Mission/ FAQ’s for the Restore the Constitution Open Carry rally movement:
Who are the RTC members?
We are peaceable Americans, deeply concerned over both the direction politicians are taking this country and, more importantly, the abandonment of the Constitutional limits on government power placed by the Founding Generation in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
What are some examples of your concerns?
Take a look at your copy of the Constitution and find where the Federal government is given the power to require Americans to purchase health insurance. While you’re at it, find where the Constitution authorizes Federal takeovers in the automobile and mortgage finance industries. Look hard to find authorization in the Constitution for the Federal government to have saddled future generations with more than $13 trillion in debt, plus interest, with the prospect of trillions more in debt each year.
Do you find any authorization in your copy of the Constitution for warrantless monitoring of citizens’ communications and movement by the Federal government? For that matter, do you see any Constitutional authorization at all for a Federal Department of Homeland Security, a Federal Department of Education, a Federal Department of Health and Human Services, a privately-owned “Federal Reserve” Bank, a Federal Bureau of Investigation, a Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, or a Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives?
So what do you intend to do about these issues?
We intend to do all that we can about these issues, starting with the exercise of the first two rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights, speech and assembly and the right to bear arms. It’s the very least we can do as Americans. Our founders put the first and second amendments in there for a reason, and the least we can do is use them to the fullest as government at the Federal, state, and local levels tramples the rest of the Constitution. For now, more people attending armed assemblies is a good start. We’ll see how many of us have to turn out to armed rallies like this before the politicians in both parties start to take the Constitution seriously.
Why are you carrying your guns in public?
Part of how America got to this sad point in its history is because the bosses of this country – the American people – fell asleep at their job of keeping politicians in check. For more than one hundred years, we Americans have let politicians escape their Constitutional cage and enact laws saying where, when, and how often we as citizens can exercise our fundamental human rights such as political speech, public assembly, and bearing weapons as armed, free men and women. The RTC members are holding peaceful, legal, and safe public demonstrations across the country to reverse that trend. And the funny thing is — politicians and media pay a LOT more attention to your message when you are carrying a rifle slung over your shoulder.
Are you trying to start a fight?
Actually, the politicians who swore to protect and defend the Constitution, take taxpayer money as their salaries, and then renege on that promise are the ones who have started the fight. And it is a fight — a fight over who will control the American government — that can have only one winner. The American people will have to decide whether they will be slaves to their masters in Washington and Harrisburg, or whether those politicians will return to their intended jobs as public servants, rather than looters of the public purse.
But the American people want programs such as health care reform and homeland security agencies – what about their democratic rights?
The United States of America is a constitutional representative republic, not a democracy. One of the key differences between those two types of government is that in a constitutional republic, many issues are intentionally beyond the reach of democratic voting processes. Would you want to live in a country where your speech, your religion, your privacy, or your ability to protect your family was subject to a majority vote?
Our message is simple – the American rulebook is the Constitution, as written. Government officials must live by those rules, including using the Article V amendment process to change the rules. Absolutely nothing less is acceptable.
Mission/ FAQ’s for the 4-19-2010 RTC rally:
The mission of the “Restore the Constitution” rally is that it be held at a firearms carry-legal location as close to DC as possible and that it attracts as many participants as possible in order to underscore the seriousness and urgency of a simple message: Restore the Constitution!
What: “Restore the Constitution” rally/ Muster Outside D.C., held at a firearms carry location as close to DC as possible
When: 9AM-5PM, April 19th, 2010 (monday), to commemorate the 235th anniversary of the first battle of the American Revolution
Where: Ft. Hunt National Park, Northern VA
Why: Ask yourself: “Is the Constitution really being followed anymore?”
Details: Staging area will be Ft. Hunt National Park, located about 12 miles south of DC. Participants will gather there, and a speaking program will be provided. From there, starting at 11:30, the gathering will travel in convoys up to Gravelly Point Park so that participants, organizers, and speakers can “step up to the edge.” Gravelly Point Park is right on the Potomac, about a mile from the National Mall in DC.
- Muster Outside DC 4-19-2010
4-19-10 rally at Gravelly Point Park, Virginia 10:30AM to 5 pm, although park hours are from 8 AM to dark. Gravelly Point is, based on research so far, the closest carry-legal location to DC, although Ft. Hunt will need to be the initial staging area and rendesvous point. Participants can arrive at Ft. Hunt as early as 9AM to get started, and the main speaking program will begin at 10AM, as the convoys begin going back and forth between Ft. Hunt and Gravelly Point. See home blog page for latest updates.
Unlike traditional protest rallies, the primary target audience of this rally will be those who already support the idea that the constitution needs restoring. If you’re reading this and you’re generally supportive so far, but probably won’t make the effort to attend, YOU are the primary target audience. Why target mainly those who already agree with you? To show that it can, in fact, be done and to improve our ability to hold a bigger, SECOND “Restore the Constitution” rally if any of us chose to do so.
1. Unite as many as will come to the edge of Washington, D.C. to rally in support and defense of the Constitution of the United States of America and to stand, armed and united, with our brothers and sisters delivering the same basic message to our servant politicians in DC and in the state capitals.
