(Slave Freedom Movement)

Saturday, August 09, 2003

Friday in a Memphis Federal Court Vernice B. Kuglin (Vernie) was found not guilty of six counts of Tax evasion and Willful failure to file tax returns.

Read more here.

Daily Financial Report: Starting Balance: $227.94. No Deposits. No Expenditures. Ending Balance: $227.94.

Thanks to the Alabama Libertarian Party for breakfast and George Nelson for my evening meal and a place to sleep. Gene.

I passed out about 200 of our TAX MARCH fliers to an eager crowd, but I needed about 2,000 more. About 1,450 were in the ballroom and another 1,000 outside where I was. About a dozen people spoke up prior to my speaking to the group, having remembered me from the Burt and Kurt show two days before. Gene.

Russ Fine is the biggest name in Alabama radio. I was unable to get past security because of fire code problems with the number of people in the ball room. Russ Fine did talk about me on the radio about an hour after I left the overflow crowd outside. He evidently had been unaware of my being present until after I left. Oh well.

Anyway Russ, I'm backing you, buddy. You are hitting the right nail when you focus on The Communist Manifesto, as I saw you doing today. We will be calling into the show Monday morning at 6 am CT, before I travel down to Montgomery to fast the 30 days outside the Capitol Building. respectfully, Gene.

Pictures From The Road

Me at the Libertarian HQ Building in Birmingham.

The Libertarian group about to leave for the 101.1 FM Rally.

Me with the group of Libertarians.

Me, after speaking to this group of about 400.

Another picture of me with the group I just spoke too.

The crowd outside expands to about 1,000. The fire code required the overflow
go outside the ball room at the hotel.

Me with our two We the People conpatriots, George and Alabama Al.

Update: Pictures are off to Doug Kenline for posting. After hearing Russ Fine (of the Russ and Dee radio show in Birmingham) speak live today to the overflow crowd of about 1,000 people outside the hotel at the Birmingham Galeria Mall, God and I had a talk on the way to George Nelson's home, where I am to spend the weekend. I realized that the people of Alabama are highly motivated to honor God in this State's tax issue, and we in the TAX MARCH are on the same page of music with Mr. Fine and all the thousands that showed up today. It would be wrong for me to go do a 21 day fast at the Atlanta IRS Building when I just saw 2,500 people, who need my help, come out to support Russ, who is supportive of me. I shall begin a 30 day fast Monday at 12 noon at the State Captol Building of Alabama, in Mongomery. I'll be ending the fast to oppose the Governor's tax Plan September 9, 2003, after the polls close, then go for my 37th Birthday party in Montgonery, Alabama. The staff at 101.1 FM have been alerted to this new direction for the TAX MARCH over the next month. respectfully, Gene Chapman.

Vernie Kuglin's Victory In Memphis Against The IRS Cont.

Audioblog Interview With Vernie Kuglin

Rose Lear, Fred Smart, and Doug Kenline conducted this audioblog interview with Vernie Klugman today. Vernie has just recently won an historica case against the IRS.

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Meet Gene Chapman At Calwell Park In Birmingham, Alabama, Saturday, August 9, 2003:

I'll be arriving to speak at about 11 am CT at the Calwell Park, where the Libertarian Party and Opponents of Gov. Riley's Tax Plan will meet for speeches and open discussions. At 2 pm CT, I will be at the 101.1 FM rally in Hoover, Alabama, a few miles away with the Libertarian group form the park.

Directions to the park are: I-20 to exit Hwy. 280 East near downtown Birmingham. Go about 1 mile on 280 East to exit 8th Avenue. Go right at traffic light on University Blvd. Make an immediate left on 24th Street at the next traffic light. You will see Calwell Park on the right hand side of the street about 1 mile down. It is pit shaped and very beautiful. I'll be there between 11 am CT and 12:30 pm CT, I'm informed. respectfully, Gene.

Update: 1) I'll be off to the rally in Birmingham in an hour or so. 2) There probably isn't an income tax liability in the Alabama Constitution either, just like the Federal Constitution. The state constitutions are written usually on the backs and assumptions of the Federal one, according to my mentor, Irwin Schiff. This means the two usually have the same issues playing within them. I will probably ask today, "Where does an Alabamian have a tax liability?" I've been spending the week hammering on the governor for evoking the name of Jesus Christ for his tax plan, which is nothing more than hanging the robes of Jesus on the shoulders of Karl Marx. This has been the arguement and fight Christian pastors waged in the early 20th Century in America to keep communism out of America. But he probably doesn't even have a law suipporting any of his tax ideas anyway. 3) Yall come to Atlanta next Saturday at 12 noon ET to help me begin the 21 day fast at the Regional IRS Building. Then come each Saturday at 9 am ET for rallys until the fast ends and my 37th Birth day party begins, Sept. 6th at 12 noon ET. It shakes the IRS people up inside the building. I'm still hearing about the Austin fast holding the attention of IRS folks onto the TAX MARCH ON WASHINGTON from that city. I want these IRS people going home at night every night thinking about the rule of law and the fact they can't show me a law that says I have an income tax liability. respectfully, Gene.

Friday, August 08, 2003

Pictures From The Road

The front of the rv.

The driver's side of the rv.

The back of the rv.

Me at the back of the rv in Birmingham, Alabama


Vernice B. Kuglin (Vernie) spent 7-8 years writing letters to the IRS requesting that "they inform her of what law required her to pay the Individual Income Tax. To this day she has not received an answer to that very important question. "

Wouldn't it be wonderful to get Vernie to march-walk-drive with Gene Chapman!!

Can someone look into this?

Peace and God Bless,

Fred Smart - reporting

Not Guilty
by Robert R. Raymond
August 8, 2003

Memphis, Tenn

Today in a Memphis Federal Court Vernice B. Kuglin (Vernie) was found not
guilty of six counts of Tax evasion and Willful failure to file tax returns.
Ms. Kuglin's Attorneys Larry Becraft and Robert G. Berhoft told reporters
that Ms Kuglin was indicted seven month ago and had refused to plead the
case out for a lesser sentence. Trial started on Monday morning August 4
with jury selection and testimony began Tuesday morning. During her
testimony Ms Kuglin testified that since 1995 she had sent numerous letters
to the IRS requesting that they inform her of what law required her to pay
the Individual Income Tax. To this day she has not received an answer to
that very important question. On Friday afternoon at 1:30 the jury returned
not guilty verdicts on all counts. After the jury had been excused the U.S.
Attorney demanded that the Judge order the defendant to file her forms,pay
her taxes and obey the law. The Judge replied "Sir, I don't work for the


Please forward to any interested parties.

Meet Gene Chapman At Calwell Park In Birmingham, Alabama, Saturday, August 9, 2003:

I'll be arriving to speak at about 11 am CT at the Calwell Park, where the Libertarian Party and Opponents of Gov. Riley's Tax Plan will meet for speeches and open discussions. At 2 pm CT, I will be at the 101.1 FM rally in Hoover, Alabama, a few miles away with the Libertarian group form the park.

Directions to the park are: I-20 to exit Hwy. 280 East near downtown Birmingham. Go about 1 mile on 280 East to exit 8th Avenue. Go right at traffic light on University Blvd. Make an immediate left on 24th Street at the next traffic light. You will see Calwell Park on the right hand side of the street about 1 mile down. It is pit shaped and very beautiful. I'll be there between 11 am CT and 12:30 pm CT, I'm informed. respectfully, Gene.

Daily Financial Report: Starting Balance: $324.47. No Deposits. Expenditures: ($4.43) 1 breakfast, ($14.66) fuel, ($12.07) 1 lunch w/tip, ($10.00) fuel, ($10.00) 1 evening meal w/tip, ($45.37) 1 motel room. Total Expenditures: ($96.53). Ending Balance: $227.94.

I wouldn't vote for any politician who didn't lay out a daily financial report of how they spent money that was not their personal property. The blog is the revolution in accountability that has long been missing from our world's governments. respectfully, Gene.

Pictures are off to Doug Kenline for today. Gene.

Who is this?
9:09 am CT

Department of Justice and Treasury Visits Us:
12:50 pm CT
4:58 pm CT

Round Table Talk: 1) I'm in Birmingham, Alabama in a motel room, gathering my thoughts and praying for tomorrow's events. 2) I'll be staying with a local family tomorrow night and Sunday night, but I need to be alone with God tonight. 3) The rv will be left at this local family's home until I arrive in Atlanta, Georgia next Saturday for the 21 day fast outside the Regional IRS Building there. 4) The Atlanta fast will begin at 12 noon ET and end 21 days later at the IRS Building at 12 noon ET. My 37th Birthday is August 24th, but I won't be eating, so please come to my birthday party on September 6th, as I end the Atlanta fast. We hope to have karioki (sp?) singing and lots of fun the rest of the day, starting at the IRS building and moving to a local cafe. Everyone from every side of the tax issue is invited, as always. 5) We will have rallys each Saturday from 9am ET to 12 pm ET until I'm done with the Atlanta fast. My objective is to humble myself before the face of God for America and seek His enlightenment for my nation's leaders and the citizens. respectfully, Gene.

