What: Demonstration outside Concord federal building. Dave Ridley in
Fedcourt charged, essentially, with petitioning govt. for redress of
Why: Chance to show your opposition to Washington's attacks on the
Constitution and on Dave
Where: U.S. District Court, 55 Pleasant St., Concord NH
When: 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Tuesday July 17. Hearing scheduled to start
10:00 a.m., but could start much later.
Who: Activists from NHfree.com. Projected turnout: 20
Contacts: Kat Kanning 603.357.2049, Dave Ridley 603.721.1490, Michael
Ways to help:
Would you like to have fun and help defend the Constitution in Concord this month?
On July 17th I’ll be appearing in Federal court charged, essentially, with petitioning the government for a redress of grievances. Starting at 8:00 a.m that day we'll rally in front of Concord's federal eyesore/building...then two hours later my hearing begins.
Last year, as you may recall from previous KFP articles, I went on trial before a Federal magistrate...charged with "distribution of handbills." I had entered the Nashua IRS office and handed flyers to the employees there, asking "Is it right to work for the Internal Robbery Squadron?" The flyers were, in the purest sense, petitions for a redress of grievances.
Subsequently Homeland Security officers came looking for me, attempted to issue a $125 citation and summoned me to court after I declined to accept the paperwork.
Thus far Washington has dragged me before their local magistrate twice, but I've told him I won't pay the fine or use lawyers, especially taxpayer funded lawyers. Judge Muirhead has now ordered me to appear again on July 17, to "show cause" why I should not be held in contempt of court, a charge which carries a maximum $5,000 / 30 day sentence.
I'll tell him more or less what I've always told him: I should not be held in contempt of court because his court is operating in contempt of the U.S. Constitution.
As you may be aware, Amendment One guarantees "the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Amendment Ten tells us "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."
Citing a New Hampshire resident for handing petitions to government workers, at a government office, constitutes an apparent breach of both amendments. I have four times asked Judge Muirhead to tell me where in the Constitution he is even vaguely delegated the power to levy or enforce such a citation. If there is an answer, he has refused to provide it.
The strange thing is I am not even a Constitutionalist. The USC gives too much power to Washington, and like Patrick Henry I would have voted against ratification if this were 1788. So why am *I* having to defend the Constitution from people who swore *they* would defend it?
Well there's no harm in asking Washington officials to keep their oaths to this imperfect document. Certainly if they did so, we'd have a better world. The only way I know to bring us closer to that world is to tell them "no" when they ask me to cooperate with them in violating the Constitution. Hopefully you will tell them no as well, in whatever ways you can.
Fortunately, Washington's power is not yet unlimited, and not all her ministers are evil people. I personally like most of the officials I have met at the Ugly Gray Compound in Concord. It's our job to open their minds to the possibility that they are doing something very wrong. Every time < they drag me to court we make sure to have a party outside first, a demonstration to remind the human beings inside that concrete machine that they should put their oath in front of their orders.
We look forward to seeing you there on the 17th.