2. Exercise our God given rights to assembly and freedom of speech (First Amendment) while simultaneously exercising the right to keep and bear arms (Second Amendments)
3. To show our elected servants in DC and the state capitals that we will not stand by idly while their corruption, dishonesty, and outright violations of our country’s founding principles destroy the American Republic
4. Receive media exposure through national press, special interest press organizations, and independent media sources.
5. To continue the networking between average Americans concerned about the future that has been happening over the past twenty years, as governmental power grew and individual freedoms shrank.
For more on the target audience and objectives, see here:
1) What is this event?
This is a civil rights rally with the simple message: Restore the Constitution! We plan to show our support for constitutional government at all levels – Federal, state, and local – by exercising our civil rights as guaranteed by the First, Second, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments to the US Constitution.
The main event is taking place at (proposed) Gravelly Point Park, VA, which is part of the George Washington Parkway National Park. Staging for the main event will take place at Ft. Hunt National Park, about 10 miles south of Gravelly Point Park.
Rally will be from 9 am to 5 pm although park is open till dark on April 19, 2010.
Citizens who demand that the Constitution be followed, as written.
Because on one level, the Constitution of the United States is being passively overlooked by many in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the US government. But on another level, the Constitution of the United States is being actively undermined by many in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the US government. Both are totally unacceptable.
Parking at Gravelly Point Park is limited to about 100 or so cars, so the main rally is near the bridges leading to DC at the north end of the park. Other smaller gatherings can take place along major roads and intersections in NoVA, especially main roads leading to and from DC.
7) Hundreds of armed men and women just outside the nation’s capital – that sounds scary. What do you hope to achieve?
Not nearly as scary as the murder rate inside Washington, D.C.! Isn’t Washington still the murder capital of the United States? Didn’t they change the name of the basketball team here from the Washington Bullets to the Washington Wizards-precisely because of the violence in this city?
What we’re doing is not nearly as scary as how citizens inside Washington, D.C. are denied their God-given Constitutional right to keep and bear arms while armed and lawless thugs roam free.
Rights are like muscles and without exercise they will atrophy. This rally is a completely legal exercise of our Bill of Rights– surely you aren’t opposed to a civil rights demonstration?
The media has, for the most part, played down or outright ignored demonstrations of larger size for the past year or so. Instead, they seem to focus on protestors who show up armed, so we are, in a sense, giving the media what they want so we can get our message across. And that is simply that continued constitutional violations are not acceptable. Perhaps members of the Supreme Court, the executive branch, or influential members of congress will see our demonstration on TV and get the message that the American people are sick and tired of the Constitution not being followed. By exercising our First and Second Amendment rights simultaneously – which is possible only in America, by the way – we intend to remind all of the freedoms that we stand on the brink of losing.
8 ) Isn’t that many armed people gathered in one place going to be dangerous?
Our plan is to be following local law by having their rifles unloaded and handling them safely. In addition, before the rally, our group will meet with local authorities, shared our peaceful plans, and make sure that folks know both what we are and what we are NOT going to be doing.
Hundreds of police officers muster up before every single patrol-all of them armed. I’ve never heard of that being a problem.
I doubt that you’ll hear of any carjackings, rapes, murders, theft, or vandalism in this park today.
9) This “demonstration” sounds an awful lot like a militia insurrection to overthrow the government – why shouldn’t all of the planners and participants be arrested and prosecuted as domestic terrorists?
Did Martin Luther King call for an insurrection and overthrow of the government when he organized a peaceful march that brought millions to the Washington Monument? A march was organized, people came in vast numbers, and in simple and clear terms, he articulated a genuine grievance before his country. And his country listened. In that regard, how are we different?
The ones who are in the process of overthrowing our Constitutional system are all government employees in all three branches across the river. We’re peacefully calling on each of them to change course and return to the Constitution. Nothing more is required, and nothing less is sufficient.
Because if we planned to overthrow the government, we wouldn’t invite so many of them to join us here on the lawn, we wouldn’t announce our intention beforehand, and we wouldn’t meet up on the wrong side of the river.
If we are all rounded up and hauled off to jail today and branded as terrorists for nothing more than the peaceful airing of our grievances, then it only proves our point that there are many people at all levels of our government who value their own power, popularity, prestige, and position more than the Constitution which grants their authority to them.
I don’t think you’re using the term “militia” correctly, so let’s clear this up. This gathering is a peaceful, completely legal exercise of our Constitutionally-protected fundamental human rights of free speech and assembly. We are not even engaging in the time-honored traditions of civil disobedience as did Henry David Thoreau during the Mexican War, and as did the heroes of civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. If anything, our demonstration today is a “civil obedience” rally, in that we all are following the law of the land, and we insist that the President, the Congress, and the Federal judiciary do the same.
Your question demonstrates precisely the kind of propaganda and fear-mongering that I’d expect from those who are trampling of the Constitution. Do you not care about the First Amendment at all? Understand this; no single right enumerated by the Bill of Rights is an island that is independent of the others. Those first 10 amendments form a chain from which all of the freedoms for all Americans hang. How many links of the chain need to fail for all of it to fall? Just one.
