No answers from government, no taxes

By Jon Dougherty

Drawing on what he says is historical precedence, a noted tax-reform activist claims Americans should not pay taxes to the federal government until it addresses a series of “grievances,” one of which concerns questions about the legality of the income tax.

Bob Schulz, founder of constitutional education organization We The People and planner of numerous tax-reform protests, says while government has a right to levy taxes, Washington is not entitled to them before addressing the people’s angst.

“The founding fathers, in an act of the Continental Congress in 1774, said, ‘If money is wanted by rulers who have in any manner oppressed the people, [the people] may retain [their money] until their grievances are redressed, and thus peaceably procure relief, without trusting to despised petitions or disturbing the public tranquility,'” Schulz said in a speech Nov. 14 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

“This very American right of redress of grievances before taxes is deeply embedded in our law,” he said. “The founding fathers could hardly have used words more clear when they declared, ‘The people … may retain [their money] until their grievances are [remedied].'”

Schulz was addressing supporters of his “Freedom Drive 2002,” an event sponsored by We The People to demand the government respond to a number of petitions, including questions about the income tax, WorldNetDaily reported Oct. 23.

The group served four separate petitions on all 535 members of Congress and President Bush Nov. 8. The petitions, Schulz said, sought “a redress of grievances” regarding the income tax, the USA Patriot Act, the War Powers Act and the Federal Reserve.

While unclear of the final numbers, Schulz told WorldNetDaily WTP gathered “about 14,000” signatures. All of them, including the petitions themselves, were burned onto CDs. Each legislator, senator and the White House got a copy.

The event actually kicked off a month earlier, on Oct. 7, when the petitions were posted on WTP’s website. The following month, a caravan of supporters left from the West Coast and began to drive east to the nation’s capital, picking up supporters along the way. Information on WTP’s website said 460 people participated in the caravan.

The founders “knew that it was possible for the institutions of the Congress, the executive and the courts to someday begin to fail in their duty to protect the people from tyranny,” and they “knew that unless the people had the right to withhold their money from the government their grievances might fall on deaf ears and liberty would give way to tyranny, despotism and involuntary servitude,” Schulz said in his speech.

No members of Congress, government officials or White House representatives were present at the rally, Schulz said.

The Freedom Drive event capped off more than three years of tax-reform and other kinds of constitutional activism by Schulz. In July 2001, he ended a 20-day hunger strike after IRS and Justice Department officials agreed to meet with him, ostensibly to answer dozens of his questions regarding the legality of the income tax. U.S. officials later reneged on that agreement.

In February, Schulz and WTP held a “Tax Honesty” forum in Washington, hosting several expert tax attorneys and former IRS officials, all of whom “testified” that the income tax was illegal, improperly levied and burdensome to Americans.

Asked what WTP planned next, Schulz was cryptic.

“We need to put the government on notice that until these grievances are addressed, if [Washington] moves against one of us, [it] moves against all of us,” he told WorldNetDaily.

He said WTP plans to set up a “massive” legal defense fund and put together materials explaining why employers should stop deducting employee tax contributions.

“Money should be withheld until the grievances are addressed,” he said, adding that full details of WTP’s next plan would be published on its website “soon.”

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