WTP-TV January 7, 2003
with Bob Schulz WTP-TV
: Good evening… and welcome to THE LIBERTY HOUR
We are glad you could join us.
I’m Bob Schulz, Chairman of the We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education and the We The People Congress.
The Liberty Hour is brought to you by concerned citizens – ordinary, non-aligned citizens -- who love our country and our Constitution but who have grave concerns about our government because our government no longer honors our Constitution.
An arrogant, out-of-control and unaccountable government that has no respect for the precious liberties of every American citizen is destroying our sacred Bill of Rights – our Rights, Liberties and Freedoms.
The People, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, have reached a crossroad. We will either act together to focus our spiritual and earthly energies toward solving this problem or we will languish in ambivalence and indecision until our Republic, our Constitution, our way of life and eventually our freedom are gone.
We, the People, must not allow the Constitution to become a dead letter.
Later, during this broadcast, I will outline a bold but doable PLAN that the We The People Foundation and Congress will spearhead – a plan designed to bring our servant government back under the control of the People and our Constitution.
We CALL on all concerned Americans to unite behind the PLAN. The hour IS late.
At the heart of the PLAN, which I will soon outline, is a Mission Statement as follows:
"With the grace of God and with malice toward none, and to force the leaders of the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government to respond to each of the four Petitions for Redress of Grievances that were recently served on every member of the Congress and President Bush, we will do everything in our power, including the creation of a Legal Defense Fund, to get three hundred thousand (300,000) employers, employees, retirees and self-employed people to immediately begin retaining and keeping in their possession the money that they would otherwise have turned over to the federal government."
Now, Before getting into some of the details of the PLAN, I believe it necessary to provide the rational behind the PLAN and some information about who we are and our philosophy.
We will begin by hearing from one American who has heard THE CALL. He is one of America’s finest citizens, an Officer and a gentleman, a successful businessman, a family man, a man who loves God and Country, a man who HAS served America well, Charlie Beall. Charlie ….
Charlie Beall: Good evening. I’m Charlie Beall. Welcome to the
first live broadcast of the Liberty Hour from We The People Foundation.
This evening, you are witnessing history in the making. This live
broadcast represents the beginning of an unprecedented multi-media
communications initiative by We The People Foundation For Constitutional
We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education is a
non-partisan, pro-Constitution, network of patriotic citizens who love our
country, and are dedicated to America’s founding principles of faith in
God, limited government, equal justice, due process of law, and respect
for personal freedom and private property.
This past week, We The People Foundation delivered personal notices of
tonight’s live broadcast to hundreds of thousands of people nationwide.
Personal notices were delivered to President Bush, Senior Cabinet
Officials, every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate,
State Legislators, Federal Circuit and Appellate Court Judges, Tax Court
Judges, Supreme Court Justices, the Governors of every state, the Mayors
of our largest cities, Newspaper Editors, Radio Talk Show Hosts, Religious
Leaders, Police Chiefs, County Sheriffs, IRS Officials, CPAs, Tax
Attorneys and thousands of other government officials.
America’s founders clearly understood and accepted God’s design and purpose for civil government, and were willing to sacrifice there lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor –everything they had--- to be free. They established a Constitutional Republic that recognized the People’s unalienable right to their lives, their liberty and their property, with minimal government interference. Thus, America was conceived as a magnificent experiment in freedom that was unique in the annals of human history. And while the journey was tumultuous at times, the freedom won by our forefathers was ultimately extended to all citizens regardless of race, color, religion or national origin---a testament to who we are as Americans, and what we truly stand for, as "One Nation, Under God".
What kind of government do we have in America today? Does our federal government function according to God’s design and purpose? Do our federal, state and local government officials defend and protect the most vulnerable among us from evil and injustice? Are the majority of our highest elected officials and government leaders in Washington honest, honorable and loyal Americans who can be trusted to protect and defend our Constitution? Do our judges acknowledge God’s ultimate authority over our nation and our nation’s laws, or do they kneel at a different altar?
Unlike most politicians--who seldom fight the wars that they
start--those of us who have honorably served our nation in uniform have a
special duty to protect America’s future generations from the deception
and exploitation of false patriots in our government. There is no honor in
the slaughter of innocent, helpless civilians for any political end. Our
forefathers intended America to serve as an example of strength, justice
and liberty to the world.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are at a critical juncture in the history of
our Republic. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights are hanging by a thread.
America, as envisioned by our founders, and preserved by the blood of
those who have fought to keep us free, will not survive without constant
vigilance by We The People. Today, the majority of our elected
representatives, our judges, and the heads of our federal law enforcement
agencies, are systematically, and with impunity, violating their oaths of
Let me give you an example of what has been happening behind the scenes
in our nation’s capitol. On October 3, 2002, in a public, recorded debate
on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Ron Paul of
Texas reminded Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois, the Chairman of the
House Committee on International Relations, that the Constitution requires
a Declaration of War before the armed forces of the United States can be
deployed in hostilities overseas. In response to Congressman Ron Paul,
Congressman Hyde then had this to say about our Constitution and Bill of
To those who love our country, who honor and cherish the ideals and principles upon which our great nation was established, we must ask ourselves---how have we come to this point where our government leaders can openly express such contempt and disrespect for our Constitution, and our God-given rights as Americans. To the millions of military veterans, law enforcement officers and other patriotic Americans who have taken an oath to support and defend our Constitution, Congressman Hyde’s comments should be viewed as nothing less than treason.
