This article is a bit different than usual. It begins with a letter from a patriot lady whose husband has been "legally" but unjustly imprisoned because he practiced his right of gun ownership which is supposed to be protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Other patriots have often found themselves in similar positions with little or no effective outside support. Read the letter she sent to me and also the general letter she sends to all American patriots (which I have condensed). As you read, consider how we might be of help in her very stressful situation.
There is a verse in the Bible that speaks to us like this:
Blessed be God . . .
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort them which
are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith
we ourselves are comforted of God.
II Corinthians 1:3-4
Does not this verse instruct us that one reason we ourselves undergo trials and tribulations is for the very purpose of being properly armed spiritually and psychologically so that we, in turn, can be of help to others who are in need? Thus, I always stand ready to help others whom I find calling for help. Indeed, I find this spirit of mutual sympathy very active among patriotic Americans. And I am thankful for it, because our own government at the national level is daily becoming more and more arrogant and outright totalitarian in its treatment of citizens who once lived in a constitutional republic known as "the home of the free and the brave."
Her Letter To Me
Dear Mr. Rose,
Hello. My husband and I met you and your wife in Dr. Peirsel's office while getting Chelation treatments. I know from our conversation that you and your wife are conservative, Christian, patriots like my husband and myself. When trying to think of people that may be interested in helping us I thought of you. Please read the enclosed letter and article. If you have any connections with others who might be interested in this cause please pass this information on to them. I would appreciate any help you may be willing to give. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contact me for any reason. If you are interested in corresponding with my husband his address is:
Terrance Willaman, Reg.#20193-068
FCI, Box 1000, Morgantown, WV 26507-1000
He would be delighted to hear from you or any other patriots who want to write.
Thank-you for your time.
Mrs. Willaman's Letter to All Patriots
Dear Fellow American,
In October 2004 my husband was tried and convicted, in what I perceive to be a kangaroo court, of possession of a 9 mm submachine gun. He was sentenced to 27 months in prison and is now serving that term in Morgantown, West Virginia. Here is a very brief description of what happened: In 2000 he purchased a gun kit, which is legal, from a local gun dealer; he assembled the kit which then made it illegal. The gun never left our property and was never fired. My husband never threatened anyone, harmed anyone, or destroyed anyone's property.
FBI agents contacted us away from home, at an overnight stay while celebrating my birthday. They coerced and threatened him into surrendering the gun to them. (This same FBI agent then lied under oath on the witness stand at the trial.) We contacted an attorney in Erie, Pa. He would charge $25,000 to enter a guilty plea. If my husband chose to demand his right to a trial by a jury of his peers, the attorney fee would be over $100,000. My husband chose to represent himself with the help of a paralegal, since we could not afford those outrageous fees.
My husband spent many hours preparing for the trial. He penned a brilliant opening statement speaking on our Constitution and the rights it affords. Literally minutes before the trial the prosecutor, Christine Sanner, handed him a motion signed by Maurice B. Cohill, Jr., Senior U.S. District Judge. This motion prevented Terry from even mentioning the 1st , 2nd, or 5th, Amendments to our constitution. The judge told my husband if he mentioned them at all that he would be held in contempt of court, fined, and imprisoned for that offense. Therefore, Terry was left defenseless before the jury and could say very little. After the trial, a reporter asked the prosecutor why she had prevented Terry from speaking about the constitution. Her response was, "We didn't want to confuse the jury." In other words, the prosecutor knew that if the jury heard what Terry had to say, the government would have lost their case.
Our country is being destroyed by overzealous prosecutors and arrogant judges who choose not to follow our Constitution but make up laws as they see fit. Our prisons are overcrowded with innocent people. Your tax dollars pay the salary of our corrupt prosecutors and judges. Your money also pays to support many people in prison who could be out earning a living and paying taxes themselves.
First, write to your Congressman and demand that he introduce legislation to mandate that the Supreme Court hear all Constitutional issues, which was once the law, and apply the Crawford standard of original intent in every case.
Second, demand that your Congressman bring a Bill of Impeachment against Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr. for trampling on the rights of an American citizen, Terrance Willaman. Congress does have that power. The only way Congress will stand up to these arrogant federal judges is if they think their jobs are in jeopardy. Make them believe they will lose the next election, and they will act.
Please help my husband and other Americans by writing to your Congressman today. Thank you for your time. May God bless you for taking a stand against evil.
What Can We Do?
First, congratulations, Susan Willaman, on a well-written letter and presentation of a common problem that faces every American - the terrifying fact that our people's courts have been stolen by the very people we have been paying to protect and uphold constitutional law! When the legal profession (including judges and attorneys, who are "officers of the court") surreptitiously undermined the Constitution of the United States of America by replacing our original system of Common Law courts with the Uniform Commercial Code of 1938, they knowingly created a formal system of legal chaos by imposing a tyrannical system of "contract law." Under this unconstitutional system, which was promoted by the American Bar Association to enhance the incomes of licensed attorneys, the practice of law has become so complicated and cumbersomely expensive that ordinary citizens are practically forced to seek help from high-priced law practitioners who prey on ordinary people who are caught in the system.
