January 20, 2006
Wait Is Almost Over
Expected Before GML 2007
months, in all probability just before the Easter break, the
hot topic of the day in every single law school in America
will be the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals in our
case entitled, We The People v. The
Given the enormous and far-reaching implications of this
decision, either in favor of the People or against them, law
school professors everywhere will be anxious to analyze and
“mine” the decision, discussing it in their faculty and
academic forums and bringing it the attention of the young
minds that fill their classrooms. Many will likely rush to
further explore the gravity of the ruling and publish
articles in Law Review journals.
It will be an exciting time, indeed -- especially for the
ordinary non-aligned citizen taxpayers of this great
The excitement will permeate Give Me Liberty 2007, our
three-day conference scheduled for March 29-31.
Think about it. For the first time in the entire history of
our nation -- since the adoption of our Bill of Rights in
1791-- a Court is about to declare the legal meaning of one
of the five individual Rights guaranteed by the First
Not just any Right, but the mother of all Rights -- the
Right that caps all the others, the so-called “Capstone
The First Amendment is, undoubtedly, the most important
sentence in the entire Constitution. It reads, “Congress
shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the
freedom of speech, or of the press; or the Right of the
People peaceably to assemble, and to Petition the government
for a Redress of Grievances.”
Within the meaning of the last ten words of the First
Amendment is the Right of each individual (and the minority)
to hold government accountable to each and every provision
of the Constitution, including all the other enumerated and
un-enumerated Rights. This is why the Petition Clause is
called the “Capstone Right.”
What good would it do to design and adopt a Constitution
based on popular sovereignty that guaranteed individual,
un-alienable Rights, if the individual himself had not the
power to prevent the Government from violating those Rights,
Given the historical evidentiary documentation regarding the
Right of Petition and the common sense design of our
Constitution, we believe the Court has no choice but to
declare that when the Government violates the Constitution,
the People have the Right to Petition the Government for a
Redress of Grievances, the Government has an obligation to
respond to the Petitions, and the People have the Right to
withdraw their financial support from the Government until
their Grievances are Redressed.
With accountability in government restored as more People
claim and exercise this profound reborn Right, the unsound,
cracked, flawed, shaky, rickety checks and balances of
today’s system of governance will become a thing of the past
-- topics for the constitutional historians of tomorrow.
There will be an enormous shift in the balance of political
power, with the ultimate power coming to rest once again
with the People, where it was meant to be in the first place
-- decreed by Divine Providence. Constitutional governance
will once again be carried out in decency and good order,
faithful to the purposes it was originally intended,
including the preservation, protection and enhancement of
Given the degree
of craziness that currently rules our Republic, the Court’s
coming decision is just what the doctor ordered.
We now have cruelty and injustice, intolerance and
oppression, and where once we had the freedom to object, to
think and speak as we saw fit, we now have censors, sensors
and surveillance, coercing our conformity and soliciting our
We now have a government that commits us to perpetual
un-declared wars. This in spite of the war powers clauses of
The Government now forces every one of us -- every working
man, woman and child -- to work for the Government, a
Government that takes more than half of what you earn BEFORE
you can go to the grocery store, pay your utility bills or
even pay the rent. This, in spite of the tax clauses of the
The Government has debased our economy, first by turning
control of our currency over to a cartel of private banks –
the Federal Reserve System – and then systematically
converting us from a debt-free nation to the world’s
greatest debtor nation, with no possibility of ever paying
down the principal on the debt, BUT taxing our labor to pay
the interest to the cartel on trillions of dollars of public
debt. Any reasonable person would call it slavery. This, in
spite of the money clauses of the Constitution.
The Government, as a thief in the night, has snatched our
privacy as it slowly converts America to a Police State,
with national ID cards, domestic wiretapping, spy chips and
database systems to track our purchases, money, travels and
property; warrant-less wiretaps; secret searches of our
homes; and secret examinations of our mail. This in spite of
the privacy clauses of the Constitution.
