UNDERSTANDING JURISDICTION - Author Is Anonymous
all of history there has been but one successful protest against an income tax.
It is little understood in that light, primarily because the remnants of
protest groups still exist, but no longer wish to appear to be
"anti-government." They donít talk much about these roots. Few even
know them. We need to go back in time about 400 years to find this success. It
succeeded only because the term "jurisdiction" was still well
understood at that time as meaning "oath spoken." "Juris," in the original Latin meaning, is
"oath." "Diction" as everyone knows, means
"spoken." The protest obviously didnít happen here. It occurred in
England. Given that the origins of our law are traced there, most of the
relevant facts in this matter are still applicable in this nation. Hereís what
The Bible had just recently been put into print. To that time, only the churches and nobility owned copies, due to
given to the extremely high cost of paper. Contrary to what youíve been
taught, it was not the invention of movable type that led to printing this and
other books. That concept had been around for a very long time. It just had no
application. Printing wastes some paper. Until paper prices fell, it was
cheaper to write books by hand than to print them with movable type. The
handwritten versions were outrageously costly, procurable only by those with
extreme wealth: churches, crowns and the nobility. The wealth of the nobility
was attributable to feudalism. "Feud" is Old English for
"oath." The nobility held the land under the crown. But unimproved
land, itself, save to hunter/gatherers, is rather useless. Land is useful to
farming. So thatís how the nobility made their wealth. No, they didnít push a
plow. They had servants to do it. The nobility wouldnít sell their land, nor
would they lease it. They rented it. Ever paid rent without a lease? Then you
know that if the landlord raised the rent, you had no legal recourse. You could
move out or pay. But what if you couldnít have moved out? Then youíd have a
feel for what feudalism was all about.
A tenant wasnít a freeman. He was a servant to the
(land)lord, the noble. In order to have access to the
land to farm it, the noble required that the tenant kneel before him, hat in
hand, swear an oath of fealty and allegiance and kiss his ring (extending that
oath in that last act to the heirs of his estate). That oath established a servitude. The tenant then put his plow to the fields. The
rent was a variable. In good growing years it was very high, in bad years it
fell. The tenant was a subsistence farmer, keeping only enough of the produce
of his labors to just sustain him and his family. Rent was actually an
"income tax." The nobleman could have demanded 100% of the
productivity of his servant except . . . under the common law, a servant was
akin to livestock. He had to be fed. Not well fed, just fed, same as a horse or
cow. And, like a horse or cow, one usually finds it to his benefit to keep it
fed, that so that the critter is productive. Thus, the tenant was allowed to
keep some of his own productivity. Liken it to a "personal and dependent
The freemen of the realm, primarily the tradesmen, were
unsworn and unallieged. They knew it. They taught
their sons the trade so theyíd also be free when grown. Occasionally they took
on an apprentice under a sworn contract of indenture from his father. His
parents made a few coins. But the kid was the biggest beneficiary. Heíd learn a
trade. Heíd never need to become a tenant farmer. Heíd keep what he earned. He
was only apprenticed for a term of years, most typically about seven. The
tradesmen didnít need adolescents; they needed someone strong enough to pull
his own weight. They did not take on anyone under 13.
By age 21 heíd have learned enough to practice the
craft. Thatís when the contract expired. He was then called a
"journeyman." Had he made a journey? No. But, if you pronounce that
word, it is "Jur-nee-man." He was a
"man," formerly ("nee"), bound by oath ("jur)." Heíd then go to work for a "master"
(craftsman). The pay was established, but he could ask for more if he felt he
was worth more. And he was free to quit. Pretty normal, eh? Yes, in this
society thatís quite the norm. But 400 some years ago these men were the
exceptions, not the rule. At some point, if the journeyman was good at the
trade, heíd be recognized by the market as a "master" (craftsman) and
people would be begging him to take their children as apprentices, so they
might learn from him, become journeymen, and keep what they earned when
manumitted at age 21! The oath of the tenant ran for life. The oath of the
apprenticeís father ran only for a term of years. Still, oaths were important
on both sides. In fact, the tradesmen at one point established guilds (means
"gold") as a protection against the potential of the government
attempting to bind them into servitudes by compelled oaths.
When an apprentice became a journeyman, he was allowed
a membership in the guild only by swearing a secret oath to the guild. He
literally swore to "serve gold." Only gold.
He swore heíd only work for pay! Once so sworn, any other oath of servitude
would be a perjury of that oath. He bound himself for
life to never be a servant, save to the very benevolent master: gold!
(Incidentally, the Order of Free and Accepted Masons is a remnant of one of
these guilds. Their oath is a secret. Theyíd love to have you think that the
"G" in the middle of their logo stands for "God." The
obvious truth is that it stands for "GOLD.")
