We The People Network
"it is their right, it is their duty__
to throw off such government
& to provide new guards for their future security."
Welcome to WTPNet.org
News and Resources for the Peaceful Progressive Earth Citizen
The primary purpose of this site is to help facilitate a renewed sense of populism within the people of this country, as well as a renewed sense of community with all of our global brothers and sisters.
There are many hard working organizations and individuals that are doing incredible work in bringing reform to the forefront and changes to the system. More is needed however, as these efforts alone will still not stop the tide of our criminally-corrupt system, the systematic breakdown in our environment, and the wars that murder our children.
The real breakdown in moral and ethical governance in our societies, America included, is borne out of an insatiable thirst for power and wealth for a select few on the backs of everybody else. And this has resulted in continued war and gross inequality among all of its people resulting in poverty for most, subservience to masters for most, and eventual catastrophic collapse for all.
As far as I see it, we have one Earth. We are all one people who share this Earth. We can't afford as a species to hold on to outdated notions and world views. Nationalism, in the sense of US at the expense of THEM, has to go the way of the dinosaurs.
It is possible to hold on to cultural and regional diversity in a world without national borders. We do not have to give up our values or sacrifice our cultural identities in order to become Citizens of the Earth. This isn't about One World Government, New World Order, or no local control. It is about learning how to live within our means, and to live within the means of the planet we all call home. But most of all, it's about learning to listen to one another.
We are really all on the same boat. That's a good thing too because we're all going to need to work together to weather the storm that's coming. We need to re-examine our values down to the core and throw away those aspects of ourselves and our societies that don't serve us as a species. Serve us as the human beings all sharing the same biosphere that we all are. We need to become Earth Citizens. We need to realize that our cultural and biological diversity is our strength as a species and the hope of our world.
I know that the majority of people in the world are good and caring people. The majority of real problems in the world are sparked and fanned into a blaze by our own governments, as well as Wall Street, to build power in their own institutions and to their own self interest. We all know that. But the people that actually live and work in all our countries, blue collar, no collar, have little or no control over their governments actions. We all know that as well.
Most of us would literally give the shirt off our backs to help someone in need. We don't want to go to war with each other. We want to be able to live comfortably in peace. We want to be able to make an honest living and to be paid honestly. We want to be treated equitably.
Jobs wouldn't be shipped overseas if every worker was treated equally. Think about it. If a factory worker in China, Mexico or anywhere else made the same pay and benefits as the equally skilled factory worker in the US, there would be no incentive to move jobs overseas in order to exploit a cheaper labor force. This would encourage expanded educational opportunities as well as spur innovation and creativity.
Ultimately in order for something like this to happen, the world would have to agree to standards on most everything, from wages, benefits, environmental safeguards, to education. There would have to be the freedom to move freely about the Earth, to migrate. There would have to be increased and effective regulation of corporations. We would need to be able to trade with all our Earth neighbors on a level playing field.
Look, I'm just some guy from a small town in the US. I consider myself smart, but I don't have any special skills. I've got some ideas that I'm sure will work, but I really don't know how we make this happen. All I know is that it has to happen.
We the People cannot, and must not, rely solely on the politicians in this country for government reform for one simple reason.
It will never happen.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness for all is the most fundamental bipartisan, human right issue. In pursuit of that discussion and more, this site hopes to encourage open communication across cultural and political boundaries. We will attempt to provide extensive and diverse resources to educate and hopefully inspire. You can help by contacting WTPNet.org.
One of the biggest misconceptions in our country, is that the Constitution is the authority that governs we the people. Not true. The Constitution is a framework for the operation of government, nothing more. We the people created the Constitution in order to keep our newly created government from recreating King George. Our authority as popular sovereigns is declared to King George and the rest of the world in the Declaration of Independence, our true founding document, and that which ultimately governs the actions of we the people.
Many of the real problems we have today could be more effectively addressed, with more lasting results, by going after their root. I'm referring to the corruption of government , excessive corporate power and influence, and fundamental flaws in the political process that should allow ordinary people to become active participants in government.
That is why I advocate for the People's Constitutional Convention that would bring a series of People's Amendments to the Constitution. Our authority to call such a Convention is rooted in the Declaration of Independence, our original founding document.
"So what..." you say..."that was original authority. We don't have that any more." Well the Supreme Court in 1803 under Chief Justice John Marshall would disagree with you. In the decision of Marbury v. Madison (1803) Chief Justice Marshall writes that a law that is repugnant to the Constitution is void, as well as verifying the requirement that elected officials honor their Sworn Oath of Office. Read the last three pages of the decision that begin with the following passage:
"The question, whether an act, repugnant to the constitution, can become the law of the land, is a question deeply interesting to the United States; but, happily, not of an intricacy proportioned to its interest. It seems only necessary to recognise certain principles, supposed to have been long and well established, to decide it..."
I hear many arguments on the left against embracing a Constitutionally-based or "founder"-based ideology. Their reasons are all sound, after all, these documents were all drafted by rich white men looking at keeping themselves that way. No one's arguing that, or the fact that the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are far from perfect. But in allowing our biases to control the debate, we miss one vital point.
It doesn't matter why or who wrote it. What matters, is that it exists. The mere fact that the Declaration of Independence sits enshrined under glass at the National Archives is evidence enough to show the document for what it is, our country's founding document, and our original, enduring authority.
The Constitution does not govern the people. The Constitution is the document that WE created to control the activity and scope of government. Nothing more. The Bill of Rights were only inserted to remind government not to overstep its delegated authority. The Preamble of the Declaration evidences our sovereignty over government, that government is our creation, and therefore subject to our interpretation; that the people have all natural rights, and the government exists on privilege to act on our behalf. This privilege is granted by the people and can be taken away, when the people deem it necessary.
"When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate & equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, & to institute new government, laying it's foundation on such principles, & organizing it's powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety & happiness.
Prudence indeed will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light & transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses & usurpations pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government, & to provide new guards for their future security.
Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; & such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present king of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries & usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this let facts be submitted to a candid world."
The We The People Network has the potential to add much needed fuel to the fire of a nonviolent, populist, Constitutionally-lawful radical reorganization. The pen is our sword, and the Constitution is our shield. Our authority is the Declaration of Independence. Please add your voice.
I include the California Constitution, as this is where I reside.
The Oath of Office
SEC. 3. Members of the Legislature, and all public officers and employees, executive, legislative, and judicial, except such inferior officers and employees as may be by law exempted, shall, before they enter upon the duties of their respective offices, take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation:
"I, ______, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.
"And I do further swear (or affirm) that I do not advocate, nor am I a member of any party or organization, political or otherwise, that now advocates the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of the State of California by force or violence or other unlawful means; that within the five years immediately preceding the taking of this oath (or affirmation) I have not been a member of any party or organization, political or otherwise, that advocated the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of the State of California by force or violence or other unlawful means except as follows:
If no affiliations, write in the words "No Exceptions")
and that during such time as I hold the office of
(name of office)
I will not advocate nor become a member of any party or organization, political or otherwise, that advocates the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of the State of California by force or violence or other unlawful means."
And no other oath, declaration, or test, shall be required as a qualification for any public office or employment. "Public officer and employee" includes every officer and employee of the State, including the University of California, every county, city, city and county, district, and authority, including any department, division, bureau, board, commission, agency, or instrumentality of any of the foregoing.
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