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Name of the organization: Constitutional Oversight Posse (COP)
Mission: To hold to account any congressman, executive branch officer, or federal judge who violates the oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
The United States is not governed by elected officials. It is governed by a document—a document called the Constitution. Unlike humans, the document is fair and impartial. The document acknowledges and protects the natural freedoms, rights, and property of all of the people, contrary to the selfish interests of career politicians and their cronies.
The Constitution overrides the dictates of government officials. It carries the will of the people who ratified it. It may be changed by the amendment process only. It may not be changed by twisted interpretations of its words, by errant precedents set by disobedient judges, or by the pressure of a mob-rule majority.
As the Declaration of Independence points out, it is the duty of the people to correct a government that persistently violates its charter. The government over the last century has demonstrated its inability to restrain itself from violating the Constitution. The government has been indulging in the exercise of powers that would never have been ratified by the prescribed amendment process. Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Supreme Court have all been complicit. To rectify this problem, the Constitutional Oversight Posse has been instituted by citizens of the United States to enforce the Constitution and to ensure that any government official so presumptuous as to try to override the will of the people who ratified the Constitution and its amendments shall be duly brought to justice.
The Means to the End:
The COP will grow its membership until it has at least one million signed members who are eligible to vote in the United States. Membership will be contingent on members being in full agreement with the written mission, philosophy, and means of the COP. Any member misrepresenting the organization’s charter may be expelled from the organization.
Once the required membership level has been reached, the COP’s governing board will generate an initial list of violators: government officials who have violated or ignored the oath of office or who have participated in unconstitutional exercises of power. The board will then identify the congressmen who are legally responsible for initiating the impeachment and/or expulsion of the violators. The board will present to the identified congressmen an ultimatum and the list of violators who must be prosecuted. The ultimatum will set deadlines by which the prosecutorial duties must be performed. The ultimatum will inform the identified officials that failure to carry out these duties within the set time limits will render the identified congressmen subject to arrest for violation of their oaths of office, a high crime under the Constitution.
If an arrest is warranted, the COP will seek to have a state government authority conduct the arrest, establish bail, and set a trial date. If no state government authority will carry out this responsibility, the COP will seek to have a local government authority conduct the arrest and the follow-through. If no local government authority will commit to this responsibility, the COP will conduct a citizen’s arrest.
In the event that a citizen’s arrest must be conducted, the COP will first identify a legal body within a state or local government to whom to immediately present the arrested official for prosecution. This legal body will be held accountable by the COP for performing due diligence and follow-up appropriate for a case involving high crime.
No arrest will be conducted without the participation, at the site of the arrest, of at least ten-thousand members of the COP and the assent of at least a majority of the remaining members of the COP. No assault and no physical restraint may be used on the arrested official. No armaments may be illegally employed in the arrest. Any restraints on an arrested official’s mobility will be within the limitations of the first-amendment right to assemble and within the customary guidelines for citizen’s arrests of persons displaying criminal behavior.
The COP’s operations will be conducted openly with maximum access by the news media. Publicity will be sought for the sake of educating the public concerning the Supreme Law of the Land—the Constitution—and the importance of enforcing this governing document against the self-serving interests of all government officials who would violate it.
The COP’s founders will appoint a governing board for the COP and will generate and codify the means by which a new governing board may be elected by the membership on an annual basis.
The governing board will set additional bylaws and policies of the COP in writing and will plan and coordinate the execution of COP activities. Only activities pre-approved by the governing board may be conducted under the auspices of the COP.
Only COP members may be members of the governing board.
The first major action of the COP after the membership surpasses one million people will likely be the issuance of an ultimatum to the chairman of the House Judicial Committee and to the Speaker of the House warning them that they will be subject to arrest unless they initiate within one month the impeachment and/or other legal proceedings required to remove from office Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama in a manner that will result, to the maximal extent, in the negation of the unconstitutional actions they have taken while in office. The COP will then use its threat of arrest to hand-hold each and every one of the representatives and senators through the most expeditious constitutionally-allowed process leading to expulsion of the accused.
The COP will thereafter continue to act as enforcer of the Constitution, managing the expulsion of one violator of the Constitution after another, thereby chastening an otherwise errant government and restoring the Constitution as the legitimate ruler of the United States.
Given the large backlog of violators of the oath and of the Constitution, the COP is likely to be a very busy organization. It will be a very productive organization, as well, because for every official arrested or expelled from the government there will be at least ten who will thereafter be careful not to cross the line.
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We will be discussing this with Ed Stoneham, who wrote the document Friday 5-25-12 on The Reactionaries Speak Radio Program