My Position E-mail To Gov. Riley's Tax Guru:

Hi Susan,

On Saturday, my position at the Alabama Tea Party will be as follows: 1) A graduated or progressive income tax on any level in the name of the benevolence teachings of Scripture/ Jesus Christ is a direct violation of II Corinthians 9:7, the Greek word, "ananke," meaning "law;" by implication, "taxation." This means the verse could read, "...not grudgingly, nor of taxation...." The Christian is not to be moved to benevolence in the name of "ananke"/ "law" or "taxation." Your moral arguement upon which Gov. Riley based his Alabama Tax Plan has more to do with the 2nd Plank of "The Communist Manifesto" (ie. "A heavy graduated or progressive income tax" p.243.) than Jesus Christ, based on my Greek studies.

I also assert that our dispute over the term "heavy" in "The Communist Manifesto's" 2nd Plank would lean more to my thinking than yours. You propose that the proposed tax is not heavy enough in its progression toward the relative rich. I say that the term "heavy" is quite subjective; thus, we cannot know how it will hit one as heavier and another lighter. Your assumptions are just that, in my view.

The biblical position for an equitable tax system is a flat tax on increase from assets (tithe concept). To ad any progression or regression to perfect balance (tithe concept) on the scales of tax policy is to assume our minds are above God's example in Scripture

2) I also take exception with there being a "Public School" (ie. 10th Plank of "The Communist Manifesto") system that needs Government funding, as Ephesians 6:4 places the burden of educating children on the "fathers" directly, families indirectly, and the church even more indirectly, as the discussed material is found in the Bible. The Greek word for "nurture" in Ephesians 6:4 means "educate" or "train." The mood of the text conveys that the father is to educate or train his children in a "greenhouse environment of God," not the desert of State. They kicked God out of Schools when what they should have done was kick the "Public"/ State out of them instead.

This means the State would have no schools to fund with a tax increase, if we were following Ephesians 6:4, in my humble examination of Scripture.

3) Finally, the taxation of assets is not found in Scripture. I only see a tax on increase from assets. It's actually a profits tax. Your labor is not tithable/ taxable, based on my studies of Old Testament Scripture. Labor is to be bartered for assets of employers (not to be taxed). Then you buy a field with that labor. If you raise chickens, you have a business on that field you bought. The eggs are sold at $100 per day, let's say. It costs you $10 to buy feed each day, $10 for the food and water each day and $10 to get the eggs to market each day. Your profit is $70. This creates a biblical tax/ tithe of $7.00. When you sell the field, you may or may not have a profit. If there is a profit, after deducting your expenses during ownership, there would be profit to be taxed/ tithed upon. When you have a producing asset, then you have a tax.

The New Testament lays out no rules on tithing. It's all about being "cheerful" in heart toward God, as you give. God wants no tax system on his work in the New Covenant. Again, see II Cor. 9:7. This is my position.

Your land tax position has a basis, in my view, in the 1st Plank of "The Communist Manifesto." Remember, the road to communism is paved with good intentions, and there are still lots of communists in the world who want your plan to pass. Let's not empower the 1st, 2nd and 10th Planks of Cummunism in America/ in Alabama.

Most respectfully,

Gene Chapman
Galatians 6:9

Pictures From The Road

David Goodyear shows up from Floridia to carry me to Natches, Mississippi for
the rv.

David and myself.

Thursday, August 07, 2003

Letters From The Road: Today began in my motel room in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Early, I spoke to Fred on the phone, who told me that David Goodyear was planning to come pick me up and get me to Natches, Mississippi for my rv. I agreed that this was best, so David came on.

I had plans to have Pastor Bill Carr drive me to Birmingham to give me a couple of days to get my Birmingham Speech ready, but that had to be changed for my trip to Natches. So Pastor Carr took me to breakfast, and I got him set up on his blog and ready to get his web site from Amrit paid for. At noon, I checked out of my room, but not before I did a 10 minute interview on 101.1 FM in Birmingham.

After the interview, Pastor Carr and I rode around and talked of God. We had lunch with his wife, and I noticed our waitress making eyes at me. She flirted a bit, so I flirted back, innocently enough. By the time I was ready to leave, she shoved her phone number into my hand and told me to call her. (Man, this loin cloth stuff works.) I'm not much of an attraction to women usually, so I was impressed that such a nice looking woman had taken an interest in me. Usually, my relationships with women are one sided (ie. I've gone years at a time without a date). Even the woman I like in Houston just treats me like a brother. You guys know how it goes.

Well, I went happy out of the cafe and back to riding around with Pastor Carr for about another 2 hours. David Goodyear showed up at the church, so we met with him, and I quickly got into David's pickup and on the road. I didn't want to keep David waiting, as he had so much driving ahead of him (ie. Jacksonville, Fl. to Natches, Miss. and back to Jacksonville tonight, he said). I hope he stops before he gets too tired tonight.

Anayway, Daivd and I met up with the very nice man and his sweet wife within minutes of arriving at the Mississippi River rest area in Natches, Mississippi. I got going quickly to get the rv on to the gas station where David wanted to buy me a tank of gas before he headed out for Jacksonville. We all four prayed together for a safe journey and God's blessing upon the TAX MARCH ON WASHINGTON, etc. But in all the rush, I forgot to get a picture of the couple who so kindly allowed us to keep the rv at their home in Pineville, Louisiana these past weeks, while I was on foot. I never even spent enough time with them in the speed of my travels to learn their names. I'm sorry for this. I owe you both more than to not know your names. I've just got alot on my mind these days, getting ready for Birmingham, Atlanta, Washington, and all the rest that goes with the territory. Next trip, we'll do dinner, and I'll learn your names before then, I know. Fred will ensure this, for sure.

My eyes are not good enough to be driving at night, after having lost my glasses a few weeks ago, walking on the road in Mississippi, so I'm in a local Natches motel tonight. I'll drive into Birmingham tomorrow for the rally Saturday morning. I don't know if I'll be asked to speak or not Saturday by the 101.1 FM guys, but it's clear that I am the elephant in the room either way. The guys on 101.1 FM didn't seem to immediately connect with my Communist Manifesto presentation today on the radio, and the interview seemed to end rather quickly. One talk show host even asked me to tell him what the manifesto planks were and then proceeded to ask if they were "very long," as I was about to read one of the planks over the phone to them. I explained that each plank was basically one sentence long. I gathered they were not versed in The Communist Manifesto, and I prayed that they would be enlightened in time. respectfully, Gene.

Daily Financial Report: Starting Balance: $316.77. Deposits: $50.00 (Thanks to Mr. Goodyear). Expenditures: ($6.00) 1 breakfast, ($36.30) 1 motel room. Total Expenditures: ($42.30). Ending Balance: $324.47. respectfully, Gene.

Pictures From The Road

Pastor Bill Carr and myself at breakfast.

I'll be on 101.1 FM in Birmingham, Alabama today between 12 noon and 3 pm CT. Gene. Google Search: 101.1 FM Birmingham Burt Kurt.

Pastor Bill Carr just came to see me for breakfast.

I maintain my position that Gov. Riley's Tax Plan is not found in Scripture and is only found in the 1st, 2nd and 10th Planks of The Communist Manifesto. Susan Hamill, the moral author of Governor Riley's Tax Plan agrees in her last e-mail to me below by her inability to give me chapter and verse from the Bible in support of her ideas. She is simply drawing her own inferences from Scripture about making up an equitable tax system. It's hog wash, pure and simple. The communist has forever attempted to put Jesus in a communist robe. There is no tax on assets (ie. real estate) in Scripture (see: Eccl. 3:13, Prov. 31:31/ 1st Plank of The Communist Manifesto). There is no "graduated or progressive income tax" in Scripture (see: tithe/ and the 2nd Plank of The Communist Manifesto). And there is no Public School in Scripture to be funded by any tax system (see: Ephesians 6:4/ 10th Plank of The Communist Manifesto). There is a flat tax on increase from assets (ie. tithe). If Susan wants to use the Bible as a guide for tax policy, I'd suggest the flat tax is a place to start. After all, it's the tax all of Alabama wants. They are screaming it at the top of their lungs, in my experience. Lord, please have mercy upon these leaders for their clear and present error/ danger in making communism the law of the land. respectfully, Gene.

