Preservation of First Amendment Rights
First Amendment gives the people of America the right to petition our government to redress a grievance and to assemble and gather peacefully. When our current vehicles that support our voice and accountability measures are removed by distrust – the media & intelligence agencies – while the elected officials who are to be representatives of the People as a whole refuses to listen to a portion of Americans because of a Reality TV game show mentality of winning has displaced the burden of responsibility to act in the best interest of the People as a whole (and not just their fans), then the People cannot be denied access for their voices to be heard. That would be a VIOLATION OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, our Law of the Land.
The Office of Government Ethics stated in their June 18, 2018 letter in response to the Senators who questioned the conflict of interest of the ZTE ban and President Trump, the Trump Organization, and the Chinese Government, that “Under the U.S Constitution, the primary authority to oversee the President’s ethics rests with Congress and ultimately, the People of America.” Denying the People the means to which they can hold the President of the United States accountable for his actions, is a VIOLATION OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION.
John Jay said in Federalist Papers No. 64, “It will not be in the power of the President and Senate to make any treaties by which they and their families and estates will not be equally bound and affected with the rest of the community; and, having no private interests distinct from that of the nation, they will be under no temptations to neglect the latter. As to corruption, the case is not supposable. He must either have been very unfortunate in his intercourse with the world, or possess a heart very susceptible of such impressions, who can think it probable that the President and two-thirds of the Senate will ever be capable of such unworthy conduct. The idea is too gross and too invidious to be entertained. But in such a case, if it should ever happen, the treaty so obtained from us would, like all other fraudulent contracts, be null and void by the law of nations.” However, in 2018 we see a Congress and President exempted from the federal criminal law, 18 U.S.C 208 Acts Affecting a Personal Financial Interest that forbids making laws for their own self-gain, and the U.S. government immunity to other laws, the temptations abound. Therefore, for the preservation of the United States of America, we, the People of America, cannot allow our President, who is quite susceptible to words of flattery by foreign dictators, cut himself off from the rest of the nation and hide behind the gates of the White House instead of hearing the voices of the people of America that ensure sound policy, prudence, and foresight is not overridden by arrogance, pride, and greed. We do not have thrones in America having chased them out in 1776, nor do we have single rulers who answer to no one but himself.
Any policy disguised as a safety necessity is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. As James Madison warns factions must not be allowed to form. One of the greatest ways such factions will form is when the majority holds all branches of government. Therefore, “Either the existence of the same passion or interest in a majority at the same time must be prevented, or the majority, having such coexistent passion or interest, must be rendered, by their number and local situation, unable to concert and carry into effect schemes of oppression.” (Federalist Papers No. 10). The American people exercising their right as bestowed by the FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION is the numbers in a central location that will prevent these factions from concerting and carrying out their schemes of oppression, including denying constitutional rights, when Congress and our federal judges fail to act as a shield against such factions. Alexander Hamilton echoes this idea in Federalist Papers no. 28, “The obstacles to usurpation and the facilities of resistance increase with the increased extent of the state, provided the CITIZENS UNDERSTAND THEIR RIGHTS AND DISPOSED TO DEFEND THEM. The natural strength of the people in a large community, in proportion to the artificial strength of the government, is greater than in a small, and of course more competent to a struggle with the attempts of the government to establish a tyranny.”
Safety excuses do not trump the Law of the Land nor the words of the Founding Fathers who created these laws for a preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of the People while keeping factions from forming that would harm these very things. We are a Rule of Law nation, not a nation of vanity. If any of these policies impede Americans as a whole from being heard by their President who they are entrusted with the responsibility to oversee his ethics, the policies/regulations are UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
– Redesign Your Thinking LLC (People-Citizens United)/ S. McCallister- (People)