Then the Bible came to print. The market for this tome
wasnít the wealthy. They already had a handwritten copy. Nor was it the
tenants. They were far too poor to make this purchase. The market was the
tradesmen - and the book was still so costly that it took the combined life
savings of siblings to buy a family Bible. The other reason that the tradesmen
were the market was that theyíd also been taught how to read as part of their
apprenticeship. As contractors they had to know how to do that! Other than the
families of the super-rich (and the priests) nobody else knew how to read.
These men were blown away when they read Jesusí
command against swearing oaths (Matt 5: 33-37). This was news to them. For
well over a millennia theyíd been trusting that the
church - originally just the Church of Rome, but now also the Church of England
- had been telling them everything they needed to know in that book. Then they
found out that Jesus said, "Swear no oaths." Talk about an
Imagine seeing a conspiracy revealed that went back
over 1000 years. Without oaths thereíd have been no tenants, laboring for the
nobility, and receiving mere subsistence in return. The whole society was
premised on oaths; the whole society CLAIMED it was Christian, yet, it violated
a very simple command of Christ! And the tradesmen had done it, too, by
demanding sworn contracts of indenture for apprentices and giving their own
oaths to the guilds. They had no way of knowing that was prohibited by Jesus!
They were angry. "Livid" might be a better term. The governments had
seen this coming. What could they do? Ban the book? The printing would have
simply moved underground and the millennia long conspiracy would be further
evidenced in that banning. They came up with a better scheme. You call it the
In an unprecedented display of unanimity, the
governments of Europe adopted a treaty. This treaty would allow anyone the
State-right of founding a church. It was considered a State right, there and
then. The church would be granted a charter. It only had to do one very simple
thing to obtain that charter. It had to assent to the terms of the treaty.
Buried in those provisions, most of which were totally
innocuous, was a statement that the church would never oppose the swearing of
lawful oaths. Jesus said, "None." The churches all said (and still
say), "None, except . . ." Who do you think was (is) right?
The tradesmen got even angrier! They had already left
the Church of England. But with every new "reformed" church still
opposing the clear words of Christ, there was no church for them to join - or
found. They exercised the right of assembly to discuss the Bible. Some of them
preached it on the street corners, using their right of freedom of speech. But
they couldnít establish a church, which followed Jesusí words, for that would
have required assent to that treaty which opposed what Jesus had commanded. To
show their absolute displeasure with those whoíd kept this secret for so long,
they refused to give anyone in church or state any respect. It was the custom
to doff oneís hat when he encountered a priest or official. They started
wearing big, ugly black hats, just so that the most myopic of these claimed
"superiors" wouldnít miss the fact that the hat stayed atop their
head. Back then the term "you" was formal English, reserved for use
when speaking to a superior. "Thee" was the familiar pronoun, used
among family and friends. So they called these officials only by the familiar
pronoun "thee" or by their Christian names, "George, Peter,
We call these folk "Quakers." That was a
nickname given to them by a judge. One of them had told the judge that heíd
better "Quake before the Lord, God almighty." The judge, in a display
of irreverent disrespect replied, "Thee are the quaker here." They found that pretty funny, it being
such a total misnomer (as you shall soon see), and the nickname stuck. With the
huge membership losses from the Anglican Church - especially from men whoíd
been the more charitable to it in the past - the church was technically
bankrupt. It wasnít just the losses from the Quakers. Other people were leaving
to join the new "Reformed Churches." Elsewhere in Europe, the Roman
Church had amassed sufficient assets to weather this storm. The far newer
Anglican Church had not.
But the Anglican Church, as an agency of the State,
canít go bankrupt. It becomes the duty of the State to support it in hard
times. Parliament did so. It enacted a tax to that end. A
nice religious tax, and by current standards a very low tax, a tithe (10%).
But it made a deadly mistake in that. The Quakers, primarily as tradesmen,
recognized this income tax as a tax "without jurisdiction,í at least so far as they went. As men unsworn and unallieged,
they pointed out that they didnít have to pay it, nor provide a return. Absent
their oaths establishing this servitude, there was "no jurisdiction."
And they were right. Despite laws making it a crime to willfully refuse to make
a return and pay this tax, NONE were charged or arrested.
That caused the rest of the society to take notice.
Other folk whoíd thought the Quakers were "extremists" suddenly began
to listen to them. As always, money talks. These guys
were keeping all they earned, while the rest of the un-sworn society, thinking
this tax applied to them, well; they were out 10%. The Quaker movement expanded
significantly, that proof once made in the marketplace. Membership in the
Anglican Church fell even further, as did charity to it. The taxes werenít
enough to offset these further losses. The tithe (income) tax was actually
counter-productive to the goal of supporting the church. The members of the government
and the churchmen were scared silly.
If this movement continued to expand at the current
rate, no one in the next generation would swear an oath. Whoíd then farm the
lands of the nobility? Oh, surely someone would, but not as a servant working
for subsistence. The land would need to be leased under a contract, with the
payment for that use established in the market, not on the unilateral whim of
the nobleman. The wealth of the nobility, their incomes, was about to be
greatly diminished. And the Church of England, what assets it possessed, would
need to be sold-off, with what remained of that church greatly reduced in power
and wealth. But far worse was the diminishment of the respect demanded by the
priests and officials. Theyíd always held a position of superiority in the
society. What would they do when all of society treated them only as equals?
