I was under the impression that all of our state legislators took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of Maine. If they did, there are those on the Maine Judiciary Committee who are failing miserably on both counts. I am of the opinion that the members of the Judiciary Committee in Augusta are guilty of betraying both constiitutions, as well as their friends, neighbors, and constituents.
When the fourteen members of the judiciary committee voted on March 16, 2005, to conceal from their constitutents their rights to act as a Fully Informed Jury, they voted to conceal a right that our forefathers had - and excercised for hundreds of years prior to our becoming a nation, and after we became a nation, until the judiciary [of which this committee is a part] said in a supreme Court trial, "The jury does indeed have the power of veto, but, they need not be told of it." [Sharf and Hansen vs U.S.] That right is protected by Article Nine of our Bill of Rights. That VOTE WAS A BETRAYAL of their constitutents' federal Constitutional rights.
This was also a betrayal of their constituents' State Constitutional Rights.
Article 1- Section 1 -- All people are born equally free and independent and have certain natural, inherent and unalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty. How do these treacherous legislators expect the people to defend their life and liberty if the tools to do so are denied them by the very people they send to Augusta to protect these rights?
Article 1- Section 2 -- All power is inherent in the people; all free governments are founded in their authority and instituted for their benefit; they have therefore an unalienable and indefeasible right to institute government, and to alter, reform, or totally change the same, when their safety and happiness require it.
How can the people alter, reform or change government if all peaceful means is denied them? When the knowledge of peaceful means of change. such as a fully informed jury, is denied them by power mad legislators, what means of redress remains?
"In this country, we have three ways to securing our freedom," remarked Idaho Senator Steve Symms, "The ballot box, the jury box and, if those do not work, the cartridge box."
Many people in this country no longer trust the ballot box, which has been largely replaced by electronic voting machines proven to be open to fraud. The jury box is being denied by the concealment and opression of the people's constitutional right to know of their right to a fully informed jury to protect their friends and nieghbors. When - or will the people resort to the cartridge box as the last tool available to them to defend their rights and freedoms?
I address these questions to the fourteen legislators who denied the people of Maine the knowedge of this last peaceful means to alter, reform, or change a growing oppressive and irresponsibe government.