Challenge an Unconstitutional Law
Statement by Rick Stanley - January 9, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2002
EDITORIAL OPINION PIECE
Stanley for U.S. Senate Campaign
The following statement of editorial opinion is offered for your use by Rick Stanley, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate.
Challenge an Unconstitutional Law
I am calling out to legislators, government officials, judges, all officers of the court (that's right -- all of you arrogant lawyers), police officers, sheriffs, government workers, and every American citizen, including the president of the United States of America, with a challenge.
Pick any unconstitutional law, at whatever level where you feel you can do the most good, and challenge it with civil disobedience. That should not be too difficult. There are thousands of unconstitutional laws at the municipal, county, state and federal levels that are just sitting there, ripe for the unconstitutional picking.
You don't know which laws are unconstitutional? Then you should pick up a copy of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and study it. After you do that, it will be very easy to decide upon your own personal favorite unconstitutional law, the one you will challenge with your very own personal act of civil disobedience, to make our country better.
It worked for Rosa Parks. Black people don't have to ride on the back of the bus any more. She was just one woman.
It worked for Russell Means. Indian people's rights are better protected now because of his crusade against all of the injustices to the American Indians, of whom he is one.
It worked for Martin Luther King. Black people in America have much to be thankful for because of the crusade by Mr. King against all of the injustices to the black people of America.
It worked for John Hancock. All Americans owe much to his crusade to end the injustice of the oppressive, tyrannical government of his time. That oppressive government was England, and King George was the oppressor. John Hancock was one of many who were responsible for the birth of our country.
Our forefathers' act of civil disobedience created America. Small things. Huge consequences. Each one of them endured threats to their safety, their security, their freedom, their reputations and their lives. They had the courage to make America a better place.
Each act of civil disobedience will create a better America. Not that any of our legislators, judges and police state employees would ever consider doing such a thing. Besides, it's not just the government officials who are afraid to challenge unconstitutional laws. There is, unfortunately, a real shortage of everyday citizens who are willing to add their power of one to the illustrious list of wonderful people who performed an act of civil disobedience, thereby bettering America.
On December 15, 2001, I challenged an unconstitutional law with my own personal act of civil disobedience. After speaking to an assembled group of 150 people about our unalienable right to keep and bear arms, I strapped a pistol around my waist, in plain view -- and also in violation of the Denver Revised Municipal Code, Chapter 38-117.5(b).
I was arrested that day and spent 27 hours in the Denver jail. I bonded out for $1500. I pled not guilty, and I requested a jury trial. This cost me another $25, plus the time to fill out a jury request form.
My time and effort will increase starting January 30th at 8:00 am, when the first of potentially many courtroom battles will begin, to overturn an unconstitutional municipal ordinance in Denver, Colorado. Is it worth it? Yes! Every penny and every minute -- you betcha. I have committed the rest of my life to making sure our current, unconstitutional government complies with the restraints and boundaries of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. My commitment is to myself, to my wife, to my children, my grandchildren, and the rest of my family.
The 27 hours I spent in jail taught me more about the failure of our justice system than a lifetime of exposure to the self-proclaimed and self-righteous opinions of lawyers, judges, and other assorted "experts" could ever teach anyone.
I am now convinced that my new ideas about how to fix a failed justice system are truly correct. Before I spent a night in jail, my opinions mirrored what I had been told by legislators, judges, and all the other self-righteous government lawbreakers (er, lawmakers). That is why I am challenging all these important men and women -- who think they know so much about the workings of the justice system -- to break an unconstitutional law, get arrested (preferably on a weekend), and spend at least 24 hours in jail. This will help them break free of the brainwashing Americans have been instilled with, and that, in turn, will help promote real progress in America.
What do you think, folks? Should legislators, judges, police, sheriffs and other government agents spend some time (at least 24 hours) being jailed lawbreakers -- instead of being lawbreakers on the loose?
Denver vs. The U.S. Constitution
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