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Petition to American people with a moral conscience

Declaration repudiating Trump and Trumpism

Declaration repudiating Donald Trump, his words and actions, and asserting his essential and irremediable unfitness to serve as President of the United States of America We strongly and unequivocally believe it to be the responsibility of every citizen in a properly functioning democracy and normal political environment to accept the outcome of an election freely and fairly conducted and to acknowledge, despite differences of opinion with regard to public policy and political-economic philosophy, those declared winners of such an election as the electorate’s legitimate leaders and representatives. When, however, the citizens are asked to choose between doing what is morally right and carrying out what is their customary responsibility in a democratic society to accept an election outcome, an extraordinary situation has arisen. No citizen should feel or be compelled to take a position for the sake of political expedience that is in violation of fundamental and universal moral principles. In such instance, the citizens have a right – and even a responsibility – to take a stand against an immoral outcome which has been deceitfully attained. That right and responsibility may reach so far as to repudiate the declared winner of such election. To recognize as legitimate such a declared winner of an election would be to commit an immoral act, and no political authority or system can rightfully oblige the citizenry to commit a shameful act which is offensive to fundamental and universally recognized morality. Whereas Donald Trump as a presidential candidate, his key staff, and many of his supporters made explicitly clear during the campaign that they would not feel compelled to accept the outcome of the election if they were to lose, Whereas Donald Trump and elements of the Republic Party ran a campaign based and built upon divisiveness, bigotry, racism, incitement to hatred and even violence, hypocrisy, slanderous untruths, and misrepresentation to an extent so extreme as to be inconsistent with fundamental human, American, and democratic values, Whereas Donald Trump, in contrast to all other major party candidates in perhaps the entire history of the United States has uniquely shown himself by his words and actions to be morally and temperamentally unfit to serve as President of the United States of America, Whereas forces within the Federal Bureau of Investigation took blatant steps to influence the election of Donald Trump in the last 11 days of the campaign, doing so with facilitation from, and perhaps the outright complicity of, FBI director James Comey, and whereas forces from outside the United States used stolen and perhaps falsified emails of Democratic Party officials to influence the election in favor of Trump, and whereas the Trump–Pence campaign exploited the FBI’s irresponsible actions and the stolen materials to create, publish and broadcast patently untrue and defamatory advertisements in the traditional media and to circulate similarly untrue and defamatory messages on social media, Whereas Donald Trump, since being declared most probably to have received the majority of the Electoral College votes, albeit while receiving some 2 million fewer of the popular votes than did the candidate who was his nearest rival, has shown every indication by his words and action that he will refuse to be bound by generally and historically accepted standards to avoid conflicts of interest and would indeed endeavor to utilize the office of president to further enrich himself and his family, and Whereas populist, anti-democratic, demagogic, and potentially authoritarian forces and politicians also are gathering strength in other countries beyond the United States, and notably so in numerous European countries, and whereas these forces and politicians are finding inspiration, encouragement, and public support in the successes of Trump and the vile words and deeds of his most abhorrent supporters, and inasmuch as this phenomenon provides comfort to and encourages greater boldness in our nation’s adversaries even as it threatens our democracy, international cooperation and world peace, Therefore, we the undersigned and those who will support our nonpartisan position and efforts resolve and unambiguously declare that we do not and will never accept that Donald Trump can or does legitimately serve as president of our free country with its tradition of equality, toleration and decency, law and order, or that he should be regarded as legitimately so serving. For us to do otherwise would be to commit an egregiously immoral act. We further declare that we will actively and continuously oppose Donald Trump’s illegitimate and wrongfully obtained claim to the office of the President of the United States of America, and we denounce those within his circle and any other political leader, whether or not formerly or currently holding public office, who had supported or condoned his candidacy and his unjust claim to the office of president.    

Gale A. Kirking
522 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Bell County District Court Texas

