We The People Foundation For
Constitutional Education, Inc.
2458 Ridge Road, Queensbury, NY 12804
May 10, 2004
Hon. George W. Bush
VIA CERTIFIED RETURN RECEIPT
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
VIA CERTIFIED RETURN RECEIPT
United States Senator
304 RUSSELL SENATE OFF BLDG
WASHINGTON DC 20510
Re: Petitions for Redress of Grievances
Dear President Bush and Senator Kerry:
The purpose of this letter is to
respectfully invite you (or a representative) to attend a symposium to be
held at the National Press Club on July 19, 2004, to address a few questions
derived from the People’s Petitions for Redress of Grievances relating to
the Iraqi Resolution and to the federal income tax system.
The symposium and this invitation
represent the appropriate next step in the People’s
on-going Petitions for Redress of Grievances relating to the Iraq
Resolution, the Patriot Act, the Income Tax and the Federal Reserve – a
Petition process that has yet to be respected by the government and which
portends unintended consequences of momentous proportions.
Thus far, our repeated petitions
have been answered only by repeated injury.
On April 13, 2000, April 15, 2002
and again on November 8-12, 2002, you were served with Petitions for
Redress, signed by thousands of Americans, petitions that presented our
grievances and included our prayers for relief. Our grievances were each
supported by evidentiary proof of unconstitutional and illegal behavior by
the Executive and Legislative branches. Initially, the relief we requested
was merely answers to troubling questions.
On November 14, 2002, nearly one
thousand people from Massachusetts to Texas and beyond stood on the National
Mall to hear from your representatives when your experts would be available
to answer our questions. The event was webcast, live to thousands more
As was the case with the earlier
delivery of our Petitions for Redress (when the leaders of the Executive and
Legislative failed to respond), neither of you sent a representative to meet
with the People on the Mall on November 14, 2002, nor did you respond to the
With compelling evidence that the
Executive and Legislative were acting without the consent of the People and
in spite of specific Constitutional prohibitions restricting such acts, and
having had their written Petitions for Redress of Grievances ignored by the
Executive and Legislative, the free People took their Petition for Redress
process one step further, as is their Right under the Petition clause. The
People began to enforce their Right by retaining their money.
The Right of the People to enforce
their Rights by retaining their money is irrefutable: “When money is wanted
by rulers who have in any manner oppressed the People, they may retain it
until their grievances are redressed, and thus peaceably procure relief,
without trusting to the despised petitions or disturbing the public
With our Founder’s guiding words the People have begun to retain their money
from their rulers until their grievances are redressed – that is, until
their questions are answered. If it were not for this fundamentally
protected Right of enforcement, there would be no other practicable
means for a free individual or a free minority to peaceably hold the
government accountable to the Constitution and, specifically, to enforce the
Right of Petition for Redress.
People, as earners of salaries,
wages and compensation for their labor, began to approach their public and
private corporations with requests to stop withholding money from their
paychecks and turning that money over to the IRS. All such requests were in
writing, were respectful and cited supporting law. While some corporations
agreed, the vast majority refused, without responding to the legal evidence,
but saying, “The IRS told us not to stop withholding.”
The Executive, with the acquiescence
of the Legislative and often with the cooperation of the lesser courts, has
been responding swiftly and harshly through unwarranted, heavy-handed
enforcement actions, routinely and grossly violating the People’s due
process Rights. The Richard Simkanin case in the 5th Circuit and
the 9th Circuit’s handling of the Phil Hart case are prime
examples of such tyrannical behavior, now widespread across America.
Added to the oppressions the People
are experiencing at the hands of the Executive (with acquiescence by the
Legislature), as a result of the People’s Petition for Redress of grievances
relating to the “income” tax, are the mounting oppressions the People are
suffering as a result of the continued failure of the Executive and
Legislature to respond to the People’s Petition for Redress regarding the
war powers clauses of the Constitution and the Iraq Resolution.
The time has come for the People to
demand an end to prosecutions against citizens and businesses for failing to
file and failing to withhold the “income” tax. Not only is the government
expressly prohibited from directly taxing the labor of ordinary Americans,
but the government is now using the bread taken from the mouths of these
workers to (unconstitutionally) finance the application of the armed forces
in hostilities overseas, without a formal declaration of war.
For the People, the situation has
become intolerable. We know our Rights. We know our Rights have been
endowed by our Creator, not the State. We know our Rights are Individual and
Unalienable. We know the Constitution is a set of principles to govern the
government. This piece of paper, and the will of the People to defend it,
are all that stand between the People and tyranny.
