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From the "99%" - The NEW COMMON SENSE - Must distribute FAST

From the "99%" - The NEW COMMON SENSE - Must distribute FAST

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1.In Unity,2.
 
3.THE NEW COMMON SENSE4.
 
5.A Declaration of INTERDEPENDENCE, born of necessity, from and for the collective conscience of the"99%" to and for the oligarchic "1%" of the United States of America.6.
 
7.SUMMARY8.
 
9.SECTION I: The Right to Equal Participation in Government has been taken from the People and isexplained. -- A Plan is offered to restore the Right to Equal Participation that requires only the use of toolsand procedures that have already been proven to work. -- The restoration of Equality must take priorityabove all and reasons are given. -- Outside damaging influences must no longer be allowed privilegedaccess to Elected Representatives in a Constitutional Republic. -- An Offer in Compromise that wouldreunite this Nation with its Foundation is clearly stated. -- A clear, workable and simple method by whichwe may rebuild ourselves as a Prosperous Nation and return to being One Hundred Percent is explained.-- A New Litmus Test of our government is declared and explained. -- A plan and petition to rebalance theBranches of Government is outlined in detail.10.
 
11.SECTION II: Monitions are forwarded to our Leaders, to the Congress in specific, to the Media, to LawEnforcement and the Domestic Militia, and to the "1%" -- A direct message and plea for the "99%" fromthe author(s).12.
 
13.SECTION I - Common Sense from the "99%"14.
 
15.INTRODUCTION AND PREAMBLE16.
 
17.When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for the Citizens of a Nation to petition their ownGovernment for a redress of grievances, the People have a duty to exercise their rights under the FirstAmendment collectively if they so choose. To this end, We the People hereby assert our right to peacefullyassemble and petition our Government for redress when we feel that this is our best, and perhaps onlyremaining option to seek remedies.18.
 
19.We affirm that any lasting and workable solution must reach beyond mere politics, that political issues donot matter at a time when our collective voice has been nearly silenced. We believe that the current politicalclimate has caused a paralysis of our Government. We find that our individual opinions mean little whenwe are no longer being properly represented. In fact, we believe that the Balance of Power between theBranches of our Government has been corrupted to the point where it can answer only to members of anaffluent and politically active upper class. The impending result of this imbalance is that government of thePeople, by the People, for the People has almost perished from Our Nation. We believe that governmenthas been influenced by an external source that has conspired to control it to the point of stalemate. Webelieve that this was forced upon us by "special interests", corporations, lobbyists, the banking and thefinancial sector including Wall Street and the Federal Reserve, who together have used unrestrainedfinancial leverage leading to the corruption of many politicians, regardless of their political party, resultingin great damage to the People and to this Nation.20.
 
21.We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all are created equal regardless of their financial status. -- Thatwe free Citizens of the United States are without exception endowed under a Federal Constitution grantingus certain unalienable Rights. -- That among these Rights are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure and protect these rights, our forefathers drafted this Constitution, ratified by the then severalStates and agreed to by the People. -- That this Constitution defines and protects us all with a system of Checks and Balances by which the powers and responsibilities of government would be divided amongstthe Federal, the States and the People. -- That this original Social Contract in which those powers weregranted has been repeatedly violated by the Federal government. -- That we no longer are represented by
 
our Government. -- That we no longer have a voice in our Government. -- That the limits of power of theFederal Government have been deliberately and repeatedly breached. -- That our Government has becomedestructive towards the vast majority of the same People that they are supposed to protect. -- That outsideinfluences have gained unreasonable power and influence within our Government. -- That the Fair Electionsystem is being systematically dismantled and no longer allows for a full, on paper, verification andaccounting of actual balloting. -- That We the People have the Fundamental Right and Patriotic Duty underthe First Amendment of the Bill of Rights to peacefully assemble and to demand that the Governmentcease and desist from or correct any of these violations. -- That the Government cede back to the States andto the People all such Powers that they have unconstitutionally seized, regaining such Powers from theStates via Constitutional Amendment if they are to have them at all. -- That our Government must Rightthese encroachments on the People by realigning itself to the Constitution. -- That vague interpretations of the Constitution should be clarified through civil discourse leading to a series of new Amendments andwith full participation by the several States.22.
 
23.We also hold that the Constitution was originally designed to prevent the Federal government fromencroaching upon the rights of the People and the States. Adjustments to Federal Powers were to be madeonly via Constitutional Amendment. We hold that this Amendment procedure has largely been ignored inrecent history. In fact, when the Constitution was originally crafted, the political party as we know it todaydid not even exist. The modern era of rampant partisanship was not even envisioned by the Founders. Wethus believe that the current "political party system" as it stands has served to divide this Nation to thepoint of paralysis. As a Great former President once said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."24.
 
25.While we who have named ourselves the "99%" may each have our own individual personal concerns andgrievances, we know that we must set them aside at this time due to a more pressing need to demand thereturn of the Representation that has been taken from us. Until such time, we contend that nothing can beaccomplished in a spirit of true discourse.26.
 
27.Collectively we can all certainly agree upon these Truths that have led us to our outrage.28.
 
29.DEFINITIONS30.
 
