Yes or no? |

Yes or no?

Dear Editor:

Welcome to Aspen. From your web page we learn that “America needs leadership that fulfills its duties with unfailing integrity, accountability, and common sense.” Honest words? Or are you just one more in the long parade of hypocrites that has plunged America to the brink of tyranny? My question is easily answered with a simple yes or no.

The Constitution states “Congress shall make no law … abridging the right of the people to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” For years, the We the People Foundation has legally, respectfully petitioned, demanding answers to specific questions. Questions supported by irrefutable evidence, finding that our government has been acting in gross violation of the tax clauses of the Constitution and the essential principles upon which this nation was founded.

While the petition, signed by over 80 thousand Americans, includes numerous Supreme Court cases, the Congressional Record, the IRS code, etc. three grievances are decisive. “Admit or deny that there is no federal statute which explicitly imposes any legal obligation upon ordinary Americans to pay a direct, un-apportioned tax on the fruits of their labor.”

“Admit or deny that there is no federal statute explicitly providing any legal authority for American companies to withhold income tax from the ordinary wages of American workers.”

“Admit or deny that in criminal income tax prosecutions, the Department of Justice routinely fails, and is unable to cite, even in the indictment itself, any federal statute specifically requiring the payment of individual income taxes.”

These are the most vital grievances the Founding Fathers could have envisioned. Taxation without a law! Citizens imprisoned without a law! Our government totally out of control! Yet the petition was ignored by the president, Congress, yourself included, the IRS and Justice Department. In federal court our government argued that while the First Amendment does, indeed, grant the right to petition, the Constitution does not require a response.

The court concurred with this absurdity, forcing the foundation to appeal to the Supreme Court. Our highest court then refused to even hear the case, although the lawsuit would have required a judicial declaration, for the first time in history, of the constitutional meaning of the last ten words of the First Amendment. Meanwhile, our government, appallingly, still refuses to “show us the law” while insisting that filing is based on “voluntary compliance.”

If our government continues to violate the Constitution, Robert Schulz, chairman of the foundation, will soon begin a fast till death or resolution on the National Mall. The petition can be examined and signed at

Senator McCain, aware of the above, having sworn to uphold our Constitution, will you, can you, simply state, for the record, the law that requires a citizen to file an income tax return? Yes or no? If no, will you give assurance that you will do your best to rectify this outrageous oppression? Without an answer we have to believe you are, after all, just one more in the long parade.

Will Kesler

Snowmass Village

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User