By Devvy Kidd
October 1, 2003
On September 16, 2003, the IRS hosted a press conference to announce a new partnership with the states of the Union to further violate the rights of Americans in their quest to "generate more revenues."
While it's nothing new for the IRS to continue their unchecked rampage against the American people, there was much more to this little press conference than most folks can appreciate, so I'll spell it out here for everyone.
Since 1999, We the People Foundation for Constitutional Education, Inc., based in New York and headed up by Robert Schulz, have petitioned the federal government to answer serious, legitimate questions regarding the legitimacy of the federal income tax and the deliberate misapplication of Title 26 against domestic Americans.
Since 1999, not one single employee, agent or representative of the IRS or the DOJ have felt the need to answer the questions of the people. As is typical with a tyrannical government, these servants of the people have forgotten something very important: This government was created of, by and for the people of these united States of America and the power still lies with the people.
The most chilling of remarks
During this press conference, a senior IRS official by the name of Terry Lemons made the following proclamation in response to a question by David Cay Johnston of the NY Times: Why won't the IRS answer the questions set forth in the petitions from We the People Foundation?
According to Johnston, Lemons said the government is answering our Petitions through "enforcement actions."
The government will now answer legitimate petitions for redress of grievance under the First Amendment through the use of brute force because thats exactly what the IRS "enforcement actions" amount to every day of the week.
This statement by Mr. Lemons is chilling and should be the clarion call to every American out there who values freedom and believes that our rights, so articulately defined in the Bill of Rights, cannot be nullified or taken away by Mr. Lemons or any government official.
The right to petition the government has a long and detailed history. Every American should know the history of this precious right because on September 16, 2003, the IRS laid down the gauntlet to the American people and simply decided to nullify part of the First Amendment. The IRS has made the clear threat that if any American dares question their unlawful activities, the IRS will respond with "enforcement."
Echoes of Patrick Henry
On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry, the famous and fiery orator of the Revolution War period, gave his "liberty or death" speech. Here are some of his words:
"Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the numbers of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it.
"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past .Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received?
"Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land .Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it?
"Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing.
"We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation."
Do these words not ring true today? We the People have petitioned and received nothing but arrogance and silence from our servant government. We have remonstrated, we have supplicated. We have politely and respectfully asked our servant government to respond to our petitions.
And now, our servant government's final answer is that they will answer our petitions through "enforcement." The federal Mafia has now made it perfectly clear that our rights are theirs to trash whenever they so feel inclined and this outrage, this clear and present danger to our God-given freedoms, is clearly kissed and blessed by the Republican controlled Congress. The U.S. Congress has become nothing more than a body of cheap suits masquerading as lawmakers.
Several years ago, this author wrote an article titled The I'm Too Afraid Brigade Has Arrived [http://www.ninehundred.net/~devvy/fear.html]. In that article I basically called on all Americans to go out and rent a bucket of guts and get with this movement to stop our servant government from shackling us permanently. Well?
After almost 14 years in this movement, I have seen some amazing things and have been honored to know good, decent Americans like Joseph Banister, John Turner, Sherry Jackson, Robert Schulz and many others who have displayed extraordinary courage by standing up to this government.
None of us are anti-government nor do we advocate avoiding a tax that is owed. What we are is anti-corruption by government officials and fraud practiced upon the people of this country, backed up by brute force. What we the people demand of our servant government are the same things demanded by those who birthed this Republic and we aren't getting it.
Our children and grand babies have no future except as indentured servants, thats a fact. Unless and until the people stop allowing their fear to control their lives and stand tall and firm like Patrick Henry, more and more officials like Terry Lemons will come forward and announce that you have no First or Second or Fourth Amendment rights.
We the People Foundation will soon file a very important, "first impression" lawsuit on this issue of the right to petition and the obligation of our servant government to answer. I hope you will join us in this battle for our very freedom, for if we the People don't stand up now, we will die in shame and shackles. After this chilling proclamation by the IRS, clearly an agency that has crossed over the line, no one who claims to love this Republic has the luxury any longer of sitting on the sidelines as an observer.
If we don't run these lawbreakers to ground now, what generation will do it? The law is clearly on our side, now we need millions to stand up and just say no.
Freedom cannot be attained and retained by observers.
Freedom gained and kept can only be achieved with a warrior class who will stand firm and live the words they speak.
Will you be part of the warrior class? If not, Samuel Adams, American Patriot and politician, summed it up best:
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams
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