The Republic of the State of New York needs a critical mass of its People to collectively act in its defense.
Republicanism is America’s underlying political ideology, centered on citizenship in a state organized as a Republic where the sovereign People give their elected representatives the power to make decisions for them, decisions constrained by the Rule of Law which begins with the prohibitions, mandates and underlying principles of the Federal and State Constitutions and the Declaration of Independence.
Republicanism is a way of life, a core ideology, an uncompromising commitment to ordered liberty, the Rule of Law, popular sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances and government based upon the will of the People as expressed in written constitutions.
Thus, our State and Federal constitutions are all that stand between the People and retention of republicanism. They must be adhered to in a very careful and thorough way, only possible through citizen vigilance and enforcement.
According to Thomas Jefferson, “We have the greatest opportunity the world has ever seen, as long as we remain honest – cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, judges and governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature.” Letter to Edward Carrington, January 16, 1787.
As the prescient Jefferson warned, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.” Letter to Edward Carrington, May 17, 1788.
A Government republican in form and substance is a Government that abides by the Rule of Law.
Since 1947, New York State’s law has mandated, “The regents shall prescribe courses of instruction in the history, meaning, significance and effect of the provisions of the constitution of the United States, the amendments thereto, the declaration of independence, the constitution of the state of New York and the amendments thereto, to be maintained and followed in all of the schools of the state. The boards of education and trustees of the several cities and school districts of the state shall require instruction to be given in such courses, by the teachers employed in the schools therein. All pupils attending such schools, in the eighth and higher grades, shall attend upon such instruction” (emphasis added) (Section 801.2 of the State Education Law).
The regents and boards of education and trustees of the several cities and school districts of the State do not now, nor have they ever complied with said law, notwithstanding the federal constitution’s guarantee of a republican form of government in the State. See US Constitution Article IV, Section 4.
This is evidenced, for instance, by the current New York State Grades 9-12 Social Studies Framework, which makes no reference whatsoever to the New York State Constitution and gives scant reference to the provisions of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence.
Consequently, the overwhelming majority of the citizens of New York State do not know there is a New York State Constitution, much less whether their local and State Government is in compliance with its terms and conditions.
The Government of New York State is not dedicated to maintaining a government republican in form and substance as Article IV of the Constitution for the United States of America specifically mandates.
New York State is unworthy of the name “republic” because of the corrupt influence of ambition and the suppression of counterbalancing influences meant to protect the People and ensure that political power is not concentrated in the hands of individuals or groups.
There are two actions the citizens of New York State can now take that are designed to peacefully restore constitutional governance in the State. We ask that they sign a civics education petition and join the organization.
Our first order of business is aimed at getting civics education added to our public schools. We will Petition for Redress of Government’s violation of Section 801.2 of the State Education Law which reads in part:
2. The regents shall prescribe courses of instruction in the history, meaning, significance and effect of the provisions of the constitution of the United States, the amendments thereto, the declaration of independence, the constitution of the state of New York and the amendments thereto, to be maintained and followed in all of the schools of the state. The boards of education and trustees of the several cities and school districts of the state shall require instruction to be given in such courses, by the teachers employed in the schools therein. All pupils attending such schools, in the eighth and higher grades, shall attend upon such instruction.
This law, adopted in 1947 has never been followed.
It’s as if Government, the principal educator of our youth, does not want the People to know that they, the People, have the ultimate power in our society, not Government, and that Government is designed to be a servant government, set up to secure the Rights of the People, no more, no less, as expressed in America’s Charters of Freedom.
Consequently, rising generation after generation are not anchored to America’s fundamental principles of liberty and freedom through limited government and equal justice for all and would not know if their State and Local Government officials had stepped outside the boundaries the People have drawn around their power.
This must change. We can hold Government accountable to the law by exercising our rights under the petition clause of the first amendment. It is up to We the People and the hour is late.Read, Sign, and Share The Civics Education Petition
Our Profound Plan to restore constitutional governance in New York State includes 9 Regional and 62 County Coordinators, hundreds of trained Constitutional Monitors, a fully staffed Citizen Vigilance Center and an “army” – that is, a critical mass of supporting members, who stand ready to put a collective foot down, engaging in non-violent civic action, such as “redress before taxes,” when called upon to do so in the wake of Government’s refusal to provide a meaningful response to a proper Petition for Redress of its violation of the Rule of Law including America’s Charters of Freedom.
The success of any Plan to hold Government accountable by institutionalizing citizen vigilance depends ultimately on whether or not the Government develops a respect for the People. Without a critical mass of supporting members determined to peaceably, non-violently take back their Government there can be no expectation of such respect and thus no hope for a bright future for our beloved Constitutional Republic.
The Plan includes a Budget. Given the key to success – the importance of the “army,” it is imperative that we raise that money, not by large donations from a few, but by $25 from 100,000 or more citizens from across the State’s 62 counties and 688 school districts who are willing to put a collective foot down by engaging in non-violent civic action against a Government who violates the law and then refuses to respond to a First Amendment Petition for Redress of that Grievance.