BANGOR, Maine — Activist Robert Schulz was in town Saturday to educate area residents about the United States Constitution and their rights as citizens to hold state and congressional leaders accountable for their actions regarding the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
“The Constitution doesn’t defend itself,” he said. “It doesn’t get defended unless we the people defend it.”
Schultz is chairman of We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education Inc., a nonprofit research and educational foundation based in Queensbury, N.Y.
He spoke to a group of 18 people about the 2009 Continental Congress scheduled for November and constitutional violations he says are hurting the economy, families and the strength of the nation.
We The People has filed around 20 petitions to redress grievance with the federal government since 1995 over a variety of constitutional issues such as the Patriot Act and the recent capital bailout of insurance giant AIG.
“This is all a part of the record we’ve established for 14 years,” Schulz said.
Carter Jones of Aurora, a member of the 912 Coalition who attended the meeting, said the “petitions are just more evidence that the government is not listening to the people and the Constitution is flagrantly being violated.”
The Continental Congress is scheduled for Nov. 8-22 in St. Charles, Ill. Residents are invited to become delegates. Three citizen-delegates per state will be selected as representatives.
The delegates will “come together to establish a formal historical record that documents, before a worldwide audience, the record of vast constitutional violations which have taken place over many years, crossing all branches of government and both political parties with devastating effect,” said a press release about the event.
“The Continental Congress 2009 is not political or partisan and its aim specifically is to defend, not amend, the current Constitution,” it states later.