The rights of Americans freedom to assemble, and the right to petition our government are engraved in the Bill of Rights. As the President acts unconstitutionally, critics ask: “what can we do?” All we have to do is look to the example of the Egyptians that have decided they are done allowing an elected official turned tyrant to remain in power. They are assembling and petitioning and have forced this individual from the government.
This is exactly what the founders intended for our country. Thomas Jefferson was adamant about the people’s right to remove an unconstitutional government. He even suggested that future Americans would be forced to take up arms against their government and he was perfectly comfortable with that sentiment. But it would not take a violent revolution to put an end to the unconstitutional practices of this President. It would simply take Americans heading to DC to petition the government.
The President has been deciding which laws or pieces of laws he will enforce. This is unconstitutional. All of the Attorney’s General under the last five presidents agree that the way this president is choosing to enforce the laws is unconstitutional. He can’t pick and choose which parts of the law he will enforce, ignore, or change. His constitutional duty is to “faithfully execute the laws of the United States.” It doesn’t say he can pick and choose which part of or which laws he must execute faithfully.
There comes a time in every situation where action is the only option. Words, lawsuits, and op-ed pieces are being completely ignored by this president. In Egypt they have no real foundation for the actions they have taken except for the fact they know this was there only course of action. It was effective in the sense that when enough people come together the government must take notice. The numbers are overwhelming when you look at it. Three hundred million Americans marching on DC could get the attention and move this government to act according to the US Constitution.
It is not enough to talk about unconstitutional practices. It is time to march and make our grievances known. It is our constitutional duty as Americans and the defenders of our Constitutional Republic.
What will it take? How do we assemble under one banner? How do we convince our fellow Americans it is the right thing to do? How do we begin? What will be the 21st century equivalent of the “shot heard around the world?”