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The Petition process is an ancient and honored legal process that is protected in both the state and federal contracts known as The Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Alaska.
Unfortunately, people have forgotten how to use the Petition process and they have forgotten which government officials are to be petitioned, with the result that we have all been subjected to petition processes that are worthless. We sign our names and addresses and the public officials simply ignore us. Thus it is that one of the most powerful legal remedies that are readily available to us has been reduced to a predictable and worthless drill.
Section 1.6 of the Constitution of the State of Alaska guarantees our right to petition the "government" for redress. That means any official, elected, appointed, or in general government is subject to being petition as a condition of holding their office and exercising their discretionary powers.
Does it do any good to petition the Executive branch of government? Not usually. Usually the Governor has chosen to do what he is doing----the exact thing you are protesting----and is not obligated to do anything different no matter how many of us protest. It is the same story with the legislature. Oh. 100,000 Alaskans petitioned us to do this or not do that? Who cares! We are not obligated to listen to them or provide redress for their wrongs.
That leaves the judicial branch of the government. They are supposed to ride herd on the other two, right? And they do, but the judicial branch is hindered in a number of ways. First of all, they have to have something to act upon. Second, someone has to have savvy enough to invoke or "bid" their proper jurisdiction, so that they can speak to the issue presented.
We don't waste time petitioning the Governor or the Legislature, the source of the problem in the first place---we petition the courts, and if our fundamental and guaranteed rights are at stake, the Supreme Court of the State of Alaska is the court having natural jurisdiction. Why? Because the Supreme Court of the State of Alaska is a domestic (with respect to the Petitioners) and is a court of mediation. Other courts, such as the US District Court are not domestic (they are a "foreign jurisdiction" with respect to Alaskans) and are not tasked with mediation, but are instead courts of "special jurisdiction".
The US courts---whether the US Tax Court or the US District Court----are undeclared foreign statutory courts operating under treaty within the 50 States United. They are here to prosecute us, collect money, and enforce federal statutes. They could care less about mediating anything.
This is the first installment on the right to Petition. Who do you petition? The courts. Which court do you petition if your fundamental rights are at risk? The Supreme Court of the State where you live.