Release Retired Soldier From Probation For Suicide Attempt

Friends, I am Billy J Stacy a retired Soldier with 14 years of Army service and two deployments overseas.  My first was to Afghanistan and the second to Iraq.  I had some mild incidents with crowd control and flying in Afghanistan that bothered me after the fact more than anything and I secluded upon arrival to Germany and of course started the drinking to worsen things. In 2009 I deployed to Iraq and was returned early for mental health issues and in 2011 was diagnosed with PTSD on top of my depression and anxiety.  I had recently been married for the third time and had my first child and my doctor was constantly adjusting my medications as well.  On top of all of this I will go ahead and admit to you that I do not handle stress very well.  I was very suicidal and I had recently had a surgery on my left ankle and been given percocet to help with the pain and I can remember taking these pills and washing them down with about a handful almost of my regular mental health meds and adding in over the counter sleeping medications.  I would sleep in a separate room from my wife and baby and sometimes I would tell her what I was doing and she had the mindset and would sometimes even say that she wished I would just hurry up and do it and get it over with.  I would wake up at night gasping for air sometimes so, the next night, I increased the dose a little more.  I made a choice on 10 May 2011 that the following day when I reported to the Warrior Transition Brigade at Fort Hood for treatment that I was going to ask to be placed in a treatment program for alcohol and substance abuse.  I consumed a beer and to this day, I am sober!!!!  Life at home being sober was not going well.  I was attending treatment but, the cocktail of medications were still affecting me greatly.  I did not know who I was at times and I was so angry and wanted to die all of the time and even tried many times but, at the same time I was scared so that held me back.  My former spouse had given up and is no angel as the courts portrayed her to be.  My chain of command would tell a different story but, the prosecutor did and expert job keeping my leaders out of the court.  I was asked by this lady to leave our home in August of 2011 so, my Company 1SG placed me in the barracks where I could have a safe place on the base.  On 5 September I became very depressed and enraged because I could not visit my son and I was extremely unstable so I overdosed on my medications and cut my wrist to the point where I had to be rushed to the hospital and almost died.  I was placed in 45 days of inpatient treatment for this incident shortly after for a dual diagnosis of PTSD and chemical/alcohol dependence.  I addressed some of the issues of personal traumas that had occurred and medications were reduced.  After the medications were reduced, I could think clearly and found that I did not want to die.  I was released at the end of October and my spouse wanted to try to communicate and work things out but that deteriorated quickly.    On 18 December 2011 I was in the living room with my former spouse and 2 year old son and we were arguing.  The argument was too much for me and I tried to mentally shut down but, she was saying things like "you are ghetto, you are a lesser than, you are white trash".  I had a meltdown and went to the garage and retrieved my chainsaw and placed it to my throat and verbalized intent to take my own life.  I immediately decided that this was not the way and walked out the front door and threw the chainsaw down and drove back to base to talk to my squad leader.  The police did arrive and they ended up talking to my squad leader on the phone and my former spouse even spoke to my squad leader on the phone and he asked her while the police were there "did he try to hurt you?" and obviously she said no so the police left the scene with no action and the next morning I went to see mental health and was hospitalized.  My former spouse made the comment that I did not try to hurt her to a social worker in my Brigade as well I was questioned as a suspect of an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon around the third week of January 2012 for this suicidal gesture.  I was honest and owned up to the details but, the other side was not.  A week later a warrant was issued for my arrest for this charge so, I turned myself in.  I arrived at the Killeen city jail on 25 January 2012 and was transported to the Bell County Jail the next morning.  The staff placed me on suicide watch in the infirmary in an isolated cell because of my mental health issues and my neighbor was the Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan.  They took away all clothing and gave me a smock so, it was very cold on top of that and there were no books or TV.  Going to court was a nightmare in this county because after retired Judge Joe Carroll made that Texas Chainsaw Massacre joke on the stand I knew that there would be no justice in this court and that no matter what logic and critical thinking I brought to the table, I was going to have to plead out to get out.  This petition can change that though.    There were absolutely no injuries or threats in my case which makes it so baffling.  I had to greatly humble myself to endure throughout this process and make it through.  I was represented by John P Galligan and still to this day do not understand how an attorney of his knowledge could not close a case like this.    I was released from Bell County Jail on 19 February 2013 after signing for 10 years of deferred adjudicated probation.  I was divorced shortly after from my spouse and agreed to terminate rights from my son.  I made this choice because the former Mrs feared me now and I did not want that so, I took a supervised visitation deal so that she could have peace in life.  As of today, I have not seen the baby boy for a while because at a hearing before leaving the Army it was noted that she was still uncomfortable with my presence so, I do not want to unsettle her in any way.  I try to keep my distance out of respect.  I have completed all of my conditions of probation and have worked hard to have my medications adjusted accordingly so that I am not attempting to take my own life.  My sobriety is going on 5 years and I am now medically retired attending college.  I am not petitioning to seek legal action or settlement against the courts.  My goal is for the Judge and prosecutor to forgive this case and to see that I have completed the terms of probation early so that I may be released early.  I want to be able to travel throughout the United States freely and not have to ask permission and to eventually be able to have this taken off my record in the future if I decide.  I am asking for signatures as of now though and nothing further.  Thank you for your time.      

Billy Stacy
164 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Honorable Judge David Hittner [Southern District of Texas], Assistant United States Attorney James L. Turner [Southern District of Texas]

40 years for marijuana is not justice

Grant a Reduction of Sentence to My Son Edwin Walter Rubis, 40 years for marijuana is not justice.My son, Edwin Walter Rubis, is serving a federal sentence of 40 years for a non-violent marijuana offense. [www.marijuanaliferproject.org/federal-prisoner-edwin-rubis-is-serving-life-for-marijuana/ At age 29, Edwin was slapped with this offense while battling drug addiction. At the time of his arrest, we discovered that authorities were seeking information on others involved in the drug trade that Edwin did not have. Edwin's court appointed attorney advised us that, without cooperation, no plea agreement to plead guilty would be in effect. Based on counsel's advisement, Edwin proceeded to trial, and received a sentence of 40 years for not cooperating. He has served 18 years on this offense. Even if he had been fairly represented through a paid competent attorney, and his trial had not weighed against him, 18 years is sufficient for this non-violent crime. Please sign our petition asking Honorable Judge David Hittner [Southern District of Texas], in tandem with Assistant United States Attorney James L. Turner [Southern District of Texas], to grant our son Edwin a reduction of sentence, so he may have a second chance at life. While serving this federal sentence, Edwin has taken numerous rehabilitation programs to better himself. He has certificates of completion from the psychology and religious departments. He is currently enrolled in Christian Bible College and Seminary pursuing a Master's degree in Christian Counseling and Therapist Certification. He completed a 2 year apprenticeship to be a dental assistant, and is currently working in the medical department at his present institution. Edwin is active in his personal studies, and is seen as a mentor by others for both spiritual and personal character. Upon his immediate release, Edwin has, at the minimum, three job offers available from the community. Sadly, all our possible legal options have been exhausted, including clemency from the President. I am pleading for my son to receive a sentence reduction so that he can continue his rehabilitation efforts by helping young men deal with situations he faced during his younger years in the streets. Please sign this petition urging Honorable Judge David Hittner, in tandem with Assistant United States Attorney James L. Turner, to grant him a sentence reduction, based on the case of Holloway v. United States, 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 102707 (E.D. NY 2014). Edwin has been rehabilitated and deserves a second chance. Sincerely, Maria Roque and Family. God bless You.

Jeremy Malone
2,463 supporters