They began to use the term "anarchy." But
England was a monarchy, not an anarchy. And that was
the ultimate solution to the problem, or so those in government thought.
Thereís an aspect of a monarchy that Americans find somewhat incomprehensible,
or at least we did two centuries ago. A crown has divine right,
or at least it so claims. An expression of the divine right of a crown is the
power to rule by demand. A crown can issue commands. The king says, "jump." Everyone jumps.
Why do they jump? Simple. Itís
a crime to NOT jump. To "willfully fail (hey, thereís a couple of familiar
terms) to obey a crown command" is considered to be a treason, high
treason. The British crown issued a Crown Command to end the tax objection
Did the crown order that everyone shall pay the
income tax? No, that wasnít possible. There really was "no
jurisdiction." And that would have done nothing to cure the lack of
respect. The crown went one better. It ordered that every man shall swear an
oath of allegiance to the crown! Damned Christian thing to do, eh? Literally!
A small handful of the tax objectors obeyed. Most
refused. It was a simple matter of black and white. Jesus said "swear not
at all." They opted to obey Him over the crown. That quickly brought them
into court, facing the charge of high treason. An official would take the
witness stand, swearing that he had no record of the defendantís oath of
allegiance. Then the defendant was called to testify, there being no right to
refuse to witness against oneís self. He refused to accept the administered
oath. That refusal on the record, the court instantly judged him guilty. Took all of 10 minutes.
That expedience was essential, for there were another
couple hundred defendants waiting to be tried that day for their own treasons
against the crown. In short order the jails reached their capacity, plus. But
they werenít filled as youíd envision them. The men whoíd refused the oaths
werenít there. Their children were. There was a "Stand-in" law
allowing for that. There was no social welfare system. The wife and children of
a married man in prison existed on the charity of church and neighbors, or they
ceased to exist, starving to death. It was typical for a man convicted of a
petty crime to have one of his kid's stand in for him for 30 or 90 days. That
way he could continue to earn a living, keeping bread on the table, without the
family having to rely on charity.
However, a man convicted of more heinous crimes would
usually find it impossible to convince his wife to allow his children to serve
his time. The family would prefer to exist on charity rather than see him back
in society. But in this case the family had no option. The family was
churchless. The neighbors were all in the same situation. Charity was
non-existent for them. The family was destined to quick starvation unless one
of the children stood- in for the breadwinner. Unfortunately, the rational
choice of which child should serve the time was predicated on which child was
the least productive to the family earnings.
That meant nearly the youngest, usually a daughter.
Thus, the prisons of England filled with adolescent females, serving the life
sentences for their dads. Those lives would be short. There was no heat in the
jails. They were rife with tuberculosis and other deadly diseases. A strong man
might last several years. A small girl measured her remaining time on earth in
months. It was Christian holocaust, a true sacrifice of the unblemished lambs.
(And, we must note, completely ignored in virtually every history text covering
this era, lest the crown, government and church be duly embarrassed.) Despite
the high mortality rate the jails still overflowed. There was little fear that
the daughters would be raped or die at the brutality of other prisoners. The
other prisoners, the real felons, had all been released to make room. Early
release was premised on the severity of the crime. High treason was the highest
crime. The murderers, thieves, arsonists, rapists, etc., had all been set free.
That had a very profound effect on commerce. It stopped. There were highwaymen
afoot on every road. Thugs and muggers ruled the city streets. The sworn
subjects of the crown sat behind bolted doors, in cold, dark homes, wondering
how theyíd exist when the food and water ran out.
They finally dared to venture out to attend meetings to
address the situation. At those meetings they discussed methods to overthrow
the crown to which they were sworn! Call that perjury. Call that sedition. Call
it by any name, they were going to put their words into actions, and soon, or
die from starvation or the blade of a thug. Here we should note that chaos (and
nearly anarchy: "no crown") came to be, not as the result of the
refusal to swear oaths, but as the direct result of the governmental demand
that people swear them! The followers of Jesusí words didnít bring that chaos,
those who ignored that command of Christ brought it. The crown soon saw the
revolutionary handwriting on the wall and ordered the release of the children
and the recapture of the real felons, before the government was removed from
office under force of arms. The courts came up with the odd concept of an
"affirmation in lieu of oath." The Quakers accepted that as a
victory. Given what theyíd been through, that was understandable. However,
Jesus also prohibited affirmations, calling the practice an oath "by thy
head." Funny that He could foresee the legal concept of an affirmation
1600 years before it came to be. Quite a prophecy!
