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.

Philosophy:

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.

Bylaws:

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.

Actions:

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.

Written by Ed Stoneham

A very special thank you to:

Ed Stoneham, Marcia Woods, Janet Barkes, and Deb Beatty.

Ed Stoneham will be our guest on Blog Talk Radio on Friday, May 25th, 7 pm Eastern time. Please join us if you can: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/reactionariez/2012/05/25/fast-and-furious-friday

Citizens for Constitutional Governance: http://citizensfcg.com/styled/index.html

If you would like to become a member of the COP, please tweet me at @luchadora41 or email me at luchadora41@gmail.com, and please include your first/last name and the state you live in. Time is of the essence! Thank you, Patriots, and let’s get this ball rolling, shall we?

We the People will not go quietly into the night.

Comments

Robert Johnston May 30, 2012 @ 3:22 p.m.

The COP, eh?

Just finished reading your entry--I hope you are prepared to see your movement go up in smoke. Your "organization" sounds like yet another anti-Obama Tea Party clone that may have it's day, but in the end, will go the way of all such groups...overtaken by events. For if Obama loses to Romney, will you be going after Mitt and whomever he appoints as Attorney General with the same vigor? You might also remember that even if Obama wins, he'll just be a one-term president--if somebody doesn't cap him first. And who's to say that Holder may be AG if Obama wins in November?

Besides, putting House Speaker Boehner "on notice" (and the President Pro Tem of the Senate, who is in charge of the Senate when Vice President Biden is not) regarding anything isn't that smart to begin with. Frankly, Boehner is part of YOUR wing of the GOP, am I correct (plus he's up for re-election this year)?

Frankly, sir, your "patriotism" is nothing short of what Oscar Wilde called "A virtue of the vicious"--a trait shared by your fellow "true believers" in the Tea Party and other like-minded groups. Your entry merely proved Wilde's point entirely. From where I sit, your vitriol towards Barack Obama and his Administration has little to do with patriotism--and entirely with a personal vendetta about the "wrong man" being elected President.

The fact that many share your viewpoint shows how far this issue has divided the nation. You and your kind no more represent We The People than the ACLU represents all American liberals (for the record, I do not belong to the ACLU, and to neither political party as well. I am an Independent, if you must know). In the end, you only represent yourself and your beliefs.

You may have others in your life who believe as you do--which is good. However, do not try to insinuate that you and your kind represent The American People as a whole. For you most certainly do not.

Having said my say, I bid you Good Day! --RKJ

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luchadora41 May 31, 2012 @ 12:02 p.m.

Well, I'm not a "Sir" as you've called me, I'm a woman, and you seem to imply that I'm a racist, which I most definitely am not. My kind? Again, you seem to imply things that just aren't true, and if you think Tea Partiers are racists, you must not know many.

As for Obama, I wish that he had done a good job as the first black American President, but he hasn't. He has committed Treason against the United States of America and the House and the Senate are guilty of Misprision of Treason because of their silence about Obama's treason. If you doubt me, please see just one of many criminal complaints against Obama here: http://tpaoa.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/obama-is-guilty-of-treason/

I don't represent only my beliefs, we're standing up for the American people, black, white, brown, Republican, Democrat, Independent, Liberal, or Conservative. All American people who believe that the U.S. Constitution should be upheld. You mention "You and your kind" quite a bit in your reply. Just what is that? I'd surely like to know.

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