But tragically, the majority of our elected representatives in both
political parties---as well as the powerful financial, corporate and
special interests that control them, share Congressman Hyde’s arrogance
and disrespect for our Constitution. These people have come to believe
that our Constitution is a dead letter. That our sacred Bill of Rights is
anachronistic and irrelevant in our modern times. That America’s
independence as a sovereign nation, and our tradition of personal freedom
should be exchanged for membership in a New World Order.
While average Americans have been preoccupied with earning a living, raising our children, and trying to be law-abiding citizens, our government, for decades, has been diligently working behind the scenes to assume more and more power and control over our daily lives. Working Americans have been economically enslaved by a fraudulent income tax system that steals the fruits of our labor and squanders our financial resources on unconstitutional government programs, aid to corrupt foreign governments, and preemptive military intervention across the globe. It is sad but true--the average American family today pays more in taxes-- than it pays for food, clothing and shelter combined.
After years of exhaustive legal research and public hearings in
Washington, DC, We The People Foundation has irrefutably proven that our
personal income tax system in America is fraudulent in its origin, and
illegal in every aspect of its operation. It is immoral, unjust and
dishonest. It is not required to fund the lawful, constitutional functions
of our government. Our elected leaders are well aware that they have
other, constitutional means, such as excise taxes, corporate taxes,
tariffs, imposts and duties, to raise sufficient revenue for the
legitimate operations of government.
For the past three years, We The People Foundation has been fighting to
abolish this illegal direct tax on the labor of working Americans. For
those of you have stood with us in our efforts to restore our Constitution
and Bill of Rights, we thank you for your integrity, your courage and your
sacrifice. We must never forget that, in America, like no other country in
history, the People, not the government, are sovereign. Our right to life,
liberty and property are unalienable rights---natural rights---God-given
rights--- our rights do not come from government or man.
Tonight, We The People Foundation begins a new chapter in our vigilant struggle for liberty. In the months ahead, through weekly live broadcasts of the Liberty Hour, we will share with America the truth about our divinely inspired, constitutional form of government---and what we together, must do, to keep it.
Over 200 years ago, the father of our Constitution, James Madison wrote: "To preserve the Republic, it is in the hands of the people. We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments"
Bob Schulz, the founder and Chairman of We The People Foundation For
Constitutional Education has devoted his life to the restoration of our
Constitution and Bill of Rights. He is a true patriot. His integrity,
honor, courage and love of country, have been a source of encouragement
and inspiration to Americans who share his commitment to the eternal cause
Power concedes nothing without force. Force is the application of energy and pressure to achieve movement.
The We The People organization encourages Americans to know what their Rights are, to pay attention to what the government is doing, to compare the actions of government with the requirements of our state and federal constitutions and to confront the government whenever it is doing something that is in conflict with the will of the People as expressed in our Constitutions.
As far as we know, our organization is a unique organization. Simply put, its members and supporters do not wish to tolerate unconstitutional behavior by those wielding governmental power. And, we do not suffer lightly insulting and contemptuous behavior by our servant government.
Our motto is "ACTA, NON VERBA" – Deeds, Not Words.
We encourage Americans to confront governmental wrongdoing intelligently, rationally, professionally and
above all, non-violently.
We are an organization that deals with facts, not opinions.
We shun political questions. We deal only with constitutional issues of governance.
We are non-partisan, believing that all political parties are by their nature corruptive – they cause individual loyalties to flow first to the Party, rather than to the Constitution, leading away from the Rule of Law to the Rule of Man and the Rule of whim.
Now a brief word about our Constitutions.
Our State Constitutions govern the behavior of ALL elected and appointed officials in the state, far more so than does the federal Constitution, which hardly ever comes into play in the day-to-day administration of the state.
Unfortunately, most people do not even know they have a state constitution.
Take it from someone who knows, most of the problems in our States would disappear if many more people would hold their state and local officials accountable to their state constitutions, in and out of court. I am in my 23rd year of confronting unconstitutional behavior by local and state officials in New York State.
However, as I have learned all too well, we can’t depend entirely on the Judiciary. To my dismay, I have learned that the judiciary is not as independent as it was designed to be. It is highly politicized and corrupted. Some governmental reform that the People are entitled to is simply not possible through the courts, especially on matters that get to the heart of the money and power issues.
You can read and download a copy of your State Constitution from our home page.
As with our State Constitutions, our federal Constitution is a set of principles to govern our federal government. It stands above our state constitutions. If there is a conflict between the federal Constitution and any provision of a state constitution, the federal Constitution governs.
