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August 20, 2008

RNC Free Speech Court Battle set for August 25th

Filed under: IfP Events,Impeachment Progress News,Minnesota — Jodin Morey @ 4:16 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

St. Paul, Minnesota — August 20, 2008 — A date has now been set for August 25th at 9am at the Ramsey County Courthouse in front of Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin (15 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul , MN) for a lawsuit filed by Impeach for Peace (IfP), along with others looking to demonstrate at the Republican National Convention (RNC) with the help of the ACLU of Minnesota demanding the right to free speech. Plaintiffs include: Jodin Morey and Mikael Rudolph of Impeach for Peace, Colleen and Ross Rowley, and Ron Deharporte.

See the details about this lawsuit in our previous Press Release.

View the complaint ACLU RNC Complaint

This interview was conducted in the wake of the filing of a lawsuit against the St. Paul City Council and the Police regarding their restrictions on free speech for the Republican National Convention.

For more information please contact Jodin Morey, Cofounder of Impeach for Peace.

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  1. PLEASE PUBLISH

    WE THE PEOPLE
    OF THE UNTIED STATES OF AMERICA

    PETITION WITH PLEADINGS
    HENCE DECLARES THAT CONGRESS
    IMPEACH TRY CONVICT SENTENCE FINE AND BANISH
    WITHOUT IMPUNITY
    CREATORS INITIATORS ENABLERS INSTIGATORS
    AND PIRATING PROFITEERS
    OF THE IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
    WARS
    AND THE INCLUSIVE WAR ON TERROR

    WE THE PEOPLE declare that when a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of WE THE PEOPLE, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted; and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression: when the Constitution of our country, which they have sworn to support, no longer has a substantial existence, and the whole nature of our government has been forcible changed, without WE THE PEOPLES consent, from a federative republic, composed of sovereign states, to a consolidated central military despotism, in which every interest is disregarded by that of Federal Investigative and Enforcement Law and the present Executive Branch of the Federal Government and all that have become appointed and employees to duties both are the eternal enemies of civil liberty, the ever-ready minions of power, and the usual instrument of tyrants: when, long after the spirit of the constitution has departed, moderation is, at length, so far lost by those in power that even the semblance of freedom is removed, and the forms, themselves, of the constitution discontinued; and so far from their petitions and remonstrance’s being regarded, the agents who bear them are thrown into all sorts of terror filled restraints inclusive prisons of despair, and mercenary agents and armies are sent forth to force sovereign nations upon them at the point of the tools of war: when, in consequence of such acts of malfeasance and abdication on the part of our federal government, anarchy prevails, and civil society is dissolved into its orginal elements; in such a crisis, the first law of nature, the right of self-preservation, the inherent and inalienable right of WE THE PEOPLE to appeal to first principles and take their political affairs into their own hands in extreme case, enjoins it as a right towards themselves and a sacred obligation to their posterity to impeach, try, convict, fine, banish without impunity such federal government elected executives, employees, appointees, envoys and to cause to be constitutionally elicited worthy others to be empowered as substitutes in lieu of the next term of elected officials to resume elected powers, calculated to rescue WE THE PEOPLE from impending dangers, and to secure our future welfare and happiness.
    I.
    WE THE PEOPLE Petition CONGRESS as a body of lawmakers and we as individuals that is responsible and amenable for our acts to the public opinion of mankind. A statement of a part of our grievances is, therefore, submitted to an impartial world, in justification of the hazards but unavoidable step now taken of severing our political support and connection with the present Executive Branch of our Federal government and assuming an attitude of remorse for our CONGRESS allowed and empowered actions amiss among those mentioned nations of the earth.