When the colonies opened to migration, the Quakers fled
Europe in droves, trying to put as much distance as they could between
themselves and crowns. They had a very rational fear of a repeat of the
situation. That put a lot of them here, enough that they had a very strong
influence on politics. They could have blocked the ratification of the
Constitution had they opposed it. Some of their demands were incorporated into
it, as were some of their concessions, in balance to those demands. Their most
obvious influence found in the Constitution is the definition of treason, the
only crime defined in that document. Treason here is half of what can be
committed under a crown. In the United States treason may only arise out of an
(overt) ACTION. A refusal to perform an action at the command of the government
is not a treason, hence, NOT A CRIME. You can find
that restated in the Bill of Rights, where the territorial jurisdiction of the
courts to try a criminal act is limited to the place wherein the crime shall
have been COMMITTED. A refusal or failure is not an act "committed" -
itís the opposite, an act "omitted." In this nation "doing
nothing" canít be criminal, even when someone claims the power to command
you do something. That concept in place, the new government would have lasted
about three years. You see, if it were not a crime to fail to do something,
then the officers of that government would have done NOTHING - save to draw
their pay. That truth forced the Quakers to a concession.
Anyone holding a government job would need be sworn (or
affirmed) to support the Constitution. That Constitution enabled the Congress
to enact laws necessary and proper to control the powers vested in these
people. Those laws would establish their duties. Should such an official
"fail" to perform his lawful duties, heíd evidence in that omission
that his oath was false. To swear a false oath is an ACTION. Thus, the
punishments for failures would exist under the concept of perjury, not treason.
But that was only regarding persons under oath of office, who were in office
only by their oaths. And thatís still the situation. Itís just that the
government has very cleverly obscured that fact so that the average man will
pay it a rent, a tax on income. As you probably know, the first use of income
tax here came well in advance of the 16th amendment. That tax was NEARLY
abolished by a late 19th century Supreme Court decision. The problem was that
the tax wasnít apportioned, and couldnít be apportioned, that because of the
fact that it rested on the income of each person earning it, rather than an
up-front total, divided and meted out to the several States according to the
census. But the income tax wasnít absolutely abolished. The court listed a
solitary exception. The incomes of federal officers, derived as a benefit of
office, could be so taxed. You could call that a "kick back" or even
a "return." Essentially, the court said that what Congress gives, it
can demand back. As that wouldnít be income derived within a State, the rule of
apportionment didnít apply. Make sense?
Now, no court can just make up rulings. The function of
a court is to answer the questions posed to it. And in order to pose a
question, a person needs standing." The petitioner has to show that an
action has occurred which affects him, hence, giving him that standing. For the
Supreme Court to address the question of the income of officers demonstrates
that the petitioner was such. Otherwise, the question couldnít have come up.
Congress was taxing his benefits of office. But
Congress was ALSO taxing his outside income, that from sources within a State. Could have been interest, dividends, rent, royalties, and even
alimony. If he had a side job, it might have even been commissions or
salary. Those forms of income could not be taxed. However, Congress could tax
his income from the benefits he derived by being an officer.
That Court decision was the end of all income taxation.
The reason is pretty obvious. Rather than tax the benefits derived out of
office, itís far easier to just reduce the benefits up front! Saves time. Saves
paper. The money stays in Treasury rather than going out, then coming back as
much as 15 or 16 months later. So, even though the benefits of office could
have been taxed, under that Court ruling, that tax was dropped by Congress.
There are two ways to overcome a Supreme Court ruling. The first is to have the
court reverse itself. Thatís a very strange concept at law. Actually, itís
impossibility at law. The only way a court can change a prior ruling is if the
statutes or the Constitution change, that changing the premises on which its
prior conclusion at law was derived. Because it was a Supreme Court ruling
nearly abolishing the income tax, the second method, an Amendment to the
Constitution, was used to overcome the prior decision. That was the 16th
The 16th allows for Congress to tax incomes from
whatever source derived, without regard to apportionment. Whose incomes? Hey,
it doesnít say (nor do the statues enacted under it). The Supreme Court has
stated that this Amendment granted Congress "no new powers." Thatís
absolutely true. Congress always had the power to tax incomes, but only the
incomes of officers and only their incomes derived out of a benefit of office.
All the 16th did was extend that EXISTING POWER to tax
officersí incomes (as benefits of office) to their incomes from other sources (from
whatever source derived). The 16th Amendment and the statutes enacted thereunder donít have to say whose incomes are subject to
this tax. The Supreme Court had already said that: officers. Thatís logical. If it could be a crime for a freeman to "willfully fail"
to file or pay this tax, that crime could only exist as a treason by
monarchical definition. In this nation a crime of failure may only exist
under the broad category of a perjury. Period, no exception.
Thus, the trick employed by the government is to get
you to claim that you are an officer of that government. Yeah, youíre saying,
"Man, Iíd never be so foolish as to claim that." Iíll betcha $100 I can prove that you did it and that youíll be
forced to agree. Did you ever sign a tax form, a W-4, a 1040? Then you did it.
Look at the fine print at the bottom of the tax forms
you once signed. You declared that it was "true" that you were
"under penalties of perjury." Are you? Were you? Perjury is a felony.
