America’s political holy days are upon us. The 2012 Hawaii Democratic Party Convention passed without discussion a resolution in defense of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
Be it resolved that all duly elected officials representing the People of Hawai’i shall defend the Constitutionally Guaranteed Rights of Citizens of the State of Hawai’i including any and all infringements by U.S. Federal authorities.
Be it further resolved… the much dreaded path to totalitarianism is unavoidable should the Several States of the Union fail to defend their citizens’ rights of Worship, and to POST REASONABLE BOND WHILE AWAITING TRIAL.
Who then, among our patriotic representatives, will defend citizen Roger Christie of Hilo who has been held in federal prison in Honolulu since July 8, 2010 without bail for practicing his religion? During this time others charged with rape and murder are granted bail while non-violent Reverend Christie remains in captivity.
The U.S. Constitution became the law of the newly united states of America in 1789, on one condition put forth by numerous representatives of several of the states. These were anti-Federalists who feared central control from a federal capital would erode and undermine individual liberties and the rights of local and state governments. The condition for ratification of the Constitution by these Anti-Federalist was that a Bill of Rights be amended to the Constitution.
The first 16 words of the First Amendment to the Constitution, which all persons holding office under the American flag are sworn to uphold, are:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ” The remaining 29 words of the First Amendment guarantee freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and right to petition for redress of grievances.
But, it must be remembered that the first 16 words deal with man’s relationship to his God, and to this day must be upheld as the Founding Fathers insisted. This resolution before you would insist that all state officials defend Hawaii’s citizens against all those, including the Federal Government and its agencies, from denying religious freedom, and refusing bail also guaranteed under the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.
This resolution is a call to return to Original Principals of the social contract. to ignore this initial agreement is to invalidate all of the Document.
GOV 2012-28 RESOLUTION REGARDING POSTING BOND
Whereas, the Democratic Party of Hawaii shall defend residents/citizens of the State of Hawaii against any and all violations of duly enacted State Laws, including the irregular, controversial searches, seizures and arrests carried out by the Federal Agencies of the United States Government that transgress Constitutionally protected Rights of citizens to Freedom of Religion, Speech and Right to post bail bond while awaiting trial;
and Whereas, citizen Roger Christie of Hilo has been held for twenty months without bail by federal authorities in Honolulu accused of a victimless crime pertaining to his religious beliefs and practices as a minister utilizing cannabis as the essential sacrament;
and Whereas, during this time of captivity heinous violations have been committed and the accused parties have been released on bail despite their involvement in cases of rape, kidnapping, embezzlement, and murder; and
Whereas, the President of the United States has pressed for an opening of a discussion on the failure of the War on Drugs, and that the current pursuit of the prohibition has crowned the USA with the dubious and shameful distinction of having the highest incarceration rate in the entire world;
now, therefore, be it Resolved, That all duly elected officials representing the People of Hawai’i shall defend the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of citizens of the State of Hawai’i including those infringements by the Federal authorities;
and be it Resolved, That this enactment is to safeguard the system of representative government of the Republic of the United States of America, for surely the much dreaded path to totalitarianism is unavoidable should the Several States of the Union fail to defend their citizens’ rights of worship, speech and to POST REASONABLE BOND WHILE AWAITING TRIAL.