It appears most Americans do not know much about their Constitutions and the history, meaning, effect and significance of the provisions and underlying principles, such as "popular sovereignty" and the "separate powers" doctrine.
Most Americans DO know, that the People are the source of all political power – they know that the People have the power to decide who our public officials will be. (After all, they can’t get into office unless the People vote them in). However, most Americans do NOT know that each and every one of our elected Representatives, including the President and every legislative body in America, including the Congress, are meant to be chained down by the Constitution.
Our Constitution is a strongly worded set of principles to govern the government, not the people. America is the only nation on earth where the People’s unalienable Rights are recognized in their Constitution, the People are sovereign and the government is a servant government.
In throwing off one government and designing for and instituting another, the founding fathers, wrote it all down in the founding document – the Declaration of Independence -- all men are created equal and are endowed by their "Creator" with unalienable rights; the purpose of government was to secure/guarantee those rights -- to protect men, one from another, and from the government itself -- deriving its powers from the consent of the governed. They wrote that they were relying on a "divine Providence." They also gave written tribute to "Nature's God."
If the Creator, in fact, has gratuitously provided, equipped and enriched the People with unalienable Rights (as the founding fathers agreed was the case), it follows that those Rights belong to the People and to the Creator. It follows that an affront to the Constitution is an affront to the Creator, as when government attempts to violate an endowed, unalienable Right.
If our Rights come from the Creator, only the Creator can frustrate and defeat our Rights. As the founders said, a fundamental purpose of the Peoples' Constitution is to remind the government that it (the government) cannot trespass on the Rights of the Creator's People -- government cannot break off what God has put in place.
Surely then, an offense against the Constitution is an offense against the Creator.
If the Constitution does not specifically say some action by government is authorized, our servant government is not to engage in that activity. PERIOD.
The People have not only formed their government and enabled the government to act in certain ways, they have purposely and markedly restricted and prohibited the government from acting in certain ways.
We, the People, have the right and the power to establish limits to the authority of government. When government takes one step beyond those limits, it takes possession of a boundless field of power, no longer capable of definition.
There is a word for rulers who believe they are unrestrained by law or constitutions -- for those usurpers of popular sovereignty. That word is "Tyrant."
There is a word for a system of government in which the rulers have unlimited power. That word is "Despotism."
In the interest of protecting, enhancing and preserving individual liberty and freedom, the People must pay attention to what government is doing and Petition (question) government when they are aggrieved –when the government steps outside the boundaries the People have drawn around its power by the written Constitutions, infringing on one or more of our unalienable Rights.
Make no mistake about this. Government IS the enemy of freedom. Unrestrained government is not the benefactor of the people. Unrestrained government ENDS freedom.
Public education (education by the government), has all but replaced private education in America and the government has apparently decided that it is not in its best interest to teach our children about the essential principles underlying our system of governance or that they (the children) have a developing responsibility as they go through their lives to question governmental behavior and to confront unconstitutional and illegal actions by our elected representatives. Instead, generations of children have been led to believe that the State is sovereign and that our system of governance is a democracy (rather than a Constitutional Republic) .
As Americans, we democratically elect our political representatives. But America is not a Democracy. Democracy is mob-rule. In a Democracy, 51% of the voting population can deny 49% of their fellow citizens their unalienable rights to life, liberty and property. That is not what our Creator and the founders intended for us when they wrote the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights 225 years ago.
In a Republic, such as we have in America, every one of our citizens -- regardless of his or her race, religion, political influence, social status, or economic station in life -- has unalienable, constitutionally protected rights that cannot be lawfully abridged by a power-hungry government. And it is those who are most vulnerable to the abuses of democratic mob-rule and governmental tyranny who are most protected by our republican form of government.
We remember those occasions in modern history when democratically elected governments have violated their citizen's most basic rights to life, liberty and property because a majority of the population found it acceptable.
In America, there are only two things that stand between the people and governmental tyranny -- our Constitution and our will as a free people to protect and defend it.
THE LIBERTY HOUR is dedicated to the defense of our Constitution and the protection, preservation and enhancement of our individual, unalienable Rights, Liberties and Freedoms.
Foremost among the tools we have in our possession is the unalienable Right to Petition an out of bounds government for a Redress of Grievances.
In America, the right to petition our government for a redress of grievances is the basis of our liberty. Our founders explicitly recognized this right in the first amendment to our constitution -- for they understood that without it, we could not have a servant government whose power is defined and limited by the consent of the people.
Think about it. We have all those Rights we often hear about – the Right to worship and speak freely, to keep and bear arms, to property and privacy, to equal protection and due process, to juries and speedy trials, and so forth. But, what if government infringed on those Rights and we did not have the Right to Petition for a Redress of those grievances. Then, in effect, we would not have those Rights. Right?? That’s how important the Right to Petition for Redress of Grievances is. It’s that basic to the protection of our Liberty.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states clearly and unambiguously: "Congress shall make NO law …abridging …the right of the people … to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
While some Rights are reserved with qualifications in the Bill of Rights, there are none whatsoever pertaining to the Right of Redress. There are no limits on the Right of Redress. Any constitutional offense is legitimately petitionable.
