A Proposal

WeThePeopleby Anniel12/28/16
Why Do We Tolerate Known Criminals in Government?  •  To my friends and fellow Patriots: I actually wrote this proposal many years ago, but did not feel the time was right for making it public. I believed that no one would see it or pay attention, in fact, I knew they would not. The method of changing things that I set forth has never been tried that I know about. In fact, other than Mark Twain complaining to Congress about loss of his writing copyrights and the Mormons and the Little Sisters of the Poor wishing their persecution grievances to be addressed, I had never heard about “Redress of Grievances” being used at all in this manner.

Instead of simply complaining about our political and cultural problems I think the nation has now changed enough that “We the People” may have a chance of getting some of our freedoms back. The one thing I hear consistently from all sides of the political divide is anger that our “masters” in D. C. excuse themselves from the laws they have made, and many of them criminally enrich themselves by having done so. They even defend their right to use “insider trading” information, for which you and I would go to jail. They are also excused from the so-called “affordable Care Act.” All sides of the political aisle should be approached on this.

In order for what I write here to be feasible, everyone must be fully committed to the idea and ready to expend the energy and time working at their State and local level demanding that the proposed Constitutional mandate be passed to insure a return to Federalism and local control. But first the new President must be willing to use the bully pulpit and Congress to put this idea out to the States. That means all of us, Donald J. Trump, you and I, have a duty to be good stewards and shepherds for preservation of freedom and liberty.

Look this over carefully and decide if you wish to participate as soon as the Inauguration has taken place. Feel free to make as many copies of the Petition as you choose. Take them to Tea Party meetings and local political and school board meetings, mail them to your family and friends. Stump your neighborhoods with them. Offer to mass mail them snail mail if you must to: Office of the President,1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20500. If you know how to craft on-line e-mail signature copies directly to D.C., absolutely do so. Put copies for friends on Social Media. Use all blogs and postings you can.

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The Honorable Donald J. Trump, President, United States of America, Washington, D.C.@whitehouse.gov
The Honorable Mike Pence, Vice-President and President pro tempore of the Senate, United States of America, Washington, D. C.@whitehouse.gov
Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, United States of America, Washington, D.C.@house.gov

Since ALL citizens of the United States of America are equal before the law; and

Since citizen executives, judges and legislators serve at the behest of their fellow citizens, and are under oath to well and faithfully perform their duties to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States of America in order to secure the liberties of ALL citizens; and

Since many national legislators are oath breakers and have been dishonest and unfaithful in the performance of their mandated duties by excusing themselves from provisions of the laws they have passed, it has become imperative that all members of the government begin to restore confidence by becoming accountable before the law.

Therefore, it is proposed by the protected right of citizens, to seek REDRESS OF
GRIEVANCES under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

Formal redress is now requested by the undersigned citizen(s). Such redress requests that under Article V, the following Constitutional Amendment be presented by the Congress for consideration and ratification in the legislatures of the Fifty Sovereign States of the Union, and in applicable Territories thereof:


No law, tax, levy, fine, statute, plan or any regulation arising therefrom, shall be enacted by the Congress of the United States from which any person, whether elected, appointed or employed, in any branch of the government, Executive, Congressional or Judicial, is excused; All citizens, public and private, shall be equally affected by and subject to all such laws, taxes, levies, fines, statutes, plans and regulations.

(Printed Name(s):

(Signature(s) and Date):


I certify that I am over the age of 18 and a Citizen of the United States of America • (1007 views)

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17 Responses to A Proposal

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    That could be #12 of The Liberty Amendments.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    An excellent notion. Something similar was part of Newt Gingrich’s Contract for America in 1994, but that was only a House rule — not a law, much less a constitutional amendment.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      One of the astounding things I realized not long ago is that the idea of limited government is like wolfsbane to Progressives. It’s a heresy. It’s grouped in with such old-fashioned notions as man/woman and that duct tape is useful for more than just fixing ducts.

      And here I am stuck in the middle forced to conclude, “Meryl Streep, although you’re drinking some noxious Leftist kool-aid, I share some of your distaste for Trump, if for entirely different reasons.”

      Probably the difference is that I think there should be limits to the power of both Hillary and Trump. But I’ve pretty much taken down my sand-blasted polemics sign from above the door because I think pure tribalism now rules. The idea that reasoned ideas are in the mix is now old news. It’s purely red-hats/blue-hats.