To commit a perjury you have to FIRST be under oath (or affirmation). You know
that. Itís common knowledge. So, to be punished for a perjury youíd need to be
under oath, right? Right. Thereís no other way, unless
you pretend to be under oath. To pretend to be under oath is a perjury automatically.
There would be no oath. Hence itís a FALSE oath. Perjury rests on making a
false oath. So, to claim to be "under penalties of perjury" is to
claim that youíre under oath. That claim could be true, could be false. But if
false, and you knowingly and willingly made that false claim, then you
committed a perjury just by making that claim.
Youíve read the Constitution. How many times can you be
tried and penalized for a single criminal act? Once?
Did I hear you right? Did you say once; only once? Good for you. You know that
you canít even be placed in jeopardy of penalty (trial) a second time.
The term "penalties" is plural. More than one. Oops. Didnít you just state that you could
only be tried once, penalized once, for a single criminal action? Sure you did.
And that would almost always be true. Thereís a solitary exception. A federal
official or employee may be twice tried, twice penalized. The second penalty,
resulting out of a conviction of impeachment, is the loss of the benefits of
office, for life. Federal officials are under oath, an oath of office. Thatís
why you call them civil servants. That oath establishes jurisdiction (oath
spoken), allowing them to be penalized, twice, for a perjury (especially for a
perjury of official oath). You have been tricked into signing tax forms under
the perjury clause. You arenít under oath enabling the commission of perjury.
You canít be twice penalized for a single criminal act, even for a perjury.
Still, because you trusted that the government wouldnít try to deceive you, you
signed an income tax form, pretending that there was jurisdiction (oath spoken)
where there was none.
Once you sign the first form, the government will
forever believe that you are a civil servant. Stop signing those forms while
you continue to have income and youíll be charged with "willful failure to
file," a crime of doing nothing when commanded to do something!
Initially, the income tax forms were required to be
SWORN (or affirmed) before a notary. A criminal by the name of Sullivan brought
that matter all the way to the Supreme Court. He argued that if he listed his
income from criminal activities, that information would later be used against
him on a criminal charge. If he didnít list it, then swore that the form was
"true, correct and complete," he could be charged and convicted of a
perjury. He was damned if he did, damned if he didnít. The Supreme Court could
only agree. It ruled that a person could refuse to provide any information on
that form, taking individual exception to each line, and stating in that space
that he refused to provide testimony against himself. That should have been the
end of the income tax. In a few years everyone would have been refusing to
provide answers on the "gross" and "net income" lines,
forcing NO answer on the "tax due" line, as well. Of course, that
decision was premised on the use of the notarized oath, causing the answers to
have the quality of "testimony."
Congress then INSTANTLY ordered the forms be changed. In
place of the notarized oath, the forms would contain a statement that they were
made and signed "Under penalties of perjury." The prior ruling of the
Supreme Court was made obsolete. Congress had changed the premise on which it
had reached its conclusion. The verity of the information on the form no longer
rested on a notarized oath. It rested on the taxpayerís oath of office. And, as
many a tax protestor in the 1970s and early 1980s quickly discovered, the
Supreme Court ruling for Sullivan had no current relevance.
There has never been a criminal trial in any matter
under federal income taxation without a SIGNED tax form in evidence before the
court. The court takes notice of the signature below the perjury clause and
assumes the standing of the defendant is that of a federal official, a person
under oath of office who may be twice penalized for a single criminal act of
perjury (to his official oath). The court has jurisdiction to try such a person
for a "failure." That jurisdiction arises under the concept of
perjury, not treason.
However, the court is in an odd position here. If
the defendant should take the witness stand, under oath or affirmation to tell
the truth, and then truthfully state that he is not under oath of office and is
not a federal officer or employee, that statement would contradict the signed
statement on the tax form, already in evidence and made under claim of oath.
That contradiction would give rise to a technical perjury. Under federal
statutes, courtroom perjury is committed when a person willfully makes two
statements, both under oath, which contradict one another.
The perjury clause claims the witness to be a federal
person. If he truthfully says the contrary from the witness stand, the judge is
then duty bound to charge him with the commission of a perjury! At his ensuing
perjury trial, the two contradictory statements "(Iím) under penalties of
perjury" and "Iím not a federal official or employee" would be
the sole evidence of the commission of the perjury. As federal employment is a
matter of public record, the truth of the last statement would be evidenced.
That would prove that the perjury clause was a FALSE statement. Canít have that
proof on the record, can we? About now you are thinking of some tax protester
trials for "willful failure" where the defendant took the witness
stand and testified, in full truth, that he was not a federal person. This
writer has studied a few such cases. Those of Irwin Schiff and F. Tupper Saussy come to mind. And you are right; they told the court
that they werenít federal persons. Unfortunately, they didnít tell the court
that while under oath.
