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Jul 17 2012

America’s Shadow Government

Talking Points Memo reports on a Republican candidate for the Iowa state Senate who has withdrawn her candidacy and announced that she is now a senator from Iowa in the Republic for the United States of America. What’s that? It’s a shadow government claiming to be the real government of the country.

The year 1776 marked America’s victory in the war for independence. The lawful right to re-inhabit is inherent in The Declaration of Independence circa 1776. The Declaration, one of our founding documents, declares our right to change, alter or abolish any system of government that we believe is contrary to the safety and security of the American people.

In concern for all of humanity, “We the People” re-inhabited our lawful de jure (meaning “by right of legal establishment”) government on March 30, 2010, by serving notice on the de facto corporation, known as the “UNITED STATES”. (USC 28 Section 3002, No. 15(a) “United States” means a Federal Corporation.) The United States was incorporated February 21, 1871 (16 Stat. 419, Chap. 62, 41st Congress, 3rd Session), the purpose being “an Act to provide a Government for the District of Columbia, reorganized June 8th, 1878, (20 Stat. 102, Chapter 180, 45th Congress, 2nd Session) as “an Act providing a permanent form of government for the District of Columbia” aka US Inc. Uniform Commercial Code, UCC9-307 (h) states “Location of United States. The United States is located in the District of Columbia. A lawful grand jury in each of the fifty republics created a new Declaration of Independence that was lawfully served on the corporate UNITED STATES informing them that the original de jure government was restored. We have claimed our right to exist as a free and independent people on our land, thus exercising our God-given unalienable rights as defined in our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

On July 21, 2010 “We the People” of the de jure government proclaimed worldwide and made our “Declaration of Sovereignty for the Republic for the united States of America” to The Hague (a.k.a. the International Court of Justice), the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the United Nations (UN). On September 23, 2010, the first session of congress was convened by the united free Republics of the re-inhabited united States of America. The seating of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the Republic government were successfully established. This was completed by more than the required two-thirds majority vote of “We the People” on the land of the independent Republics. Delegates from more than 42 free Republics (States) attended, and officers for all three branches of our government have been officially sworn into office, lawfully electing interim President James Timothy Turner and interim Vice President Charles Eugene Wright, along with other established cabinet members with a presiding majority vote of 94% approval. Thus, the Republic government is officially re-inhabited and staffed for the first time since 1868 by the will of “We the People”.

The de facto UNITED STATES CORPORATION was unlawfully established by the forty-first congress in 1871 by deceptive means and without proper consent from “We the People”. The American people were placed under involuntary servitude by a “Legal” system of laws that have continually violated the “Constitution for the united States of America”, “Bill of Rights” and the “Declaration of Independence”. The corporate constitution was changed from the original form, wherein Amendments were unlawfully added and removed without the people’s consent. Since 1871, the abuses of this corporation upon both the international community as well as the American people are inestimable and unconscionable. De facto Congress has repeatedly violated their Oaths of Office, fiduciary responsibilities, and in many cases, committed treasonous acts against “We the People” of the united States of America and the world.

Yeah, good luck with that.

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  1. 1
    brian

    As a good friend of mine is fond of saying, “It’s only treason when Democrats do it.”

  2. 2
    Randomfactor

    The more often a tract mentions “We the People” the less stable its writer is, mentally. It’s a tell.

  3. 3
    typecaster

    “De facto Congress has repeatedly violated their Oaths of Office, fiduciary responsibilities, and in many cases, committed treasonous acts against “We the People” of the united States of America and the world. WOLVERINES!!!”

    Well, it looked like it was missing something.

  4. 4
    d cwilson

    The United States was incorporated February 21, 1871 (16 Stat. 419, Chap. 62, 41st Congress, 3rd Session), the purpose being “an Act to provide a Government for the District of Columbia, reorganized June 8th, 1878, (20 Stat. 102, Chapter 180, 45th Congress, 2nd Session) as “an Act providing a permanent form of government for the District of Columbia” aka US Inc. Uniform Commercial Code, UCC9-307 (h) states “Location of United States.

    In case anyone is wondering, the laws they are screeching about are the federal acts establishing the municipal government for the city of Washington.

    On July 21, 2010 “We the People” of the de jure government proclaimed worldwide and made our “Declaration of Sovereignty for the Republic for the united States of America” to The Hague (a.k.a. the International Court of Justice), the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the United Nations (UN).

    Who, I’m sure, muttered, “Crazy fucking Americans,” as they read these notices.

    These people are just the latest iteration of the “sovereign citizen” movement. These people have deluded themselves into believing into thinking they can secede from the United States just by saying they have.

  5. 5
    Area Man

    Looks like your standard tax protestor/sovereign citizen nonsense. These are some seriously weird people. They refuse to recognize the jurisdiction or legitimacy of the federal government, yet they worship the Constitution that established that very same government and gave it legitimacy.