      I want to ask Meryl the same question of Trumpbots: Are there no other issues than issues of image, marketing, perception, and a general “He’s not one of us” motif? Are you really for the incompetency/criminality of Hillary or the often bizarre behavior of Trump? Do Hillary supporters understand that Trump actually agrees with them on their core social issues such as gay marriage and gender exhibitionism?

      Of course it’s a great idea that politicians should be held to the same laws they pass. There should principled limits proscribed according to a wise theory of government. And neither Trump’s generic “Will to power” style of governing nor the delusional Utopian emotionalism of Progressivism allow for that.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Actually, I suspect Trump is more sincere in his socially liberal beliefs than Slick Hilly, who believes whatever is convenient.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          My prediction on the long view of Trump is that he represents the final triumph of celebrity culture over any other competing idea or framework.

  3. Anniel says:

    I really do believe that we have a big work to do. Brad, thanks for reminding me of “The Liberty Amendments.” It’s been awhile since I read them. I think Levin is OK, but I do think that draining the swamp in D.C. begins with clipping the wings of the criminals first. If Trump gets on board with this then the states have a chance. I pray we can trust him enough to be there.

    We all need to decide our part in things we have some control over. Sadly some actions need to come from Congress, and maybe that’s a losing battle until we can get rid of the traitors there, including people like McCain and Paul Ryan. I still can’t stand either one of them.

    We need to put our efforts to real action.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I think Levin is OK, but I do think that draining the swamp in D.C. begins with clipping the wings of the criminals first

      Mark Twain wrote:

      It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.

      Integrity in government is a vitally important thing. Holding Congress to the same laws they pass for us would be a good thing….one of dozens of other good things that need to happen.

      A thousand-mile journey may begin with the first step, but I don’t put all that much importance in an amendment such as this. The boat has gaping holes in the side and this would be but a little champagne cork stuck in a small one, and quite above the water line.

      And the thing about Trump is, he’s been one of the criminal class as you define it — the rich and powerful feeding off the rest of us. And another problem with Trump is that he will find (or we will find) that his constituency is wafer-thin. A lot of people wanted the first black president to succeed even though Rush Limbaugh was 100% correct that for Obama to succeed that would mean America losing. But I think Trump is skating on very thin ice. I doubt he will ever engender much good will. He’s the type of man who gains altitude by the bodies he steps on. I don’t see him rallying anyone to any cause but himself. I can’t imagine him rallying state legislatures

      But we’ll see. I’m certainly fully behind this idea of this petition. But simply labeling those who oppose Trump as “the criminal class” just won’t do. I don’t like McCain or Ryan either. But there are legitimate reasons to oppose Trump, or at least be suspicious of him. Whether their reasons are good ones, I sort of doubt it. But Trump, to my mind, is the kind of people who need to be at the head of the line in terms of the things in need of drainage. But, again, we shall see.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I’m not sure Annie meant that Trump’s opponents were all criminals, unless she considers everyone there a criminal regardless of which side they’re on (which may be a bit unfair). As for Ryan being a traitor, that’s a bit overblown (but then, I think of traitor in terms of the constitutional definition, which very few people who are called that actually match). But I’ll note that he said how disappointed he was in Trump’s comments about hate-mongering partisan hack John Lewis — but showed no disappointment in Lewis’s partisan hate-mongering.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Congress are not criminals because they exempt themselves from the laws they pass, because they ring up the debt, because they pander to constituencies, or because they don’t like Donald Trump.

          The problem isn’t criminals in Congress, per se. The problem is there are so many people gnawing on the bones of our country, either for ideological fun or profit (particularly entitlements) and too few who have a sense of statesmanship, a sense of responsibility to the honor, traditions, and ideas that are this country.

          In short, there are so few honorable men (or women) these days. But, oh god, there is no shortage of “compassionate” people, who I like to call the Nazis of Nice.

          Okay, Trump gets some points just for not being nice. But I still think the man is petty, vindictive, vulgar, and small-minded. At the moment, he has all the right enemies. But I really don’t think it will be long until more people find out who we have elected.

          But I’ll let his policies speak for themselves when we get to that point. But I won’t be snookered by Trump-style “hope and change.” I’d just like to sit Meryl Streep down and ask, “What policies of his do you support and which do you oppose?”