A most curious phenomenon occurs at "willful
failure" trials where the defendant has published the fact, in books or
newsletters, that he isnít a federal person. The judge becomes very
absent-minded - at least thatís surely what heíd try to claim if the issue were
ever raised. He forgets to swear-in the defendant before he takes the witness
stand. The defendant tells the truth from the witness stand, but does so
without an oath. As heís not under oath, nothing he says can constitute a
technical perjury as a contradiction to the "perjury clause" on the
tax forms already in evidence. The court will almost always judge him guilty
for his failure to file. Clever system. And it all
begins when a person who is NOT a federal officer or employee signs his first
income tax form, FALSELY claiming that heís under an oath which if perjured may
bring him a duality of penalties. Itís still a matter of jurisdiction (oath
spoken). That hasnít changed in over 400 years. The only difference is that in
this nation, we have no monarch able to command us to action.
In the United States of America, you have to VOLUNTEER
to establish jurisdiction. Once you do, then you are subject to commands
regarding the duties of your office. Hence the income tax is
"voluntary," in the beginning, but "compulsory" once you
volunteer. You volunteer when you sign your very first income tax form,
probably a Form W-4 and probably at about age 15. You voluntarily sign a false
statement, a false statement that claims that you are subject to jurisdiction.
Gotcha! Oh, and when the prosecutor enters your prior
signed income tax forms into evidence at a willful failure to file trial, he
will always tell the court that those forms evidence that you knew it was your
DUTY to make and file proper returns. DUTY! A free man owes no DUTY. A free man
owes nothing to the federal government, as he receives nothing from it. But a
federal official owes a duty. He receives something from that government - the
benefits of office. In addition to a return of some of those benefits, Congress
can also demand that he pay a tax on his other forms of income, now under the
16th Amendment, from whatever source they may be derived. If that were ever to
be understood, the ranks of real, sworn federal officers would diminish
greatly. And the ranks of the pretended federal officers (including you) would
vanish to zero.
Itís still the same system as it was 400 years ago,
with appropriate modifications, so you donít immediately realize it. Yes, itís
a jurisdictional matter. An Oath-spoken matter. Quite
likely you, as a student of the Constitution, have puzzled over the 14th
Amendment. Youíve wondered who are persons "subject to
the jurisdiction" of the United States and in the alternative, who are not.
This is easily explained, again in the proper historical perspective.
The claimed purpose of the 14th was to vest civil
rights to the former slaves. A method was needed to convert them from chattel
to full civil beings. The Supreme Court had issued rulings that precluded that
from occurring. Hence, an Amendment was necessary. But it took a little more
than the amendment. The former slaves would need to perform an act, subjecting
themselves to the "jurisdiction" of the United States. You should now
realize that an oath is the way that was/is accomplished.
After the battles of the rebellion had ceased, the
manumitted slaves were free, but rightless. They held
no electoral franchise - they couldnít vote. The governments of the Southern
States were pretty peeved over what had occurred in the prior several years,
and they werenít about to extend electoral franchises to the former slaves. The
Federal government found a way to force that.
It ordered that voters had to be
"registered." And it ordered that to become a registered voter, one
had to SWEAR an oath of allegiance to the Constitution. The white folks, by and
large, werenít about to do that. They were also peeved that the excuse for all
the battles was an unwritten, alleged, Constitutional premise, that a
"State had no right to secede." The former slaves had no problem
swearing allegiance to the Constitution. The vast majority of them didnít have
the slightest idea of what an oath was, nor did they even know what the
Great voter registration drives took place. In an odd
historical twist, these were largely sponsored by the Quakers who volunteered
their assistance. Thus, most of the oaths administered were administered by
Quakers! Every former slave was sworn-in, taking what actually was an OATH OF
OFFICE. The electoral franchise then existed almost exclusively among the
former slaves, with the white folks in the South unanimously refusing that oath
and denied their right to vote. For a while many of the Southern State
governments were comprised of no one other than the former slaves. The former
slaves became de jure (by oath) federal officials, "subject to the jurisdiction
of the United States" by that oath. They were non-compensated officials,
receiving no benefits of their office, save what was then extended under the
14th Amendment. There was some brief talk of providing compensation in the form
of 40 acres and a mule, but that quickly faded.
Jurisdiction over a person exists only by oath. Always has, always will. For a court to have jurisdiction, some one has to bring a charge or petition under an oath.
In a criminal matter, the charge is forwarded under the oaths of the grand
jurors (indictment) or under the oath of office of a federal officer
(information). Even before a warrant may be issued, someone has to swear there
is probable cause. Should it later be discovered that there was NOT probable
cause, that person should be charged with a perjury. Itís all about oaths. And
the one crime for which immunity, even "sovereign immunity," cannot
be extended is ... perjury.
You must understand "jurisdiction." That term
is only understandable when one understands the history behind it. Know what
"jurisdiction" means. You didnít WILLFULLY claim that you were
"Under penalties of perjury" on those tax forms you signed. You may
have done it voluntarily, but you surely did it ignorantly! You didnít realize
the import and implications of that clause. It was, quite frankly, a MISTAKE. A big one. A dumb one. Still it was
only a mistake. Willfulness rests on intent. You had no intent to claim that
you were under an oath of office, a perjury of which could bring you dual
penalties. You just didnít give those words any thought. What do you do when
you discover youíve made a mistake?