The Government has become despotic and tyrannical, doing
whatever it wants, treating persons taken in anti-terror
campaigns in inhumane and un-constitutional ways,
establishing secret prisons run by the CIA, sanctioning
interrogations that are, by any definition torture. This, in
spite of the due process and no cruel and unusual punishment
clauses of the Constitution.
The Government ignores our immigration laws. This is spite
of the Faithfully Execute clause of the Constitution.
The Government bans cameras in our courtroom depriving the
vast public the ability to monitor and systemically review
the workings of the Judiciary. This, in spite of the Public
Trial clause of the Constitution.
The Government prevents defendants in tax trial from
defending themselves by preventing the jurors from seeing
the defendant’s evidence and hearing the defendant’s
witnesses. This is spite of the Due Process and Fair Trial
provisions of our Constitution.
Despite the explicit, prohibitory text of the Second
Amendment, the government has sought to disarm the populace
by requiring the registration and strict control of all
firearms and by prohibiting well-regulated state militias.
Even in the most personal matters of choice involving health
care, the tentacles of the government reach out to regulate,
monitor and control.
How did this happen?
Who’s to blame?
Certainly there are those who are more responsible than
others, and they will be held accountable. But, truth be
told, if we are looking for the guilty we need only look
into the mirror.
We know why we did it. First, we were taught in our
government schools that the Government was always
benevolent, always had the public interest uppermost in its
collective mind, and could be trusted to do the right thing.
When there was a problem, we were taught to look not to
ourselves, our churches or our communities for solutions,
but to the government for help.
We were NOT taught the history, meaning, effect and
significance of every provision of our founding documents,
the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the
Bill of Rights.
Then, we became afraid. Who wouldn’t be, with the television
parroting the Government’s constant threats of endless war,
terror and disease?
There have been myriad problems that have conspired to rob
us of our common sense, temporarily blinding us to the
essential principles and to the value inherent in continued
reliance on self, individualism and moral obligations.
Fear mongering got the best of us and in our panic we
allowed an “imperial presidency”, a compliant Congress and a
politicized Judiciary to take charge of our lives, all
promising security in exchange for our money and our
We didn’t realize that when birds are put in cages they are
safe and secure, but the caged bird is not free.
We failed to think about our Founding Documents -- the
Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of
Rights and their essential principles of Nature and Spirit
that the Creator breathed into them as part of the gift of
We failed to remember that in America, the People are the
true Sovereigns and that the Constitution is a set of
written restrictions to govern THE GOVERNMENT.
Ignorant of our duty, we unknowingly allowed our Government
to step outside the boundaries that we, the People, have
drawn around its power, thus allowing our government
servants to take (temporary) possession of a boundless field
Becoming fearful, ignorant and unjustifiably submissive, we
failed to recognize and act upon the fact that the
Constitution of the United States of America is all that
stands between us and total tyranny, and that the
Constitution cannot defend itself.
upcoming decision in We The People v
will indeed be an historical moment. If the Court rules as
we believe it must, it will restore the balance of power. It
will level the playing field.
For far too long, our government has been unaccountable,
allowed to act as though the Constitution is (at best) an “ala
carte” menu, and (at worst) just a piece of paper.
The Court’s decision will remind us that the People have the
ultimate power in our society, that we have an
ever-developing responsibility – a personal duty -- as we go
through our lives, to know what our Rights are, to remain
forever vigilant, and to teach our children and our
neighbors about the gift of Liberty.
The Court’s decision will breathe new life into our Republic
and the 230 year old “experiment” in self-government. Apathy
in America will decline as the People rediscover the
forgotten Right to hold Government accountable,
reacquainting themselves with the power and the benefits of
their Right to Petition Government for Redress of
Prayerfully, like an old fashioned Church revival, People
will shout “hallelujah,” giving thanks for the Court’s
declaration, committing themselves anew, as the colonialists
did before them, to guard Freedom, to closely watch how
government acts, to compare its behavior with the
requirements of our Constitutions, and to hold the
government accountable to the Constitutions, doing whatever
is necessary, to keep Government inside the boundaries the
People have drawn around its power.
