On September 5, 1774 fifty-five individuals from twelve of the thirteen colonies met at what is now called Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The meeting is known as the First Continental Congress. These individuals met for almost a full two months through the end of October, 1774. The Congress was headed up by Mr. Peyton Randolph of Virginia.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and decide what to do about the extraordinary activities of the King of England. The monarch was taxing the colonies to pay for all of the wars that had gone on in the past and that were taking place at the time. There was never any discussion of separating from England. As a matter of fact most did not want any separation at all. These individuals just wanted the king to stop his tyrannical ways and leave them alone to make a living, support their families, and to live in peace.
The individuals who met were trying to come up with ideas on how to get King George III to see their point of view and to right the wrongs that were being thrown upon the individuals living in the colonies. Attending this congress included George Washington, Sam Adams, John Adams, Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, John Jay, and John Dickinson. They decided that letters to King George expressing their grievances about his very actions was how they were going to proceed. They also decided that they would meet again in May, 1775 at a Second Continental Congress to evaluate the progress, if any, that was made in their attempts to change the ways of King George.
By the time the colony representatives met in May, 1775, “the shot heard ‘round the world” had already made its day in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts signaling the start of the American Revolution. The Second Continental Congress, chaired this time by John Hancock and where all thirteen colonies were represented, became a debate on whether or not to separate from England. The result of the Congress was the Declaration of Independence one year later and a total commitment to the separation putting everyone’s lives, fortunes, and sacred honor on the line.
Two hundred thirty five years later, a third continental congress, headed up by Mr. Bob Schultz of New York and consisting of 153 individuals and an undetermined number of supporters and observers from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. will meet on November 8, 2009 in St. Charles, Illinois for two weeks. The purpose is to come up with ideas on how best to restore the American republic to the constitutional form that was established by those that met at the first and second continental congresses.
American government officials have long ago departed from any adherence to the United States Constitution by which they are to govern. The fact that the president can now send American military personnel to any location on the planet without a declaration of war by congress, money is now printed to pay for government expenditures, and congress appropriates money for a vast number of activities that it has no authority given to it by the Constitution are but a trifling sample of how far American government officials have been allowed to depart from the precepts of the document by which they are to follow.
The assembly of this continental congress is simply a gathering of individuals, like those of 1774-1775 to discuss what can be done to right the wrongs that have been made by many of those occupying the presidency, congress, and judicial system over the last century violating their oaths of office and feathering their own nests at the expense of everyone else.
By going to the following links: continental congress 2009, the constitutional crisis, why the continental congress 2009, give me liberty, and we the people foundation, one can find out additional detailed information about the upcoming continental congress and the significance of the gathering. The individuals in attendance will be like those who attended the first two, peaceful and those that love liberty and desire nothing more than to be left alone in order to make a living to provide for themselves and their families.
Hopefully, the congress will be successful in helping the country return to its constitutional form. If not, tyranny may very well be the order of the day for America.