As an honest man, you tell those who may have been
affected by your error, apologize to them, and usually you promise to be more
careful in the future, that as a demonstration that you, like all of us, learn
by your mistakes. You really ought to drop the Secretary of the Treasury of the
United States a short letter, cc it to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue.
Explain that you never realized that the fine print on the bottom of all income
tax forms meant that you were claiming to be "under oath" a perjury
of which might be "twice" penalized. Explain that youíve never sworn
such an oath and that for reasons of conscience, you never will. You made this
mistake on every tax form youíd ever signed. But now that you understand the
words, youíll most certainly not make that mistake again! Thatíll be the end of
any possibility that youíll ever be charged with "willful failure to file."
Too simple? No, itís only as simple as itís supposed
Jurisdiction (oath spoken) is a pretty simple matter.
Either you are subject to jurisdiction, by having really sworn an oath, or you
are not. If you arenít under oath, and abolish all the pretenses, false
pretenses you provided, on which the government assumed that you were under
oath, then the jurisdiction fails and you become a freeman. A freeman canít be
compelled to perform any act and threatened with a penalty, certainly not two
penalties, should he fail to do so. That would constitute a treason charge by
the part of the definition abolished here.
Itís a matter of history. European
history, American history, and finally, the history of your life. The
first two may be hidden from you, making parts of them difficult to discover.
But the last history you know. If you know that youíve never sworn an oath of
office, and now understand how that truth fits the other histories, then you
are free. Truth does that. Funny how that works.
Jesus was that Truth. His command
that His followers "Swear not at all." That was the method by
which He set men free. Israel was a feudal society. It had a crown; it had
landlords; they had tenant farmers bound by oath to them. Jesus scared them
silly. Whoíd farm those lands in the next generation, when all of the people
refused to swear oaths? Ring a bell? And what did the government do to Jesus?
It tried to obtain jurisdiction on the false oath of a witness, charging Him
with "sedition" for the out-of-context, allegorical statement that
Heíd "tear down the temple" (a government building). At that trial,
Jesus stood mute, refusing the administered oath. That was unheard of!
The judge became so frustrated that he posed a
trick question attempting to obtain jurisdiction from Jesus. He said, "I
adjure you in the name of the Living God, are you the man (accused of
sedition)." An adjuration is a "compelled oath." Jesus then
broke his silence, responding, "You have so said."
He didnít "take" the adjured oath. He left it
with its speaker, the judge! That bound the judge to truth. Had the judge also
falsely said that Jesus was the man (guilty of sedition)? No, not out loud, not
yet. But in his heart heíd said so. Thatís what this trial was all about. Jesus
tossed that falsehood back where it belonged as well as the oath. In those few
words, "You have so said," Jesus put the oath, and the PERJURY of it,
back on the judge, where it belonged. The court couldnít get jurisdiction.
Israel was occupied by Rome at that time. The court
then shipped Jesus off to the martial governor, Pontius Pilate, hoping that
martial power might compel him to submit to jurisdiction. But Pilate had no
quarrel with Jesus. He correctly saw the charge as a political matter, devoid
of any real criminal act. Likely, Pilate offered Jesus the "protection of
Rome." Roman law extended only to sworn subjects. All Jesus would need do
is swear an oath to Caesar, then Pilate could protect
him. Otherwise, Jesus was probably going to turn up dead at the hands of
"person or persons unknown" which would really be at the hands of the
civil government, under the false charge of sedition. Pilate administered that
oath to Caesar. Jesus stood mute, again refusing jurisdiction. Pilate "marvelled at that." Heíd never before met a man who
preferred to live free or die. Under Roman law the unsworn were considered to
be unclean - the "great unwashed masses." The elite were sworn to
When an official errantly extended the law to an
unsworn person that "failure of jurisdiction" required that the
official perform a symbolic act. To cleanse himself and the law, he would
"wash his hands." Pilate did so. Under Roman law, the law to which he
was sworn, he had to do so. The law, neither Roman law nor the law of Israel,
could obtain jurisdiction over Jesus. The law couldnít kill Him, nor could it
prevent that murder. Jesus was turned over to a mob, demanding His death. Howís
that for chaos? Jesus was put to death because He refused to be sworn. But the
law couldnít do that. Only a mob could do so, setting free a true felon in the
process. Thus, Jesus proved the one failing of the law - at least the law then
and there - the law has no ability to touch a truly free man. A mob can, but
the result of that is chaos, not order.