Gov. Riley's Tax Guru Responds To My Assertion that his Tax plan Appers to be only the 1st, 2nd and 10th Planks of The Communist Manifesto :

Subj: Re: Gov. Riley's Tax Guru Offered Final Response Before My Birmingham Speech
Date: 8/7/2003 8:47:58 AM Central Standard Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)

read carefully my discussion of hermenutics. You will never find an
exact text addressing an exact 21st situation given that the text
was written over 2000 years ago. You have to find the principle and
apply to the current situation. I do that carefully. Also my work
does not address progressive taxes - it condemns regressive
taxes. Real estaste taxes, if done fairly are part of a state and local
mix that avoid regressive taxes. Otherwise you tend to overrely on
sales and regressive income taxes which is what we do in

This was by Susan Hamill, University of Alabama Law School Professor. respectfully, Gene.

Media Blackout in Alabama on Libertarian Party Position/ I've asked Ron Strom of World Net Daily to look into covering the Alabama Tea Party on Saturday:

Hi Ron,

A Libertarian leader here in Alabama tells me that they (The Libertarian Party) are getting a "media blackout" from local state press here in the Alabama. Could you see fit to look over the issue and maybe do a story on the rally this Saturday? My website has several e-mails and addresses that can help you with this story.

I too was surprised that two newspapers from a small town (Eutaw, Alabama) would not even interview me at the Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, where the Governor's people were presenting Gov. Riley's Tax Plan. Everyone (town folk) in the room was in agreement with my flat tax on increase from assets arguement (tithe) as being an example of "equitable taxation." But the press didn't care about that, and Gov. Riley's people tried to redirect the conversation away from what every citizen in the room wanted -- a flat tax on increase on from assets.

Four television stations and four newspapers had originally said they would be in Eutaw to cover the meeting last Tuesday and my protest at the event. Just two local town papers showed up, and they wouldn't even talk to me. I am shocked that an entire state's political party is being blocked from press coverage in Alabama, but I am in utter agreement that it is happening.


Gene Chapman, Minister of Christ
Galatians 6:9

Visit This Morning from BBC World Service, Japan Beuro:
6:47 am CT

Round Table Talk: Well, good morning boys and girls. It certianly appears that we have come across an area that needs our efforts, as you can read for yourself on the bloggs below. I hope all of you watching my blog and reading about me in the media will see fit to come out to Alabama and support what is sure to have an audience this Saturday. All that is needed for evil to rule Alabama is for good men and women to stay home this Saturday. respectfully, Gene.


Perhaps you can anwer the question below better than I can. The original
document to which she refers is something which I wrote a while ago, and I
still get dozens of e-mails a day about. I have now responded to over 1000
e-mails now based upon this letter. It is found at Please note that I think
I recogize some of the names on some of the e-mail lists below as belonging
to "the opposition" on this Alabama tax issue.

It is now 3:30 am, and I am still working on defeating this tax. I will be
awake at 8 am, working on it again. If you get the time, or the calling, to
handle this area of which you have greater expertise than me, please do so.

In liberty,


An Open Letter to the Governor of Alabama

The Honorable Robert Riley
State Capitol
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130

July 8, 2003

Dear Mr. Governor:

On May 19, 2003, you gave a speech pertaining to our alleged fiscal crisis. In it, you chose to use the quotations of others to help deliver your points. I would like to respond in the same manner, using the words of accomplished men to dispute your position on this most important of issues. To begin, you stated that Alabama has been robbing Peter to pay Paul for some time. That is true, but perhaps we should take a look at why that occurs. George Bernard Shaw once observed, "A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul." Alexis de Tocqueville noted, "The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money." More recently, James Bovard added , "Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner."

Alabamians are in this mess for two primary reasons. The first is that the citizens of the state, for years, have learned that they can take the money of others, by force of law, and use it for themselves. Therefore, they elect the politicians who will seize property from the minority to provide to the majority. Another reason is the flawed belief by the so-called enlightened politicians and the electorate alike that government is the solution to most of our problems. Spend more on the problem, increase the regulatory burden, take the process from the private sector and let government run it are examples of this delusional thought process. Let us see what some of those sage people had to say on this issue:

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone."- Frédéric Bastiat
"The compelling issue to both conservatives and liberals is not whether it is legitimate for government to confiscate one's property to give to another, the debate is over the disposition of the pillage."-Walter Williams
"The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world. First you take people's money away quietly, and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly."-Thomas Sowell
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."-Ronald Reagan
To begin, we should determine if there is indeed some form of crisis occurring within the state. Of the national economy, Jonathan Hill, of Citizens for a Sound Economy, once stated, " We don't have a budget crisis. We have a spending crisis." Could the same thing be said of Alabama today? You state that we will be forced to lay off thousands of teachers, open prison doors, force thousands of seniors out of nursing homes and take away their prescription drugs. Let me pose a few questions for you. Have you considered laying off thousands of school and education department administrators as opposed to teachers? Perhaps getting rid of social workers in the prisons would reduce the costs enough to maintain the guard staff? And how could any action of the state "take away their [seniors] prescription drugs", unless you plan on sending storm troopers into private homes to raid their medicine cabinets? You said "these are not scare tactics", but your choice of wording, when confronted with reality, suggests the contrary.

Before the questions above are answered, we should first determine if government involvement in such activities even works. Let us pick some of the issues you have used and see what learned men have to say about them.

On Education

"In 1940, teachers were asked what they regarded as the three major problems in American schools. They identified the three major problems as: Littering, noise, and chewing gum. Teachers last year were asked what the three major problems in American schools were, and they defined them as: Rape, assault, and suicide."-William Bennett
"If politicians were serious about day care for children, instead of just sloganizing about it, nothing they could do would improve the quality of child care more than by lifting the heavy burden of taxation that forces so many families to have both parents working."-Thomas Sowell
"Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery."-Benjamin Disraeli
On Healthcare

"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free."-P.J. O'Rourke
"As you increase the cost of the license to practice medicine, you increase the price at which the medical service must be sold and you correspondingly decrease the number of people who can afford to buy the service. "-William Pusey, then president of the American Medical Association
"They have universal health care in Cuba. So why do they want to come here?"-Paul Harvey
In General

"Government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way."-Henry David Thoreau
"One of the things the government can't do is run anything. The only things our government runs are the post office and the railroads, and both of them are bankrupt."-Lee Iacocca
"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies."-Groucho Marx
"Everything government touches turns to crap."-Ringo Starr
"The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan
"Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer." -Ludwig von Mises
"Government is not the solution, but rather the cause of our problems."-Ronald Reagan
Apparently, quite a few accomplished people disagree with your assertion that government solves problems. More importantly though, is it right for government to even attempt to do so? Voltaire observed, "In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other." Let us look at the fundamental question: What right does government have to take money from one person, and redistribute it to another?

On the taking of money

"Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has any right to but himself. The labor of his body and the work of his hands are properly his."-John Locke
"Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery."-Calvin Coolidge
"One who uses coercion is guilty of deliberate violence. Coercion is inhuman."-Mohandas Gandhi
"I believe that every individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruits of his labor, so far as it in no way interferes with any other men's rights."-Abraham Lincoln
"The power to tax is the power to destroy."-John Marshall
"No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session."-Mark Twain
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."-George Washington
On social programs

"Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently to build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence."-Abraham Lincoln
"Nobody but a beggar chooses to depend chiefly upon the benevolence of his fellow citizens."-Adam Smith
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."-Thomas Jefferson
But what of charity, and of the need of the people, you might ask. We are supposed to give to those who are less fortunate. This issue has been commented upon for generations:

"We have rights, as individuals, to give as much of our own money as we please to charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of public money."-David (Davey) Crockett
"You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."-Abraham Lincoln
"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.-Thomas Jefferson
"If we have learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we cannot federalize virtue."-George Bush
"Politicians are always interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs."-P.J. O'Rourke
"There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him."-Robert Heinlein
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."-C. S. Lewis
These people do seem to agree on this issue: It is not charity if it is at the point of a gun.

As illustrated previously, government cannot fix our schools, healthcare system, or any other issue; save the provision of justice and protection of its citizens. To expound on that concept, I would like to add that your general theme of raising taxes to fix problems is equally flawed. Churchill may have said it best with, "We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." Karl Marx realized this as well, in stating, "There is only one way to kill capitalism -- by taxes, taxes, and more taxes." Would you prefer to follow in the great footsteps of Churchill, or govern the State of Alabama according to the grand plan of Marx and Engels?

Mr. Governor, we Alabamians wish to be free. We wish to live in a capitalistic society. What you propose is a very large increase in the level of socialism in our wonderful state. Based upon the quotations you used in your speech, you seem to respect Winston Churchill. Please listen to his words now, "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery."

Edward Gibbon wrote of ancient Athens, "In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again." History has a habit of repeating itself. Please don't allow what happened in Athens to destroy my beloved state.

In liberty,

Stephen P. Gordon

A footnote to any Alabamian who may read this letter

Governor Riley quoted Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and Winston Churchill in his speech. However, as evidenced by the multiple quotations of these three distinguished gentlemen, they would be quite appalled at how Riley used them. Perhaps Riley forgot about another statement attributed to Lincoln, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

The attempt at fooling goes on. The wording of the proposed Alabama Excellence Initiative Fund Constitutional Amendment does not even include the wording "tax increase". Please ensure that all Alabamians know this is a major tax increase by passing the word around, as neither our legislature nor governor are honest enough to do so. Please educate them that a "yes" vote is a vote for higher taxes, despite the confusing wording of the amendment.

