I'm beginning to have the same feeling in my stomach that I had on September 11th as I watched the World Trade Center begin to crumble. It was a combination of horror and stunned disbelief. Even after the dust had settled, I found it difficult to accept that the landmark was gone.
My friend, Schaeffer Cox, was arrested Thursday (March 10, 2011) in Fairbanks, Alaska by the FBI, U.S. Marshal Service, and the Fairbanks Police Department. They are accusing him (and four associates) of threatening to kidnap and/or murder Alaska State Troopers, and a U.S. District Court judge. I do not believe it for a single moment.
I met Schaeffer in St. Charles, Illinois in November of 2009. We were both delegates to the Continental Congress 2009, which resulted in the Articles of Freedom - a 65-page document that outlines many of the government's most egregious violations of the Constitution. My (admittedly biased) image of young people these days tends towards skateboards, smoking, and tattoos. I realize this does not describe everyone under 21, but those traits are not as rare as I wish they were. Therefore, when I noticed that Schaeffer was clean-cut, intelligent, articulate, and passionate about the Constitution, I was somewhat taken aback. He is only 26 years old, but he has my deep and sincere respect. I know him to be a man of integrity, so I refuse to believe the government's fictional account of conspiracy to murder.
According to an article at NewsMiner.com, "Cox has used his case to challenge the authority of the Alaska Court System". Ah-haaa! Now we know why Schaeffer and his friends were arrested. They are willing to challenge the government's authority. The government obviously feels that they are always right simply because they are the government. That is precisely the argument that Hitler's storm troopers used in the 1940s.
The article continues saying, [Schaeffer Cox is] "calling himself a sovereign citizen and claiming the court is a for-profit corporation with no authority over him." Shall we analyze these claims? The preamble says "We the People... ordain and establish this Constitution..." and in doing so, we created Congress. There is a maxim of law that predates the Magna Carta (1215) that says the creator is always more powerful than the created. We created Congress. In this case, the government is supposed to be subservient to us. We the People ARE sovereign. We do not require government permission to exist, but the government does need our permission to exist. More to the point, the government needs us to be submissive in order to exist. Neither Schaeffer nor I are willing to accept the governments claim of authority over us, and we're willing to say so publicly. This makes Schaeffer and I "enemies of the state". Not that we are against government in general. We are simply opposed to this particular, increasingly violent, government.
You can't argue that the court system isn't profitable when hundreds of thousands of people pay hundreds of dollars each for various traffic infractions every day. Most people do this just to avoid the hassle of taking a day off from work to sit in the courtroom to be abused by the prosecutor and the judge. It is also true that each state is a corporation, as is the organization acting as the United States government. Those corporations do not like Schaeffer Cox questioning their presumed authority, so they have indicted him for crimes that sound horrendous to the average person, and they will no doubt purjure themselves, and create artificial evidence of these crimes to make an example of Schaeffer in the media.
The Declaration of Independence accuses King George of "transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:" History is repeating itself because we have forgotten the lessons of the first American Revolution. I will do my best to keep you posted on Schaeffer's status. In the meantime, here is another report by KTVA Alaska.
(I wrote a newsletter article about Schaeffer Cox and the Alaska militia on September 8th of last year.)