Give us, us free! More than 300,000 citizens have had it with America’s janky azz government. They have declared themselves “sovereign citizens” and they refuse to carry drivers licenses, don’t register the birth of their children or recognize the court system.
As many as 300,000 people identify as sovereign citizens, the Southern Poverty Law Center found in a study to be published Thursday that was obtained by The Associated Press. Hate group monitors say their numbers have increased thanks to the recession, the foreclosure crisis, the growth of the Internet and the election of Barack Obama in 2008.
Adherents expect the current American system of government to end one way or another.
“I’m the Patrick Henry of the 21st century. I’m here to regain our freedom,” James McBride said in a jailhouse interview. “I’m going to, or die trying.”
At the heart of their belief system: The government creates a secret identity for each citizen at birth, a “straw man,” that controls an account at the U.S. Treasury used as collateral for foreign debt. File enough documents at the right offices and the money in those accounts can be used to pay off debt or make purchases worth thousands of dollars.
Jim Jarvis, Ohio coordinator for the Restore America Plan, believes the country has lacked a legitimate government since Congress failed to adjourn properly in 1861.
The people who are crazy, he says, are those who won’t do the research to find out what’s really going on in the country.
The sovereign citizen movement has grown to about 100,000 hard-core believers, the SPLC report estimates, and 200,000 people trying out the theories by “resisting everything from speeding tickets to drug charges.”
Many of these “free” citizens refer to themselves as “Fourteen Amendment Citizens.” They believe the 14th Amendment created a new class of people who had no constitutional rights but were instead slaves to the government, according to Mark Pitcavage, investigative researcher for the Anti-Defamation League.
Y’all see how they have “hate group monitors” studying how people move. (Shifty side eye) Oh well, keep fighting the good fight. We always say: ‘Tis better to die on your feet, than live on your knees.