A Tale of Two Americas: Where the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Go to Jail

This isn’t the American Dream I grew up believing in. This certainly isn’t the American Dream my parents and grandparents and those before them worked and fought and sacrificed to achieve. This is a cold, calculated system of profit and losses. Now you can shrug all of this away as a consequence of committing a crime, but that just doesn’t cut it. Especially not when average Americans are being jailed for such so-called crimes as eating SpaghettiOs (police mistook them for methamphetamine), not wearing a seatbelt, littering, jaywalking, having homemade soap (police mistook the soap for cocaine), profanity, spitting on the ground, farting, loitering and twerking. No, this is no longer a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is fast becoming a government “of the rich, by the elite, for the corporations,” and its rise to power is predicated on shackling the American taxpayer to a debtors’ prison guarded by a phalanx of politicians, bureaucrats and militarized police with no hope of parole and no chance for escape.

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Show Notes

“Sessions Says to Courts: Go Ahead, Jail People Because They’re Poor,” The New York Times

“Debtors' Prison in 21st-Century America,” The Atlantic

“Debtors’ Prisons, Then and Now: FAQ,” The Marshall Project

“How US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Has Rolled Back Obama-era Policies,” VOA News

“Policing and Profit,” Harvard Law Review

“Fees And Fines: How Debtors’ Prisons Punish the Poor,” The Huffington Post

“Despite Laws And Lawsuits, Quota-Based Policing Lingers,” NPR

“Justice Dept. Condemns Profit-Minded Court Policies Targeting the Poor,” The New York Times

“The custom justice of ‘problem-solving courts,’” Boston Globe

“How Many Ways Can the City of Ferguson Slap You With Court Fees? We Counted,” Mother Jones

“Probation-for-Profit Just Got Less Profitable,” The Marshall Project

“Making Profits on the Captive Prison Market,” The New Yorker

“2017 is on pace for the second-lowest crime rate since 1990 — and near-record low murders,” The Washington Post

“The Caging of America,” The New Yorker

“Local Jails Profit From Warehousing State Prisoners,” The Intercept

“This Is the Real Reason Private Prisons Should Be Outlawed,” Time

“What Incarceration Costs American Families,” The Atlantic

“Meet the Prison Bankers Who Profit From the Inmates,” Time

“12 Unbelievable Things People Have Actually Been Arrested And Thrown In Jail For,” The Huffington Post

A Tale of Two Americas: Where the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Go to Jail

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  1. David E Burden says:

    So, what was once the “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave”, has become the “Land of the Fee, Home of the Slave”.
    The worst part of it all John, is that it is all a scam. An $80,000,000.00 per year scam. Brought to us by corporations. Corporations such as the UNITED STATES, a corporation located in Washington D.C. All courts in the country are now corporations, linked to the same District of Columbia Corporation. They all operate under laws other than common law, and the mandates of the constitution. They pretend that you are part of their corporation, even when you are not. Notice that your Social Security card, your driver’s license, you bank card, and your birth certificate, are all in all capitol letters. That denotes a corporate name. In another term, it is a “Straw-man Name”.
    Hang on folks, this rabbit hole goes deep. Very deep.
    They purposely word things so that we can’t understand their “Statutes”, in order to keep us from fully comprehending the law, by transmuting certain everyday words into statutory terms with a convoluted or constitutionally opposite definition and meaning, and formulating statutes, (and statutory definitions), using obscure rules of statutory construction to guarantee maximum complexity.
    The only geographic area in which any contemporary United States District Court in America has jurisdiction is the District of Columbia.
    The supreme political authority in America is the American People, per: (Declaration of Independence, Conclusion; Constitution, Preamble), referred to by the Supreme Court as “Joint Tenants in the Sovereignty”; to wit:
    “At the Revolution, the sovereignty devolved on the people, and they are truly the sovereigns of the country, but they are sovereigns without subjects . . . and have none to govern but themselves; the citizens of America are equal as fellow citizens, and as joint tenants in the sovereignty.” Chisholm v. Georgia, 2 U.S. 419, 471 (1793).
    The sovereign authority in the District of Columbia, however, as ordained by the American People (the “Joint Tenants in the Sovereignty”) in the Constitution (Article 1 § 8(17)), is Congress.
    Whereas, there is no provision of the Constitution that authorizes Congress to legislate rules or regulations (statutes) against Joint Tenants in the Sovereignty, this is not so with residents of the District of Columbia, who are subject to any legislation Congress may impose on them.
    To ensnare Joint Tenants in the Sovereignty in the banker-contrived artifices of “Statutes” and “Codes” on behalf of their banker creditors, Congress enacted recondite legislation that would foreclose Joint Tenants in the Sovereignty from fully comprehending the law, by transmuting certain everyday words into statutory terms with a convoluted or constitutionally opposite definition and meaning, and formulating statutes, (and statutory definitions), using obscure rules of statutory construction to guarantee maximum complexity, thereby allowing Federal executive and judicial officers to operate within the “letter of the law” and justify treating Joint Tenants in the Sovereignty as residents of the District of Columbia, but without having to explain what they are doing. Which is “Pulling a Fast One” over on us for the purpose of generating revenue.
    “Uno absurdo dato, infinita sequuntur. One absurdity being allowed, an infinity follow”, and today we are dealing, literally, with an infinity of absurdities foisted upon us in the wake of the initial absurdity perpetrated by Congress June 30, 1864.
    On that date, Congress quietly decreed that the word “state” (and shortly thereafter “State” and “United States”) means “the territories and the District of Columbia” (13 Stat. 223, 306, ch. 173, sec. 182, June 30, 1864, but ultimately translates to the District of Columbia only, and excludes by design, all commonwealths united by and under authority of the Constitution and admitted into the Union.
    Since June 30, 1864, any Joint Tenant in the Sovereignty, ( that’s you and me), who innocently believes or admits that he resides in a state, “State”, or the “United States”, unwittingly confesses or concedes that he is a resident of the District of Columbia, and subject to the absolute, exclusive legislative power of Congress and jurisdiction of District of Columbia executive and bench officers (Department of Justice attorneys and United States District Judges and Magistrates). What you really are is a “Citizen National”, of wherever you reside.
    Congress incorporated the District of Columbia as a municipal corporation February 21, 1871, and have ruled the District of Columbia under municipal (Roman civil law), ever since.
    All states, and subsequently all state courts, also incorporated and operate under the same pretense. They are masquerading as a constitutional Article III judicial-branch court of limited jurisdiction. No judge in a court of limited jurisdiction has authority to order any litigant to do anything ifthey are not a resident of D.C..
    An “Order Governing Proceedings”, (or similar title), is issued by every judge in every civil action in every United States District Court in America.
    Whereas, Article III trial courts, (which no longer exist), are judicial-branch courts of limited jurisdiction (subject-matter jurisdiction only) and the judge in such proceedings is a mere referee, it is incumbent on the plaintiff to prosecute the case or face dismissal of the complaint for failure to do so. Always challenge jurisdiction.They will refuse to answer, even though they are required to, because to answer would prove that they lack jurisdiction. So they lie, obfuscate, change the subject, or whatever they can dream up not to admit that the entire system is a fraud.
    The only provision of the Constitution that gives Federal courts of law the power to exercise personal jurisdiction, (an aspect of general jurisdiction), over litigants and order them to perform as commanded, is an implied authority, Article 4 § 3(2), and all such courts are Article IV legislative-branch courts of general jurisdiction under the exclusive control of Congress.
    That any United States District Judge in any civil action issues an order commanding the plaintiff or defendant to do anything, is incontrovertible evidence that; (1). The judge is a legislative-branch officer exercising personal jurisdiction over the litigants and prosecuting the case sua sponte, and (2). The court is an Article IV legislative court of general jurisdiction, with authority only in “Territory or other Property belonging to the United States” (Constitution, Article 4 § 3(2)), such as the District of Columbia. Notice that all motions are in the nature of a request.
    All of these courts, all of their traffic Statutes, presumes that everyone is acting “In Commerce”, since that is the only area allowed to them by the constitution. Obviously this gets very complicated and would require me to type for days in attempt to explain it. Hopefully anyone interested in knowing the truth will do the necessary research for themselves.
    If you do choose to do the research, look up UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JOHN PARKS TROWBRIDGE, JR. et al. CIVIL NO. 9:14-CV-138 (RC). Which is where much of this comment was taken from, among others.

    If you don’t work for Wal-Mart, why would their corporate rules have any power over you? If you don’t live in Washington DC, or any of the other federal “Territories” such as Guam, the Virgin Islands, etc., then these courts have no subject matter jurisdiction over you in matters such as peacefully and legally traveling from one place in this country to another in you private conveyance. If you have a CDL, and are indeed operating in commerce by getting paid to drive, then you do fall under their jurisdiction. Like I said, it gets very complicated, ON PURPOSE. I have personally challenged numerous traffic tickets in the past, and prevailed. I’m not an attorney and do not intend, nor would I presume to give anyone legal advice. All I’m saying is that you, ALL OF US, are being conned, and robbed on a daily basis. It needs to stop, but it will continue until “We the People” wake up, get educated as to the truth of what is being foisted on us by rich bankers and corporations, and stand up for our rights once again.

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