New Jersey Tea Parties United and the Sussex County Tea Party are trying to launch an effort to hold a recall election for Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) because of his support for the unconstitutional effort for the federal government takeover of the health care industry.
As we might have expected, Menendez’ fellow socialists have circled the wagons around him and have tried to thwart this effort of the people of New Jersey to recall their senator who is acting contemptuously of their United States Constitution.
New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells is one of those socialists and, despite a New Jersey constitutional amendment passed in 1993 which clearly allows for the recall of elected officials, declared that the state constitution is unconstitutional.
(This is reminiscent of how homosexual activists and apologists have attempted to argue that the California Constitution is unconstitutional, the Massachusetts Constitution could be unconstitutional, and the Texas Constitution is unconstitutional. Apparently liberals are just contemptuous of constitutions and the will of the people when they stand in the way of their decadent agenda.)
The New Jersey Constitution clearly states
1. All persons are by nature free and independent, and have certain natural and unalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and of pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.
2. a. All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people, and they have the right at all times to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.
b. The people reserve unto themselves the power to recall, after at least one year of service, any elected official in this State or representing this State in the United States Congress. The Legislature shall enact laws to provide for such recall elections. Any such laws shall include a provision that a recall election shall be held upon petition of at least 25% of the registered voters in the electoral district of the official sought to be recalled. If legislation to implement this constitutional amendment is not enacted within one year of the adoption of the amendment, the Secretary of State shall, by regulation, implement the constitutional amendment, except that regulations adopted by the Secretary of State shall be superseded by any subsequent legislation consistent with this constitutional amendment governing recall elections. The sufficiency of any statement of reasons or grounds procedurally required shall be a political rather than a judicial question.
The people of New Jersey apparently have a pretty darn good constitution! It’s too bad that some of their elected representatives hold such contempt for it…and for the U.S. Constitution.
But now a state appeals court ruled in favor of the people of New Jersey.
A state appellate panel today ruled New Jersey Secretary of State must accept a petition that citizens filed to recall U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.
The court stayed its decision to allow Menendez (D-N.J.) to appeal its ruling.
Unfortunately the ruling has been stayed because an appeal is expected from Menendez, but the decision is still a victory as it affirms that (a) the constitution is constitutional, and (b) the people of New Jersey have the right to recall an official who is refusing to honor their oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution, bearing true faith and allegiance to the same.
Some people from the Rapid City, South Dakota Tea Party group Citizens for Liberty were looking into the possibility of recalling Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) for similar offenses against the U.S. Constitution. At the time, Tea Party researchers came up against a wall, but I don’t believe they knew about what has been going on in New Jersey. They may want to take another run at this in the future.
The days when the good, patriotic, live-and-let-live American people were patient enough to allow their elected representatives to run roughshod over them, their rights and their constitutions are over. The egregious contempt shown by officials in Washington D.C. in the past year for the rights and freedoms of Americans has finally awaken the sleeping giant.
And come election day in November 2010, there’s going to be hell to pay (perhaps sooner for Rep. Menendez).