The Biblical statement, by the Lord, in Hosea 4:6 puts forth: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
Perhaps nowhere is this revelation more evident than what lies in the relationship between a nation’s citizenry and politicians — purported servants of those people.
Politicians, especially those possessing Ivy League law degrees, have long taken full advantage of their deft skills in the art of wordplay to rule over those who don’t possess such skills. The very word government comes from the Latin gubernare, which means ‘to rule or steer.’
The history of the human race is replete with rulers who have dominated over commoners. These rulers have often proclaimed that their status comes from some divine power, but history discovers that these rulers really have only gleaned key facts and used this advantage to keep the citizenry in line.
Ancient Mayan rulers knew the cycles of the moon and sun. When it was time to fortify the idea of their divinity, they would proclaim that the ordinary people have behaved poorly, and the sun would not shine for one hour. His power, of course, did not come from divinity — he merely knew the various astrological cycles and the timing of an upcoming solar eclipse. Since the ordinary people didn’t know that solar eclipses were periodic, they accepted the ruler’s power of suggestion and believed that ruler had god-like status.
Although this is an extreme example, it is a similar tactic that exists even today. The American Founding Fathers sought to change all that when they envisioned a land ruled “of the people, by the people and for the people.” Their success in creating a republic, where the citizens are sovereign, has largely changed the world for the better.
But, indeed, it didn’t altogether eliminate the desire for power-hungry control freaks to find other means of spinning their evil ways.
The United States of the 19th Century rapidly became the envy of the world despite repeated attempts to undermine its bottom-up, sovereign-citizen model. Attempts to destroy individual sovereignty have always included the creation of a progressive income tax, one of the 10 planks of communism.
Late that century, the U.S. Supreme Court denied yet another move to create an income tax, stating that any direct tax must be apportioned among the states according to population.
A few years later, the Spanish-American War helped American imperialism, as a U.S. victory produced the acquisition of territories such as Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines as well as smaller Pacific territories. These territories were not sovereign, and the people born there did not possess unalienable rights.
This land grab helped form the corporate ‘United States,’ one that exists today, even though the Philippines and Cuba are now independent nations.
Again, power-hungry oligarchs saw an opportunity to whittle away at the individual sovereignty of everyday Americans. By using their law degrees and the knowledge of the existence of two entities called the ‘United States’ — one consisting of the 50 states of the Union and the other consisting of the District of Columbia and U.S. territories — these people exploited this knowledge to its full advantage.
President William H. Taft, a lawyer and Yale graduate who was the son of a co-founder of Yale’s secret society Skull and Bones, pushed for an income tax when he took the Oval Office in 1909. Admitting that the Supreme Court had denied the power to levy an income tax in the Constitutional Republic, he proposed an amendment to levy an income tax upon the National Government (i.e., the corporate ‘United States’).
“This is how he got the 16th Amendment passed,” said Adele Weiss, principal of Weiss+Associates, a European-based consultancy firm specializing in the U.S. federal income tax. “It does not violate the Supreme Court ruling of 15 years prior. Its wording — ‘without apportionment’ — exposes the jurisdiction toward which it is only applicable. The National Government possesses the power to levy an income tax upon those born in the Federal Zone and those who work for it.”
The era in which Taft spun his web came a few years before an American invention came into being — propaganda. It was a creation of people like Edward Bernays and Walter Lippmann, both of whom studied how public opinion could be steered in a desirable direction, the so-called “manufactured consent” of the masses.
The ‘governing class’ hired people like Bernays and Lippmann, who used newspapers and still imagery to aid their causes. As technology grew, radio, television and the internet supplanted the old means of dissemination.
Today, carefully crafted messages have filled our lives. We have to be savvy to avoid the pitfalls of believing something that is not true.
Knowledge of legal terminology is a powerful tool for politicians and oligarchs to rule even sovereign Americans. Millions of Americans believe the income tax is obligatory, not realizing that they unknowingly entered into a voluntary arrangement, one they have the power to terminate if they wish.
Terms like United States, U.S. Citizen, non-resident alien and the difference between lawful/legal are key terms every American should know so as to not fall into a trap. These terms all hinge on the jurisdictional differences between the constitutional United States (50 states) and the corporate United States (D.C., territories).