Is it possible that government might choose to ignore the People’s Petitions for Redress of Grievances?
Yes, of course. After all, government gets down to people and people suffer from human frailties – like the love of money and power.
The founding fathers were well acquainted with the fact that government, as human, IS THE ENEMY of Freedom, that those wielding governmental power despise petitions from the People and that the representatives of the People, in a popular assembly, such as Congress and our state legislatures, seem sometimes to fancy that they are the People themselves and exhibit strong symptoms of impatience and disgust at the least sign of opposition from any quarter.
The founding fathers knew that it was possible for the institutions of the Congress, the Executive and the Courts to someday begin to fail in their duty to protect the people from tyranny.
The founding fathers also knew that unless the Right to Petition included the right to withhold their money from the government UNTIL their grievances were redressed, their grievances might fall on deaf ears and Liberty would give way to tyranny, despotism and involuntary servitude.
The founding fathers, in an act of the Continental Congress in 1774, said, and I quote:
"If money is wanted by Rulers who have in any manner oppressed the People, [the People] may retain [their money] until their grievances are redressed, and thus peaceably procure relief, without trusting to despised petitions or disturbing the public tranquility."
This very American Right of Redress of Grievances Before Taxes is deeply embedded in our law.
The founding fathers could hardly have used words more clear when they declared, "the people … may retain [their money] until their grievances are [remedied]."
By these words, the founding fathers fully recognized and clearly stated: that the Right of Redress of Grievances includes the right of Redress Before payment of Taxes, that this Right of Redress Before Taxes lies in the hands of the People, that this Right is the People’s non-violent, peaceful means to procuring a remedy to their grievances without having to depend on – or place their trust in -- the government’s willingness to respond to the People’s petitions and without having to resort to violence.
Before going further, I’d like to clarify two points: first, the questions we are faced with today are not whether the government has the power to tax, but whether the government is abusing its constitutionally limited power to tax; and second, there is the question of whether the government is using the tax revenue to effect other abuses of its authority.
So, we have the founding fathers, sitting as the Continental Congress, in 1774, saying clearly that this Right of Redress Before Taxes was the means by which "the public tranquility" was to be maintained. Then, sitting as the Constitutional Convention, the founding fathers declared that one of the major purposes of the (federal) government was to "insure domestic tranquility." Therefore, whenever the Right to Petition for Redress is violated, the People have a double grievance: a denial of justice by the government and, an incitement by the government to general unrest.
Any notion, spurious act of Congress or opinion by a Court, that taxes must by paid before Redress, is a perversion of Natural Law, of modern English law, of the American Constitution and of Truth and Justice.
The reverse principle of "Taxes Before Redress" is based on the essence of monarchy and kingly power: the king owns everything under his domain. People possess property under a monarch by his grace alone. Since a king owns everything under his domain, he merely has to speak to lawfully dispose of his property. Thus, if a king imposed a tax on land he imposed it on his own land and whoever occupied the land was obligated to pay the tax to the king’s treasury. A tax, then, being a part of the king’s property, was legally presumed to be in the possession of the king before and after its assessment.
Since the landholder, or landless subject, enjoyed the privilege of tenancy on the land only by the will of the king, he could be required to pay over the tax before he could contest the assessment—or redress a grievance.
Thus, the theory that a tax must be paid before redress rests on the presumption that society is organized as a monarchy; that all people living in that society exist by grace of an autocrat – whether one man or an assembly of men. This proposition was soundly rejected by the Founders in designing our unique system of governance.
In America, such presumptions constitute grievances. The first duty of any officer is to uphold the Constitution – the entire Constitution, without reservation and without bribery or blackmail.
Petitioning the government for a Redress of Grievance naturally includes the ability to compel admissions – the production of information and answers to questions.
Jefferson wrote, and I quote: "The right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of free communication among the people thereon,…has ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right."
According to the Right of Redress, as the Founders described it, we have a right to withhold taxes if government violates our Rights. But, as American courts describe the Right, we must suffer the injury, pay the taxes, and only then, sue for Redress against an adversary with unlimited resources.
The idea that taxes are to be paid before redress is asserted by Congress in the Internal Revenue Code at Section 7241, which states, "no suit for the purpose of restraining the assessment or collection of any tax shall be maintained in any court by any person …."
How repugnant! American government is supposed to be organized to protect American citizens; but section 7241 authorizes the IRS to destroy them with impunity and the judiciary is cooperating with the executive and legislative branches in a collective decision to deny the People their constitutional Rights. Such acts of government are unconstitutional and must be stopped.
In America, the right to petition our government for redress of grievances is at the Foundation of our liberty. Our founders explicitly recognized this right in the first amendment to our constitution -- for they understood that without it, we could not have a servant government whose power is defined and limited by the consent of the people.