Please make sure that you go out to vote in this special election on September 9, 2003. And remember these words of Benjamin Franklin on the way to your polling place, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

This material may be reproduced, placed in print publications, broadcast, posted on the internet, placed in silly e-mail chains, or even pasted on bathroom walls on the condition that the contents are not modified and credit is given to the author of the letter.

Subj: To correct the record
Date: 8/7/2003 3:09:45 AM Central Standard Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)

Dear Gene:

To introduce myself, I am the Libertarian who called Fred Smart two days ago.

Thank you for your efforts to preserve justice by combating unreasonable taxation. All Alabamians are truly indebted to you for the work you have done with our tax issue, as well.

The primary reason I write to you at this moment is to correct the record on one issue. The rally, called the Alabama Tea Party, which you will be attending, is not a Libertarian function. It is hosted by a radio station (101.1 FM-the Source). The hosts of the program are God-fearing people who are protesting this tax issue. The credit rightfully belongs to them, not us.

Their programming is great. One of the hosts calls himself a libertarian, at times. Another is a preacher. All are fighting this tax issue.

Libertarians are hosting a pre-rally event where we will be decorating cars and parading over to the main event. We are doing this for two primary reasons. The first is that one of the hosts was recently accused of being a pawn for a large organization which will lose a lot of money should this new series of taxes pass. To be able to show that this is a grass roots effort will squelch that claim. The other reason is that the Libertarian Party has never suffered a press blackout such as we are experiencing on this issue. We are the ONLY party opposed to this tax plan, as evidenced by the front pages (of websites) of the political parties in the state. If in doubt, check out the GOP site.

I look forward to meeting you. My friend, Jonny Letson, says he is in contact with your pertaining to transportation. That clears one burden from my mind. We will have donuts and coffee at the pre-rally event. I would be honored to buy you dinner after the main event. It is in a mall, and has lots of restaurants. The primary nice restaurant is under construction at the moment; otherwise, I could promise you a great meal. Considering your travel and fasting, if you have any special dietary needs, let me know so I can arrange that for you.

My wife is a physician, and said she will be more than happy to discuss any medical concerns you may have on Saturday.

I am looking forward to meeting you.

In the grace of Jesus, protected by the justice of God,

Stephen P. Gordon
Project Coordinator, VoteNO!, Libertarian Party of Alabama

Alabamians, please vote NO for new taxes on September 9th. For more information, visit

Hi Jonny,

I am to be taken to Birmingham today, I understand. There, I shall spend today and tomorrow working on my Birmingham Speech. I'll be in contact with you when I get settled in, wherever I am.


Gene Chapman

Subj: Fw: [lpa-announce] Alabama Tea Party Event
Date: 8/7/2003 12:41:40 AM Central Standard Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)


Where are you located?
Where will you be Saturday morning?
I will be glad to provide transportation for you Saturday.
I plan on arriving at LPA headquarters around 11am.
I have attached more details in an announced email
(sorry I didn't send it sooner).
I could give you a ride before or after the Alabama Tea Party.
Just let me know which.

I applaud your actions in Eutaw Saturday. I am greatly
looking forward to your speech in Birmingham.


Jonny Letson

----- Original Message -----
From: "S G"
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2003 11:33 PM
Subject: [lpa-announce] Alabama Tea Party Event

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> Dear Libertarian:
> The big rally is Saturday. We are inviting all other anti-tax groups
> to join us at the pre-rally event. In addition to showing up at
> 11:00, please forward this to anyone you know who is opposed to the
> tax plan. If you are on other political e-mail lists, please post
> this on those lists. There is a clean copy at
> Thanks!
> Join our Anti-Tax Caravan to the Alabama Tea Party
> You are cordially invited to become a guest of the Libertarian Party
> of Alabama (LPA) for a Pre-Rally event in Birmingham prior to the
> Alabama Tea Party. It does not matter if you are Republican,
> Democratic, or independent. Members of the CC, CSE, TAC, ACR, and any
> other organization are welcome. The only requirement is that you show
> up with an attitude; an attitude to defeat this 1.2 Billion Dollar
> Tax Plan.
> The goal of this event is to draw as many Riley tax protesters as
> possible to a staging area, where we can decorate our cars with anti-
> tax signs, slogans, flags, streamers, etc., and then leave in a
> caravan to parade to the big event. Free anti-tax stickers will be
> given away.
> The route will take us through the more heavily trafficked areas of
> the Birmingham freeways, then down I-65 to Hoover. Even if the press
> chooses to ignore the Alabama Tea Party, tens of thousands will see
> us on the way to the rally.
> In addition to decorating cars, we will be providing donuts and other
> refreshments. Bring signs for distribution, as the event at the
> Wynfrey Hotel is not set up well for this. This should be a great
> opportunity for the liberty-minded citizens of our great state to
> meet, network, and exchange some ideas. If your organization wishes
> to sell stickers or signs or pass out literature, please feel free to
> do so.
> Who: You, your family, your friends, any anyone else you can coax
> into attending the Alabama Tea Party.
> What: A pre-rally event to decorate cars and then caravan to the big
> event.
> When: 11:00 am on Saturday, August 9th. We plan on leaving the
> staging area around 1:00pm. The Tea Party begins at 2:00pm at the
> Wynfrey Hotel in the Galleria, in Hoover.
> Why: So we can parade though Birmingham with our cars adorned with
> our "Vote NO!" messages.
> Where: The headquarters of the LPA are in the Cleveland Building,
> overlooking Caldwell Park on Highland Avenue, in Birmingham. Weather
> permitting, we will do as much as possible in the park. In case of
> rain, we go indoors. Just look for the signs. The LPA HQ is located
> at:
> 2330 Highland Avenue
> Birmingham, AL 35205
> Telephone: (205)328-8683
> Directions can be found at
> Note: If you use MapQuest, ensure that you use the correct zip code,
> otherwise you may be directed to Highland Avenue in Irondale.
> For those of you who have not heard of the Alabama Tea Party, it is
> an anti-tax rally sponsered by 101.1FM, the Source. The Source is
> heard though all of north and central Alabama, towards the GA border,
> and down to the Montgomery area. The speakers will be Matt Murphy,
> Stan Pate, Charlie Bishop, Russ Fine, and perhaps a surprise guest.
> The event will be held in the Wynfrey Hotel, in Hoover, from 2 to 4
> pm. If you love liberty and cannot make it to our pre-rally event,
> please show up for the main event, anyway.
> If you know in advance that you can make this pre-rally event, please
> e-mail your rsvp to so we can ensure that
> enough refreshments are on hand.
> Follow me to the Alabama Tea Party!
> for more information, please visit
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> ----------
> "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
> safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

Alabama WTP County Coordinator Jonny Lester Has Some Thoughts on Gov. Riley's Tax Plan:


Here is lots of good information about Riley's proposed
Alabama Constitution amendment.

Also on this page it lists legislation that has already passed
in a special session earlier this year called by Riley. Lots
of tax increases have already been approved for imposition
on us Alabamians.

It is disgusting, indeed!

Jonny Letson

California WTP Coordinator Checks in:


Sorry for the anti-spam auto-response, I got your message. Thanks, and I appreciate your response.

And for whatever it's worth, be aware that I didn't contact the California state WTP coordinator about these issues as I suppose I should have; I went to the top--to Bob Schulz and his paralegals. But, they did reply (nonchalantly) and didn't suggest that I talk to my state coordinator, hence I didn't think about it ... in any case, I don't care about WTPC policy or regulations or procedures, considering everything. I can deal with people, and even rigid structure if it helps us organize, but I have a deep-rooted, severe fear of corporations, because they have minds of their own, driven largely by the fact that the offices of their officers (employees) tend to be more willing to compromise Truth than to compromise the survival of that established office or the survival of that established corporation.

Because of this, I really just don't care anymore. But I'm all ears and willing to talk. FYI I'm usually out all morning, I usually get in my office in the afternoon (PST). 559-583-6577


Jon Davis

Jon, Your concerns are my concerns. Fred and I will be on the phone today with you, I'm sure. respectfully, Gene Chapman, WTP member.

Pictures From The Road

Me at Faith Community Church before evening services tonight.

A fellow paritioner with me.

The man actually has a musical instrument made out of a string, a pole and a
wash tub in the church. It actually sounds pretty nice. I'm learning Alabama

Gene here. Fred, we need to get this WTP coordinator some answers tomorrow. His concerns are legitimate, I think:

Withdrawal from local coordinator position
From: Jon Davis [] << (that's me)
Sent: Friday, August 01, 2003 7:56 PM

WTPC, Inc. (We The People Congress Incorporated) has what they call county coordinators, where people pitch in and claim local responsibilities to further the agenda of WTPC in their counties. These means include newspaper advertising and city hall meetings.