    They also have a strange fetish when it comes to legalese, believing that words have magical powers, and you can change what something is by changing what it is called.

  6. 6
    Brett McCoy

    Sounds a lot like some of the conspiracy theories being hawked by the sovereign citizen movement.

  7. 7
    eric

    I hope the real government doesn’t crack down on them. I’d love to see what sort of crazy laws they come up with when left to their own devices.

    Crank organizations like this can serve a useful purpose: they can serve as an object lesson to fence-sitters. “Here,” they say, “is what the far right would really, secretly like to do if you let us into power.”

  8. 8
    reverendrodney

    For starters: “Victory” in 1776?

  9. 9
    richardelguru

    In their favour, at least they seem to recognise the International Court of Justice.

  10. 10
    jpf

    It’s not “the Republic for the United States of America”. It’s “the Republic for the united States of America”. This is a very important difference (much like whether a flag has a fringe or not), since capitalizing the “u” in “united States” is a shibboleth to expose They The Non-People and their Reptiloid overlords.

  11. 11
    Raging Bee

    Sounds like something that might be cited in “High Wierdness By Mail.”

  12. 12
    Raging Bee

    It’s not “the Republic for the United States of America”. It’s “the Republic for the united States of America”.

    Splitters!!

  13. 13
    Raging Bee

    They also have a strange fetish when it comes to legalese, believing that words have magical powers, and you can change what something is by changing what it is called.

    Just like the rest of today’s Republican Party.

  14. 14
    BrianX

    As I said when this story first popped up on my Facebook feed, if she can appoint herself Senator, then I’m Her Majesty’s Governor General of the Mass Bay, Plymouth, and Maine colony.

  15. 15
    Leo Buzalsky

    OK…apparently I need to start paying more attention to my local paper since this is from a neighboring district. :$

  16. 16
    Skip White

    No wonder I have no idea what they’re talking about, they did all this in a mid-term election year.

  17. 17
    raven

    if she can appoint herself Senator, then I’m Her Majesty’s Governor General of the Mass Bay, Plymouth, and Maine colony.

    Sure. Why not.

    Just remember that the real rulers are..The Space Reptiles!!! It always comes down to the Space Reptiles.

  18. 18
    hexidecima

    what the hell are these people smoking? I’m guessing that they’d call themselves good Christians too, even whilst ignoring their magic book and how it says *all* worldly leaders are in place thanks to their god.

  19. 19
    eamick

    In concern for all of humanity, “We the People” re-inhabited our lawful de jure (meaning “by right of legal establishment”) government on March 30, 2010, by serving notice on the de facto corporation, known as the “UNITED STATES”. (USC 28 Section 3002, No. 15(a) “United States” means a Federal Corporation.)

    The law she cites here is a cherry-picking of the definition of “United States” used in a portion of the US Code spelling out Federal debt collection procedures. Spare me.

  20. 20
    jnorris

    First, I didn’t know there was a bunker big enough in Iowa to hold their government.

    Second, I thought these people were terrorized of the international bodies. Yet here they are appealing to the International Court of Justice, the Universal Postal Union, and the United Nations. They barely get started and they’ve become pawns in the New World Order!

    All hail our Reptiloid Dark Overlords!

  21. 21
    timgueguen

    We have the Church of the Ecumenical Redemption International engaging in similar sorts of nonsense up here in Canada. They don’t accept the legitimacy of the Canadian government and want the King James Bible to be the rule of law. Hence they do things like drive vehicles without registration, claiming they don’t have to register them because they’re Christian ministers, and babble about contracts and how so and so is a “private man.”

  22. 22
    raven

    I’m not sure what the sovereign citizens are really saying or hope to accomplish.

    Anyone can move out of the USA and/or renounce their citizenship. It’s a free country after all.

    But for sure, once you’ve renounced your citizenship, you no longer have any of the rights of an American citizen. If you leave the country, they don’t even have to let you back in and some people never return.

    Ms. Iowa Tea Partier should just renounce her US citizenship if she wants and emigrate. I’m sure some people will have a huge party for her and wave bye bye as she leaves, secure in the knowledge that the USA is now just slightly better off. It’s a win win situation.

  23. 23
    Marcus Ranum

    It’s OK if you-a don’t believe inna da governmint. Cuz-a da governmint, she believes inna you.

  24. 24
    raven

    They don’t accept the legitimacy of the Canadian government and want the King James Bible to be the rule of law.

    Quite a few of them end up in prison.

    Kent Hovind thought he didn’t have to pay taxes and got 8 1/2 years.

    Timothy McVeigh thought it allowed him to kill people, killed 120, and was executed.

  25. 25
    oranje

    Are we sure this isn’t just some big guerrilla marketing movement for a forthcoming SimGovernment game?

    I’m assuming “Elect Republicans” would be under the disaster menu.

  26. 26
    Area Man

    Ms. Iowa Tea Partier should just renounce her US citizenship if she wants and emigrate.

