What Can We Do
Dr.Viera sees the problem and realizes that We, the People,
must do something about it. He recommends a non-government
"Citizens' Constitutional Investigatory Commission" to investigate "gangster
government." That's only part of the solution. More specifically, we
need non-government statewide citizens' Special Grand Juries having
autonomous power to determine whether a judge brought before them should be held
accountable for alleged unlawful judicial conduct. After all, it's the judiciary
that have the final say in this "gangster government."
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29 June 2000
Dr. Edwin Vieira is a
graduate of Harvard College, the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences and Harvard Law School. He is an attorney specializing in
constitutional law; he is the author of Pieces of Eight, the
Monetary Powers and Disabilities of the United
published in 1983.
The conclusion to which I come, from history, at least,
is that all of them [our political leaders], to the last man and
woman, minus one or two exceptions, haven't done their duty, they're not
doing their duty, they have no intention of doing their duty, and no
reality, no piling up of petitions, or pleas or kowtowing or begging, will
ever cause them to do their duty, or to accomplish anything other
than aiding their critics to establish a record of their willful and
persistent derelictions of duty. ...
Or, if this were a matter of
criminal law, which in the fulness of time it may yet become, the
conclusion would be that as government officials, these people
knowingly, intentionally and wilfully have enforced an arguably
invalid Amendment with reckless disregard of its invalidity
and therefore should be held criminally liable as violators
of American civil rights [audience applause].
Title 18, United
States Code, section 241, seems to have been written with them in mind.
Perhaps more interestingly, though, to me at least, is to view this
spectacle through the lens of political science, or political philosophy.
don't think this is much a matter of legal craft as it is of soul
craft, if you know my meaning. The failure to act on the part of all of
these individuals in high office for so many decades, and especially during
the last fifteen years,
during which they have been on repeated notice of
the documentation compiled in The Law That Never Was, must have had
some reason other than mere sloth.
For, according to their own press
releases, and their political propaganda, these people are the very best
and the brightest of all Americans. They are uniquely qualified
by their intellects, their experiences, their motivations,
qualities of leadership, ad nauseam, to fill the highest offices of the
That's why they run for office, for heaven's sakes!
And surely, political psychology tells us that the most plausible
reason for the inactivity of such men and women must be their own
self-interest, which, no doubt, they know better than anything
Now, the American people must ask themselves, "What is
the self-interest of political officials sworn to support
this Constitution, to preserve and protect the Constitution, to take
care that the laws be faithfully executed, what is the self-interest of
those individuals who would maintain this
country in subservience to an
'income tax amendment' they know, should know, and have every good reason
to know, was never ratified, and is therefore not part of
the Constitution, and not a law, to be faithfully executed or even to
be executed in any way, shape or form?"
Clearly, it is not the
self-interest of true and honest agents of average American men and women.
For in no rational sense could such deceitful and disloyal officials,
behaving in such a lawless manner, be considered the
people's representatives. Then who or what have they been representing
all of these years? And more to the present purpose, who or what are they
Realistic political science teaches that there are two,
and only two, kinds of government. One, is what the ancient Romans
called, a res publica, a "public thing", a government for the people. Not
necessarily a democracy, because ancient Rome was not a democracy. And not
necessarily a republic, because the ancient Romans from time to time
appointed dictators, with good reason. And one can even imagine
an aristocracy or a monarchy that would put the public interest, the
general welfare, the common good of every citizen, ahead of all narrow
special interests. Well that's one form of government.
The other is
a government of, by, and for a self-selected, self-perpetuating, crew of
elitists. This is not a res publica, a public thing. It is La Cosa Nostra,
"our thing." [audience laughter and applause].
That is, gangster
government. And such is precisely the nature of what passes for the
government today in Washington. And in the states, and the counties, and
the cities. It's just a different "family", depending on where
This explains what is going on with the "16th Amendment"
far better than any legal mumbo jumbo such as the doctrine of
"political questions." America's gangster government does not give a
rotten fig what the law actually is.
Because law is just a camouflage, or
a cover story, for the gang's looting and oppression of the rest of
society [audience applause].
America's gangster government operates
under what it's legal mouthpieces called a "living Constitution." That is,
a Constitution, the meaning of which depends on the interests of the
big shots who happen to be living [audience
laughter], and who pull the
legislative and judicial strings.
So, America's gangster government
can function perfectly well under Constitutional Amendments that were
never ratified, because whether an amendment was ratified is far less
important than whether it can be enforced.
And I remind you of the wisdom
... the man was not a Sicilian, he was a Neopolitan, but he had tremendous
wisdom in this area ... Alphonse Capone, one of the great
political philosophers in American history [audience laughter].
He said "You can go a long way in life with a smile, but you can go a
lot farther with a smile and a gun." [audience laughter]. It's what you can
Now, what is the point, I might even ask what is
the rationality of asking a gangster government, or
particular gangsters in the government, to investigate and
pass judgment on their own wrongdoing?
Do you not already know what
they will say? And whatever they say, will you believe them?
believe what they have told you about the Oklahoma City bombing? Do you
believe what they've told you about Waco? About TWA flight 800? About Mena,
Miny, and Mo? [audience laughter].
Well, that raises another
question, though. What can common Americans do about this gangster
government? After all, it is the government! And it's much more dangerous
precisely because it's composed of gangsters. ...
So, in what I call
"the program of the four I's," Investigate, Inculpate, Indict,
Incarcerate, [audience laughter] the first and most important step must
be investigation. The machinery of investigation should center around
a Citizen's Constitutional Investigatory Commission, composed of legal
scholars, historians, other qualified individuals who are capable of
assessing and arriving at correct conclusions from pertinent
This Commission, however, must not seek any
governmental direction, assistance, or other involvement.
Public officials may appear before it as witnesses, and indeed
many should be summoned to testify and to submit documentary evidence.
But otherwise, no public official should be allowed to participate in such
a Commission's work, as any such connection would raise insoluble conflicts
Rather, I anticipate that they will do everything
within their power to obstruct, obfuscate, and delay, if not
derail entirely, the Commission's investigation, and then
to criticize, belittle, and ridicule the Commission's
Because, let's face the facts, the income tax is one of
the major props of the power structure. Enough said! At that point,
though, finally armed with the whole truth on one side, and face to face
with the political classes'
intransigence on the other, the American people
will be forced to decide whether they are sheep or men, whether
they can mount a grass-roots political movement to throw
these elitists out of office once and for all and reassert self-government
in this country, or accept the other alternative.
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