On April 19, my fellow delegates--Michael Lunnon and Dave Batcheller--and I will be serving the Articles of Freedom on our federal representatives, and on the governor's office in Santa Fe. At the same time, delegates and/or their representatives from every state will be serving the same document.
The Articles of Freedom are an outcome of the Continental Congress 2009--a gathering of delegates from each of 48 states--who congressed in Illinois to deliberate upon 14 Petitions for Redress of Grievances and determined that the servant government was in violation of our rights as protected by the Constitution, primarily by not responding to the First Amendment right to Petition for Redress of Grievances. Here is the text of the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of the people to peacably assemble, and to petition the government for redress of grievances.
At least fourteen petitions have been formally brought to all three branches of government over the past 15 years, and CC2009 concluded that no response whatsover was recieved. Therefore, members of our government are in violation of their oaths of office which require them to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Given this pattern of lack of response, and the cynical disregard shown to the Constitution by members of government (recall Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who laughed at the thought that government should obey the Constitution?), the time for Petitions has passed and the time has come for the people to assert their rights and to give instructions to the servant government.
The Articles of Freedom not only document these violations to the Constitution, and the disrespect shown by our government to the Supreme Law of the Land; they also document numerous specific violations to every article in the Constitution and provide instructions to all three branches of the federal government, and to the Sovereign States, in order to bring government into obedience to their employers, We the People of the United States.
In addition, the Articles of Freedom also provide suggestions for civic action by the people, and provide a pledge taken by the delegates who signed the Articles, as well as a pledge to be signed by members of the people. That second pledge is an oath or affirmation for individuals to sign onto the process of calling the servant government to account:
"In full view of the Creator as my Witness, I hereby pledge my signature and vow to join with a goodly number of millions of Americans to hold our elected and appointed officials accountable for all of their violations, with a firm reminder that each one has sworn an Oath (or Affirmation) to Preserve, Protect and Defend the Constitution for the United States of America. In seeking to hold them accountable, I shall hold myself accountable to do the same.
We the undersigned renounce and condemn any and all INITIATION of violent force and will pursue all lawful and Constitutional means to fulfill our duty.
I place my name here and shall participate as an Eternal Record of the Will of the People to be Free."
The Pledge and Signature Form may be found here.
And here is an episode of Judge Andrew Napolitano's Freedom Watch in which Bob Shulz, Executive Director of We the People Foundation, and delegate from New York, explains the process of petitioning for Redress of Grievances and the reason that we are now past the time of Petitions.
Take part in the preservation of your Liberty! Sign the Pledge. Participate in nationwide civic action, and defend the Constitution. As Bob Shulz says, "The Constitution does not defend itself." It's our job as freedom loving Americans to protect and defend it.