    But they don’t want to emigrate. They want to be free of all the laws and restrictions of the government while still living in the USA, owning property, driving on roads, etc. One also imagines they’d have no problem going to the police if someone assaulted or robbed them. They view their rights as a purely one-way street.

    You can find similar sentiments among the more fringe elements of libertarianism. In neither case do you get anything approaching a coherent concept of government. It’s mostly just bottomless egotism.

  27. 27
    Taz

    The corporate constitution was changed from the original form, wherein Amendments were unlawfully added and removed without the people’s consent. Since 1871, the abuses of this corporation upon both the international community as well as the American people are inestimable and unconscionable.

    What makes this female think she’s allowed to vote or hold office?

  28. 28
    RealityBasedSteve


    Just remember that the real rulers are..The Space Reptiles!!! It always comes down to the Space Reptiles.

    You fool, you weren’t supposed to mention the lizard men. Now the plan is ruined!!!! Lord ZARGGH will be very angry with you.

    (For the record, I welcome our evil reptilian overlords, hopefully they will kill me last (or maybe first))

    RBS

  29. 29
    Improbable Joe, bearer of the Official SpokesGuitar

    It is all fun and games until one of these anti-government types shoot some cops, which they have a tendency to do.

  30. 30
    coffeehound

    All they’re missing is a Secretary of Religious Education- I nominate Mel Gibson.

  31. 31
    neonsequitur

    That does it. I’m off to the Conch Republic. Next April we’re doin’ it for real.

  32. 32
    doktorzoom

    None Dare Call It Stupid

  33. 33
    geraldmcgrew

    The seating of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the Republic government were successfully established. This was completed by more than the required two-thirds majority vote of “We the People” on the land of the independent Republics.

    Anyone know WTF they’re talking about here? Surely they’re not so deluded as to think 2/3 of the American public voted to abolish the existing gov’t?

  34. 34
    Ben P

    Looks like your standard tax protestor/sovereign citizen nonsense. </blockquote

    I love the smell of sovereign citizens in the morning.

    I’m not sure what the sovereign citizens are really saying or hope to accomplish.

    I have no clue what they hope to accomplish, I bet they’re not really even sure what they hope to accomplish aside from thinking they’ll get away with not paying taxes or whatever law happens to be bothering them at the moment.

    I’ve handled a couple cases and put some time into figuring out what they’re saying because as much as I would sure the judge would just toss this as nonsense, I didn’t want to be underprepared.

    Sovereign citizens tie together bits of English common law, admiralty law, and political philosophy to argue that they, as individuals, have a right to reject the social contract imposed by the United States government and live as independent sovereign citizens within the United States.

    Some forms of the argument tack on top of the “Sovereign citizens,” claims that independent citizens can exercise power and rights to self government. Appointing sheriffs as the chief official and convening grand juries of citizens to enforce criminal law. These are generally supported with references to English common law.

    From there it gets wackier and wackier. The stuff about the UCC and the “Federal Corporation” is almost unintelligible, but usually refers to an argument that the “proper and legal” United States government has somehow been secretly usurped by a corporation controlled by banks (sometimes British banks, sometimes the Federal Reserve) and American Citizens are somehow now the property of this corporation. Many sovereign citizen “guides” contain instructions that purport to tell you how to free yourself from this system and become a “sovereign citizen” (who no longer has to pay taxes, or whatever)

    Sovereign citizen arguments have a lot in common with birther arguments in that they often rely on one phrase out of old legislation or an old case that they twist wholly out of context and refuse to admit that what the law did really was pretty ordinary.

  35. 35
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    …it almost seems like Sovereign Citizen and Birther kooks are sort of to law, what the various breeds of newage kooks are to psychology.

  36. 36
    Dexeron

    “This” “person” “is” “really” “fond” “of” “quotation” “marks.”

  37. 37
    Moggie

    So, they’re basically LARPers? Nerds!

  38. 38
    yoav

    lawfully electing interim President James Timothy Turner and interim Vice President Charles Eugene Wright, along with other established cabinet members with a presiding majority vote of 94% approval.

    Damn, that’s a Mubarak grade margin of victory, I’m sure they’re as popular with the American public as Hosni was with the people of Egypt.

  39. 39
    dcsohl

    These folks are a step or two beyond your usual “sovereign citizen” nonsense. They utterly reject the phrase “sovereign citizen”, preferring instead simply “sovereigns”. They claim that the use of the word “citizen” means you acquiesce to the US Corporation’s control, and that the phrase “sovereign citizen” is a contradiction in terms. Kind of like “homeopathic remedy”.

  40. 40
    fifthdentist

    yoav, that’s almost as large a margin as Stalin received.
    The Republicans do seem to be copying his voting strategy, with a little twist: It’s not the person who votes that counts, it’s the person who decides who gets to vote.

