Lee Wrights: U.S. Constitution Day Resolution

“Every word of a constitution is the difference between power and freedom.”- James Madison

by R. Lee Wrights

BURNET, Texas (Aug. 29) – Taking a break from the campaign, let me offer an idea for consideration by local Libertarian Party affiliates. I offer this not as a Wrights 2012 campaign initiative, but simply as something that has been successfully used by Libertarian Party groups for promoting libertarian ideals. Not all Libertarian Party activism needs to be political actions or campaign activities. Often we can more easily and more effectively promote the libertarian message of individual liberty and personal responsibility by simply being good citizens and participating in civic action.

Case in point: About a decade ago I had the great honor of penning a resolution in honor of U.S. Constitution Day for the Libertarian Party of Forsyth County (N.C.), which we worked to get adopted by our local government bodies. While the resolution was presented by the Forsyth LP, it was not part of any candidate’s campaign, or intended to make any political point. We simply offered it as a group of concerned citizens called the Forsyth Libertarian Party. Local governing bodies pass resolutions proposed by all sorts of groups in honor of all sorts of things all the time.

To our delight, the resolution was passed and adopted by the town council. Building on our success, we decided to encourage other Libertarian affiliates in the state, and across the nation, to sponsor a similar resolution in their local towns and counties. What began as a local action quickly grew into a national movement and I am proud to report that the U.S. Constitution Resolution was eventually adopted by local governments in nearly half the states in the union, and that the project has been repeated year after year.

One of the best reasons for this project is that it is an excellent opportunity for libertarian organizations at the grassroots level to do something positive. All too often libertarians are perceived as being “against” one thing or the other; even worse, we are sometimes accused of being against “everything.” This resolution gives us the opportunity to bring something before governmental officials that we favor. It gives us the chance to show communities all across American that libertarians are actually “for” something.

Another reason for undertaking this effort is that is far easier than you think get this resolution accepted by local governing boards. After all, what self-respecting politician would vote against recognizing the U.S. Constitution in an open meeting? Not one, to my knowledge, has ever voted against it once it was under consideration by the board to which they belonged. If you can get one board member to offer the resolution for consideration, you are virtually guaranteed passage.

While it is a shame that we should even have to propose a resolution such as this, it is encouraging to see the idea so widely embraced. We need to continue to educate our fellow citizens about our beloved Constitution and highlight the many and sundry ways it is being tread upon every day by those in whom they have placed so much trust. U.S. Constitution Day or Week should need no proclamation. It should automatically be a national holiday and be every bit as celebrated as most of the other holidays combined. Only education will save the republic that our Constitution preserves, and gain the respect for the document that it so richly deserves.

We urge all Libertarian affiliates to ask their local government bodies to adopt it for the 224th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, Sept. 17, 2011. Below is the text of the resolution. Please feel free to copy, edit, rewrite or adapt the resolution to fit your local situation. Check with your local school district to find out when they will be marking Constitution Week and fill in the dates to match. The official dates are usually set in a Presidential proclamation, but that may not be issued until a few days before Sept. 17. Then, let’s us know what kind of luck you have getting it adopted.

This can also be an outstanding outreach opportunity to distribute copies of the Cato Institute’s Pocket Constitution (buy copies in bulk for $1 here) at any meetings where the resolution is considered. Be sure to stamp your local Libertarian Party affiliate information on the inside cover, and personally hand copies to each member of the governing body, during the meeting if possible. Never be afraid to let people know that Libertarians support the U.S. Constitution!

Resolution Recognizing U.S. Constitution Day and U.S. Constitution Week

WHEREAS, as the result of a revolutionary war that was fought to free the citizens of the United States of America from a tyrannical and oppressive government; and, the attempt of these citizens to form a new government that respected the people as the sole source of all governmental power, the need for a written document to limit the strength of government and secure, to the people, the right to govern themselves was recognized, and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Constitution was adopted in a Constitutional Convention on the 17th of September, 1787, and thus became the supreme law of the United States of America in order to secure and guarantee the rights of all free citizens of the United States of America, and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Constitution stands today as the oldest written document, of its kind, in the history of all mankind, as a result of the efforts of, and at great cost to, the patriots that founded our great nation, the United States of America, and

WHEREAS, September 17th is designated as U.S. Constitution Day, and that September ___ through September __ is designated as U.S. Constitution Week throughout the United States of America.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the __________________ of _________________ hereby declare the official observance of September 17, 2011 as U.S. Constitution Day, and September __, through September __, 2011 as U.S. Constitution Week in _____________, in humble respect for the patriots from our past that gave their all so that their fellow citizens, and those yet unborn in our nation, should remain free in perpetuity to enjoy the rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.


R. Lee Wrights, 53, a libertarian writer and political activist, is seeking the presidential nomination because he believes the Libertarian message in 2012 must be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. To that end he has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will be spent for ballot access so that the stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states. Wrights is a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All. Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he now lives and works in Texas.

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14 thoughts on “Lee Wrights: U.S. Constitution Day Resolution

  1. You'll go wrong with Wrights

    Lee Wrights? Are you shitting me? Presidential candidate?

