"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:
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”