  41. 41
    denisepatterson-monroe

    It’s not “the Republic for the United States of America”. It’s “the Republic for the united States of America”.

    Yeah, yeah, it’s not the Judean People’s Front, it’s the People’s Front of Judea.

  42. 42
    caseloweraz

    Compare and contrast:

    u.S. Senator Randi Shannon (note the lower-case “u”.)
    ^

    On July 21, 2010 “We the People” of the de jure government proclaimed worldwide and made our “Declaration of Sovereignty for the Republic for the united States of America” to The Hague (a.k.a. the International Court of Justice), the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the United Nations (UN). On September 23, 2010, the first session of congress was convened by the united free Republics of the re-inhabited united States of America. The seating of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the Republic government were (sic) successfully established. This was completed by more than the required two-thirds majority vote of “We the People” on the land of the independent Republics. Delegates from more than 42 free Republics (States) attended, and officers for all three branches of our government have been officially sworn into office, lawfully electing interim President James Timothy Turner and interim Vice President Charles Eugene Wright, along with other established cabinet members with a presiding majority vote of 94% approval. Thus, the Republic government is officially re-inhabited and staffed for the first time since 1868 by the will of “We the People”.

    The Emperor Norton

    On the 17th day of September, 1859, the following edict was published in the San Francisco Bulletin:

    At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of the United States, I, Joshua A. Norton, declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these United States, and in virtue of the authority thereby in me vested, do hereby order and direct the representatives of the different states of the Union to assemble in Musical Hall, of this city, on the first day of February next, then and there to make such alterations in the existing laws of the Union as may ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring and thereby cause confidence to exist, both at home and abroad, both in our stability and in our integrity.
    [Signed]
    Norton I, Emperor of the United States and
    Protector of Mexico

  43. 43
    neonsequitur

    Moggie @ 37: Altogether a different phenomenon; even if they take it too seriously sometimes, LARPers know on some level that they’re just playing a game. At least most of ‘em do….

  44. 44
    Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    Interestingly enough, if you look at some of these declarations of sovereignty, they are just dripping with god-language – created in God’s image, by Almighty God, In The Beginning Almighty God created all men equal, blah blah blah.

    Apparently, the right to be a Sovereign Person does not include the right to not believe in a god. Pity.

  45. 45
    Ace of Sevens

    This is the same woman I got into an argument with a few months ago due to this article she wrote about how marriage licenses are just a way for the government to raise money and the government actually has no right to control marriage, therefore we should have a referendum to ban gay marriage.

    I and several other people pointed out the fee is pretty nominal, it does cost money to maintain the records, there are other reason governments would want marriages to be registered and common law marriage still exists in Iowa, so the fee isn’t really forced on anyone. Plus, banning gay marriage has nothing to do with this as it would be giving the government more control over marriage and leave license fees unaffected. (I’m Daniel Rudolph on that link.) Her responses made about as much sense as her original claim. Also, note her repeated claims that she’s not a politician, even though she’s writing the whole piece as part of a political campaign.

    The Democratic incumbent is a former investigative journal, a local hero, and basically undefeatable so I guess the Republicans saw no point in putting a good candidate up against her.

  46. 46
    BrianX

    Well, I don’t remember the whole Emperor Norton story, but I seem to recall he did a fair bit of good for San Francisco. Compare to the sovruns, who are only slightly more useful than the haredi leeches in Israel.

  47. 47
    macallan

    This was completed by more than the required two-thirds majority vote of “We the People” on the land of the independent Republics.

    Huh, did I miss an election or did they manage to get only 2/3 approval from their own freak show?

  48. 48
    Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    Is this a private secession or can anyone play?

  49. 49
    janeymack

    I’m assuming that “the land of the independent Republics” is actually the backyards of the whackjobs involved.

  50. 50
    Nibi

    The Declaration, one of our founding documents, declares our right to change, alter or abolish any system of government that we believe is contrary to the safety and security of the American people.

    Last I checked rebellion doesn’t require formal written prior consent.

  51. 51
    tommykey

    The year 1776 marked America’s victory in the war for independence.

    Really? I thought that happened at Yorktown in 1781.

    In concern for all of humanity, “We the People” re-inhabited our lawful de jure (meaning “by right of legal establishment”) government on March 30, 2010

    What’s this “We” shit?

  52. 52
    jakc

    @Ace of Sevens
    Liz Mathis is a good candidate and won the special election by a wide margin, but the R’s do have a registration advantage in the district. They ran a bad campaign in the special and failed to recruit a good candidate, but now they have a chance to recruit a reality-based candidate. Given the narrow margin in the Iowa Senate (26-24), the R pickups in 2010 and redistricting, this is an essential seat for the D’s. Everyone thinks about Super Pacs in regards to the presidential campaign, but if someone dumps a million on Iowa Senate races late (similar to the $300,000 dumped late on Iowa Senate races in 1996 from national sources, which flipped the Senate in that election) well, a money dump could make this seat competitive. As it is, it has gone from hopeless for R’s to possible.
    PS. Does your autocorrect make sevens into degenerate? Or is that just mine?

