On Oct. 10, 2009, each state voted for three delegates to the 2009 Continental Congress. The election was conducted using paper ballots, which were counted by hand. The delegate with the highest number of votes from his or her state became the voting delegate at the Continental Congress.
On Nov. 11, the 2009 Continental Congress convened in St. Charles, IL. The Congress elected former presidential nominee Michael Badnarik as its president and Dan Gonzales of Florida as its vice president. The Congress adopted its own rules and proceeded within the framework of Robert’s Rules of Order.
This event was facilitated by Robert Schulz and his nonprofit organization, the We the People Foundation. Since 2008, Schulz toured the United States to raise interest in and gain support for this initiative.
Continental Congress - not a Constitutional Convention
The 2009 Continental Congress is not a constitutional convention described by Article Five of the U.S. Constitution. Its participants state that their purpose is to “defend, not amend” the Constitution.
Continental Congress’ Petitions for Redress of Grievance
Robert Schulz, the We the People Foundation and many others have filed civil actions to end violations of the U.S. Constitution for more than 14 years. These include We the People vs United States and Schulz’s suit in 2008 to seek injunctive relief to end Federal Reserve bailouts of Wall Street banks.
We the People vs United States included approximately 1,900 plaintiffs seeking to end violations of the Constitution’s monetary, taxation and war-making clauses.
Schulz and his foundation also requested numerous meetings with IRS officials and congressmen concerning their questions about the income tax. Neither Congress nor the IRS was willing to meet on the issue.
2009 Continental Congress – Primary Issues
The 2009 Continental Congress was convened to address whether the monetary clauses of the U.S. Constitution were violated. The constitutionality of the Federal Reserve and its effect on the dollar were examined.
The 2009 Continental Congress also examined whether war-making provisions of the Constitution were violated. The sole authority of the U.S. Congress to make war outlined in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution was addressed in light of previously undeclared wars.
Delegates examined numerous violations of privacy in light of the Fourth Amendment. This discussion included warrantless wiretapping and data acquisition.
Federal taxation was examined in depth. Delegates heard presentations by Attorney Jeff Dickstein and former IRS agent Joe Bannister.
The 2009 Continental Congress voted to form a committee on the federal deficit. This committee examined the current deficit and the long-term obligations of Social Security and Medicare, which total more than $99.1 trillion according to Robert Fisher, Chairman of the Dallas Federal Reserve.
Secondary Issues Before the Continental Congress
As time permitted, the 2009 Continental Congress deliberated on the federal government’s role in healthcare and immigration. Other issues included the faithfully execute clause in Article 2 of the Constitution, grand juries and jury nullification.
The 2009 Continental Congress’Proposed Remedies
The 2009 Continental Congress was convened to propose suggested measures the states and the U.S. Congress can take to address violations of the Constitution. The Continental Congress was also convened to propose civic actions the people can take.
The 2009 Continental Congress was streamed live from www.cc2009.us. Visitors can also click on their state to find out who represented it.
Since November 11, 2009 outside of Chicago in St. Charles, a Continental Congress has been convening with elected Delegates from 48 of our 50 states. A nationwide election was held back in October after well over a year of organizing and instituting the nomination process. This historic event runs through tomorrow November 22nd, the anniversary of JFK's death.
This major undertaking is the culmination of 14 years of documenting and serving upon our Federal Government with formal Redress of Grievance complaints and law suits on behalf of "We The People" for numerous violations of our US Constitution. The responses by past administrations has been that our government chooses not to answer the American people's legitimate petitions.
Most of this work has been spearheaded by a non-partisan organization called We The People Foundation which is an organization for constitutional education led by Bob Schultz. Mr. Schultz had served one such petition upon the IRS some years back on behalf of the American people and was filmed and featured in the documentary "America: Freedom to Fascism" by the late Aaron Russo, producer of "Trading Places" and "The Rose". The documentary can be downloaded and watched for free on Google videos.
All the evidence has been compiled over the last 14 years and now these delegates have been meeting in order to formalize the next steps and plans of action to address each individual major violation of our US Constitution. Even though Bob Schultz has done numerous press releases including appearances before the Washington Press Club, our national mainstream media has willfully reported very little leading up to this event.