Our Government refuses to provide Redress
by John Rhinehart
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Our Government refuses to provide Redress to the People's Petitions to Remedy Violations of the Constitution
The United States Government is acting like King George, prior to this nation’s revolution. It has now crossed a boundary that our founding fathers fought for so dearly—The Right to Petition for Redress of Grievances.
“In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”
Declaration of Independence—1776
Thus, the Executive will not respond; the Legislators will not respond and now the Supreme Court will not respond.
On May 8, 2007, a mid-level court -- the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit -- issued its decision, affirming the lower court’s ruling that the Government is not obligated to listen or respond to the Petitions for Redress of Grievances and that, therefore, the Court has no basis to enjoin the IRS from continuing its traditional enforcement of the Internal Revenue Code.
“If money is wanted by Rulers who have in any manner oppressed the People, they may retain it until their grievances are redressed, and thus peaceably procure relief, without trusting to despised petitions or disturbing the public tranquility.”
1774, Journals of the Continental Congress, 1:105-113
Then on January 4, 2008, the Judges of the Supreme Court of the United States, in conference, voted to deny the Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the landmark Right-to-Petition case We The People v. United States.
On January 7 the Court issued its Order denying certiorari.
Without comment, the Supreme Court decided not to hear We The People v. United States, a case which, if heard, would have required the Court to declare -- for the first time history -- whether the Government is obligated to respond to proper Petitions by ordinary, private individuals for Redress of Grievances – specifically Grievances alleging unconstitutional behavior by the Government, and whether the individual having so Petitioned, has the Right to act to peacefully hold the Government accountable if the Government refuses to respond.
In denying to hear this first impression case, the Court has ignored its duty to interpret the meaning of the Constitution, and leaves undisturbed the decision of the DC Court of Appeals which, unfortunately, relied on two cases that were not on point -- they involved employment related grievances by state public employees and state legislation governing same, not Grievances by private parties, and not involving alleged violations of the Constitution.
The decision by the Supreme Court has grave consequences for the future of individual Rights, Freedom and Liberty, popular sovereignty, government accountability and the great experiment in (self) government that is America. Any Right that is not enforceable is not a Right.
The behavior of the courts as evidenced by the record can leave but one interpretation: The three branches of Government have colluded in a constitutional conspiracy to impede the exercise of the Right of the People to secure Constitutional Order.
Again, The Congress has failed. The Executive has failed. And now, the Judiciary joined her sister branches in a conspiracy to prop up a cancerous and dangerous government.
There can be no doubt. The federal judiciary is now being utilized as a weapon of oppression rather than for the ends of Justice for which it was designed.
Not only has the Judiciary abandoned its role as an independent arbiter of legal controversies involving injured citizens seeking remediation for Government wrongs, the Judiciary now refuses to even discuss the most basic, underlying Founding Principles upon which our Republic rests, i.e., the Rights of the People to Sovereignty and to hold Government accountable – particularly its obligation to respond to Petitions for Redress of constitutional torts as provided by the First Amendment.
During the entire history of the United States of America, no court had interpreted the meaning of the Accountability Clause that is, no court had ever declared the Rights of the People and the obligations of the Government under the last ten words of the First Amendment.
What is your response now that our government will not respond to the people's right to petition for Redress of Grievances guarantee by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution?
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