However, NONE of the issues I have seen addressed to WTPF and WTPC, whether indirectly through their mailing list or directly and in person to Bob Schulz, specifically the issues concerning the tangible legal and tax-related repercussions of incorporation, have been answered responsibly. I have exchanged comments with his paralegals, who claim no argument except that they refuse to work with my alternative forms or even to comment on them except that they are unnecessary, etc. In fact, my communications with them focused not on the forms but on the reasoning behind them. But I haven't so much as heard a peep from anyone among them with a reasonable explanation as to how one can incorporate, as with We The People Congress, and not be under unnatural (non - natural, or non - human) jurisdiction to the creators of the corporation (the State, both federal and local) and to those whom the corporation report to (i.e. the IRS).

If Bob's standard of logic is that the refusal to answer such questions, and to fail to deny them with accurate evidence, is clearly a form of admittance, then Bob must eat his own words. While I GREATLY admire his candor and his sincere desire to stand up for Truth, I cannot submit myself to another corporation that is inherently political (just like Government) and yet that directly contradicts itself to this extent (just like Government).

I decided to resign from being a local county coordinator for WTPC, though I never had ANY duties I was actually able to fulfill nor did I fulfill any. Newspaper advertisements cost money, and because Bob and his corporation was never able to walk me and the rest of us through an understanding as to why we should obligate ourselves to another State-created corporation, and why we should be free to demand no taxes from employers and yet expect to be able to otherwise submit to the corporations that employers are, I see that my hands are tied--I have NO MONEY to fund this effort (because up until a couple months ago I believed that W-4 forms must not be signed), and I have NO TOLERANCE for compromising on not-so-subtle matters such as incorporation, which IS an artificial, non-human creation of another artificial, non-human corporation.

True, while King's County is just a little county in central California, it was still my place in the community of America, hence it relates to my testimony, and my testimony is that I wanted to help the effort but the effort was too self-contradictory to swallow.

Here's the deal, guys. I'm willing to pay the IRS double what the typical American pays, if that obligation is founded on truth and proves itself. My issue is not related to taxation and wanting to keep "my" money (although in fact FRNs have "Federal Reserve" written all over them). My issue is related to refusing to ignore truth, even if the truth says that I DO indeed owe Government. If WTPF / WTPC can't swallow what it dishes out, it has no business getting involved in the political arena, unless it wants to put its foot in its mouth.

In my mind, truth must NOT be established and pushed by corporations, nor by pyramid powers, without accountability from the bottom up. Those who seek a consensus should be diligent in striving for that cause, and those who have reached a consensus enough to take action should be able and willing to answer questions given to them, honestly, and without being offended that they or their motives are questioned, because IF the motives are pure, and IF they are based on sound reasoning, then the answers should be had quickly and should only elequently elaborate the purity and correctness of that testimony. Otherwise, without that, what reasoning can we depend on in order to trust in the effort in the first place?

In other words, if indeed the duty of WTPC is to hold the Government accountable for its motives and its logic, what business does it have in doing this if it cannot itself publicly and openly be held accountable by the People, and itself answer to redresses of grievances?

Perhaps those who seek to hold WTPF/WTPC accountable are too many and too contrasting of opinion. Perhaps WTPF/WTPC should understand from this just what kind of overwhelming responsibility Government does have, and how difficult it is to fulfill that obligation.

Perhaps grace to our servants is due. I'm willing. But despite that grace, forward support for either organization is quite limited.

Jon Davis

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Dear Susan,

I've been looking over your ideas about graduated or progressive income taxes (see: 2nd Plank of The Communist Manifesto)and taxes on real estate (see: 1st Plank of The Communist Manifesto). I am unable to find a text in the Bible that promotes either a progressive tax or a tax on real estate. As a side note, I am also opposed to the presence of a Public School system in America (see: 10th Plank of The Communist Manifesto). I am purchasing your book, but I feel it will not address my essential concerns in keeping Communist ideology out of Christian theology and Alabama law. If you could show me a text in the Bible indicating a graduated income tax, a God endorsed Public School system or a tax on real estate, I think you would end my effort to oppose you very quickly and even gain my endorsment for Governor Riley's plan in the process. If not, I'll be opposing the views in your thesis and Gov. Riley's Tax Plan this Saturday at the 101.1 FM Libertarian Rally in Birmingham (Hoover), Alabama, based on your position being found not at all in the Bible and only in the 1st, 2nd and 10th Planks of The Communist Manifesto. Please know that I have the highest respect for you, and you are always very welcome at my round table of ideas on and I know I shall be a wiser and better informed American for having crossed paths with you.

Most respectfully,

Gene Chapman, Minister of Christ
Galatians 6:9

Visit from The Treasury Today:
6:05 pm CT

Daily Financial Report: Starting Balance: $300.10. Deposits: $100.00 less a $3.20 Paypal fee is $96.80 (Thanks to Mr. Stegmeier for keeping me from having to eat "grasshoppers" for dinner ;-), $20.00 (Thanks to Pastor Carr). Total Deposits: $106.80. Expenditures: ($4.77) 1 breakfast, ($41.42) 200 copies of 2 page double sided flier, ($8.65) soap (I use a special type of soap that keeps me from breaking out), ($39.95) 1 motel room, ($5.34) 1 evening meal. Total Expenditures: ($100.13). Ending Balance: $316.77. respectfully, Gene.

I have an invitation to be on 101.1 FM in Birmingham:

We have a talk show on 101.1 FM, the Source. We would love to have you as a guest on our show. Our show is the Burt and Kurt Show which airs from noon to 3:00. A phone interview would be phone but you're also welcome to be our guest in the studio. Thanks for you help.

Mr. Olley weighs in on my discussion entitled, "If King Solomon were Governor of Alabama."

Gene, You are on a tax march on Washington and I receive your messages. You may want to take me off your list because your language does not comport with our rules of order. Let me cite my case pertaining to your below scheme.

An excise or impost tax must be uniform throughout the United States covering the Government of the United States, Government of the States of the Union, and the Counties therein. The amount of tax revenue money collected is a result of an enacted budget estimate. The tax revenue collected adds to the money account of Government and expense subtracts therefrom. All taxes are collected in money and only money accountings.

An excise tax is an ex post facto tax where an impost tax is an impost facto tax. The post facto is the time anchored change of title to the money. Money is the thing that is confiscated. If there is no money it can't be confiscated. Let me cite some corollaries:

Income/outgo; excise/impost, ex post facto/im post facto, export/import, are these words related?

The question remains, "Who shall pay the tax revenue money." Here are your choices, "Government, commercial entities, or free people." Pick one.

With regard to the word profit, just exactly what post facto is in evidence of a profit except an export of the profit money?

Money in is good regardless of the source and money out is only bad if it is exported across a boundary portal just like your checkbook.

So your excise tax is a tax after they left the country. The toll is a fee for service just like postage, and your example is materially flawed. You imply that a free person is a person subject to a tax and because of a fact that is not in evidence, you called "profit."

You introduced a redefinition of tax to mean the same as tithe confusing the contribution to religion with the people's grant to our governments to tax, meaning to confiscate money based on a time anchored money based fact excluding free People of course.

Sorry, I just couldn't help it.
Bruce Olley

Mr. Olley, my table is round table. That means that everyone is welcome from anywhere in the world and shares an equal placment at the table. I want opposing views presented to me, like you've presented here. For by this multitude of ideas may oneday come the best tax system for all the earth. Keep writing me and educating me. God Bless You. respectfully, Gene.

Response from Susan Hamill/ The Lady who wrote the moral basis for Gov. Riley's Tax Plan:

Rev. Chapman: Thank you for your letter and your phone call. I do
not think we can judge fair taxation in 21st centuryt terms based
on the details of Soloman. Please let me know what you think
about the moral principles of justice in my work after you get
through it. Again thanks for interest. Susan Hamill

Thanks to Susan for responding so quickly. One thing is for sure, I'm gonna be much better versed on opposing tax policy views than I am today thirty days from now. respectfully, Gene.

Ofcourse, I reject the idea of an income tax on anyone, but it bothers me to be building a system of taxation where a person of a particular wage level is constantly concerned about making too much money. I've seen this in my own business activities. There are actually people who will refuse to work past a certain number of hours or past a certain number of produced output units because the tax burden would be greater than the output units would justify. The incentive is constantly upon day workers to be evaluating stopping productivity at some piont so as not to increase their personal tax burden. Alabama's tax plan will continue this system of creating emotional reservations in workers about producing past a certain point. That is the communist equation I oppose, in the end. Communism fell, in great part, because the incentive to milk the proverbial cow was there, but the incentive to feed the cow was not. We must not punnish the producers and give to the nonproducers what belongs to the producers in the mind of God (Eccl. 3:13; Prov. 31:31). Gene.