We know government is the natural
enemy of Freedom and the People have a duty to protect our country from our
government. We know that any Right of the People that is not enforceable
by the People is not a Right.
We know we have only the Ballot and
the Petition for Redress to peaceably hold our government accountable. We
know the Ballot is for the majority to hold government accountable to public
opinion. We know the Petition is for the Individual and the Minority to hold
government accountable to the Constitution.
We know we must defend the
Constitution or lose it.
Should the July 19 symposium be as
fruitless as prior opportunities that we have presented to the Executive and
Legislative branches to properly respond to our Petitions for Redress, it
will be necessary for the People to test the attitude of the Judiciary by
requesting a declaration that under the circumstances of our case, we have
a fundamental Right to enforce our Right to Petition the government for a
Redress of Grievances by retaining our money until our grievances are
redressed. Furthermore, that the Right to Petition for Redress includes
protection from retaliation by the government – that is, that the
Executive is prohibited by Constitutional mandate from retaliating against
those that would seek to exercise and enforce this -- or any fundamental
If necessary, on July 20 2004, we
will motion the Court for an order to temporarily and preliminarily enjoin
and prohibit the Executive from taking any further retaliatory/enforcement
actions against the Petitioners, and we will motion the court for an order
expediting the proceeding.
Attached to and made a part hereof
is a letter of even date by the undersigned. It is addressed to the Treasury
Secretary Snow and Attorney General Ashcroft. The letter and its two
attachments present the substance of the most damning documentary evidence
to date that the government is acting ultra vires (i.e., without
bona fide authority), in forcing ordinary Americans to file and pay an
un-apportioned, direct tax on their salaries, wages and compensation, and in
forcing American companies to withhold and turn over to the IRS a percentage
of the earnings of those American citizens.
At the end of the Attachments are a
few questions we demand be answered at the recorded, public forum on July 19
– questions aimed at settling the grievances of the People regarding the
Executive branch’s operation and enforcement of the “income” tax.
Also to be answered on July 19 are
the limited number of questions contained in our Petition for Redress of
Grievances regarding the Iraq Resolution (copy attached).
Much of the current upheaval in
America and arguably, across our planet, has been brought about by the
direct failure of this government to answer for many years the proper
questions from the People – and thereby, be held accountable to the
Constitution. People at home and abroad are finally beginning to see much of
our government, as we now see it -- as an enemy of Freedom, with no
credibility to its specious claims of being limited by written constitutions
or in protecting, preserving and enhancing Freedom and the Divine, Natural
Rights of Man.
Your attention is respectfully
directed to the fact that the Petitioners, as have YOU on many
occasions, pledged allegiance to this Republic. On many occasions we have,
as have YOU, taken an oath to defend the United States of
America from all enemies foreign and domestic.
We are duty bound; for us, these are
not empty words. We have a moral, if not a legal obligation to act in
defense of our Constitution. The power of a moral obligation is a binding
power. We have a duty to perform -- conduct owed.
When faced with the blatant,
unconstitutional and illegal behavior of government, it is the duty of the
People to act -- not to hesitate or waver, or throw into doubt, their solemn
determination and sworn oath to protect the Country and Constitution. We are
indeed, indebted to our Creator, and to those who have come before us, for
services received, and dearly paid.
Our Petitions are prayers and
supplications for Rights, not favors. As an elected
representative of the People, I urge you to vigilantly reflect upon the full
implications of your coming decisions. In the end, as it has been before,
the Right to Petition, as the essence of the protection and exercise of
all Individual Rights, will be no small matter.
I ask you to rise with – not against the People and perform your
sworn duty. I ask you to breathe new life into the last ten words of the
First Amendment. I challenge you to embrace, and bring forth the Light that
is America, and insure that this Divine gift is not lost to fear or
the base pursuits of man. Ultimately, we shall be free, or we shall not. In
your hands and heart the chosen path to our future awaits.
This letter is to be considered part
of the People’s Petitions for Redress of Grievances regarding the Iraq
Resolution, the Patriot Act, the Income Tax and the Federal Reserve
previously served upon you and other government officials.
I respectfully request, by copy of
this letter to Commissioner Everson, that his copy, with attachments, be
added to my individual master file at the IRS.
An early reply to this letter would
Robert L. Schulz
CC: Hon. John W. Snow
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Hon. John Ashcroft
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Click Here to access the
letter to Treasury Secretary Snow and US
Attorney General Ashcroft
Click Here to access
Attachment #1 (overview & full research)
Attachment #2 (overview & full research,
including on-line access to the evidence)