What happened to Mr. Terrance Willaman is a perfect example. Note the clear evidence from Mrs. Willaman's letter of collusion between the sitting judge and the trial prosecutor. Note also the spurious claim by the trial prosecutor that the reason for denying Mr. Willaman's right to refer to the Constitution was that "We didn't want to confuse the jury." No! The real reason that the judge and prosecuting attorney did not want any mention of the Bill of Rights is that they did not want the jury to be awakened to the fact that, under the Common Law of the Constitution of these United States of America, jury members have not only the right but the duty of sitting in judgment of the law as well as the facts of the case. In other words, under Common Law the jury retains the historical and constitutional authority to nullify any instructions the sitting judge might try to impose on the jury. America's founding fathers set up our Constitution to protect the individual rights of each and every citizen by establishing juries as the last final defense of accused citizens against the always-present danger of judicial tyranny in our courts. And for many, many years the right of jury nullification was respected and practiced in our court system; but this changed after 1938. Recently I was called to jury service. When I insisted on my right and duty as a jury member to sit in judgment of both the facts and the law, the judge excused me from the panel, and he continued to excuse me from sitting on any other cases as well. The last thing in the world that judges and prosecuting attorneys want on a jury is anyone who can think for themselves and who have the intestinal fortitude to stand firm. They only want jury members who are ignorant of what America is all about and who can be easily manipulated and controlled by the powers that be.
Deep-seated problems call for radical (i.e., deep-cutting) solutions that will spew out the festering, pus-filled cancers which now engulf the whole of American society. Over the last 100 years or so, starting with the legal and medical professions, practically every so-called "professional" line of employment has sought the artificial protection of "legalized" licensing laws to exclude new-comers into professions. Professional practitioners rail against the strong-arm tactics used by militant labor unions, but they accomplish the use of force more effectively by invoking the police power of the states. Thus, every state now has licensing laws that are backed up by policemen toting guns. Give me a militant labor union any day! This perverse practice of licensing professions has imposed ever-increasing "legal" and economic barriers which enrich established practitioners at the expense of the general public. It also creates highly expensive "watchdog" and regulatory government-control agencies to tyrannize any ordinary citizen who might be "foolhardy enough" to venture onto the protected turf of already-licensed practitioners.
All licensed professions in our country, especially the legal and medical, should be terminated, thereby denying them government-imposed monopolistic protection against non-licensed practitioners. Opening each and every profession to truly free-market competition would not create a world of "quacks and ignorant practitioners," as currently imbedded "professionals" would claim. Rather, the fresh and stimulating atmosphere of free competition would increase people's available options and bring prices down to affordable levels.
I encourage readers to get in touch with Mrs.Willaman (P.O. Box 649, Cochranton, PA 16314, or at the e-mail address given above) and with Mr.Terrance Willaman (address given above). In my discussion with her, she indicated that communication with her and/or her husband would be welcomed. Let this patriot couple know that they have your moral support; then circulate this article as widely as you can in order to awaken more Americans about the inroads of judicial tyranny that are taking place in our once-Republic.
A few years ago I testified before an investigative committee of the Pennsylvania Legislature regarding the Second Amendment. I pointed out that Americans, under protection of the Second Amendment, have every right to own any kind of gun they desire (Yes, even Cannons!) and that every so-called law passed by Congress, including the 1934 U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning sawed-off shotguns and the gun-control act of 1968, and every succeeding anti-gun law, are unconstitutional. Our founding fathers wanted to provide each and every American with the most up-to-date weapon of their day (the long and deadly accurate Kentucky Rifle) not so they could have the freedom to shoot deer and turkey, but so they could band together to oppose tyrannical rulers who had the evil intention to rob them of their constitutionally protected right to life, liberty, and property. I, for one, dread to live in a country where only the official police force have the latest and best firearms, like today with our well-armed "Swat Teams." I would feel much more secure knowing that each and every home in America was well supplied with pistols, shotguns, semi-automatic and fully-automatic rifles. Civil rulers who are intent in subjugating law-abiding citizens are always quick to disarm law-abiding citizens. Note the historical examples of Russia after 1917 by Lenin and later Stalin, Italy after 1922 by Mussolini, and Germany after 1933 by Hitler. More recently note the systematic disarming of citizens in Britain, Canada, Australia, and now these USA.
Tyrannically minded civil rulers can always employ their "hired guns" (KGB, Gestapo, MI5-6, FBI, CIA, BATF, "Homeland Security," etc.) to enforce their will and to cow the people into submission. Thus, people are easily enslaved one-by-one. The only way to short circuit the enslavement process, other than the use of outright force, is to shine the bright light of publicity on the undermining of our constitutional republic.
We must support fellow patriots who are in need. Follow the dictates of your conscience. Our government in Washington, D.C., has for many decades been controlled by foreign interests (read: Neocons) who are more than ready to build a world empire at the expense of American blood and wealth. They control most of America's educational system, the news media, the judicial system, Hollywood movies, and both major political parties (the House, the Senate, and whatever puppet happens to occupy the White House). The only viable outlet for disseminating information on a large scale to influence public opinion is the internet, which the tyranny builders behind our government are now striving to control. Whether freedom will survive or fall by the wayside depends on individuals like you and me.
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Tom Rose is retired professor of Economics at Grove City College, PA. He is author of eight books and hundreds of articles on free-market economics. He is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
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Published in the June 9, 2005 issue of
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