The Right of Petition
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A major component of the right of redress is the right of petition. By this right, a man may submit a petition to an assembly wherein he describes his complaint, declares his rights and proposes a remedy.
Sometimes, assemblies delegate the authority of receiving and redressing such petitions to courts and legislatures of governments.
According to original English/American law, those who brought such petitions to assemblies were obligated by the terms of the redress negotiated between petitioners and assembly. Such terms were laws and taxes of the resulting contract. This is what Founders meant when they repeatedly declared that no man was obligated to obey any law or pay any tax unless he had personally given his consent to them.
This is opposed to the doctrine of Persian law where petitioners for redress would receive benefits of a redress while imposing burdens on non-petitioners.
Actually, “Persian law” goes by many names: civil, ecclesiastical, military, admiralty, maritime, law of conquest, mouth law… see Deuteronomy, xx, 10-18.
Again, original – that is, constitutional – American law has only petitioners receiving the benefits and carrying the burdens of a redress or law. Persian law has petitioners enjoying benefits while burdens are shifted onto non-petitioners.
In other words, by this right of consent, you cannot be obligated to pay any tax or obey any law unless you were clearly and openly a petitioner who requested a related redress.
Would you say that Americans have forgotten one of the basic rights secured by the Revolution?
Today, special interest groups petition Congress (or state legislatures) for special treatment and benefits and are careful to impose the expense of such benefits on non-petitioners.
If you want to recover, or re-assert, that right, attaching your signature to one or more of the petitions listed below would represent a small step in that direction.
A larger step would be to become acquainted with the history, law and procedures of redress.
Petition to remove legal impediments to child rearing.
White House text:
We hereby observe that child rearing is the first industry of every species. It was reserved to us by the 9th amendment. It is now a right on paper only; for, when property is taken from a man w/o equal compensation, it makes him less able to provide wants of his children. Such takings drive him to vagrancy or banditry, ill health or poverty; his wife, to prostitution; his children to lethargy, confusion or anger; all, to a promise of youth broken. Taxes are such takings. If a man does not neglect, abuse or abandon his children by his own folly, the law will force him to do such despite his best efforts. A Turncoat at the Gate could not cause a more complete destruction. Therefore, all taxes that subvert the activity of child rearing should be reduced or abolished.
More complete version:
Whereas, American Founders established American governments for the express purpose of securing lives, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (and property) of “the people of the United States… and [their] posterity”,
Further, such rights are secured absolutely in a status of natural law,
Further, such rights include the activity of rearing children without let or hindrance,
Whereas, when property is taken from a man without equal compensation, he is made less able to provide material, ethical, and emotional wants of his children.
Further, by such a taking, a man is impoverished or driven to vagrancy, ill health or banditry; his wife, to prostitution; his children to lethargy, confusion or anger; what is done to a man is also done to his children.
Further, taxes imposed on men are such takings, and regulations that impede the activity of child rearing are such takings in disguise,
Therefore, such taxes and regulations subvert the activity of child rearing, and we petition Congress [or a particular state legislature) to reduce or abolish them.
If the legislature in question should fail to redress this grievance within forty days of its delivery, petitioners will regard such failure as breaking the bond between us and our putative agents; we shall take back powers formerly granted and employ them to set new guards for our rights.