In America, the right to petition our government for a Redress of Grievances is an unalienable right. It derives from our faith in a supreme being - an ultimate moral authority from whom we gain our understanding of equality, justice and the rule of law. Implicit in our first amendment constitutional right to petition our government for a redress of grievances, is the government's absolute moral and legal obligation to respond, honestly and completely, to the people's petition.
This is the essential cornerstone of Popular Sovereignty -- a government of the People, by the People and for the People.
In 1791, the right to petition became primary among the Rights of the People of the United States of America, as expressed in, and guaranteed by, the First Amendment.
Some would have us believe that our First Amendment right of petition is nothing more than a guarantee of free speech; that this vital constitutional protection -- the very basis of our liberty -- is simply a right to voice our grievances to the government. Some would try to convince us that We The People do not have the absolute right to an honest and complete response to our petitions -- or the authority to demand that our government correct the abuses and violations of our liberties that result in our petitions. Some would even go so far as to say it is merely a Right to complain, with no expectation of response.
This is nonsense! This is dangerous talk to a free people. We will not listen to those who would denigrate our Constitution, and undermine the principles of liberty and justice that gave birth to our nation. At best they are imbeciles, and at worst they are tyrants -- or "sharing bedrooms" with tyrants.
We must guard against this nonsense. We must harden our hearts to these false notions that government is God. We must recognize that even in the long run government can never be rational, without a principled Constitution firmly rooted in Liberty. Government has but one legitimate purpose -- to serve and protect all of the people equally. Government is not God. It is our servant. It is accountable to the People.
The right to Petition for Redress of Grievances is the final protection -- the final, peaceful check and balance in our system of Constitutional government in which the government derives its limited powers from the consent of the sovereign people. This is the right which publicly reveals and reiterates for all, who is Master and who is Servant.
The way the system is now working, however, is in sharp contrast to the way it was designed to work. The servant is taking over the House: the government has brought us to the brink; the Constitution is hanging by a thread.
Not only is the government neglecting its duties, it is operating outside the boundaries the People have drawn around its powers.
The following are just some of our grievances.
First: In violation of the War Powers Clauses of the Constitution, the President has colluded with the Congress to pass legislation that transfers to the President the power to apply the armed forces of the United States of America in hostilities in Iraq without a congressional Declaration of War.
Second: In a hasty response to widespread fear and panic following 9/11, our elected representatives voted on the "U.S.A. Patriot Act" (with many having not read), which by the plain language of the Act, violates and seizes a number of the unalienable rights of the People.
Third: Our government has relinquished direct control of the monetary system of this nation to a privately owned central bank and has transformed our money into nothing but limitless debt. And, a significant portion of the Federal Reserve stock is held by foreign entities.
And Fourth, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service reneged on their July 2001 agreement to appear at a recorded, public forum to answer the People’s Petition, with its well documented legal charges, relating to the fraudulent origin and illegal operation of the federal income tax system.
These are tyrannical and despotic acts.
Are they to be tolerated by the People of the United States of America -- a free People?
We say "NO." We say, "NEVER."
With the exception of the Income Tax Petition, the Petitions for Redress include specific questions, which We, the People have rightfully expected to be answered. We, the People have an unalienable Right to freedom FROM a government that does NOT RESPOND to proper Petitions for Redress.
With respect to the Income Tax Petition, we were further along. Our questions have already gone unanswered by the government following its receipt of an earlier Petition for Redress regarding the fraudulent origin of the income tax system and its illegal operation. The current, our second, Petition on the Income Tax Grievances moved the petitioning process to the next level with its list of demands. There is more to the petitioning process than the mere submittal of the Founders referred to as the "despised" petitions.
The People’s Petitions respectfully requested each congressperson and the President to send a representative to meet with a very large delegation representing the People from all 50 states and all 435 Congressional Districts at 2 P.M., on November 14, 2002, on the National Mall, to either answer the questions OR to tell the People when the questions will be answered. Hundreds of people from nearly every state in the union were there, most having driven in caravans, to await the government’s response to the Petitions for Redress.
With the government’s failure to respond, we can see a clear pattern. Our elected representatives do not feel compelled to honor their oaths of office, to respect the Constitution, to respond to the People.
We must now take the appropriate next step.
As of November 14, 2002, the government has left us no choice but to engage in civil action – a pro-active, non-violent mass movement, with the explicit goal of restoring the Republic by bringing the government back under the control of the People and our Rule Book – the Constitution of the United States of America.
We appear to have reached the point where the institutions of the Court and the Congress and the Executive have failed in their Constitutional duty to protect the people from tyranny.
The government is refusing to answer the People’s allegations of governmental wrongdoing. Unless the People withhold their money from the government their grievances will continue to fall on deaf ears and Liberty will give way to tyranny, despotism and involuntary, economic servitude.
