CC2009: BY WHAT AUTHORITY?Submitted by someguy on Mon, 11/16/2009 - 01:14
11.15.09 David Justice:
A question was asked of me today "Do we have any legitimate authority to be here doing what we are doing?"
The Declaration of Independence provides that the people have a duty, a lawful obligation to throw off government when a long train of governmental abuse and usurpation evinces a design to reduce the people under absolute despotism. Given that the people have this duty, and given that the government through its abuses and usurpations has lost any rightful claim to power, thus, the power delegated to the government is vested back to the people. In other words, when the government strays from its constitutionally delegated powers, it abandons its legitimate role as government, and any further exercise of force under the guise of being the people's agent, is ultra vires and void.
However, should the people fail to exercise the power lawfully vested back to them owing to said government's breach of the Constitution, the power lies dormant and chaos ensues. Is that not the agenda the political, economic and social arenas are following? The failure to timely exercise this duty is fatal, terminal, as the government, now rogue, will gladly continue to use the power to enslave the people so long as the people remain derelict in their duty. The longer the people remain derelict, the longer the government will continue in its destructive abuse and usurpation of the people's Liberty, which is endowed to them by their Creator.
Our government's abdication of its responsibility to be accountable to the people by responding to the petitions for redress of grievances exposes its usurpations. Having a duty to speak but refusing to do so, its silence plainly testifies to its abuse of power. Through its silence, the government has confessed to the evinced design to reduce the people under absolute despotism. With that being the case, the American people have a sacred duty to throw it off.
Does the Continental Congress have legitimate authority to be here? Does the delegate body have authority to perform this act? The duty to throw off a government is incumbent on the whole people, the sovereign body politic. But the people have become stupefied, intoxicated, deluded, asleep, and dead in thought and action. Bob Schulz has acknowledged and accepted his responsibility to stand. We the People Congress recognizes this duty and its members have thrown their weight behind this effort by hosting an election and being at cause for the Delegates representing the people of the respective states here at the Continental Congress. This Continental Congress serves to demonstrate the legitimate authority vested in the people by the Constitution. This Congress serves as a petition to the American people, a timely reminder to the people that they, that we, have an obligation to exercise the power lost by the government, power which now has been re-vested in us.
What is the best, most responsible way to exercise this power? To peacefully assemble and get to know each other again for the first time. To take the time to study the Constitution, to study different types of government, to study the works of America's Founders. To come to know and appreciate who and what America was intended to be, and sadly, what she has become.
Power belongs to the people, delegated to the government only for the benefit of the people. When the power is used to their detriment, they have a duty to take it back. We have taken it back, and we will hold it in trust until such time as the whole body politic awakens and joins us in this legitimate exercise of power.