  53. 53
    rainerdelgado

    Can we have a reminder hanging? Apparently 150 or so years causes historical amnesia.

  54. 54
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    Well, I don’t remember the whole Emperor Norton story, but I seem to recall he did a fair bit of good for San Francisco. Compare to the sovruns, who are only slightly more useful than the haredi leeches in Israel.

    There’s apparently a documented instance of him defusing at least one anti-Chinese race riot. The Sovereign Shitizens, by contrast, would have been leading it.

  55. 55
    abb3w

    @5, Area Man:

    They also have a strange fetish when it comes to legalese, believing that words have magical powers, and you can change what something is by changing what it is called.

    Much of the stuff reads like a treatise on magical rituals relying on the principles of Similarity and Contagion.

    And the comparisons to Emperor Norton are unfair. He did an awful lot of good, and some of his best ideas (like the Bay Bridge) were eventually implemented. These folks are just indulging in a weird form of Shamanic Mediation that is ineffective save for annoying judges.

  56. 56
    jameshanley

    Is this a private secession or can anyone play?

    What’s this “We” shit?

    Surely Ed has readers from more states than these folks had delegates from. Let’s do our own “restoration,” and send them a letter telling them we’re the real de jure u.S.A. and they’re committing treason against us.

  57. 57
    dingojack

    All I know about Emperor Norton* was that the people were so pleased with him they bought him a bicycle so he could meet and greet his subjects. And that over 30000 people (SF’s population at the time was around 230000) came to his funeral.
    I doubt these jackasses could manage to get their families to attend theirs.
    Dingo
    —–
    * The world needs more harmless madman. As was noted when he was released from his arrest (Involuntary Treatment for a Mental Disorder) by Police Chief Patrick Crowley: ‘… he had shed no blood; robbed no one; and despoiled no country; which is more than can be said of his fellows in that line’.

  58. 58
    Ace of Sevens

    @52. Randi Shannon was the candidate by default. No one else in the district wanted to run, even knowing it would mean that she was the candidate. The Republicans are going to have to draft someone to run a few months before the election. Granted, whoever they get will almost certainly be better than Randi Shannon, but considering they’ll be running an unknown against a popular incumbent with little time to build them up, it doesn’t look good, no matter how registrations run.

    Some of Randi’s friends tried to recruit my girlfriend to run for city council in Cedar Rapids with their backing. She decided against it when she realized their main issues were water fluoridation and accusing the city of a conspiracy to maximize damage in the 2008 flood so they could seize the land.

  59. 59
    timgueguen

    Fortunately the Canadian version of these idiots haven’t caused any sort of violence. Probably because there are too few of them, and because we in general don’t have the same tradition of our fringe political cranks doing violence. Even something like someone trying to form a “citizen’s militia” would probably get you in trouble with the law before you could get very far.

  60. 60
    Ace of Sevens

    I should also mention that some of her friends have been advocating shooting city officials.

  61. 61
    Ace of Sevens

    I took a look at her withdrawl letter (local newspaper story here) and the does use a capital “U” in The Republic of the United States of America. Note that she doesn’t just use randomly-capitalized words, but a terrible font. She wrote a four-page letter in shadow and italics.

  62. 62
    criticaldragon1177

    Ed Brayton

    I heard about this over at The Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Watch,” before I saw you mentioned it here.

    Iowa Senate Candidate Drops Out, Becomes ‘Senator’ in Sovereign Group
    http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2012/07/17/iowa-senate-candidate-drops-out-becomes-senator-in-sovereign-group/

    I’m going to report what I wrote over there. As of this moment, it hasn’t been approved yet, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be.

    “Do Sovereign Citizens really think they can just get away with defying lawful authority like this? Even assuming their version of our nations founding was correct, its not like they could stand up to the police without all going to jail, and an armed insurrection would fail when most Americans clearly reject their ideas, especially if they actually went up against our military, which is the best trained and equipped in the world.”

  63. 63
    M can help you with that.

    Much of the stuff reads like a treatise on magical rituals relying on the principles of Similarity and Contagion.

    It also sounds quite a bit like certain fads in Song Dynasty Chinese folk magic* — if the government has (and/or is perceived to have) a great deal of symbolic power, than associating some version of the language and stock phrases of government language lets people feel similarly powerful.

    *(and probably a lot of similar phenomena; I just pick the details I remember hearing from friends in a particularly irreligious department of religious studies.)