Every adult in this nation has a personal duty and a moral responsibility, that stem directly from our heritage, to repel the tyrannical acts of those to whom the People have granted well-defined and limited powers.
The right to Petition is the foundation of Popular Sovereignty and is the direct vehicle for the peaceful, non-violent resolution of matters involving errant government. This right is the procedural mechanism that enables the People to call any branch of their servant government before them.
To repeat, in America, there are only two things that stand between the people and government tyranny -- our Constitution, and our will as a free people to protect and defend it.
These petitions are about us – We, the People of America. They are proof of our resolve to correct our government’s abusive and unlawful behavior.
As a People, who are we? And who do we want to be? What kind of country do we want to leave to our children and future generations of Americans?
Again, we ask: What does a free People do when confronted with a government that refuses to honor, and systemically schemes to evade the boundaries and limitations established for it by We, the People?
We stand at the brink of a Constitutionally unauthorized war and the meltdown of a monetary system based on the endless conjuring of debt.
Under the guise of "protecting" us from terrorists, our government is attempting to seize our most fundamental rights and deprive us of their protections.
To finance it all, the IRS and the Department of Justice use intimidation by, and the power of, what is fast becoming a police state, to enforce and prosecute offenses of tax "laws" --- yet they continue to refuse to cite the specific legal authority that purportedly allows them to enforce those laws.
If the People fail to act, we will end forever the chapter in human history when a People reigned sovereign, and the chains of a written constitution limited and bound their government to their service.
The nature of our resistance is clear. It is not an act of anarchy or rebellion; rather it is an act of resistance to a government that is violating the purposes for which the Creator -- through the People and the Constitution -- has ordained civil government.
We are not "anti-war." We are not "anti-tax." We are not "anti-government." We are "pro-constitution" and "anti-fraud."
Thus far we have pursued peaceful reconciliation and petition. It is the President and the Congress who have refused to respond to our Petitions for Redress of Grievances, in violation of the 1st Amendment.
We did not initiate this conflict. We have been fully committed to peaceful reconciliation and have pursued that course for decades.
We have no desire for resistance or violence of any kind. However, in the People's peaceful reconciliation attempts, the People's petitions and appeals have been met with force, and in some instances with near- military force.
The defense of our homes, families, properties and possessions is a most important point to us. It is our heritage. It is our Right.
There is not the most distant thought of subverting the government or of hurting the interest of the people of America, but of defending our personal Rights, Freedoms and Liberties from unjust encroachment.
There was not the least desire of withdrawing our allegiance from the leaders of the branches until it became absolutely necessary -- and, indeed, it has been their own choice.
They know that we, the People, struggle for that freedom to which all men are entitled -- that we struggle against oppression, seizure, plunder, extortion and more than savage barbarity.
We are not moved by any light or hasty suggestion of anger or revenge. Through every possible change of fortune we adhere peaceably to this determination.
Our property and happiness have been attacked. Our self-defense against an aggressor government is righteous.
Our civil action is for the cause of civil justice -- a righteous struggle, undertaken in defense of our property, our happiness and our families. It is to oppose the invasions of usurped power.
We will bravely suffer present hardships and face future dangers, to secure the rights of humanity and the blessings of freedom for generations yet unborn.
It is our obligation, as responsible citizens of this country, to set a proper value upon, and to defend to the utmost, our just rights and the blessings of Life and Liberty. Without this personal commitment, a few unprincipled individuals would tyrannize the People, and make the passive multitude the slaves of their power. Thus it is that civil action is not only justifiable, but an indispensable duty to correct these wrongs.
It is upon these principles that we are resisting the government and will oppose force with non-violent force.
Any wage earner or retiree who gives money to the federal government and any employer who withholds money from the paychecks of working Americans is undermining the People’s Rights, Freedoms and Liberties. Under the present circumstances, their behavior must be considered to be un-American.
As our Founders said so clearly: "If money is wanted by Rulers who have in any manner oppressed the People, [the People] may retain [their money] until their grievances are redressed, and thus peaceably procure relief, without trusting to despised petitions or disturbing the public tranquility."
We the People must get Redress of Grievances before payment of income taxes.
Remember this. The United States Government has failed to respond to the well-founded charges of the People. Their failure to respond to the People’s critical questions of law and Constitution can only be interpreted as complete verification that the charges are TRUE.
Just as in a court of law, if a defendant does not respond to a specific allegation of fact, it may inferred, as a matter of proper judicial procedure that the allegation is true.
Our government’s administrators and elected representatives have an explicit legal duty to respond to our Petitions for Redress. Unless, and until, these officials respond to our charges they will be properly assumed to be true and the People may proceed accordingly to secure their Redress.
Our campaign to stem and restrict the funding of this government is based on several core and extremely defensible legal bases:
1) The 1st Amendment secures the Peoples’ Right to Petition for Redress. This Foundation has dutifully documented the US Government’s repeated failure – indeed outright refusal – to respond to our Petitions. For this alone, the People are justified to act.