          The problem is (on both sides) there’s either hero-worship or villain-hatred. Who is talking about ideas? The Snowflakes have turned political office into something that it was never meant to hold. We on the other side dare not do the same with Trump. It’s time to ask for certain specific policies and laws to be promoted as opposed to another specific set. This amendment, for instance, would be a good one. But America and her politicians have mostly abandoned restraint.

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    One of the difficult things about draining the swamp (besides the fact that the incoming president is a bit of a swamp monster himself) is that these questions tend to verifying the truism that culture is upstream of politics. There is no groundswell of people looking to limit their own appetites which, in terms of real dollar figures, is America’s largest problem. In large measure, we are the piggies at the trough complaining that the politicians are giving us what we want.

    We can nip and tuck and “eliminate waste and fraud” — perhaps even plug a few small holes — while the water gushes over the top of the dam in terms of entitlements.

    We are a country that obsesses on micro-aggressions and gender exhibitionism. We no longer believe that man is a flawed creature whose flaws must be guarded against (as expressed in limited government). We now believe in dreamy Utopian visions of man transcending the limitations of the unenlightened forebears who were all some variation of racists, sexists, homophobes, exploiters, connivers, despoilers, etc.

    This culture — although Trump is an aberration brought on by the hangover of “the first black president” (his only real positive accomplishment) and the horrible Hillary as an alternative — increasingly wants total power in the hands of the right people — Progressive people. The idea of limited government, and thus limiting the power of politicians, has no place in the Progressive utopian paradigm wherein these Nice Nazis believe their own shit doesn’t stink.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I’m not sure the popular majority supports leftist control of Barry’s Behemoth. All too many are happy to support a Republican version. Whether they’ve given up on reducing government, or think it’s just fine as long as it’s their guy doing what they want, I can’t say. Probably some of both.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Speaking of Barry’s Behemoth, I just got a letter from the IRS today saying, in short, “If you want to avoid the $695.00 penalty, sign up before Jan. 31. You can get it for as little as $75.00 a month.”

        Baloney, coming and going. No government should force you to buy a product like this. It’s un-American. I’ll certainly pay the penalty if need be and then see what, if anything, Trump does to fix this. He said he would. I seriously doubt much more than same shit, different day, with this guy.

        But we’ll see. I’ll let reality, not feelings, guide my judgment of his performance. But this is really in the hands of Paul Ryan and company. Nothing gets buy them that they won’t support. And I can’t see them doing any major revision. The power of this kind of stuff is that once an entitlement is passed, it would be easier to repeal one of The Ten Commandments.

        • Anniel says:

          My double-mindedness is kicking up a lot lately. Our only
          “criminal class” laughs in our faces and the graft roars on. I pray and try hard to remember that God will always be in charge.

          Project Veritas explicitly reveals the faces of true evil, and nothing is done to protect the innocent. Shouldn’t death threats on-line against Bocelli be prosecuted as just that, solicitation to murder? Why hasn’t Soros been charged under RICO statutes? Why does Ryan keep jacking up the budget? He gave Obama even more than he wanted. Maybe we should be glad Romney lost since Ryan was part of the deal.

          My hopeful side tries to STAY hopeful as it struggles against my “realism” side.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            As for Bocelli, it should be noted that death threats go with celebrity these days. There are always those who can’t stand them, for one reason or another, and politics doesn’t even have to be involved. I first heard of TV chef Rachael Ray from reading about a website devoted to hating her.

          • Stuart Whitman Stuart Whitman says:

            “Why does Ryan keep jacking up the budget?”

            Because it’s been the only feasible way to reduce spending without getting Cloture in the Senate. The strategy is to pass a budget and reduce the spending in the individual appropriations process. The Freedom Caucus is on board with this idea. He was unsuccessful this year because the democrats continue the plan of seeking an omnibus spending bill and making it look like the GOP can’t govern. Ryan is a reformer with plans to reform entitlements and balance the budget. And probably President In the future. Hence the reason so many are out to destroy his character now. Give him a chance. Don’t believe the hype.

            I like your petition idea. As Phil Granm once said, we need more people to get out of the wagon and help push. Thank you.

  5. pst4usa says:

    Great idea, I will send this out to a bunch of people.

  6. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    I like the idea, and will try to spread it. But I have to admit that I doubt the bums in Washington will ever pass such an amendment.

    I wonder about the legal wording of such an amendment. I am not a lawyer, but something about the wording of your proposed amendment nags me. I will have to think about it.

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