In every situation where a government attempts to
compel an oath, or fails to protect a man of conscience who refuses it, the
result is chaos. That government proves itself incapable of any claimed powers
as the result, for the only purpose of any government should be to defend the
people establishing it - all of those people - and not because they owe that
government any duty or allegiance, but for the opposite reason, because the
government owes the people its duty and allegiance under the law. This nation
came close to that concept for quite a few decades. Then those in federal
office realized that they could fool all of the people, some of the time. That
"some of the time" regarded oaths and jurisdiction. We were (and
still are) a Christian nation, at least the vast majority of us claim ourselves
to be Christian. But we are led by churchmen who still uphold the terms of that
European treaty. They still profess that it is Christian to swear an oath, so
long as itís a "lawful oath." We are deceived. As deceived as the
tenant in 1300, but more so, for we now have the Words of Jesus to read for
Jesus said, "Swear no oaths," extending that
even to oaths which donít name God. If His followers obeyed that command, the unscrupulous
members of the society in that day would have quickly realized that they could
file false lawsuits against Jesusí followers, suits that they couldnít answer
(under oath). Thus, Jesus issued a secondary command, ordering His followers to
sell all they had, making themselves what today we call "judgment
proof." They owned only their shirt and a coat. If they were sued for
their shirt, they were to offer to settle out-of-court (without oath) by giving
the plaintiff their coat. That wasnít a metaphor. Jesus meant those words in
the literal sense!
Itís rather interesting that most income tax protestors
are Christian and have already made themselves virtually judgment proof,
perhaps inadvertently obeying one of Jesusí commands out of a self-preservation
instinct. Do we sense something here? You need to take the final step. You must
swear no oaths. That is the penultimate step in self-preservation, and in
obedience to the commands of Christ. Itís all a matter of
"jurisdiction" (oath spoken), which a Christian canít abide.
Christians must be freemen. Their faith, duty and allegiance can go to no one
on earth. We canít serve two masters. No one can. As Christians our faith and
allegiance rests not on an oath. Our faith and allegiance arise naturally.
These are duties owed by a child to his father. As Children of God, we must be
faithful to Him, our Father, and to our eldest Brother, the Inheritor of the
estate. Thatís certain.
As to what sort of a society Jesus intended without
oaths or even affirmations, this writer honestly canít envision. Certainly it
would have been anarchy (no crown). Would it have also been chaos? My initial
instinct is to find that it would lead to chaos. Like the Quakers in 1786, I
canít envision a functional government without the use of oaths. Yet, every
time a government attempts to use oaths as a device to compel servitudes, the
result is CHAOS. History proves that. The Dark Ages were dark, only because the
society was feudal, failing to advance to enlightenment because they were sworn
into servitudes, unwittingly violating Jesusí command. When the British crown
attempted to compel oaths of allegiance, chaos certainly resulted. And Jesusí
own death occurred only out of the chaos derived by His refusal to swear a compelled
oath and an offered oath.
The current Internal Revenue Code is about as close to legislated chaos as could ever be envisioned. No two people
beginning with identical premises will reach the same conclusion under the IRC.
Is not that chaos? Thus, in every instance where the government attempts to use
oaths to bind a people, the result has been chaos.
Hence, this writer is forced to the conclusion that
Jesus was right. We ought to avoid oaths at all costs, save our own souls, and
for precisely that reason. Yet, what system of societal interaction Jesus
envisioned, without oaths, escapes me. How would we deal with murderers,
thieves, rapists, etc. present in the society without someone bringing a
complaint, sworn complaint, before a Jury (a panel of sworn men), to punish
them for these criminal actions against the civil members of that society?
Perhaps you, the reader, can envision what Jesus had in mind. Even if you
canít, you still have to obey His command. That will set you free. As to where
we go from there, well, given that there has never been a society, neither
civil nor martial, which functioned without oaths, I guess we wonít see how it
will function until it arrives.
Meanwhile, the first step in the process is abolishing
your prior FALSE claims of being under oath (of office) on those income tax
forms. You claimed "jurisdiction." Only you can reverse that by
stating the Truth. It worked 400 years ago. Itíll still work. Itís the only
thing thatíll work. History can repeat, but this time without the penalty of
treason extended to you (or your daughters). You can cause it. Know and tell
this Truth and it will set you free. HONESTLY. Tell the government, then
explain it to every Christian you know. Most of them will hate you for that bit
of honesty. Be kind to them anyhow. Once they see that you are keeping what you
earn, the market will force them to realize that you arenít the extremist they
originally thought! If only 2% of the American people understand what is
written here, income taxation will be abolished - that out of a fear that the
knowledge will expand. The government will be scared silly.
What if no one in the next generation would swear an
oath? Then thereíd be no servants! No, the income tax will be abolished long
before that could ever happen. Thatís only money. Power comes by having an
ignorant people to rule. A government will always opt for power. That way, in
two or three generations, the knowledge lost to the obscure "between the
lines" of history, they can run the same money game. Pass this essay on to
your Christian friends. But save a copy. Will it to your grandchildren.
Someday, they too will probably need this knowledge. Teach your children well.
Be honest; tell the truth. That will set you free - and itíll scare the