August 5, 2003, Daily Financial Report: Starting Balance: $250.68. Deposits: $100.00 less a $3.20 Paypal fee is $96.80 (Thanks to Mr. Straham). Expenditures: ($11.50) Pizza to break 3 day "Enlightenment Fast for Gov. Riley," ($30.00) 1 motel room, ($5.88) 1 evening meal. Total Expenditures: ($47.38). Ending Balance: $300.10. respectfully, Gene.

Fred Smart and I just spoke on the phone with the lady who wrote the moral arguement upon which Gov. Riley's Tax Plan is based. I asked that she come to the Saturday 101.1 FM Libertarian rally with me, as my guest, so we could hear her side of the tax issue. She said she had previous obligations in speaking in support of the tax plan but invited us to read her entire 120 page thesis. Go to the site a few blogs down to read it. She will be answering my e-mail entitled, "If King Solomon Were Governor of Alabama." I'll be posting her reply unedited here on my blog and on the site.

The 2nd Plank of The Communist Manifesto states: "A heavy progressive or graduated income tax." She suggested that the progressive tax proposed is not consistent with the 2nd Plank of The Communist Manifesto because it is not weighted heavy enough upon the rich to be viewed as such. My position is that any progressive tax is "heavy" to some and not to others, so it impossible to assert that a subjective word like "heavy" is not consistent with the 2nd Plank of the Manifesto. I continue to support a flat tax on increase from assets (the tithe concept). Gene.

Polk County Enterprise reporter from Livingston, Texas Checks In:

Hi Gene,

I have been busy working on other projects but I continue to keep up with you through your web site. From what I read, it looks like the march is going pretty well. The pictures have been a great addition to the site, by the way.

I listened to one of your audioblogs the other day. You were singing. Good voice.

Well, I just thought I would say hi and tell you to keep sending the updates.


Hamill's thesis proposes that more must be done to create equity for the poor of Alabama in the tax system. I agree with her. But what Gov. Riley wants to do is increase taxes in Alabama by 25% overall, I'm informed by the meeting, by taxing the rich and letting poorer citizens pay no income tax. The very arguement for "equity in taxatioin" that kept going around the room in the meeting kept being ignored by the Governor's people. You know how it is: The rich always find a way to pass on their taxes to the poor. This business of heavy or progressive taxes on the relative rich never works, plus it's the 2nd Plank ofThe Communist Manifesto.

Finally, I spoke up and said, "Why can't we just have a flat tax on increase from assets like the tithe presents in the Bible and be done with the equity issue?" I heard a moan throughout the whole room in agreement with my assterion. It looked to me like inequity was being presented in the name of equity, and I was tired of hearing the double speak. The Governor's man continued on with the plan. Then I asserted, "Wait a minute!" "We just heard everyone in this room moan in agreement with my assertion that the flat tax on increase from asstets is the equitable tax plan; why can't we get that kind of tax plan?" The Governor's man said that if I wanted another tax plan, I'd needed to get a group of people together to have a forum and present it. But today they were there to discuss this tax plan that was infront of us. I agreed, but I continued, "All I've seen presented here is the 1st, 2nd and 10th Planks of The Communist Manisfeto, and I've seen nothing of the Bible presented in the plan."

The issue of accountablilty was top of the list on the voter's minds, as well. I told the people that the "blog" (what I'm doing here on this blog site) is the only sure way to make elected officials accountable to the people. I explained that I wouldn't vote for a person unless they blogged their daily expenditures and voting decisions on the web everyday. This is the only way everyone knows I'm spending donated funds properly, and that is why I do it everyday.

At another point, I went into the Greek word "ananke," found in II Corinthians 9:7. Ananke means "law." By implication it means "taxation." So one could read II Corinthians 9:7 like this: "...not grudgingly, nor of taxation...." The giving to God that we are to do has nothing to do with a cooersion or law or taxation plan. God wants our benevolence done from a heart of love alone.

The tithe I do not even see taught in the New Testament. Everything is to be done of faith and not of the law. Abraham tithed before the law, but that was done from a love of God in his heart, just way our giving to God's work is to be done today.

If King Solomon were Governor of Alabama, the tax system would be as equitbale as any in the world. His tax system had three prongs that I can find: 1) He charged an excise tax of travelling businessmen with their goods, as they moved through the Middle East. 2) He charged a toll on foreign travellers moving through his counrty, as well. 3) He charged a tithe (ie. a flat tax on increase from assets). There was no tax/ tithe on labor, land, homes, carts, wagons or anything else that I can find in Scripture. If you had enough chickens to make $100 worth of eggs each day, it may have cost you $10 in feed and water, $10 in labor to get them fed and watered and $10 to get the eggs to market to be sold. You then had a $70 profit, let's say, using our modern money. Then you had a tithe/ tax on the $70. This was a $7.00 tithe/ tax. You want equity, Alabama? There it is in black and white. It's the tax system King Solomon used. respectfully, Gene Chapman, Minister of Christ.

Letters From The Road: The morning of August 5th began in a heavy thunder storm. Pastor Bill Carr picked me up about 7:15 am CT to have me at Town Hall in Eutaw, Alabama by 9 am. We went down I-20/I-59 from my motel room toward exit 45; rain was everywhere. All of the sudden, the clouds parted, and we saw a beautiful double rainbow infront of us. The end of the brighter rainbow lit up the whole interstate infront of us all the way to the ground. It looked like we were driving in through the gates of Heaven. The picture I took doesn't do it justice, but it gives you the lay of the land.

We arrived in Eutaw about 8:15 am at Town Hall. The people working in Town Hall were very nice to me, and they guided me with my back pack and signs into the court room where the Governor's people were to present their tax plan to the citizens of Eutaw. I was the first one there, as I always am.

About 8:50, the Governor's people arrived and the man of the male and female two person team said to me, "Oh, I see you made it from Texas." I asked where he had heard of me coming, but he wouldn't tell me. They were both polite, and we began sharing our views before the citizens showed up.

The woman handed me a pamphlet entitled, "The Least of These," by Susan Pace Hamill. You may reach her at: Or you can down load her whole thesis at The work is a pretty good item on moral duty of Christians to care for the poor. But how Gov. Riley got from Hamill's thesis to his tax plan is a shock and mystery to me. (Continued)

Pictures From The Road

On the road. We had a full double rainbow on the way to the meeting, but the
trees hid most of it.

The room before the Governor's people arrived for the meeting to discuss his
proposed tax increase. Eutaw, Alabama.

My main sign with messge in the room.

Me listening to the proposals before expressing my concerns about them being
the 1st, 2nd and 10 th Planks of "The Communist Manifesto."

Breaking the three day "Enlightenment Fast for Gov. Riley" after the meeting.

The man in the wheel chair is the owner of the motel where I spent the night in
Union, Alabama.

Update: I just got into Tuscaloose, Alabama for the night. The TAX MARCH ON WASHINGTON continues toward Birmingham tomorrow, where I am to speak at the Libertarian 101.1 FM next Saturday. I am now preparing "The Birmingham Speech." I have also been asked today to be on 101.1 FM in studio and on the phone for interviews. If they respond quickly enough, I'll be on today. Most assuredly, L'll be on the show in the next few days.

Pictures are off to Doug Kenline for posting from the meeting I attended yesterday in Eutaw, Alabama with Gov. Riley's people. I was not impressed that Jesus has anything to do with this tax proposal. Rather, I saw the 1st, 2nd and 10th Planks of The Communist Manifesto presented without shame by them. My Letters From The Road will go into more detail, as well as my Birmingham Speech on this coming Saturday in Hoover, Alabama (a Birmingham suburb).

Thanks to Mr. Stegmeier for the $100 Paypal donation. Keeping me out of sleeping in ditches in that tent and eating more than coastal bermuda grass stems, fire ants and grasshoppers gives me the strength to keep up the heavy pace to all the cities. Thanks again. It will be updated on tonight's Daily Financial Report. Respectfully, Gene.

Pastor Bill Giving Gene A Ride "Up The Road"

Gene called to say that there are rainstorm conditions around Union Alabama which is 5-8 miles from Eutaw. Pastor Bill has offered to drive Gene "up the road" to Tuscaloosa where Gene will continue the march toward Birmingham.

We still need a volunteer to drive Gene back to Natchez to pick up his RV in advance of the protest rallies this weeking around Birmingham against Governor Riley's state income tax plan. It would be ideal to have the RV both in Birmingham this weekend and in Atlanta for the upcoming protest-fast in front of the IRS building.

Please call if you can volunteer to help out in this important cause - 888-606-9379.

Peace and God Bless,

Fred Smart - reporting

Status of Gene's RV

I spoke to the gentleman who is keeping Gene's RV in the Alexandria area of Louisiana. He said that he and his wife would be willing to drive Gene's RV to Natchex Mississippi sometime this week - preferrably before the weekend.

