouts – Private Corporations and Foreign Countries

PETITION TWO: Unconstitutional Federal Reserve System

PETITION THREE: Unconstitutional Money and Monetary Policy
Our debt-base, fiat currency is prohibited by the Constitution.

PETITION FOUR: Unconstitutional Public Debt
The free people of America are only responsible for public debt that is constitutionally incurred.

PETITION FIVE: Public Education and the Constitution
No system of public education in America should be devoid of instruction on the history, meaning, effect and significance of the principles, restrictions, prohibitions and mandates of the Supreme Law of the Land, our State and Federal Constitutions.  No system of public education in America should ever withhold knowledge regarding popular sovereignty, the natural, unalienable Rights of the individual and our republican form of government, all Fundamental to America’s Reason for Being.

PETITION SIX: Unconstitutional Counting of Votes in Secret
The FREE People of America have a constitutionally guaranteed Right to know their votes are being accurately counted without special, expert knowledge, a Right that is violated by electronic voting systems.

PETITION SEVEN: War Powers
The People have a constitutionally guaranteed Right to an Executive Branch that does not apply the armed forces of the U.S. in hostilities overseas without the approval and authorization of the U.S. Congress.  We also have a Right to a foreign policy where our government does not meddle in the internal affairs of other countries.

If all agree, there will be a massive effort to get 3- 5% of America’s population, or 9-15 million people, to sign these Petitions at WWW.OCCUPYTHECONSTITUTION.ORG by January 20, 2012. The Petitions will then be served on the President, every member of Congress and other officials, such as State Legislators, to secure redress.

We believe that Civic Education without Civic Action is for naught as Civic Action without Civic Education is for naught.  These Petitions, and the Will of the People to secure a response, will ensure the Voice of the Constitution is heard.

These Petitions do not address every issue which is causing distress for our country and our people, but if these alone are addressed, there will be a tremendous relief and positive effect for all that will put the Nation back on track.

Please know:
THE CONSTITUTION IS NOT A MENU AND CANNOT DEFEND ITSELF.
The government is not going to defend it. Corporate America, nor corporate media is going to defend it.
Our State and Federal Constitutions will not be defended unless We, the Free People of America defend it.

“The People are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our Liberties.” Thomas Jefferson.

Respectfully submitted,
Bob and Judith
OWS CONSTITUTION WORKING GROUP
honoramerica@gmail.com 518 656 3578  518 361 8153(cell)  804 405 6505(cell)

6 Responses to “Draft Proposal for Sun. 12/4 General Assembly: OWS Constitution Working Group”

  1. Malcolm R Migacz

    States can ask Congress to call for a Constitutional Convention. The convention proposes amendments instead of Congress, though they also have to be ratified by the states. It bypasses the usual means of reform (Congress, presidential elections, etc.) which the lobbyists and other interested parties have learned so well to manipulate. And lastly, such a convention would be free to propose solutions that would otherwise be subject to be striken as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

    • Bob/Judith

      We wouldn’t be in this mess we are in if the elected officials had been obeying the existing Constitution including its War, Money, Taxes, Privacy, Property and other provisions; and not doing those things they are not authorized to do. Our approach is for WE THE PEOPLE to hold the government accountable to the existing principles, prohibitions, restrictions and mandates, using the Accountability Clause of the First Amendment which is an unalienable Right guaranteed by the First Amendment and every State Constitution. It’s time for the People to come together in defense of the Constitution.

      It’s our position that elected officials will ultimately be no more interested in obeying a new or amended Constitution than the one we now have. WE have things in the Constitution now which have not been stricken by the Supreme Court — the War Clauses! the Money Clauses! The Constitutionality of the Federal Reserve has NEVER been before the Supreme Court.! Our proposal deals with specific provisions of the Constitution which are being violated.

      One more final thought: any argument or any alternative approach to reform other than getting the government to obey the Supreme Law of the Land needs to identify the specific provisions that they would like to see in a new Constitution. What is it about our current Constitution that needs to be added, deleted or modified?

      What provisions do you suggest be added?

  2. Brendan

    I disagree with everything
    Petition 1. The congress controls spending authority. If congress decides a bailout is necessary then it is just and legal. Those who disagree can vote in a new congress.

    Petition 2. The Federal Reserve act established the Federal Reserve. It is constitutional and subject to congressional oversight. If congress fails to oversee people can vote in a new congress.

    Petitoin 3. Please cite where this is prohibited by the constitution

    Petition 4. You cant refuse to repay money once borrowed. If you disagree with the money congress borrowed vote in a new congress

    petition 5 the federal government should not dictate currucula

    Petition 6. just because you don’t understand how computers work doesnt mean they dont work

    Petition 7. The War Powers act is already on the books and the justices need only weigh in on implamentatoin

  3. Bob/Judith

    Hi Brenden
    Sorry you disagree with everything. The Petitions haven’t been posted yet on occupytheconstitution.org so please read further. In response to your comments of our summary of what the Petition contains:

    PETITION ONE: Where in the Constitution have We The People or the States given Congress the authority to give or lend public funds to private corporations for a decidely and definitively private purpose? If it is not authorized in writing, THEY CAN’T DO IT. Please don’t suggest the authority can be found in the Commerce Clause or the General Welfare Clause or the Necessary and Proper Clause. We rely on the meaning that those words had when they were added to the document. Where in the Constitution have We The People and the STates given the Executive branch (which is where you find the Federal Reserve system) the power to give or lend public funds to bailout foreign banks (including the European Central Bank, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Canada and the Central Bank of Switzerland.) Especially without an appropriation by Congress, under the Appropriation Clause, using fiat-currency to boot. If all of that is not bad enough, the Executive Branch uses unconstitutionally valid money in the process (Federal Reserve notes.)

    To rely entirely on the electoral process for reform is both wrong and dangerous for two reasons. First, there are two many lobbies and people with vested interest in the status quo to expect we would ever see a majority in Congress or our STate legislatures guided entirely by the Constitutions in everything they do. Second, even if it were possible to eventually have such a majority, your Rights are not guaranteed by the will of any majority – they are guaranteed by the written words of our Constitutions. Thank God we have the Right to vote and we pursue best candidates to put into office but for reasons given above, we can’t just rely on putting new Congress into place.
    Response to others coming.

  4. Brendan

    Your response serves the Tea Party and OWS with equal force. Touche’ mon ami.