Dear Member of Congress:
I have recently enrolled in the Basic Course in Law and Government taught by Dr. Eduardo M. Rivera of California. Dr. Rivera teaches American Law and Government using the Organic Law of the United States of America. I decided to take his course, so that I could intelligently withdraw any consent I might have given to be governed by a Congress of the United States.
The Constitution of September 17, 1787, with amazing brevity, distinguishes the United States in Congress assembled from the Congress of the latest more perfect Union in Article I Section 1. “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” The Congress of the Articles of Confederation was not delegated legislative power over the States or the people of the States. The “legislative Powers herein granted” are the proprietary powers over the Northwest Territory, the States of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and part of Minnesota, formerly possessed by the United States in Congress assembled and exercised most recently in ordaining the Northwest Ordinance of July 13, 1787, which created a temporary government for the States of the Northwest Territory.
Ratification of the Constitution of September 17, 1787 by nine States, would according to Article VII of this Constitution be sufficient to establish this Constitution between the States so ratifying. This meant that as soon as elections for members of “a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives” could be held that Congress could begin to enact Bills to “be presented to the President of the United States” according to Article I Section 7 Clause 2.
New Hampshire became the ninth State to ratify the Constitution of September 17, 1787 on June 21, 1788. The eleven States that had ratified this Constitution elected Senators and Representatives so they could convene as the First Congress of the United States on March 4, 1789.
George Washington was, pursuant to Article II Section 1 Clauses 1,2 and 3, elected unanimously by the Presidential Electors on February 4, 1789 to be President of the United States of America, an Office, apparently, under the authority of the Articles of Confederation, because the Constitution of September 17, 1787 does not describe or prescribe qualification for a President of the United States of America. This Constitution does prescribe what it takes to be eligible to the Office of President in Article II Section 1 Clause 5.
George Washington cannot possibly meet the last qualification of the Office of President: “fourteen Years a Resident within the United States,” because no one in America can meet that requirement until after July 4, 1790. Time in the Constitution of September 17, 1787 is counted from the first day of Independence: July 4, 1776.
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Dr. Eduardo M. Rivera