I would be great if we could get a volunteer to drive Gene to Natchez so that Gene can drive the RV up the road to Birmingham in preparation for this weekends anti-tax rallies in Birmingham and Hoover Alabama.

Head of Alabama Libertarian Party Calls To Voice Support For Gene Chapman

I received a call from Scott Gordon who is helping to head up the Libertarian Party's anti-tax rallies in the greater Birmingham area this weekend. Scott said that he and his colleagues have been alerted to Gene's presence in Alabama and thay they are really looking forward to his support and a potential opportunity for Gene to speak at the upcoming rallies this weekend.

Scott said he is going to get the word out among the faithful for someone to help drive Gene and/or Gene's RV.

More later....

Peace and God Bless,

Fred Smart - reporting

Another Visitor From the Treasury Dept.

Tue Aug 5 03 at 05:40:52 PM
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Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Emergency Audioblog Report From The Road

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Transcript from an earlier voicemail message from Gene when he first got out of the meeting in Eutaw this morning:

"Hey Fred this is Gene. But we shut em down on trying to make the moral arguement that Jesus is behind this tax plan. But you know how they are, once they can't hit you on one angle they change the story and leave jesus out of it and just made the case on just general principals. Anyway we were able to at least take Jesus out of the argument for them. They didn't even open their mouth about him after I got started. The two newspapers are basically given over to the tax plan. They don't care whether Jesus was involved in it or not. So they're not even going to cover me. None of the TV stations, nobody showed up to cover it. But the citizens were really backing me in there. I think everybody was pretty much was behind me. There was about 20-25 people. And they were all talking about how I was really hitting it on the head, hitting it on the head. I think we did good with the people although we didn't do real good with the governor's people are far as impressing them. I don't know though, they may take it back to the governor and make him rethink things. But ah, anyway, I think I'm satisfied with what went on . I wish we had more press coverage. We didn't have any press coverage for me anyway, but they have their agenda too and so we have to respect the fact that it's a free country and they can report what they want. Anyway I am walking back to the motel which is about 5-8 miles down the road."

In a separate live follow-up call, Gene explained that Governor Riley's tax proprosal materials had the face and image of Jesus Christ printed on the cover of the presentation. After he raised his objections to their use of the image of Jesus Christ to sell the plan, he said the governor's representative said "we don't want to bring Jesus Christ into this presenation" to which Gene quickly shot back "like heck you don't for here you are using the Lord's picture right here on the cover of your materials to sell this plan before the people."

Gene went on to tell me that after he outlined the fact that this plan was more aligned with 2 to 3 planks of the Communist Manifesto he said "Fred it became so quiet in the room you could have heard a pin drop in there."

Please listen to Gene's audioblog - see the links above - which I am sure contain much more in the way of details about the meeting and status of the march, etc.

Peace and God Bless,

Fred Smart - reporting

Another visit from the U.S. Treasury Dept.
Tue Aug 5 17:56:51 2003

Meeting Was a Success - Gene Chapman Will Have an Audioblog later today.

I just completed typing in a very long-detailed report and when I went to edit-copy-paste it the entire message was deleted.

I will re-type this later.

Gene is in Union AL at a motel with no net access.

Peace and God Bless,

Fred Smart

Thanks to Mr. Strahm for the $100 donation; less a paypal fee of ($3.20) is $96.80 now deposited into the TAX MARCH account. I'll update this on the Daily Financial Report tonight of the first chance I get to a place where I can get on the internet.

It looks pretty rainy (lots of lightening) outside, so I may have to protest in a storm today. Maybe God wants me to look pathetic for all the people at the Town Hall Meeting in Eutaw, Alabama. Come on out, if you like: (I-20/I-59 x 40) go downtown.

I'm off to do the work God called me to, rain or not. respectfully, Gene.


Note: Gene called me after posting this - as he was leaving his motel room - to tell me that it looks as if the weather is going to be clearing up quite quickly. The Divine Providence of our Lord God is full of wonderful surprises. May His energy, light, truth and love flow through today's meeting as the people of Eutaw discuss Governor Riley's tax proposal. Fred Smart - reporting

Monday, August 04, 2003

People sometimes talk about why the people of Germany didn't fight Hitler. Why? There probably were a few willing to fight to the death. But, in the end, they were to die failed in their persuit of freedom and justice. As I look at the horizon, I feel doomed to die failed in my persuit to escape socialist/ communist ideology. They are everywhere. Even some within our own camp require explanations of how it is that the communist is wrong. The weight of the world is upon my shoulders, but I cannot in clear conscience step away from the path placed before me. If all the world should bow, I will not. This matter is between myself and the lover of my soul, Almighty God.

Where are the legions who will march with me, or with whom may I march, for freedom? They hide in their houses and talk of liberty in the dark of night. They go to their jobs, for they have not the time to invest in liberty, out in the light of day. How, O God, do we see the nation turn to you, the only author of liberty? I am a failure, but all I have before me to enjoy is my failure. There is nothing left for me in the world of illusions behind me. I can only march. I can only fast. I can only look to the world beyond for a day of peace. This world is not my home. I'm just passing through. My treasures are layed up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels becon me from heaven's open door, and I can't feel at home in this world anymore. respectfully, Gene.

Daily Financial Report: Starting Balance: $374.42. No Deposits. Expenditures: ($21.00) AOL Service, ($60.00) July's Internet 800 line cost, ($2.00) ATM Fee, ($0.79) Money Order, ($39.95) 1 motel room. Total Expenditures: ($123.74). Ending Balance: $250.68. respectfully, Gene.

Round Table Talk: 1) I need to get Jonny's mailing address here in Alabama, so he can get some copies of the flier made (maybe a thousand). This will make sure we are prepared for the 101.1 FM Tea Party rally in Birmingham (Hoover), Alabama next Saturday. 2) I have about 150 fliers for tomorrow's events in Eutaw. That is good. 3) We need to arrange drivers for the rv for this weekend. I need that near me in Atlanta for the 21 day fast outside the IRS Regional Center. respectfully, Gene.

Pictures From The Road

Me infront of the computer in my motel room making media contacts in
preperation for tomorrows protest events in Eutaw, Alabama at 9 am CT (I-20/
I-59 v 40).

Me learning how to use the camer's timer.

We have varified coverage from three tv stations and 4 newspapers in Alabama on the protest in Eutaw, Alabama at Town Hall, 9 am CT tomorrow morning. The State Capitol CBS station will either send out a crew or get an affiliate station to get coverage for them. Fred and I will call more tv stations in about an hour. WTP folks are very welcome to come tomorrow. Bring signs, if you come, as I only have 2 extra. respectfully, Gene.

I will do this more justice when I get a Bible back in my hands; My Bible is too heavy to carry on the road:

The concept of taxation from a Biblical perspective is very complex because of there being different dispensations (ie. how God deals with man in one era and then differently in another). If I were a pastor, I would have personal economic incentive to teach the tithe as a New Testament activity for the Chruch, obviously. However, I do not have that incentive, so here is my more objective examination, I think.

In the Old testament, there seems to me no evidence than that the tithe was anything other than a business tax. But everyone in those days was in business, so everyone had a tax/ tithe due. The tithe is on increase from assets, not on assets. (We have already explored the "labor being assets" issue, so I won't dig into that here.)

In the New Testament, God desires more than a tithe and it can be given from our assets or anything we willingly give from. God wants 100% of everything in the New Testament, but He doesn't force it out of us through a tax (II Corinthians 9:7). He wants our giving to be done from a heart of pure love alone. There are no rules on this giving. It's just you and God.

Jesus offers us a "better way" than the Law, the Bible tells us. This better way is the way of faith alone. The law provided us a "school master," but we are now led by "the spirit." Abraham was led by the spirit when he tithed back before the Law. And so ought we to give, not based on dictate or law; rather, we should give all that we and God agree upon together. God may want you to forsake houses and lands for his name's sake. God may call you to celibacy to be with Him and not another. God may call you to give 99% of paycheck each week. God may call you to give zero of everything you own because the Spirit is grieved in some church where you are a member right now; you need to leave that chuch to find another to attend. We are led by the Spirit alone and nothing else. All the law offers is a guide post of the past, so that we may see where others came into agreement with God; back then by rule of law, now by faith. respectfully, gene.

P.S. I expect I've opened up a new house of ideas for many of you here, but I'll be happy to explore the many rooms in this house with you all. Perhaps, I will learn somethnig new.

We need to contact the Tax Accountabliity Coalition:

Riley: We've done too little for too long
By Dana Beyerle
Montgomery Bureau

PRATTVILLE – Gov. Bob Riley said he isn't painting a bleak state school and government financial picture just to gain support for his $1.2 billion tax and accountability constitutional amendment.

Riley said the two state budgets will need an additional $675 million next fiscal year, so he's asking voters Sept. 9 to approve new taxes that, when fully levied in about 2009, will produce $1.2 billion a year.