  64. 64
    dingojack

    If anyone is interested I will paste Randi Shannon’s note below. Note that I haven’t changed the spelling or syntax (they are all her own) merely changed the layout and font to make it (a little) easier to read.
    Dingo
    —–
    ” July 4th, 2012
    From: The Office of the Senator of the Republic of the United States of America, And The Republic for Iowa, Senator Randi Shannon
    Hello everyone, my name is Randi Shannon, and I have been honored to be Iowa’s Republican Candidate for The Office of State Senator in District 34. The support I have received from so many in this district has been just incredible! I will never forget your commitment to my campaign! I want to especially thank my fellow Ron Paul for President Supporters, My Fellow Members of Liberty, My Friends who home school as did I, the many Pro-Life Members who have been so supportive of my candidacy over these past few months, and of course all my supporters in the Republican Party who have offered me so much help and encouragement, including many Republican Office holders here in Iowa, I promise you, your efforts on My behalf will be remembered. Let me now announce to everyone in Iowa, I have become aware of the existence of the Original Republic for The United States of America. “We the People” re-inhabited our lawful de jure (de jur- “by right of lawful establishment”) government on March 30th, 2010. This is The Republic founded in 1787 and then abandoned during The Civil War in the 1860s.It was then replaced in 1871 by the UNITED STATES CORPORATION. (de facto-without law). This Unlawful Corporate Democracy, established by the forty-first congress, has been acting as though it is the “official government” which clearly it is not! In point of fact, it is the reason why “We the People” Instead of Experiencing Freedom and Prosperity, suffer under the weight of Oppressive Statutes and an Out of Control, Monstrous National Debt which is Robbing Us and All Future Generations of Americans of Our Treasure and Our Legacy for which Our Founding Fathers’ so Valiantly Fought and Died. And Remember This! Where the de jure Republic of The United States of America exists the de facto UNITED STATES CORPORATION, having no standing, must go away! Now, knowing this, and with the best interests of The People of Iowa District 34 uppermost in my heart and out of respect for my own conscience, I am here to announce that I am ending my campaign as of this July 4th, 2012. Trust me this story does not end here nor does my commitment. In fact, my level of service to the good people of Iowa who have been so supportive of me and my campaign will be greatly increased. Please allow me to continue, because I have some great news to share with all of you!

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    I have learned from my participation in campaigns that no matter who we elect, there’s no positive change. The same talking points are used; “lower taxes, education reform, we need to end BIG GOVERNMENT PORK etc”. We cast our votes, and for the most part, we are no better off. Our taxes go up and while we are losing our liberties in the name of security, our country becomes more divided. New executive orders are issued, BIG GOVERNMENT INTRUSION into our private lives is on the rise and the Peoples’ despair grows and deepens. What Hope is there for any solutions from THE UNITED STATES CORPORATION? In fact, that which happens is all too often nothing like what’s been promised. I know you feel very disaffected as I’ve heard this from so many of you with whom I’ve visited with these past several months. I want you to know I feel the same! Unfortunately despair is rampant in our country today and with good reason! Over the past several decades the quality of life for The People of Iowa has been eroding. Our individual earnings have dropped, we have skyrocketing inflation, our public education system is a disaster, and THIS BLOATED GOVERNMENT we cannot afford just keeps on growing. American Entrepreneurism is all but dead. If the needs of “We the People” were being properly addressed, THE UNITED STATES CORPORATION would have brought about changes that would have led to a vast and growing economy with prosperity for all who want it. Therefore, The American Dream in Iowa and all over this country would be alive and well and Our Succeeding Generations would truly be better off as a result. Instead, ours is an economically weak nation with the dollar on the very brink of collapse! We now find corruption at virtually every level of government and hardly ever is anyone made to answer for it. Just like Eric Holder, they refuse to answer and often as not they are rewarded. Where’s the law? and Public Accountability? This Corrupt System is just like an out of control freight train heading at full speed toward the river where the bridge has been washed out by a flood brought on by their own acts in violation of the Public Trust, and their Oaths to The Constitution of Iowa and The Republic of The United States of America. Remember, THE UNITED STATES CORPORATION was changed from The Republic, and since then, we have seen a plethora of Statutes passed as if they were Law without the consent of “We the People”. With the abandonment of The Republic, and especially following 1871, the abuses of the UNITED STATES CORPORATION heaped upon the American People and the Peoples of the International Community have been inestimable and unconscionable. In this, I cannot and will not have a share! From the President on down, many of these so-called servants of the The People have repeatedly violated their oaths of Office, their fiduciary responsibilities, and in every way imaginable they’ve committed the most egregious acts against “We the People” of the United States of America and People around the world.’

