Thursday, March 15, 2012

THE SOVEREIGN CITIZEN


What if you woke up one day and decided that you were immune to the laws of the U.S government?  What if you believed you couldn't be sued in a court of law?  What if you believed you didn't have to pay taxes and you had the documented proof to back it up?  If so, then you are probably one of a growing minority of anti-government extremists that call themselves Sovereign Citizens.

So, what the hell is that?  Here's the short version...

Self-described sovereign citizens take the position that they are answerable only to common law and are not subject to any statutes or proceedings at the federal, state or municipal levels, or that they do not recognize U.S. currency and that they are "free of any legal constraints".


They are especially against any form of taxation and use a generously skewed interpretation of the Constitution to claim they are not "federal citizens."  This logic is used by Sovereign Citizens to get out of paying parking tickets, jury duty, taxes and federal laws of any kind.


There are over a 100,000 hardcore members of this movement and another 200,000 cozying up to the ideas first put forth by Minister William P. Gale who believed that there is no higher form of government than at the county level and because of that, Americans are not subject to federal laws and therefore not U.S. Citizens.  They actually go so far to say that the 14th Amendment to the constitution -- that dealt with U.S. Citizenship -- was a direct attempt to take away the rights of Sovereign Citizens across the country.

If all of this sounds complicated, you're not alone.  The bible Sovereign Citizens use to indemnify themselves against the U.S. government was culled together from a slew of historical documents and reads like an anarchist manifesto.
It wouldn't surprise you, then, to discover that Terry Nichols, one of the Oklahoma City bombers, was a Sovereign Citizen.  In fact, a lot of home grown terrorists types consider themselves members of the movement.

In West Memphis, Arkansas, Joseph T. Kane. son of a prominent Sovereign Citizen, shot two policemen dead after a routine traffic stop which led to a shootout in a Walmart parking lot where Kane was killed by police.  All of this was caught on camera by the dash cam of the police cruiser.



If you're a sensible person, you will see this for what it really is -- tilting at windmills.  I understand the notion of limited government and libertarian values, but trying to ignore that the government has any authority over you by drawing an imaginary moat around your bed like a five year old to keep the monsters away is, well -- childish.

Still, there are many that believe the murders were a set up and puzzling youtube videos have been released trying to shed light on a police cover up.  Have a look below at the video and make up your own mind.

7 comments:

  1. Being a sovereign does not make you a terrorist. Killing people makes you a murderer. There is but one law anyone needs to follow.

    Do what you want, harming no one.

    It's that second part that people have a hard time with.

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  2. Anybody who uses terrorist acts to convince you that an entire group of people are in the wrong is using propaganda. Just because some of these people have been violent it doesn't mean that a)all the sovereigns are violent or b)sovereignty turns people violent.
    If in fact the government has staged violent acts, covered up the evidence, and then used the false evidence to show that sovereign citizens are violent, this is more propaganda. If the evidence was not false and the suspicious videos are the wild ravings of a distraught wife, this does not a)excuse the withholding of information or b)excuse the implication that all anti-authority, anarchist, or sovereign people are violent.
    I could also see how sovereignty would be attractive to violent people who want to cause harm without being held to the law. On the other hand, you might notice that violent people commit violent acts even when they've never heard of sovereign citizens; the commonality here is not the individuals beliefs about government, but the state of the individual person's morality.

    I have one more thing to say. People always argue that taxes support fire fighters and social security for old people, but take a good look around and you'll see that it actually goes for the war budget and other necessary government projects. If the people don't get a say in how their taxes (and fines) are used--and nobody ever asked me if I wanted to spend trillions a year on war--then we shouldn't have to pay them.

    Go peaceful sovereigns!!

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  3. i wonder who funds this website...... hah, i have seen the same ONE event cited in about fifty different posts about sovereign citizens, unbelievable, they are not fighting the movement with much except force... whereas sovereign citizens who on the most part are peaceable and amongst the more generous and intelligent people vie met use, the law, the law that was created to keep us boxed, but there is always alway out. always.

    all human beings deserve the right to govern themselves.

    leave us alone corporation of the district of columbia government society!

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  4. This site is not funded by anyone. It is run by one person. Me! I don't have a horse in the race, it just seems like an extreme position to take. I wouldn't take the position that all sovereign citizens are terrorists. That's silly. Nor would I say that the majority of them AREN'T, intelligent, peaceful people. I would, however, say that those extreme positions can and do put people in conflict with law enforcement and government officials in a way that is unnecessary.

    Terry Nichols was a Sovereign Citizen and his beliefs, taken to the extreme, led to a bombing that killed innocent women and children. I wouldn't say that's the fault of all Sovereign Citizens, but the connection is undeniable and worrysome.

    Having said all that, if my posting raises debate, or opposing views, that is perfectly fine with me. Thanks for posting.

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