    II.
    Our present Executive leadership [hereafter called it], by its illicit pre-planed war intentions, convinced WE THE PEOPLE and CONGRESS by deception and the horrors inflicted on our soil after 911 that war was imminent. Then induced the American population to pledge their faith to war efforts to restrain, restrict and rid our nation from more acts of terrorism. Thus in so doing WE THE PEOPLE should continue to enjoy our constitution liberty and democratic government to which we had been habituated in the land of our birth, the United States of America. In this expectation they have cruelly disappointed, and have acquiesced in their changes made in the government by it who having altered substantively the constitution of this county, and now offers us the cruel alternation either to abandon our people property and liberties, or submit to the most intolerable of all tyranny, the combined despotism of Federal Law Enforcement and Armies and the vile contemptible present Executive Branch of our government.

    III.
    It has sacrificed our people property and welfare toward war efforts in the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan by which our interests have been continually depressed through a jealous and partial course of legislation, and carried on at a far removed from saneness and alien to consent seat of our government, by a hostile Executive majority, and this, too notwithstanding we have petitioned in the humblest terms for CONGRESS to enforce the LAWS of impeachment in accordance with the provisions of the United State Constitution. And WE THE PEOPLE have presented in the media and Internet and to CONGRESS our pleas and without just cause, ALL have been contemptuously rejected.

    IV.
    It has failed and refused to secure absolute justice and has implemented such into the PATRIOT ACT, on a firm basis, the right of trial by jury, that palladium of civil liberty, and only safe guarantee for the life, liberty, and property of all peoples.

    V.
    It has failed to empower more and bring sober judgements and sound resolutions too our public system of education, although possessed of almost boundless resource [public domain] and, although it is an axiom, in political science, that unless a people are educated and enlightened, It is idle to expect the continuance of civil liberty or the capacity for self-government.

    VI.
    It has suffered the Federal Executive Investigative and Enforcers of law officials, and their employees and emissaries stationed among us and abroad, to exercise arbitrary acts of secrecy ambiguity oppression and tyranny; thus trampling upon the most sacred rights of the citizen and rendering the military superior to the civil power.

    VII.
    It has dissolved, by force of arms, the nations of Iraq and Afghanistan and obliged the indigenous contiguous people to flee for their lives and from their people and property and seats of governments; thus depriving them of their fundamental rights of life and political right of representation.
    VIII.
    It has demanded the surrender of a number of their citizens, and ordered military detachments to seize and carry them into prisons for trial; in contempt of the civil authorities, and in defiance of the laws of those nations. .

    IX.
    It has made piratical attacks upon our treasuries, by commissioning national and foreign desperadoes and mercenaries and Federal Law Enforcement authorizing them to lay claim to territories alien to our core needs. And to expend our national treasuries on the unprovoked wars and enormous buildup of long-term military installations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. And to seize property of Iraq and Afghanistan citizens in confiscation for the intended use of the energy barons.

    X.
    It denies us the right of worshiping the Almighty according to the dictates of our own religious zeal conscience and independent commitment to the LORD JESUS CHRIST, by the illicit use of our combined treasuries and the unconscionable treatment of our military men and women many dying in vain for the needless and endless wars, all calculated to promote the temporal financial interest of its servile alliances to the tyrannical barons of industry, energy and communications rather than the glory of the true and living God.

    XI.
    It has constrained us to take away our voice of dissent, which is essential to our defense, the rightful voice of freemen, and precursor to a formidable foe only to tyrannical governments.

    XII.
    It has invaded our homes and homeland with intent to lay waste our territory and elicit safety and security from our homes; and now has a large mercenary of armies at its disposal soon to be advancing to carry on against us and others wars on terror in selective extermination.

    XIII.
    It has, through its secret emissaries, incited the merciless savage, with, sophisticated weapons of war to massacre inhabitants in our offensive invading wars against hapless defenseless nations.

    XIV.
    It has been, during the entire time of our allegiance with it, made contemptible sport and victim of us with it successive laid claims as intolerable revolutionaries towards our constitution, and us and has continually exhibited every characteristic of a weak, corrupt, and tyrannical government.

