From the October 2002 Idaho Observer:

Freedom Drive 2002: Why we are going

In the June edition of The Idaho Observer we reported that tax honesty movement advocacy group We The People were organizing a November 14, 2002, rally in Washington, D.C. in response to the IRS/DOJ's refusal to publicly answer important questions with regard to the income tax last February. The rally would be preceded by convoys of Americans from all over the nation converging in major cities that are linked from Salt Lake City to D.C. by Interstate 70. Though we thought the idea was activism at its most glorious, it never occurred to us that we would actually be taking the drive.

Then, at the last minute, Coeur d'Alene engineer, tax honesty activist and author and Constitution Party candidate for state representative Phil Hart managed at a moment's notice to arrange for We The People Chairman Bob Schulz to speak in the Lake City after leaving Seattle en route to Butte, Montana. At about the halfway point of his two-hour presentation, Ingri looked at me and said, “We should go.”

I was shocked that she would even consider such a trip, much less commit to actually going on it. Where all someone has to do is think about a road trip to anywhere and I am ready to go, Ingri generally avoids them if possible. In Coeur d'Alene that day Schulz told the story of how he was seduced into activism and how his journey into the bowels of government led him to the income tax. He explained in detail how he and a handful of other dedicated people took three years of their lives to maneuver the federal government into position to where it had no choice but to answer questions about the income tax in a public forum.

What he described was how he and a few others played a brilliant game of chess with the federal government and placed it in check. Then, the federal government moved itself out of check by jumping off the board last February 27.

Why are we going? We are going because it is our duty as Americans to see that the bastards don't get away with jumping off the chessboard. Schulz and We The People Foundation won the game -- they proved that the income tax is illegal and there is no law which compels us to pay taxes on our wages. Now We The People Congress must convene in Washington, D.C. to demand an end to the lawless extortion racket that the district of criminals has been operating out of the nation's capital since 1913.

Shortly after Mahatma Gandhi began leading his people in 1919, he led a national campaign of non-violent resistance to British occupation of India. In 1947 the British left.

Non-violent civil disobedience began to take hold in this country during the 60s in protest of the Vietnam war. General dissent and discontent has been growing ever since. The sophistication of the activism has also been growing to the point that there are no longer any arguments or political platitudes to counter our beliefs that government has become unbearably corrupt and vile; only the brute force of a police state stands between us and the truth. We have to go. If enough of us take the drive, the federal government will be forced to reveal its truly despotic nature for all the world to see, or concede to the will of the people and return to us our god-given rights to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and justice.

We want to go because the Freedom Drive is shaping up to be a defining moment in American history. (DWH)

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