In first since 1850, citizen readies TN remonstrance over lawyer takeover

In a meeting of reformers, David Tulis chats with John Gentry, right, of Goodlettsville, Tenn., author of a remonstrance to the Tennessee general assembly. Mr. Gentry says the people should take back state government from lawyers and bar associations. 

John Gentry is an accountant, bachelor Marine veteran who works numbers in the medical field in Nashville and is undertaking a remarkable reform project. It is a remonstrance demanding that the general assembly undo numerous laws that were unjustly and illegally passed with the help of lawyers — for the benefit of that cartel.

Mr. Gentry gives me a remarkable interview in two parts, below, explaining how the people of Tennessee have lost control of free government and how it has become a servant of these interests. Thanks to lawyers, we have a police state, an extortion state and a government that serves its cronies and abuses the people. My project to reform police transportation stops is merely a cog in the larger combination exposed by Mr. Gentry in this most exciting project of civil engagement and constitutional law.

Here is a letter Mr. Gentry has just sent to members of the Tennessee general assembly, informing its members of his coming remonstrance and demand for reform toward a republican form of government. An interview on my show took place Dec. 6 at our studio in East Ridge. — DJT

John A. Gentry, CPA

In 1822 Tennessee’s 3rd governor, Gov. William Carroll, stated to the general assembly: “A well-regulated and independent judiciary is so essential to the character of the State… that it has a strong claim upon your attention at all times.”

In Tennessee today, there is no oversight of our judiciary, and Tennesseans are routinely subjected to federal law and rights violations and have no means to seek redress, and no means to enforce constitutionally guaranteed rights.

The government of the State of Tennessee has so far departed from the principles upon which our country was founded, the State has forsaken its republican character [1] and subjects its people to despotism. The facts proving this assertion are undisputed, and one need only look with open eyes to know this is true.

The BAR and the judiciary have proven themselves incapable of providing objective oversight of the BAR and judiciary, and in analogy, we cannot rationally continue to expect the fox to watch over the hen house. In form and effect, the BAR and judiciary have usurped the power of the legislature, and that power must be restored back to the legislature as per Tenn. Const., Art. V, § 1 so as to ensure the blessings of liberty and well being of WE THE PEOPLE.

Upon seating of the 111th Congressional Session & General Assembly, I will be filing with the Clerks’ Offices’ of the House and the Senate, a formal Petition of Remonstrance, pursuant to Tennessee Constitution, Article I, Declaration of Rights, §§ 1, 2, and especially § 23.

Last remonstrance: 170 years ago

A Remonstrance is “a formal protest against the policy or conduct of the government or of certain officials drawn up and presented by aggrieved citizens.” Black’s Law Dictionary 5th Edition. According to the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Ms. Tammy Letzler, the last time a Remonstrance was submitted to Tennessee’s General Assembly was in the year 1850, so I anticipate the legislature will be unfamiliar with the process.

Ms. Letzler has already communicated to me that she did not know what a Remonstrance was, nor does she know how one should be facilitated by the General Assembly, even after conferring with “attorneys” who may have mislead her – advertently or inadvertently. The process is actually quite simple and is an inviolate right guaranteed in the state’s constitution.

As you are aware, the conduct and process of the General Assembly are guided by the House and Senate Rules, and according to those rules, any process not provided for in the House and Senate Rules, are supplemented by Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure (MMLP). MMLP, Sec. 143 states that questions are brought before the body through various means including “petitions”. MMLP, Sec. 148 defines the construct of a petition, and according to Sec. 148 ¶ 3, the Petition of Remonstrance that I will be submitting will be a “public petition” as it is in the common interest and for the common good of all Tennesseans.

Further pursuant to MMLP, Sec 148, ¶ 4: “A petition is presented to the body by the petitioners themselves, by a member on behalf of the petitioners or by filing the petition in the office of the legislative clerk or secretary. When a communication or petition is received, it may be acted upon as any other business.”

Along with the Petition of Remonstrance that I will be filing, I will also be filing a Motion for Disqualification for members of the General Assembly who are past or present members of the BAR as they have a clear conflict of interest. MMLP, Sec. 501 and 502 require the Quorum to be comprised of qualified members and members not disqualified, due to conflict of interest.

Impeachment of bad judges requested

Due to the nature of the Petition of Remonstrance that we will be filing, members of the BAR have a clear conflict of interest.

The Petition of Remonstrance that will be filed, will be a formal protest against several state statutes that are repugnant to our state and federal constitutions, and/or that grant unconstitutional emolument/special privilege, and/or provide false immunities to members of the judiciary and BAR.

Additionally, the impeachment of several judges who have conducted themselves in violation of constitutional provisions, judicial canon, and criminal code will also be DEMANDED.

In addition to demand void of constitutionally repugnant statutes and impeachment of bad actor judges, further redress will be sought so as to re-institute and further preserve constitutional provisions and rights as follows:

(1) Live stream and recorded courtroom proceedings must be made available to the public (this is already guaranteed in our constitution, see Tenn. Const. Art. I, § 17);

(2) All litigants, Plaintiff and Defendant must be informed of their right of due process which includes an impartial judge and trial by jury (same legal argument as the Miranda Rights);

(3) Jury oversight must be provided for complaints against judges and attorneys that are wrongfully dismissed by “oversight agencies” (TBPR and TBJC) with a process for referral to the House for impeachment proceedings.

Respectfully stated, considering the redress and actions of the legislature I seek, the only reason to not desire the same, is a desire to further corrupted interests. Consider livestream and recorded proceedings; Tenn. Const. Art. I, Section 17 states “That all courts shall be open.” Proceedings in the General Assembly are livestreamed and recorded. Why should our courts be allowed to operate in the dark except to hide their misconduct?

I encourage your dialogue with me. It will become clear to you that I love my country and fellow man, and that is my sincere desire to restore the principles, rights, and privileges upon which our country was founded for all citizens and nationals. I implore you to stand with me and THE PEOPLE to begin a great healing upon Tennessee and indeed, upon our nation.

[1] Republican Character does not refer to party affiliation. Republican Character is in reference to a government; Of THE PEOPLE, By THE PEOPLE, And for THE PEOPLE, and through consent of the governed as our founders intended.

Remarkable reform project for Tennesseans

Unconstitutional laws protect judges, lawyers from people seeking redress of grievance against their abuses. (Courtesy NoogaRadio 92.7)


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