Battalion of Tyranny Responders Circles IRS
Headquarters shouting: "SHOW ME THE LAW!"

Commissioner Rossotti refuses to answer the questions and allegations raised by tax researchers.

A small army of tax honesty advocates from almost every state marched from the Jefferson Memorial to IRS headquarters in Washington, DC on Monday morning, April 9, 2001, to begin what history may come to view as the Boston Tea Party of the 21st century.

The crowd was attired in blue windbreakers of the style worn by federal officers, but instead of "FBI/ATF" on the back, these jackets were emblazoned with the words "Tyranny Response Team" in large gold letters. Under a perfect spring sky, they enthusiastically welcomed opening remarks by Bob Schulz, chairman of We The People Foundation. Schulz introduced Ex-IRS agents Joe Bannister, Sherry Jackson and John Turner and also introduced Bill Benson as the key researcher exposing the 16th amendment fraud. Also introduced were several employers who have stopped all employer witholding, including Nick Jesson and James Molen.

Under Jefferson's great marble columns, Schulz explained to marchers and onlookers that this march was to publicly challenge the IRS because they have failed to prove their legal authority to force most Americans to pay the federal income tax or to have it withheld from their pay.

As history records, Jefferson was gravely concerned about the unchecked power of a large federal bureaucracy and set out to insure that the structures and taxing limitations imposed by the constitution would prevent that from happening. Schulz noted several key quotes from Jefferson:

Shortly after 10 a.m., the masses formed into a long serpentine column of marchers that stretched completely around the eastern portion of the tidal basin and started the march toward the IRS.

Holding high the Constitution and their banners, flags, and hand-held signs, the blue-clad battalion wove across the pathways and sidewalks of the monument grounds where thousands of onlookers were enjoying the blossoming cherry trees. They greeted and encouraged the marchers, who distributed copies of the USA Today ads previously run by We The People.

Hundreds of vehicles honked in support as police halted traffic for minutes at a time as the march crossed intersections including Independence Avenue and Constitution Avenue.

As the blocks-long parade neared IRS headquarters, numerous suited IRS employees and security personnel waited outside and peered out from building entrances and windows.

For the first time in history a large group of citizens defiantly circled the IRS complex several times chanting "Show me the law!"

Media coverage included Fox News, CNN, NBC as well as various print and radio reporters. Schulz and other leaders of the march gave a number of interviews to the reporters expressing outrage that the government of a free people would steadfastly refuse to disclose its legal authority to force most citizens to pay the income tax or to address the issue of fraud in the ratification of the 16th amendment.

At 11:30 Bob Schulz directly addressed the marchers and onlookers and again invited a representative of the IRS or the Commissioner, himself, to answer the allegations. After waiting respectfully for ten minutes outside the main entrance it was obvious that Rossotti would not appear. An additional written invitation was issued from the podium and hand delivered to a guard who passed it to IRS officials huddling in the hallway. During this wait the marchers forcefully repeated "Show us the law!" and "Show us Rossotti!"

After several minutes and a flurry of phone calls and confusion inside the building, Lt. E. Roberts Jr. of the Federal Protective Service appeared and was quoted, "There is nobody here that wants to talk to you. If you have a grievance there are procedures available". Predictably, this comment resulted in loud chuckling from the crowd.

After the Commissioner refused to address the gathering, Schulz again took the podium and announced that after six formal and failed attempts over two years to get answers to these critical legal grievances, the American public is now justified in taking escalated steps to oppose the unlawful operations of the IRS.

Schulz proclaimed that the government and the People are "on a collision course" and the next logical action is to actively encourage non-filing and non-witholding to force the government to address these claims. "After the continued refusal of the government to directly rebut these well-researched legal claims and explain where they are in error, one must conclude that they are TRUE and proceed to act accordingly. The People will not long tolerate a government that will not answer questions concerning the most basic claims of its legal authority. We The People have a long and well-anchored heritage of fighting tyranny and directly repelling the oppressive forces of the police state. Indeed it was Thomas Jefferson himself who openly suggested that a revolution every 20 to 30 years was necessary to maintain the proper balance of power between The People and the government."

After concluding remarks by Schulz, the march proceeded away from the IRS headquarters down Constitution Avenue toward the Washington mall area where a portable stage had been set up by We The People. Schulz invited several key tax movement leaders to address the march participants. Among those sharing their thoughts with the crowd were Joe Banister, Bill Benson, Sherry Jackson, John Turner, Leonard Roberto and Nick Jesson. Schulz concluded the day with his personal thanks and an admonition that this movement is growing quickly and will continue to strongly execute actions designed to return the order of law and liberty to the People.