The Tea Party isn't the only political movement out there. There's a "shadow government" in place: "The Republic for the united States of America, Restored and Reinhabited." Or is it the true government of the United States, with our present "de facto" government the shadow while the "Republic" is the government ordained by law? In a two-hours-plus informational meeting Dec. 2 at the Brookings Public Library, those issues and more were presented by the "Guardians of a Restored Republic."
The Guardians may be what pundits refer to as a fringe group, but they're sincere in their dissatisfaction with the government in Washington. They may be the modern-day equivalent of the Minute Men.
And they're our neighbors.
In their own words, the Guardians "have restored the Republic of the united States" (note the lower-case "u" in "united" ), with an interim government and representatives in all 50 states.
They're dissatisfied, their website says, with "the path our nation is clearly headed down."
To read their literature, they're mostly God-fearing , law-abiding patriots:
"We believe that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for the United States of America as conceived by the founding fathers would, if administered as conceived, return Americans back to a freedom and prosperity that cannot fully be comprehended. We believe at this time in history it is the people who may best save our nation. We believe that the current policies and practices by actors that purport to have America's best interest in mind are morally bankrupt. It is the people, then, that must create an alternate proposal." A series of one-word descriptors on the group's website lets you know where they're coming from: "Conservative/or maybe not; honorable; pro-liberty ; freedom to God worshiping; pro smaller government; non-confrontational ; pro-freedom ; hard working; pro securing our borders; nonviolent; projustice ; tax paying; peace loving; children loving; patriotic; truth seeking."
The Guardians are staking out a "peaceful" territory, in part to distinguish themselves from the farright-wing militia groups who conduct military exercises in America's woods. That's not what the Guardians are about. Local leaders Leading the session in Brookings more monologue than dialogue, and aimed at about 20 participants were Jim Odle of rural Arlington and Larry Rudebusch of rural Bruce.
Rudebusch has some experience on the state political scene in 2006 he ran as the Libertarian candidate for South Dakota's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He captured less than 2 percent of the vote.
Following an introduction by Rudebusch, Odle pretty much ran the Brookings meeting, occasionally aiming questions at his audience and then answering them himself.
As he launched a convoluted presentation in which he used more than 30 slides (attendees could also follow on printed handouts), Odle offered a caveat, "I am not a lawyer; I give no legal advice. The facts are as I have found them. I am not responsible for any flaws or errors in the source I received them (from)." Legal or lawful?
Odle quoted from the King James Version of the Bible, referencing both Old and New testaments and focusing on "a favorite one that's from Timothy and this is refering to the end times, but it's very appropriate. It says, 'Ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.'"
Odle's key point was that "today's laws are nothing more, basically, than policies for deception and corruption ."
Over the course of his presentation, Odle paid much attention to "some words that we need to define, so you understand ." The two that were key to everything else he addressed were "legal " and "lawful ."
After asking if anyone knew the difference, he noted that "lawful means they're actually in law. It's a written law. Legal can be lawful or unlawful." Legal means that something that is being done is "accepted by the public. " But it may be unlawful as far as the law is concerned."
He suggested that his audience "quit using that word 'legal' ; because you should be using 'lawful' or 'unlawful .'"
Those three words led to a another pair of definitions that drove Odle's argument: the present "de facto" in fact federal government and state governments of the United States "do not necessarily have authority."
"De jure" means "according to law," and such a government for example, the Republic would be lawful.
Beyond trying to convince his audience that by default the Republic of the united States of America is this nation's de jure government (with other states, such as the Republic of South Dakota, having de jure governments in place), Odle threw out terms and claims that would demand a never-ending paper chase to determine their ultimate source and validity.
He presented findings that led to numerous websites that led to other sites. A sampling of Odle's statements and slides noted that:
• President Lincoln declared martial law during the Civil War, and it has never been reversed; accordingly, "We are under martial law today, and our courts are military courts" ;
• The 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which was ratified on Feb. 25, 1913, and gave Congress the power to collect income taxes, "was never really passed." Only the report of the amendment was approved. That means the Internal Revenue Service is not lawful; • The "Social Security Adminis-trationcreated FICA put into action in 1937... was a feel-good tax to take American wealth away for investment by the Federal Reserve and later (after 1944) the IMF (International Monetary Fund). Later, the system was hijacked and payments go directly to the
Queen of England." Odle asked, "Doesn't that make you feel good that you're taking care of the queen?"
• "The Congress, IRS and the president work for the IMF. The IRS is not a U.S. government agency. It is an agency of the IMF. " The IRS is the collection agency for the IMF here in America and many other countries."
A slide titled "Summary Corporations & Bank Fraud" pointed to seven websites. Interim governments in place
Odle repeated his theme of two types of government de jure and de facto adding that the November elections "meant nothing ."
He explained in a complex fashion that the "true republican form of government has been abandoned. We know it was abandoned way back in 1871."
Those abandoned offices at the federal and state levels have been "reinhabited" by an "interim government. There's a president, Congress and Supreme Court. We're now
working on the counties," Odle stated. Odle did not identify any of the officials by name; but the group's website notes that the president of the Republic for the united States is James Timothy "Tim" Turner. The new Republic even has state-issued "identification warrants" and "travel warrants ," which appear to be a type of passport. Rudebusch followed with remarks of his own, noting that Odle "gives a really good presentation ," but that it's "a summary level." "There's so much information out there. He just scratched the surface ." Rudebusch explained that the country's present government is "deteriorating quite rapidly." He added that the present system is not being attacked, "it's collapsing."
"Our goal is to get the republic up and running soon enough so that when it does collapse, we can pick up the ball and try to mitigate the damage that's going to happen.
"If we don't do that, it's going to get really , really bad. There is definitely a sense of urgency here."
He added that there is a right to replace our "corporate democracy" with a "republican form of government."
Those seeking additional information about what Odle and Rudebusch addressed can visit www.RepublicoftheunitedStates.org.
Contact John Kubal at firstname.lastname@example.org.