    [page 3]
    Therefore, in order to affect the most good on behalf of The People of Iowa’s 34th District and in keeping with my conscience, I have accepted the position of U.S. Senator in The Republic of The United States of America, where I may better serve You and All of The People of Iowa. I want you to know I have taken an Oath to Uphold, Support and Defend The Constitution of The United States of America. This I will do to the best of my ability, So Help Me God. As Your Senator from Iowa in The Republic of The United States of America I will be especially focused on the following areas: [First] As someone who home schooled my kids has been Committed to and Achieved Educational Excellence for my own family, I whole heartedly support and will work with my Colleagues in The Republic Congress who plan to eliminate the Department of Education when it transfers to The Republic from THE BANKRUPT UNITED STATES CORPORATION. Educational Excellence first and foremost is the result of personal commitment; first by parents, and then by the students themselves. We don’t need to spend more on education to achieve better results; just note how the opposite has proven to be true. Point of Fact, Home Schooling, which costs taxpayers nothing, often accomplishes the best result! However, not everyone can or may want to make this choice for their family and may see advantages to Community, Private, Charter, Internet and/or Televised School systems. If we are truly dedicated in our quest for Educational Excellence, then we need free market competition in the area of education, and we need to leave it to families and their students in Iowa and in Our Republic to make the choices that best serve them and meet their needs. This reflects my commitment to you, and on this I will not waver! [Second] I am absolutely committed to our men and women in uniform who serve our country, and for them that means “No More Undeclared Wars”! Their Blood is Too Precious to be spilled needlessly in far away countries where there is no threat to Our Republic. The Lives of our service men and women are of Such Exceeding Value as not be lost or even put at risk for the enrichment of those who profit as a result of war and so called Nation Building-Police Actions. As your Senator in The Republic of The United States of America, I will never vote for or in any other way support such actions! I am Bound by My Oath to The Constitution of Republic of The United States of America which places limits upon me, while I serve in office, and I appreciate these limits as lawful and necessary in the performance of my duty to The People of Iowa. I want you to know, I Take My Oath Very Seriously! [Third] As Your Senator in The Republic of United States of America, Our Unalienable Rights Shall be protected, and First Among These “Life” shall be protected from the “Moment of Conception On”. I refer everyone to “The Republic for Iowa-Life Affirming Proclamation” a copy of which I can provide by email. This Proclamation has My Endorsement and My Vote! [Forth] Every concern which The People of Iowa have regarding GOVERNMENTAL ABUSE, such as the high cost and unconstitutionality of Obama-care and current healthcare costs, the invasive, insufferable acts committed by the TSAs at Airports, Taxation at Obscene levels, and the list goes on and on, are all problems brought on by The “de facto” UNITED STATES CORPORATION.

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    By serving as your Senator in The Republic Congress, I am restrained to voting in line with Our Republic for The United States Constitution, which by the way does not contain the 14th Amendment or any thereafter as these are the product of “The De facto” UNITED STATES CORPORATION, and have no basis in Our Constitution. Therefore, “they are Their Problems” and when you join The Republic of The United States of America, they are no longer your problems! And as your Senator, I Proclaim here today that I am determined that “Their Problems” will never again become your problems in The Republic! Again, Remember, where the de jure Republic of The United States of America exists the de facto UNITED STATES CORPORATION, having no standing, must go away! I want you to know how very much I look forward to serving you and all of The People of Iowa as your United States Senator in The Republic of The United States of America, which truly is One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All! For those of you having difficulty understanding the reasons for my decision, I want to refer you to the websites and .I thank you so very much for your thoughtful attention! And I look forward to addressing your concerns in Our Republic of The United States Congress!
    In Faithful Service to The People of Iowa,
    United States Senator, Randi Shannon.”

  65. 65
    dingojack

    By the way, according to the USA Today website, Iowa is the 28th ranked state in terms of income (average income is $38,281p.a. /person) and up by 40% over the period 2000-2010 (ranked 19th in terms of growth in per capita income).
    SOURCE.
    Hmmm Randi Shannon lied. How suprising.
    Dingo

  66. 66
    Ace of Sevens

    Iowa also has one of the best employment rates in the US. On education, it depends how you measure. It’s tied for 12th on average ACT score.

    http://www.publicagenda.org/charts/state-state-sat-and-act-scores/

  67. 67
    patrickgray

    Here’s the “President” of this lot:

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/profiles/james-timothy-turner

    What an inspiring figure! Very Jeffersonian.

    If he’s the President then I’m the Duke of All America.

  68. 68
    dingojack

    Historical US inflation rates (Jan 1914 to Jun 2012).

    Monthly highest (Jan 1914 to Jun 2012): 23.7% Jun 1920.*
    Yearly highest (1914 to 2011): 18% 1918.

    Average rate of monthly inflation Jan 2001 to Dec 2009: 2.836458333%.
    Average rate of monthly inflation Jan 2009 to Jun 2012: 1.607142857%.
    Cuurent inflation rate Jun 2012: 1.7%.
    [SOURCE]

    Yep that crushing inflation!
    Lie number two.
    Dingo
    —–
    * Monthly lowest: -15.8% Jun 1921
    Yearly lowest: -10.5% 1921

  69. 69
    matty1

    I am restrained to voting in line with Our Republic for The United States Constitution, which by the way does not contain the 14th Amendment or any thereafter

    Why specifically the 14th isn’t that the one that made former slaves citizens and guaranteed equal rights regardless of race? Why would she have a problem with that?