2) The US Government patently refuses to cite ANY specific statutory authority to assess income taxes against the ordinary wages and salaries of this nation’s People. For this alone, the People are justified to act.
3) The US Government patently refuses to cite ANY specific authority giving them bona fide legal jurisdiction to enforce US Income Tax law inside the geographical boundaries of the fifty states. For this alone, the People are justified to act.
4) The US Government refuses to cite the specific authority that MANDATES that employees submit to withholding, that employers must withhold and that citizens of this nation are in fact, in any manner, LIABLE for these taxes. For this alone the People are justified to act.
5) The US Government continues to administratively enforce US tax law in a manner that plainly violates many aspects of the Constitution including gross violations of the Right to due process, privacy, property and the right to a court order resulting from a bona fide judicial hearing before property or wages may be seized by our government. For this alone the People are justified to act.
6) The Department of Justice, in collusion with the federal courts have acted broadly to deny justice, fairness and due process to those accused of so called "tax crimes," resulting in a de facto two-tier system of justice – one for "real criminals" the other for so tax so-called tax "criminals." For this alone the People are justified to act.
7) The US Government has imposed upon the People, for the purposes of deceiving them and to engage in unconstitutional social and economic manipulation, a system of tax law that is so complex and so incomprehensible -- it violates the most basic precept of a nation that claims it is built squarely upon the "Rule of Law and the Void for Vagueness Principle" – that the People need to be able to know what the laws says and understand WHAT IT MEANS. For this alone the People are justified to act.
8) The US Government immorally and unlawfully converts monies collected from the income tax system to fund operations of government that are not authorized by the plain, written language of the US Constitution. For this alone the People are justified to act.
Not only are the People now justified to act, but these reasons constitute a complete umbrella, a shield of legal defense to any such civil or criminal charges the federal government may bring to halt the tide of businesses, employees, retirees and ordinary citizens that will now act to enforce our Right to Petition and in defense of our Constitutionally protected Rights..
The exercise of a Right can never be construed, or interpreted to be a crime. We have the Right of Redress before taxes.
Indeed, not only is the right of "Redress of any grievance before the payment of any taxes" a proper justification to retaining tax money LEGALLY OWED to the government – but in the case of the individual income tax – these taxes --- BY THE GOVERNEMT’S OWN SILENCE -- cannot be lawfully "forced" from most Americans – because there is NO LAW, no legal authority, for this tax.
Therefore, the People’s Right to retain and hold onto the fruits of their labor until their Petitions for Redress of Grievances are answered by their servant government is completely defensible, morally justified, ethical and patriotic under any cannon or construction of law.
As our Founding Fathers explicitly noted, retaining and keeping in our possession the money that we would otherwise have turned over to the government is the only real practical, non-violent method to corral those that have seized power from the People without the People’s consent. Power concedes nothing without force. Force is the application of energy and pressure to achieve movement.
There is no middle ground. Each citizen, business owner and employee
will commit to, and support the noble cause of freedom or we will
witness its all-but-certain demise
We urge all Americans to move beyond the fear and anguish of confronting these truths and move to help us restore our Republic and our Constitution.
We urge all Americans to not judge what our nation is today – but imagine what it might become tomorrow.
Do not accept the images you see on the network news as the only reality that is possible for this nation and, indeed for this planet.
Do not set your benchmark for your personal standards of freedom and liberty upon the ghastly abuses of mankind that are lived daily across this Earth.
The standard is not what IS, in Mexico, or in Central America, or in the Pacific Rim, but what WAS in America.
Believe in the Constitution and the ideals of freedom that were once taught in schools. Consider in your heart WHY our forefathers committed to sacrifice their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor… to surrender it all for God and Country.
Believe that regardless of what the future holds -- the spirit of the People, the Blessings of liberty and the Light of our Creator, can -- and will -- deliver this nation to a place where the true promise of the America can be lived by all in our land and offer itself as beacon of hope for all mankind.
We have the law on our side.
We have each other to join with to become an army of "Davids" -- each with power to bring down "Goliath".
Tonight it begins. Tonight the People act – peacefully – legally and Constitutionally to restore order, justice and freedom to our nation and for our posterity.
With the assistance of concerned citizens everywhere, here is what WE will do to successfully complete our mission.
1. We will broadcast THE LIBERTY HOUR every Tuesday at 9:30 P.M. (Eastern), 6:30 P.M. (Pacific).
2. We will provide "How to Stop Withholding" instructions and forms for employers. These instructions will be readable and printable from personal computers, without charge.
3. We will provide "How to Approach Your Employer to Stop Withholding" instructions and forms for employees. These instructions will be readable and printable from personal computers, without charge.
4. We will provide "How to Stop Filing Tax Returns and Paying" instructions and forms for employees. These instructions will be readable and printable from personal computers, without charge.
5. We will provide "How to Stop Filing Tax Returns and Paying" instructions and forms for retirees. These instructions will be readable and printable from personal computers, without charge.