    You see Lee Wrights, is a two faced individual, who was basically supported financially for many years by his ex wife, then betrayed her with Mary Ruwart the candidate he was managing who is married herself. Now he is supported financially by Ms Ruwart. This guy is a joke, he has temper tantrums like a two year old.

    His “business partners” (the business makes no money after it ripped off investers, nevermind) Steve Kubby, brags in his book how he did LSD with his teenage son, makes a nice living off donations from potheads some of them poor, money goes in his pocket. Mary Ruwart who writes that it is AOK for adults to have sex with little kids, how sick is that, and you should not trust these people with ANYTHING…no positions of trust in the party…no candidacy…no board member of anything…no investers dough…certainly not to be your husband or wife, they will screw you, cheat you and drain your bank account…

    Mark my words more will be coming out about these scam artists, oh and how about conflict of interest? You bet.

    Trust Wrights, Kubby, Ruwart to be alone with your kids? I wouldn’t? They will probably give the kids LSD and sodomize them?

    And some of you say character does not count, well, what does that say about you I wonder. If you trust these scamsters give them any money love or responsibility…I’ll hate to say I told you so but I’m telling you so. You will be up shit creek with no paddle very soon no doubt!

  2. Jill Pyeatt

    YGWWW @1: You’d have a lot more credibility if you weren’t hiding behind an alias. Instead, it just looks like someone who has a personal beef with Mr. Wrights. In that case, I don’t want to hear it.

  3. Good luck and lessons from history ----- on the current corrupt system .... Lake

    Wrights // Aug 29, 2011:
    “You have to hide your identity when …….”

    [Lake: you might endanger personal searches for careers, dates, friends. I believe that Chiropractor Don Grundmann is searching to be a red robed Queen Mary style of martyr. Cody WHOM DOES NOT SPEAK FOR NEVADA’s IAP, I consider the world’s oldest living eleven year old. Every one else needs to weigh the positives and negatives. ]

  4. paulie

    Re: #1

    I am far less concerned with who said it than with whether it is true or not. Evidence to back up the claims made has not been provided. Anybody can be accused of anything. What is the evidence?

  5. You'll go wrong with Wrights

    Don’t take my word for it, investigate for your self, you will find everything I say is 100% true and watch for more reveletions to come out in the months ahead!

    I will give you a clue, Arizona, California and Texas. You burn enough people long enough sooner or later what goes around also comes around.

  6. Daniel Ong

    Brian Holtz @4, good to hear from you again. How’s your term on your local water board going?

    I claimed your bounty during LP NatCon 2010 and never heard back from you (check your email; I know, horrible timing, but that’s when I finished writing it).

    How about some teeth in something regarding the U.S. Constitution? I propose an amendment requiring primary consideration of original public meaning by the judiciary when deciding matters of law, coupled with a FIJA (Fully Informed Jury Association) clause so juries can know they can decide on the application of a law and its penalties (as they decide matters of fact).

  7. Brian Holtz

    Waterboarding is fun — thanks!

    My bounty is described here: http://knowinghumans.net/2007/12/undefended-popular-high-ground-on.html

    The Constitution Party already takes the “original meaning” position you propose. Their platform says: “We affirm the original text of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We condemn all legislative, executive, and judicial action that departs from the texts and intent of the Charter and the Constitution and their original meaning.”

    It’s now been almost 4 years, and no issue position has been identified that is a better opportunity (for any party) than the abortion issue is for the LP. It’s now time to expire the offer.

  8. Thomas L. Knapp

    The abortion issue isn’t an “opportunity” of any significance for any party.

    Hard-line pro-lifers already have a party (the GOP).

    Hard-line pro-choicers already have a party (the Democrats).

    People who aren’t hard-line on abortion don’t give enough of a damn about it to consider voting for a third party over it.

  9. paulie

    Waterboarding is fun — thanks!


    Where’s CP on FIJA? I would think probably good or neutral, but I don’t know off hand.

  10. paulie

    Hard-line pro-lifers already have a party (the GOP).

    Not really. Republicans pay them lip service and little else. If they really believed their own rhetoric about abortion being on a moral par with chattel slavery and the holocaust, at a bare minimum they would be filibustering every bill in Congress until they got their way.

  11. Brian Holtz

    The Democrat position (legal in every trimester) polls at only 10%, and the Republican position (illegal in every trimester) polls at only 29%. If a third party advocated legal in the first trimester and illegal in the third, it would be consistent with the views of the remaining 61% of the public.

    It’s true that a moderate position on fetal personhood might not single-handedly attract many new members, but it might repel/alienate more members than the extremist alternative is keeping on board.

    I don’t have data to back up my intuition that any impact wouldn’t be measurable either way. I’m just fascinated by this failure of political parties to pluck low-hanging fruit — a failure for which I’ve found no parallel, either in other issues today, or modern political history.

    TK) People who aren’t hard-line on abortion don’t give enough of a damn about it (TK

    Or they give a damn, but are (correctly) confident that the moderate status quo is in no danger of being replaced by either extreme.

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