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U.S. Supreme Court Dockets Landmark Right to Petition Case

 
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.


Two days ago (November 27, 2007), the U.S. Supreme Court docketed two Petitions for Writ of Certiorari arising from the same decision by the United States Court of Appeals in the case titled, We The People v. United States. The Supreme Court will consider the two petitions together.

One Petition for Writ of Certiorari, submitted by We The People (WTP) Chairman Robert Schulz, was assigned Docket Number 07-681. The second Petition for Writ of Certiorari, filed by attorney Mark Lane, who is representing the remaining plaintiffs, was assigned Docket Number 07-680.

By the end of the year we will know whether the nation's highest court will take upon itself the burden of considering--for the first time in the Republic's history--the constitutional meaning of the last ten words of the First Amendment, i.e., the people's right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The burden is breathtaking in the scope of its implications. Our case rests on a virtually irrefutable historical record establishing the true political purpose behind the Constitution's Petition Clause, or what we have come to call the "Accountability Clause." The record is so unambiguous that it leaves no room for its interpretation: If the people have evidence the government is violating the Constitution the people may petition for redress of the grievance, and if the government does not respond to the petition, the people may retain their money until their grievances are redressed.

On the other hand, there is absolutely nothing in American history or jurisprudence that contradicts the historical record or our assertions regarding the power of this long-forgotten right.

Obviously, there is a great deal at stake for both sides in this controversy--the people and the government.

Three and one-half years ago, nearly two thousand Americans sued the government of the United States for failing to respond to repeated petitions for redress of grievances that cited numerous constitutional torts against the people. These petitions have required answers to specific questions regarding violations of the Constitution's War Powers clauses, money clauses, privacy clauses, and the government's enforcement of direct, unapportioned taxes upon on the labor of ordinary American citizens in violation of the Constitution's tax clauses.

After this week's docketing of the appeal, the government now has thirty days to either file a response brief, arguing why the court need not hear the case, or inform the court that the government is waiving its right to file a response. Following either of these two events, the appeal will be distributed to the nine justices and scheduled for one of the court's weekly conferences, which could happen by the end of the year or in January 2008.

At that conference, the nine justices will discuss this case and controversy and vote on whether to hear the appeal. Should the court decide to take the case, it will issue a briefing schedule and will hear oral arguments.

The WTP Foundation extends a warm and most sincere "thank you" to our friends and supporters who have stood strong for so many years now in defense of the Constitution and liberty, in reliance upon the Creator and original intent.

Over this period we have methodically erected a solid foundation that will endure time--an irrefutable documentary record of repeated, respectful acts of petitioning the executive and legislative branches for redress of the most serious of constitutional torts.

Our efforts will one day enable those who may come to pass judgment upon our nation's future to know that the people peacefully, and with great love of the republic and the rule of law, sought justice, protection, and the sanction of the highest court in claiming and exercising the unalienable and constitutionally guaranteed right of the people to peaceably hold the government accountable to the Constitution, all for the purpose of securing for further enjoyment the light of liberty.

Freedom is so fragile, so easy to slip away. Unfortunately, it remains in the natural order of things for governments, and the men who run them, to seek encroachments upon the liberty of the people. It is for this reason our Constitution was created.

In America, all that stands between the people and total tyranny and despotism is the Constitution. However, the Constitution cannot defend itself. That's our job. It remains the burden of each generation to honor and defend it, and in doing so, pass on to their heirs and assigns the meaning and significance of the essential values and principles embodied by our founding documents. All it takes is the negligence or neglect of one generation to break the "chain of custody" and freedom is lost forever.
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Re: U.S. Supreme Court Dockets Landmark Right to Petition Case
This is even BIGGER than the recent 'Handgun Ban' hearing, as it's something most Americans are woefully unaware of.

"No answers - no taxes" isn't a difficult concept, one would hope !!

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