31.We hold that the branches of Federal government have been corrupted, convoluted and debased, that theyhave all strayed from their intended purpose, standing idly by while their effectiveness and objectivity havebeen debased by a conglomerate, known to us as the "1%".32.
 
33.By "1%" we mean specifically those from an aristocracy who manipulate government in their own self-interests: the affluent "elite", the bankers, the corporations and the special interests who use their wealthand financial power as leverage to gain an unreasonable lobbying influence on government legislation andpolicies. They most often do this in ways that harm the common People.34.
 
35.We define the "99%" as the common citizen, the employed and the unemployed, the poor and the disabled,the aged, the disadvantaged, the students, the public and civil servants with a conscience, the lower andmiddle classes, even those honest politicians and members of the "1%" itself who refuse to "buy into" thisoligarchy. We include all of these and more regardless of our individual affiliations, political leanings,opinions, beliefs, religions, our race, ethnic background, sex, age or even financial status. We are thePeople of real flesh and blood. We represent all walks of life from all corners of this Nation.36.
 
37.We shall offer and elaborate on examples which will help illustrate where we believe that the four branchesof government have now failed us.38.
 
39.THE JUDICIAL BRANCH40.
 
41.Article III, Section 1 of the United States Constitution reads in part, "The Judges, both of the supreme andinferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior..." yet there is no clear definition of "good
 
Behavior" given, nor does recent history show us any consistent method of accountability that protects thePeople or the States from judicial "bad Behavior". Indeed, the phrase "good Behavior" has beenhistorically misinterpreted to mean "appointed for life." These permanent appointments result in Judgesthat become firmly entrenched and nearly unaccountable to the People for the decisions that they make.42.
 
43.We believe that due to this misinterpretation, the Supreme Court has obtained unbalanced, far-reachingpowers well beyond the intention of our forefathers. The People have no reasonable recourse if theseJudges prove to be partisan and refuse to rule in the Best Interest--or if they fail to uphold and defend theConstitution. Justices appointed for life terms can easily dodge accountability, as history has so proven.44.
 
45.Many examples of truly questionable Supreme Court decisions exist.46.
 
47.In Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad, 118 U.S. 394 (1886), the Court decided thatcorporations were recognized as "persons" for purposes of the Fourteenth Amendment. This gavecorporations the same legal rights as a living, breathing individual. Yet, the corporations enjoy other legalprotections not afforded to real persons, such as tax shelters and loopholes, liability shields and others.This grants them unbalanced protections that lead directly to unfair opportunities for governmentalinfluence at a disproportionate level than that of the People.48.
 
49.In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, No. 08-205, (2010), the Court ruled 5-4 that thegovernment may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections. This decision in partlead to the creation of the "super PAC", by which corporations, special interests and the affluent candonate unlimited amounts of money anonymously through 501(c)(4) corporations, leaving the entirepolitical process unaccountable, untraceable and with the People unable to execute a Public audit of thefunding of political campaigns. The Supreme Court also struck down those provisions of the McCain–Feingold Act, Public Law 107-155 (2001) that prohibited all corporations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, as well as unions from broadcasting "electioneering communications." Alarmingly, the decisionitself also notes that, 'It might also be added that corporations have no consciences, no beliefs, no feelings,no thoughts, no desires. Corporations help structure and facilitate the activities of human beings, to besure, and their "personhood" often serves as a useful legal fiction. But they are not themselves members of "We the People" by whom and for whom our Constitution was established.' If this is the case, why thenwere they given the same rights as flesh and blood persons under the Fourteenth Amendment when theyarguably are not equal? How can the common People compete against such invisible and unaccountablefinancial influence upon politics? The consequences of this have been disastrous. This form of court-sponsored "political "money laundering" has served to corrupt our system in favor of the "1%".50.
 
51.The general attitude that the Supreme Court is perfect and void of corruption internally and thus remainimmune from scrutiny has caused yet more damage. Our history is rife with examples of the Judiciaryoverstepping their bounds. In fact, one case illustrates their large contribution towards the start of CivilWar. In Dred Scott v. Sandford,
 
60
 
U.S.
 
393
 
(1857), the
 
Court
 
ruled 7-2 that people of African descentbrought into the United States and held as slaves
 
(or their descendants, whether or not they were slaves)were not protected by the
 
Constitution, could not sue in court
 
and could never be U.S. citizens. It took theCivil War, the loss of countless lives and not one but two Constitutional Amendments (AmendmentsThirteen and Fourteen) to even begin to repair the damage that the Court inflicted on the People with thisdecision.52.
 
53.Yet, even with two Amendments ratified after the War, that were in part intended to prevent the supremeand all lower courts from continuing to make such socially divisive decisions of this nature, the SupremeCourt later opted to breach even these key additions to the Constitution in future decisions.54.
 
55.Over thirty years beyond the end of the Civil War, in Plessy v. Ferguson,
 
163 U.S. 537
 
(1896), the Courtvoted 7-1 in favor of upholding the constitutionality
 
of state laws requiring
 
racial segregation
 
in privatebusinesses (particularly railroads), under the doctrine of "separate but equal". This segregation betweenraces remained standard doctrine in U.S. law until its unanimous repudiation in the Supreme Court

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