It Is Now Out In The Open In Congress:
Constitution is "Inappropriate and Anachronistic."
Only One Non-Violent Option Left For The
People: It Is Un-American To Fund This Government
The power to tax and the power to wage war are the
two most potent enumerated powers; most sought after by government; most
potentially harmful to individual Liberty; most in need of citizens'
As further justification for the People to stop
sending money to the federal government, this article reports on the
treasonous behavior that occurred in the halls of Congress on October
2 and 3. 2002, regarding the unconstitutional commitment of this
nation to war.
The government's disdain and disrespect for the
Constitution came out into the open on October 3,
2002, in the House of Representatives, during the second day of a
two-day hearing on the Iraq Resolution (H.J. Resolution 114),
"AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAQ."
Congressman Ron Paul reminded the Chairman of the
House of Representatives Committee on International Relations that the
Constitution required a congressional Declaration of War before the armed
forces of the United States could be applied in hostilities overseas, not
H.J.R 114, a congressional Resolution authorizing the President to decide
if and when to apply that force.
However, Chairman Henry Hyde
is quoted, for the record, "There are things in the
Constitution that have been overtaken by events, by time. Declaration of
war is one of them. There are things no longer relevant to a modern
society. Why declare war if you don't have to?. We are saying
to the President, use your judgment. So, to demand that we declare
war is to strengthen something to death. You have got a hammerlock on this
situation, and it is not called for. Inappropriate, anachronistic, it
isn't done anymore.."
The 50-member Committee then went on to vote against
the substitute amendment offered by Rep. Paul, which read simply (after
the resolving clause), "That pursuant to Article I, Section 8 of the
United States Constitution, a state of war is declared to exist between
the United States and the Government of Iraq and the President is hereby
authorized and directed to employ the United States Armed Forces to carry
on war against the Government of Iraq and to bring the conflict to a
The Committee then went on to approve H.J. Resolution
114, which was eventually approved by Congress.
If anyone has lingering doubts about the corruption
of the Legislative and Judicial branches and the devolution of our
Constitutional system of check and balances into the instrumentalities of
the powers that truly run our nation, the proof is now put before you.
The processes of limited government, defined by the
Constitution are, indeed, no longer relevant and have been neutered to the
extent that today only the shadow of a bona fide Constitutional government
Our legislative leaders and federal judges feel so
comfortable working outside the Constitution that they now no longer even
hesitate to talk of such matters on the record. They make contemptible
judicial decisions and strong-arm the workings of the legislative process
to achieve their ends, knowing that the tentacles of power will protect
them, their careers and their benefactors.
Indeed, the two most significant powers a People can
grant its government are the power to tax and the power to commit to war.
These are the most critical elements of government. As we sit today, our
federal government is in gross violation of the strict limits the People
have delineated around these crucial powers.
As many know, this Foundation has led the foremost
public challenge put forth to date, to enforce the 1st
Amendment's guarantee of our individual right to petition for redress of
grievances regarding these matters. We have petitioned
repeatedly regarding hundreds of specific legal and Constitutional issues
surrounding the income tax system of this nation and put forth a petition
publicly exposing the fraudulent legislative process that may shortly
deliver this nation into war.
On the question of moving the federal Judiciary to
challenge the unconstitutional declaration of war, the Foundation presents
for your review a summary of the lawsuit brought by Bob Schulz and several
others in 1999 seeking redress, through the courts, for the unlawful
application of the armed forces of the US in hostilities in the Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999. Click here to read the Memorandum
of Law, dated 7/7/99, written by Bob Schulz. Click here to read the Verfied
Compliant, dated 5/28/99, against the President, the Secretary of
Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
Any reasonable man would agree that every citizen has
standing to sue if the cause of action is an alleged violation of the
Constitution. In other words, the court's determination of the
constitutional question affects each and every citizen. However, the
court's have developed a "standing doctrine" as a way of
avoiding certain questions. The standing doctrine says that for a
plaintiff to have standing to bring an action he must show injury
"different in kind and degree" from the injury suffered by
everybody else. Otherwise, the court says, the plaintiff's question is a
"political question" for Congress to decide.
The case against the use of force in Yugoslavia
without a declaration of war was dismissed for lack of standing. In other
words, according to the court, the plaintiffs had to take their complaint
to Congress - the very people who violated the Constitution, and who
obviously were not going to listen to the plaintiffs.
In other words, Congress gets to change the
Constitution (but in a way not authorized by the Constitution).
Finally, to see how redress actually proceeds in the
courts, please read the article by Stephan Archer of World Net Daily
war suit thrown out. Judge dismisses lawsuit, says plaintiffs lack
On the matter of petitioning the Legislature about
unconstitutional abuse of the law making process and their oaths of
office, the Foundation offers an insightful analysis
contributed by Mike Bodine analyzing the two-day October 2002, House
International Relations Committee hearing "authorizing"
(unconstitutionally) the President to initiate war against Iraq.
Consider the full implications of the comment made by
Chairman Henry Hyde:
"It is fascinating to go back in history and
see how our Constitution was drafted and what it means. There are
things in the Constitution that have been overtaken by events, by
time. Declaration of war is one."
Also of particular note in the proceeding's
transcript is Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) who, although brave enough to
publicly, and aggressively, confront the Constitutional problems arising
out of the Committee's actions, failed to have the fortitude to actually
vote for his own proposed amendment which was a direct, formal, and
constitutionally proper, declaration of war against Iraq.
The American People are witnessing the real-time
meltdown of the Constitution. The judges aid and abet the process. The
representatives know it is wrong. Clearly, it is past time for the People
to exercise their unalienable right to wrestle an errant government back
into the limits unambiguously prescribed in our Constitution.
Indeed, the government's refusal to grant redress at
every turn leaves us but ONE peaceful option - keep our money out of
In the October hearing referred to above, Chairman
Hyde makes the following admission which he reiterates:
"Now, the Congress always has the last
word in war and peace because we control the purse strings."
Not so. This Foundation reminds everyone that it is
the People, not Congress, that ultimately control the purse strings.
We The People have not just the right, but also the
duty to protect our Republic from those forces that would destroy it. We
must not allow the use of our own money to fund the destruction of that
which so many of our countrymen have died for.
We call on all Americans to join us, educate
yourselves and your families and prepare to engage in a peaceful, but
pro-active mass movement to stop income tax withholding, filing and
payment across our land.
History will attest to the moral certainty and
righteousness of these actions. Together, we will stem the flow of the
money that is enabling the silent overthrow of our Constitutional
It is un-American to fund tyranny, treason and
We love our country but we have come to despise our
government because of its growing disrespect of the People and our
It is time to put a collective foot down against the
government's abuse of its power.
STOP SENDING MONEY TO WASHINGTON DC.
STOP FUNDING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
SAVE THE REPUBLIC.
Here to Read An Analysis Covering the House I/R Committee Passage
of the Iraq War Resolution
Here to Access the Full Transcript of the Oct. 2/3 Iraq Hearing