Armed with the intent of our Creator, and the decision from
the U.S. Court of Appeals, we, the People, will soon restore
the Constitution and resume the historical journey to live
as Free Men begun by our Founders over two centuries ago.
RTP Historical Record Free For All Conference Attendees
With the news of the Court’s historic decision, national
interest will soon focus on the details of the record of
events that lead up to the filing of the lawsuit on July 19,
And what a record it is, beginning in 1999 with WTP’s
invitation to President Clinton, Senate Majority Leader
Trent Lott, Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, and IRS
Commissioner Charles Rossotti, to send their brightest and
best to meet with Joe Banister, Bill Benson and Larry
Becraft at the National Press Club to address and answer
their questions regarding the fraudulent origin and illegal
operation and enforcement of the individual income tax. The
Government did not show, but C-SPAN did, broadcasting the
3.5 hour event live and re-broadcasting it numerous
times in the following days.
For the next five years, with the support of thousands of
individuals representing all 50 states, we remonstrated and
repeatedly Petitioned every member of Congress and key
officials in the Clinton and Bush administrations for
Redress of Grievances regarding the Iraq Resolution, the
Federal Reserve, the USA Patriot Act and the Individual
Income Tax. In support of our Petitions for Redress, we
provided many opportunities for the Government to respond.
We sent invitations to additional meetings at the National
Press Club and the Hilton and Marriott Hotels. We ran full
page ads in USA TODAY, The New York Times and The Washington
Times, we marched, we caravanned and, we hungered.
The record shows that the Government utterly failed in its
obligation to properly respond to our Petitions for Redress.
The record shows that the Government responded with mere
non-responsive responses and broken promises.
The extensive record – i.e., the documentary evidence in
support of our case against the Government – was originally
assembled and provided to the Court as Exhibits to a sworn
affidavit by Bob Schulz.
The index of the Exhibits can be viewed
WTP will make available to every attendee of this year’s WTP
GML 2007 conference, at no cost, a copy of the affidavit and
all exhibits -- the entire record of the Petitioning process
from the landmark Right-to-Petition lawsuit.
The record covers the entire history of the Foundation’s
efforts to enable the People to exercise and enforce their
Right to Petition. The record covers thousands of pages of
legal research, public communications and the repeated
Petitions for Redress sent to officials of the U.S.
Government without response.
It contains the very first letter for Redress sent to
President Clinton in 1999, the full page ads in USA TODAY
and The New York Times, the video of the historic
2002 Freedom Drive, the full video and documentary legal
evidence presented at the Truth-in-Taxation hearing in 2002,
and much, much more.
In addition, WTP will provide, at no cost, to each person
attending GML 2007, a separate RTP Educational CD that
contains: 1) all the briefs with all the legal arguments
that have been presented to the Court that is deciding our
case – the United States Court of Appeals for the DC
Circuit; 2) all Law Review Articles (10) that have ever been
published on the Right to Petition: 3) the Petitions for
Redress regarding the Income Tax, the Iraq Resolution, the
Federal Reserve System and the USA Patriot Act; and 4) the
1.5 hour Liberty Hour video and Bob Schulz’s Freedom Drive
speech on the National Mall that, together, present the
justification for WTP’s “No Answers, No Taxes” doctrine.
Although the Foundation will make the Record of the Petition
Process (containing many, many dollars worth of WTP created
video, legal, and educational content) and the RTP
Educational CD publicly available following the GML 2007
conference (with final prices to be determined later),
Chairman Bob Schulz has
committed to providing a copy,
at no cost,
to every person physically attending the upcoming GML 2007
conference in Washington.
still available, the rest of the webpage can be viewed at