    By the way Our Reptilian Overlords are not from space they live inside the hollow earth and emerge through three large holes, one at each pole and one inside Randi Shannon’s head.

  70. 70
    williamgeorge

    It’s amazing how badly some people miss blackface as an acceptable form of entertainment.

  71. 71
    Ace of Sevens

    @69: because she thinks the federal government became illegitimate in 1871, so everything passed after that has no legal force. This is also why other members of her group who made up the alternative Iowa legislature were able to elect her senator. Without the 17th amendment, senators aren’t directly elected.

    To answer a common objection I’ve seen in a lot of coverage on this sory, under the RUSA constitution she would not have been guaranteed the right to vote, but the state legislature could allow it. The US constitution never banned women from voting. Not being able to vote would not bar her from holding public office, either. There are several examples of women elected to public offices before ti was legal for women to vote.

  72. 72
    dingojack

    While it is true that taxes in Iowa have been rising (Q1 1994 – Q3 2011), from $373.84 per capita to $457.13 per capita*, the quarter on quarter growth rate in taxes (per capita) has fallen**.
    [SOURCE].
    The third lie.
    Dingo
    —–
    * Linear regression: Slope = 2.6221, x-intercept = 360.36, r = 0.3928.
    ** Linear regression: Slope = -5.9624E-05, x-intercept = 1.0338, s.d. = 0.2383

  73. 73
    Ace of Sevens

    @72: And that growth most mostly due to the income growth you previously cited.

  74. 74
    dingojack

    I don’t think that there were any elected female officals in the US before 1871*, therefore …
    Dingo
    —–
    * But I could certainly be wrong!

  75. 75
    dingojack

    BTW the 15th amendment was ratified on the 3rd of Feburary, 1870. One year, 18 days before DC was incorporated.
    Sorry Randi, it’s in!
    Dingo

  76. 76
    Ace of Sevens

    She’s not on the same page. Others in the movement have government legitimacy ending in 1860.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TegGzfzLkwM

    Note he claims a different name for the country, too: The Republic of the united States for America when she uses The Republic of the United States of America.

  77. 77
    narciblog

    Oh, look. She’s on the Twitter. @RandiShannon This should be fun…

  78. 78
    Ace of Sevens

    She seems to have adopted the lower-case “u” and the “for” on twitter. Apparently, she’s learned since writing her letter a couple of weeks ago.

  79. 79
    d cwilson

    @67:

    From the SPLC website:

    This January, Turner filed a federal lawsuit in Alabama that accused President Obama, the governors of all 50 states, and the sheriffs of every one of America’s 3,131 counties of libeling him in their characterization of his sovereign beliefs.

    Gee, for a guy who thinks the entire federal government is illegitimate, he doesn’t have any problem using its court system.

  80. 80
    d cwilson

    My Friends who home school as did I,

    Gee, there’s a shock.

  81. 81
    interrobang

    Wow, that’s some full-throttle kookiness, all right. I’m seriously having flashbacks to the 1990s. We could all do without another Oklahoma City to send these idiots burrowing back into the woodwork, though.

  82. 82
    democommie

    “You can find similar sentiments among the more fringe elements of libertarianism.”

    The fringe of libertarianism is that group which is not Ed Brayton and a few other sane people who espouse libertarianism. The rest of them seem to be gettin’ nuckfutzier by the day.

    “Anyone know WTF they’re talking about here? Surely they’re not so deluded as to think 2/3 of the American public voted to abolish the existing gov’t?’

    Look, there were six of them in the room and two wanted to succeed from the union. Do the math!!

    How long do you suppose it will take St. Sarah The Impalinator, Demon(crat) Huntress and Projector of the Filth to rally to the cause of Randi and her cohort? What there’s no money in it for the Ms. Wassillabilly? Fuck that shit.

  83. 83
    dingojack

    Further to my post #72 (apologies for harping on about it):-

    Raw taxes paid per capita in Iowa.*
    Q1 2001 – Q4 2008: Slope = 3.9557 (a steep increase)
    Q1 2009 – Q3 2011: Slope = 1.6052 (less than half as steep increase).
    Q on Q growth in taxes per capita.*
    Q1 2001 – Q4 2008: Slope = +0.0012 (a modest increase. s.d = 0.2454)
    Q1 2009 – Q3 2011: Slope = -0.0065 (a modest decrease.s.d = 0.2355).

    Dingo
    —–
    * linear regression used on both

  84. 84
    zentrout

    I still don’t understand the lower case “u” in “united”
    I guess that’s why I so easily fall victim to the current oppressive and illegitimate government in power.
    Sarcasm.

  85. 85
    podkayne

    For a laugh, google “President James Timothy Turner ” there’s youtube clips ‘n’ everythin!

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