Your question exactly proves the urgent need for this demonstration and others just like all over America. In the America of 2009, peaceable individuals gathering together for fellowship and the expression of their God-given fundamental human rights are deemed by many of their fellow citizens as “dangerous extremists” worthy of immediate arrest. If we are to change that sad state of affairs before a full-blown American police state is completed, men, women, boys, and girls across the nation must be willing to stand up and exercise their fundamental human rights openly, publicly, and happily – regardless of the consequences.
10) Come on now – you and I both know that this nonsense is happening because America elected a black President. Admit it – you’re just angry because there’s a black man in charge.
Actually, our Constitutional Republic was founded on a set of checks and balances that ensured that no one branch of government could accumulate all power unto themselves. But if you are making the assertion that Obama is, “in charge” as if everyone is subject to him, then by your own words, you’re saying that he’s guilty of violating the separation of powers and overstepping his bounds. In essence, you are making my point for me. Besides, I thought dissent was the highest form of patriotism.
Our civil rights demonstration today has nothing to do with the skin color or racial background of any of the statists in all three branches of government who are bringing totalitarian socialism to America. The facts are:
• Our demonstration is open to anybody – armed or unarmed, regardless of creed color, ethnicity, gender, or any other artificial distinction used by the powerful to divide Americans from one another.
• Anyone who is a supporter of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the USC/BoR, as written and as ratified by the American people, is our friend.
• On the other hand, anyone who believes in ever-expanding Government and ever-contracting individual freedom is not our friend.
Personally, although I am saddened that the President AND Congress both have abandoned the Constitution’s limits on their power, I have the most grievances with the Supreme Court, who are supposed to be the last line of defense of the Constitution within the government’s framework.
Think about the Kelo eminent-domain case, McCain-Feingold, or the McConnell political speech case. The Supreme Court’s failure to fulfill this final check-and-balance role is a much bigger danger to freedom in America than a few protestors with rifles.
11) What is it – exactly – that you plan to achieve by this demonstration?
We hope to achieve several things, namely:
-Exercise our God given rights to assembly and freedom of speech (First Amendment) while simultaneously exercising the right to keep and bear arms (Second Amendments)
-Show our elected servants in DC and the state capitals that we will not stand by idly while their corruption, dishonesty, and outright violations of our country’s founding principles destroy the American Republic
-Receive media exposure through national press, special interest press organizations, and independent media sources.
-Continue the networking between average Americans concerned about the future that has been happening over the past twenty years, as governmental power grew and individual freedoms shrank.
12) But why have you brought your military-style pistols, rifles, and ammo to the very boundary of the nation’s capital? What could you possibly be trying to prove with such a provocative gesture?
Our country’s founding fathers knew that if American was to survive as a Republic, government at all levels would need to be constantly kept in a cage. The American people themselves were to be that cage, through their ability to vote and then, if all else failed, to defend themselves, move, and communicate in support of the political structure created by the USC and BoR. That’s why communication and movement are protected by the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and assembly. That’s also why the keeping and bearing of military-grade arms, just as we are doing in this civil rights demonstration, is absolutely guaranteed by the plain words of the Second Amendment.
You bring up a great point. Why are we here? If Washington, D.C. were actually following the Constitution, then we’d go assemble on the Mall, or on Capitol Hill, inside the city itself. But within the boundaries of Washington, D.C., the local and federal governments completely trample the Second Amendment rights of her citizens. If we tried to assemble across the river, we’d all be arrested, given mandatory, maximum prison sentences for any firearms related offenses, have all our guns taken away, and then have our Second Amendment rights stripped from us for the remainder of our lives. (Can someone with more legal moxie confirm or correct this? I may not have this exactly right, but we need to find out what “right” is and keep it handy for response to this question. The fact that we cannot legally assemble to exercise all of our rights within D.C. and must instead meet outside DC is part of the message.) Let me ask you a question; Should Jayson Blair have his First Amendment rights stripped for the balance of his life for being caught in plagiarism by the New York Times?
13) What’s all this talk about a “republic”? Everyone knows that America is a democracy.
In a true democracy, 51% of the people can vote to take the property and freedom of the other 49%. This describes what has been happening lately-and by similar percentages.
Article IV, section 4 of the Constitution states that “…The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government…”, so whoever told you that the US is a democracy was not telling you the truth. Under a constitutional republic such as the one established by the American people through the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, while democratic processes such as voting are used to select the president and representatives to the legislature, all three branches of the government have specific, limited powers which they must obey, or be in violation of the Constitution.
That is the situation we face today.
As to the politics of the situation, I’m not really here to try and court majority opinion and win 51% support for my cause. There are much more skilled professionals who are better able to do that, even if that were necessary. In order to protect against tyranny of the majority, i.e., mob-rule, you can’t just confine your strategy to winning over the majority. It seems this would be obvious.
When it comes to fundamental human rights, like free speech, freedom of assembly, and the right to keep and bear arms in self-defense against all threats to life, liberty, and freedom, the majority cannot strip away those civil rights. That’s why the Bill of Rights guarantees that those rights, and others, will always be immune from majority rule and the dangers of democracy.