The governor will be in Florence this evening for a Town Hall Meeting at the Florence Conference Center that's open to the public. The meeting is schedule for 6 p.m.

Riley will discuss his tax and accountability package with the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, a group of teachers, civic organizations and the TimesDaily editorial board.

"Why so much so fast?'' Riley asked an audience of students and school principals at Prattville High School this past week. "Because we've done too little for too long.''

But an opponent of the tax package said Riley is going too fast, too soon.

Bob Gambacurta, a spokesman for the Tax Accountability Coalition that opposes the size of Riley's tax increase, said he doesn't necessarily believe the $675 million figure, which Riley calls a shortfall.

"The $675 million is based on everybody's wish list, everything the administration wants, everything (teacher union chief) Paul Hubbert wants, everything the Department of Education wants in growing their bureaucracy,'' Gambacurta said.

Gambacurta said the point of his group's opposition is even if the shortfall is $675 million, why try to raise $1.2 billion?

Riley said he isn't overstating the $675 million shortfall for the two state budgets next year, a figure he said Finance Director Drayton Nabers produced after months of looking into the state's finances.

"This guy is the CEO of one of the largest corporations in the

state,'' Riley said last week. And he said if Nabers said there's a $675 million shortfall, "I believe it.''

Nabers was chairman of Protective Life Corp. before Riley named him finance director.

Gambacurta said the state needs tax reform and spending controls but doesn't need $1.2 billion right away.

He said the government needs spending controls and proof to voters that spending isn't out of control in Montgomery.

"There are a lot of options available to the administration,'' he said, such as applying savings from spending cuts and federal money expected from the national tax cut.

Gambacurta said it's not really the ATC's job to suggest tax changes.

"The Legislature needs to get back to work on short-term remedies,'' he said.

Riley said he's saved $230 million in the budgets through various cost-cutting measures but only about half that amount will translate into short-term cash flow in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

"One-time money comes in one time,'' Riley said.

Riley said the projected deficit next fiscal year will be $111 million in the Education Trust Fund and $150 million in the General Fund.

But Riley said the ETF needs an additional $213 million to cover higher health insurance and teacher retirement costs, rehire laid-off teachers, replenish the rainy day account and repay borrowed money, for a total shortfall of $315 million.

The General Fund needs an additional $210 million, or a total of $360 million, to meet judicial mandates for prison and mental health programs, repay money transferred from other budgets and to pay increased employee insurance and retirement costs, Riley said.

Based on this year's appropriations and next year's projected deficits and increased budget requests, the shortfalls will be 7.5 percent in the $4.25 billion ETF and about 30 percent in the $1.2 billion General Fund.

The shortfalls are the result of the Legislature's system of appropriating taxes based on estimating tax revenues for the next budget year and the economy's failure to produce taxes that legislative and administration officials estimated would come in.

If the appropriations are more than available tax revenues, which happened this fiscal year in the education budget, then the governor has to declare proration.

This year's ETF fell short about $180 million, and Riley was forced by law to declare proration, or spending cuts, which were avoided by withdrawal of funds from the $248 million education rainy day account.

Riley submitted proposed 2003-04 budgets with cuts of 18 percent, but they've not been acted on, and the real budgets for next year will be crafted after the Sept. 9 vote during a special legislative session.

Dana Beyerle can be reached at (334) 264-6605 or dtb

Link to all television and newspapers in Alabama:

I'm happy to see that the TAX MARCH ON WASHINGTON is bringing Google Search Engine light onto the 101.1 FM Alabama Tea Party next Saturday in Hoover, Alabama (Birmingham suburb). Let me know if I can help anymore. respectfully, Gene.

Google Search for "Alabama Tea Party:"

Gene Chapman
... 101.1 FM-the Source, will be hosting an Alabama Tea Party on August 9 ...

Good morning, everyone. The fast for the Enlightenment of Governor Riley continues into its 44th hour. Be sure to come to the rally on Tuesday morning at 9 am CT outside the Town Hall in Eutaw, Alkabama (I-20/I-59 x 40). There are two tv stations and two newspapers I am aware of planning to be there to cover us. respectfully, Gene.

I'm happy with the Presidential Candidate's Answers; I may ask where he thinks ideas like "liberty" and "justice" were defined, if not from biblical presuppositions. And while I agree there should be no religious test for office within the context of specific denominations/ religion, I do think one needs to have an understanding of the role of general religious principles found in the Constitution in order to be an effective leader. It's pretty clear to me that "Buddhism," as Mr. Badnarik references, was not on the mind of Adams, as he had been a ministerial student at Harvard in his younger days. I only find history from the founders that lays out Christianity in their minds, not that Mr. Badnarik could not correct me on this.

Ideas like "invention" come from the Bible, not any other religion. Buddhim, for example, seeks to give escape to the soul from this world, while Christianity tells us that God is understandable and the universe is to be understood and exploited in this life. Right or wrong, Buddhism leads to a mass of people sitting in contemplation of Buddahood, while Christianity leads to a mass of people being productive in another direction. One makes America a business center, while the other makes America a contemplation center. The results are that one world view keeps Americans living on dirt floors in a perhaps happy state, while the other leads to industrial growth. Which one is right, I'll reserve judgement on, but the leader of the free world needs to understand these outcomes and address them in his campaign, I feel.


Gene Chapman

Libertarian Presidential Candidate Michael Badnarik answers my questions:

Mr. Chapman,

At 05:25 PM 8/2/03 -0400, you wrote:
>I want to support your run for President of the United States,
>but I need to understand your ideas about God.

I hope to convince you that you only need to know the Constitution - or
know that I know the Constitution. My religious beliefs are not relevant
since I support freedom of ALL religions. I cannot and will not show a
preference to one over another. If, for example, I announced that I was
Buddist, all of the Buddists would be thrilled that one of THEIR people was
running for the White House. People from all of the other denominations
would not be quite so excited, and may actually work in opposition to my
campaign. Furthermore, Article VI of the Constitution states: "but no
religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or
public Trust under the United States."

>It is my view that America's Constitution is based on Biblical
>What are your thoughts on this?

I know many people who share your views, and while I fully agree that most
of our founding fathers were theists, meaning that they believed in SOME
form of deity, I do not believe that the Constitution was based on a
Chistian-Judeo faith. You will recall that there were thirteen original
colonies. That is based in large part on the fact that each had its own
"principle" religion.

>Also, explain for me the seperation of church and state concept.

There is no clause in the Constitution or Bill of Rights which even
MENTIONS the separation of church and state. The idea has been taken from
a letter written by Thomas Jefferson. (I think the letter was sent to
John Adams, but I cannot be sure of that.) The First Amendment states that
government cannot makes laws ESTABLISHING a (state) religion, such as the
Church of England. It also says that the government cannot prohibit the
FREE EXERCISE thereof, either. The biggest problem area for this topic is
in our public schools which prohibit the Pledge of Allegiance, or even
moments of silence for private prayer. The solution for this problem is to
privatize ALL of the schools so that parents can send their children to a
Catholic school, or Protestant school, or atheist school if they choose.

I hope that this response explains my position even if it hasn't given you
the answer you were hoping for.

Lighting the fires of Liberty, one heart at a time!


Sunday, August 03, 2003

Daily Financial Report: Starting Balance: $381.46. Deposits: $20 (Thanks to Faith Community Church), $27.00 less a $1.08 Paypal fee is $25.92 (Thanks Mr. Suazo). Total Deposits: $45.92. Expenditures: ($39.95) 1 motel room, ($13.00) sign making materials. Total Expenditures: ($52.95). Ending Balance: $374.42. respectfully, Gene.

Pastor Carr and I will be exploring the logistics of the rally in Eutaw, Alabama between now and Tuesday morning at 9 am CT.

Update: I just got back from preaching at the Faith Community Church tonight. Everybody is very receptive. The fast continues for Gov. Riley of Alabama. respectfully, Gene.

Update: We have people from Faith Community Church telling me that they wiil be there at the town hall meeting in Eutaw, Alabama on Tuesday, 9 am CT, so I got some poster board to make signs with tonight.

One will read: "... not grudgingly, nor of necessity (ie. law, taxation)" (II Cor. 9:7). Then: at the bottom of the sign.

Another will read: 2nd Plank of "The Communist Manifesto:" A heavy progressive or graduated income tax. Gov. Riley's plan is not Biblical,

Another will read: The tithe example is on increase from assets only; there is no income tax in the Bible!

Any ideas for improvement? Gene.

Day two of the "Enlightenment Fast for Alabama Gov. Riley" is now in its 3rd hour. I expect several people from Faith Communty Church to be present at the rally at Town Hall, where Gov. Riley's people are presenting his tax plan, on Tuesday at 9 am CT in Eutaw, Alabama (I-20/I-59 x40). Yall come and stop this violation of II Corinthians 9:7. respectfully, Gene.