I write today to update you on some major changes in our fight to restore our Constitutional Republic.
It has been almost 18 months since the Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate penalty is really a tax. Since then many legal experts have raised many other challenges to the Constitutionality of Obamacare. Many have pointed out that our Constitution requires all tax bills to originate in the House, yet the version of Obamacare that finally became law originated in the Senate. This is a good point. Others have focused on the fact that Obamacare violates many people’s religious freedoms. This is also an excellent point. Specifically, Obamacare amounts to direct government funding of baby murder (a.k.a. abortion). There are numerous other legal arguments that are all excellent, and correct.
Unfortunately, it has become undeniable that the Federal Court system no longer cares about the Constitution. This will not change until we get Judges in the system that do care about upholding the Constitution.
When Liberty Legal Foundation began its fight against Obamacare, our goal was not simply to have Obamacare declared unconstitutional. We saw this horrible law as an opportunity to change the direction of Supreme Court precedent. We believed, at that time, that the Court would recognize Obamacare for the abomination against freedom that it is. We were wrong. Instead the Court proved that it has no intention of reigning in the monster that our Federal government has become. The Court has no intention of limiting Congressional authority to the scope originally intended when our nation was founded. The Court has no intention to limit Congressional authority in any way.
During the same Supreme Court session that gave us the twisted Obamacare ruling, the Court also delivered a crushing blow to state sovereignty in its U.S. v. Arizona ruling. After this ruling Judge Andrew Napolitano concluded that states can no longer be considered sovereign entities. He is not alone in this conclusion.
At about that same time the Federal Court for Western Tennessee handed down an order sanctioning Liberty Legal Foundation’s lead attorney, Van Irion, for simply filing a lawsuit requesting clarification of the legal term “natural born citizen” under existing Supreme Court precedent. Up until this point in his career Van had a pristine ethics record. Yet the Federal Court in Tennessee refused to grant Van a hearing, refused to consider the facts in the case, ignored Federal precedent, and went well beyond existing ethics rules by issuing an order sanctioning Van.
Liberty Legal Foundation has appealed the $10k+ sanctions order. That appeal is still ongoing.
I am sure you would agree that it has been upsetting and emotionally draining to watch our nation continue on a path to certain destruction. We at Liberty Legal love the principals, morals, and ideas that served as foundation for America’s beginning. Unfortunately we have concluded that the methods we tried to use to turn our courts back to the Constitution will simply no longer work.
While we no longer believe that the Federal Courts are willing to follow the law, we are not giving up. After much thought and prayer, Van has decided that he can have the greatest influence over our judicial branch by becoming a judge in the state court system. A unique opportunity has presented itself and this week Van is announcing his candidacy for the elected position of Criminal Court Judge for Tennessee’s 10th Judicial District.
This announcement means that Van can no longer serve as Lead Counsel for Liberty Legal Foundation. Please pray for Van as he continues his efforts to ensure that the Constitution is correctly interpreted, honored, and enforced. If you would like to know more about his run for Judge, you can visit his campaign website at www.vanforjudge.org.
This past year, Attorney Van Irion has been defending Lieutenant Commander Walter Fitzpatrick on criminal charges of stealing court documents. LCDR Fitzpatrick did indeed take the documents because he believed a Judge was hand picking juries in violation of state law. He brought his information to the FBI and they asked for evidence. LCDR Fitzpatrick explains that he later observed said Judge making notations on jury questionnaires, sorting the documents, picking specific jurors and then declaring that subset to be the jury. These documents were left in a public space with other public documents and LCDR Fitzpatrick seized the opportunity to preserve evidence. He forwarded the documents to a reporter who then forwarded them to the FBI. Suffice to say, LCDR Fitzpatrick was promptly arrested and charged.
Attorney Irion intended to argue at trial that LCDR Fitzpatrick was acting to prevent a greater harm (necessity defense) but the Judge would not allow Attorney Irion to present Fitzpatrick’s only defense. LCDR Fitzpatrick was found guilty.
On appeal last month, Attorney Irion was finally able to get all the facts presented and at least one judge on the panel expressed shock that LCDR Fitzpatrick had witnessed a Judge hand-picking juries. The Post & Email have posted the audios of the hearing HERE and HERE. The really good part starts just before minute 7 on Part 2. As of today, we are still waiting for the court’s ruling.
The judge Fitzpatrick accuses of violating state law in this case is running unopposed for re-election as a Democrat. Attorney Irion is a resident of the District where all of these events took place. I believe God brought us here for such a time as this. This is one reason why Attorney Irion is running for the 10th District Criminal Court Judge for Tennessee.
Please visit www.vanforjudge.org and consider his candidacy for the bench.