    XV.
    These, and other grievances, were patiently borne by WE THE PEOPLE until they reached that point at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. We then took up our combined voice again in defense of the national constitution. We appealed to our brethren for assistance. Our appeals thus far have been made in vain. Through months and even years have elapsed. No sympathetic response has yet been heard from CONGRESS. We are, therefore, forced to the melancholy conclusion that the present Executive Branch has acquiesced in the destruction of our liberty, and the substitution therefore of a military government–that they insist we are unfit to be free and incapable of self-government.

    XVI.
    The necessity of our mortal and immortal self-preservation, therefore, now decrees our eternal political plea for CONGRESS to impeach try convict fine and banish with out impunity enablers makers and profiteers of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the inclusive war on terror

    XVII.
    It has suffered a disproportion of illicit terror on the estimated 750,000 fellow Christian believers in Iraq many tens of thousands have left their homes, land people and property fleeing from Iraq during our war efforts for fear of their lives. Thus ridding the commands of Jesus Christ harm nullifying nearly 2000 years of work in Iraq that was inspired by Apostle Paul.

    WE THE PEOPLE, therefore, as the constitutional empowered delegates, with plenary powers, of the people of the United States of America, in solemn sober and resolute connectivity assemble, appealing to a candid world for the necessities of our conditions, do hereby resolve and declare that our political connection with the present Executive Branch of our nation has forever ended; and that WE THE PEOPLE do now constitute a free, sovereign, and independent VOICE, and are fully invested with all the rights and attributes which properly belong to independent people; and conscious of the rectitude of our intentions, we fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the decision of the Supreme Arbiter of the destiny of each as individuals and WE THE PEOPLE.

    Thus I_______________________________do solemnly swear by a formal oath and by the testament of my name that I am a conjoined contiguous solicitous one of WE THE PEOPLE. And too that extent I fully agree with this——the Collaborated Petition with Pleadings and Demand made on our CONGRESS.

    Signed ___________________________________________________ date ____________

    Comment by DWIGHT BAKER — August 22, 2008 @ 8:33 am

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Holding government officials accountable for their actions strengthens our democracy. Letting lawlessness stand weakens it.

Sometimes reprimanding a child (president) doesn't make the family (Washington) a happy place. But you still have to do it so the child and his siblings (future presidents) learn about accountability. Impeachment is horribly UNDERUSED, which is part of why there's so much corruption at the top. Politicians must learn to fear it. People think things are better because we improved the make-up of our law-making body, Congress. But Bush is BREAKING LAWS. So, it doesn't matter how many laws Congress passes if they don't serve their OVERSIGHT duties as well by impeaching. They swore to defend the Constitution. What are laws without enforcement?

Besides, considering Bush's track-record of breaking laws, he can still do a lot of damage. Our troops, Iran, and our Supreme Court are all endangered so long as he remains in office. Waiting until Bush is out of office will leave us complicit in any further crimes he commits. The Union of Concerned Scientists has estimated that the death toll from a "tactical" nuclear weapon of the kind Bush is contemplating using in Iran would be at minimum 3 million men, women, and children. The path of death would stretch across country boundaries into India.

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Today's impossibility is tomorrow's reality. Congress members will realize that tying their political future to Bush reduces their chances of getting elected. Remember, one way or another, Bush is gone by 2009— but members of Congress may retain their offices beyond that date. Bush's poll numbers are extremely low, and most Americans support impeachment. This is a bipartisan movement. This means that if we make the pressure unbearable for Members of Congress, they'll turn on him to keep their own seats (like they did with Nixon). It's already starting to happen. While many Members of Congress have behaved unethically in the last few years, it's important to understand that this is related to their warped view of what's in their self-interest. Let's wake them up to their true self-interest (impeaching the president), by showing them our support for impeachment.

And even if we only impeach, and the Senate fails to do their duty and remove him from office, it will only implicate the Senators who fail to do their sworn Constitutional duty.

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Pelosi most likely said this to remove any appearance of conflict-of-interest that would arise if she were thrust into the presidency as a result of the coming impeachment. What we need to do is to pressure Pelosi not to interfere with impeachment maneuverings within her party. Sending her Do-It-Yourself impeachments legitimizes her when she joins the impeachment movement in the future.

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