6. We will provide "How to Stop Filing Tax Returns and Paying" instructions and forms for the self-employed. These instructions will be readable and printable from personal computers, without charge.
7. We will advertise the availability of these instructions and forms on the Internet, in the print and broadcast media and on billboards across America.
8. We will establish a Legal Defense Fund. We will retain a team of attorneys. Should any government representative contact any participant in the Fund because the participant took any of the actions recommended to in 1-7 above, the participant need only contact the Fund. The Fund will represent the participant as appropriate, including filing an action against the government representative in his or her individual capacity for violating the Rights of the participant under color of law.
9. Using the We The People Congress, we will organize the People and institutionalize citizen vigilance in all 435 congressional districts in the country, sending a strong message to the government, " An act of tyranny anywhere is a threat to Freedom everywhere -- if you come after one of us, you come after all of us." Picking up on one of Jefferson’s ideas, we will develop "Internet Ward Republics."
10. We will reorganize the We The People Foundation and Congress to broaden the geographical representation on the Boards of Directors and to establish a presence across the Potomac from the District of Columbia, with a full-time paid staff. We need to Improve our Database and Information Mgt Systems. We need administrators. We need public communications people.
11. We will schedule national strike days, national boycotts, and national days of prayer and fasting.
12. We will seek Gifts and Bequests, Donations and contributions, WTP Congress Membership Dues ($ 25/yr, unless you tell us you can’t afford to pay the dues, in which case we will add you to our membership list for $1.00), Legal Defense Fund Dues ($ 300/yr), and donations for our educational tapes, CDs, DVDs, Reports, Jackets, Flags, Bumper Stickers, and so forth.
Additional details on every element of the PLAN will be posted on our web site and discussed during our Tuesday broadcasts of THE LIBERTY HOUR.
We will make things happen and get things done as quickly as we can. Remember, there are tens of thousands of you, but only a few of us. Please be judicious in the number and content of you e-mails and phone calls to office. Rely, instead, on our web site and on THE LIBERTY HOUR for information and answers to your questions.
Many People continue to ask, "What can I do to help."
We need all of you:
Everyone should consider joining or renewing your memberships in the We The People Congress. See our home page on our web site.
Everyone should consider becoming a County or State coordinator for the We The People Congress.
Those with special resources and skills to offer, please contact us by e-mail.
Those of you able to send money, please do so. You can donate to the Foundation. The details are on our website.
We hope to install soon, a subscription page, allowing for the automatic monthly transfers of designated amounts of money to the Foundation and for the donor to select which of our projects he or she wants the money to be used for.
In closing, let me say this. We love our country, but a growing number of people have grave concerns about our government, which is promoting anarchy, rebellion, and lawlessness, which we oppose.
All individuals on American soil are party to the Constitution. The Constitution begins with the words, "We the People..."
Neither the Government nor the Constitution gives us the rights essential to Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We claim them from a higher source -- our Creator -- He who is referred to in the founding document -- the Declaration of Independence. They are not annexed to the People by paper and votes, but by the decrees of Providence, which establish the laws of our nature. They are born with us; exist with us; and cannot be taken from us by any human power without taking our lives. In short, they are founded on the unchangeable maxims of reason and justice. It would be an insult on the Creator to say that he has given or allowed any man or body of men a right to tax our labor and to make us miserable.
Our property and happiness have been attacked. Our self-defense against an aggressor government is righteous.
The People’s purpose in this civil action is to convey to the government a five-fold message:
First, the Constitution is more than a piece of paper and the People
will not let it become a dead letter;
Second, none of the unalienable rights of the People are subject to
modification or seizure by the government;
Third, the government is limited by the words of the Constitution;
Fourth, there are legions of People who are willing to stand and
defend their Rights, Liberties and Freedoms and the essential principles
of "popular sovereignty" and "government of by and for the people" and
Fifth, the People now realize it is their duty to meet force with force to defend against the government’s unconstitutional attempts to seize power from the People.
Our civil action is for the cause of civil justice -- a righteous struggle, undertaken in defense of our property, our happiness and our families. It is to oppose the invasions of usurped power.
It is our obligation, as responsible citizens of this country, to set a proper value upon and defend to the utmost our just rights and the blessings of life. Without this personal commitment, a few unprincipled individuals would tyrannize over the People, and make the passive multitude the slaves of their power. Thus it is that our civil action is not only justifiable, but an indispensable duty to correct this wrong.
It is upon these principles that we now encourage widespread resistance to the government. We must oppose force with force.
We do NOT rebel. Ours is NOT a Rebellion. We do not seek to overthrow the government in order to place another in its place. We are not against government. We are against government that has gone bad or wrong. We seek only to have our government serve the people under bona fide law within the limitations of the Constitution.
Our purpose is a non-violent defense of our natural rights, which it is the business of civil government to protect, not to subvert, and the exercise of which it is the duty of civil government to enlarge, not to restrain.
Man does not exist for the sake of government, but government is instituted for the sake of man.
Thank you, and blessings to all of you and your families.