"There will never be a really free and enlightened State, until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly." ~ Henry David Thoreau

 

Our federal government was built on the solid foundation of law – the United States Constitution.  However, the addition of numerous departments and agencies over time has expanded the government into a massive bureaucracy which far exceeds its constitutional limits.  Furthermore, elected officials routinely overstep constitutional powers and pass legislation which violates civil liberties.  Transgression of the Constitution has undermined the integrity of our government.  Structures built on sand are destined to fail.

The primary mission of WeThePeople.org is to promote the election of independent candidates to our federal government who will:

(1) Uphold the Constitution:  Without strict adherence to the spirit and letter of the “supreme law of the land,” our government is prone to corruption.  No person – regardless of position or power – should ever be above the law, nor should any person promote legislation which violates the Constitution.  Electing law-abiding representatives is paramount to an enduring democracy.

(2) Reinstate Constitutional Government:  
The Articles of the Constitution specify responsibilities and enumerate powers of the three branches of federal government.  Since the founding of our nation, power has incrementally become more centralized in the federal government.  Our current government exceeds its constitutional limits of authority and scope of jurisdiction.  The tenth Amendment stipulates that all powers not constitutionally delegated to the federal government are reserved to the States and People.  Devolving power back to the People and empowering local governance will sustain democracy. 

(3) Protect Civil Liberties:  The Declaration of Independence states, 
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.  It is not the prerogative of government to grant or revoke human rights – since they are innate and inalienable – but rather to protect them. 

James Madison drafted the first ten Amendments to the Constitution – collectively known as the Bill of Rights – in order to explicitly define and protect civil liberties:

  • Amendment I: 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.
  • Amendment II: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
  • Amendment III: No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
  • Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
  • Amendment V: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
  • Amendment VI: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
  • Amendment VII: In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
  • Amendment VIII: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
  • Amendment IX: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
  • Amendment X: The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

 

The word democracy is derived from the Greek demos ‘the people’ & kratia ‘power, rule.’  When civil liberties are violated, the power of the People is subverted.  Furthermore, when government policies or mandates limit or deny individual choice, the free will of the People is subjugated.  Individual rights and choice are the basis of democracy.
 
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Presidential Oath of Office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”  (Constitution Article II, Section 1) 

Congressional Oath of Office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.” (U.S. Statute 
5 U.S.C. 3331)

We the People need to elect independent public servants to the Presidency and Congress who will fulfill their duty to uphold and defend the Constitution.  

“United we stand, divided we fall”

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