Indiana's 'sovereign citizens' exempt from US laws, because of make-believe

When I was a kid, I used to love playing in forts and pretending that I was King of the Backyard.  Residents of the state of Indiana — which is one of those united states, the united ones of America — are engaging in a similar activity, for the amusement of bloggers.  As many as a handful of Indianians (correct, yes?) have decided that they are no longer citizens of the USA, so they don’t have to obey laws or pay taxes.  Hahahahaha where do I sign up?

The IndyChannel is reporting [via ThinkProgress]:

Fed up and fired up, an increasing number of Indiana residents who have lost confidence in the government are going to extreme measures to claim they are “sovereign citizens.”

By doing so, residents contend that they no longer have to pay taxes, claiming their homes as embassies and using identification cards that show them as diplomats, 6News’ Rafael Sanchez reported.

This, of course, is a perfectly legitimate and legal course of action.

Indiana authorities call such proclamations both illegitimate and illegal.

OOPS.  Well, do you guys at least have some cool toys?

Moore is equipped with an official looking identification card and a badge, which he said means United States law doesn’t apply to him.

“It gives me diplomatic immunity,” Moore said, referring to the ID card.

I’ll trade you your novelty ”laws don’t apply to me” card for my “Buy 9, Get 1 Bagel Free” card.  I’m up to 5 bagels, so you’re really coming out on top here Mr. President!  So, what’s the process for this?

Moore said all that has to be done to be exempt from U.S. laws is to file documents available online with the Secretary of State.

Many claim that the statements within the papers they provide are enforceable because of a state seal placed on the material, but in reality, that seal is placed on any number of documents and doesn’t make what’s on the documents true. [emphasis added.]

Well what the fuck am I going to do with my official certificate naming me Sheriff of Fucktown!?  Are you saying it’s a fake?!  Well then, who’s the Sheriff Fucktown?  I’d like to speak with Mayor CockandBalls about this.

And besides, who’s even saying that these Official Documents aren’t official, anyway?  Sounds like a real buzzkill.

Secretary of State Todd Rokita said he’s troubled that people use self-made ID cards that show his name and the state emblem in an attempt to open bank accounts, buy items tax free and board airplanes.

“Just because you allege something or concoct yourself a document doesn’t mean you’re getting off the hook,” Rokita said. “You’re going to get in worse trouble.”

Hmmmm.  No.

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3 Responses to Indiana's 'sovereign citizens' exempt from US laws, because of make-believe

  1. libtree09 says:

    During the days when Batman was a TV series they produced a Batman Credit Card…I still have it and haven’t been able to pay for a Sushi dinner yet. Crap if you can’t trust the bank of batman what’s the world coming to.

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  3. gracenearing says:

    residents contend that they no longer have to pay taxes, claiming their homes as embassies and using identification cards that show them as diplomats

    And 20 years from now, when the interest and penalties on those unpaid taxes are enormous, at least one of these “diplomats” is going to fly his Piper Cherokee into a building that houses a local IRS office.

    It’s the cycle of American life.

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