I realize that poking fun at fringe groups is a weakness of mine; a pointless self-indulgence, as it were. But sometimes I can't help myself:
In 1997, John Ainsworth, along with several others, legally re-established the de jure (lawful) state of North Carolina. The North-Carolina American Republic, or NCAR, has been in operation since that time and convenes monthly. The basis of this re-establishment is rooted in a legal argument that is supported by irrefutable historical evidence which was uncovered by Ainsworth as a result of over 19 years of study. Armed with this knowledge, lawful state citizens have taken the matter to court - demanding that the current state of North Carolina prove its lawfulness.
In my defense, I was lured into this subject by the appearance of a fancy sign at the gun rally Saturday. As we all know, fancy signs (as opposed to hand-scribbled ones) deserve more scrutiny, due to their professionalism and implied forethought. And yes, I'm easily impressed:
Apparently the root of our problem is that we got our asses kicked in the Civil War:
It is a little known fact that through the course of history, two states called 'North Carolina' have entered the American Union. The first state of North-Carolina entered as the 12th state of the union on May 21, 1789 and was established by the freemen (free people) of North Carolina. The second state of North Carolina, the 39th state, entered the American Union on June 25, 1868. This de facto government of North Carolina (the government that many people recognize today) was put into place by the United States Military, as the end result of the Reconstruction Acts (1, 2, 3, 4). These Acts imposed on us a military dictatorship, an election, a method of changing our constitution, and a constitution, all foreign to our organic law. Through the Reconstruction Acts and the forced amending of the Constitution, a military coup occurred and put into place the government of North Carolina which is operating today; no longer a government of consent by the lawfully authorized people, but one of fraud, coercion and force. Our Constitution therefore, has been dormant, but not dead, since that date.
We the people of North-Carolina have re-established the state that was taken from us and are breathing new life into our original Constitution. In 1997, on behalf of the inhabitants of North-Carolina which were present, a small body gathered and legally re-established the de jure (lawful) state of North Carolina that was taken on July 1st, 1868. The North-Carolina American Republic, or NCAR, has been in operation since that time and convenes on a regular basis. The basis of this re-establishment is rooted in a legal argument that is supported by irrefutable historical evidence which was uncovered as a result of over 19 years of study. Armed with this knowledge, lawful state citizens have taken the matter to court - demanding that the current state of North Carolina prove its lawfulness.
Okay, you may still be confused. Better let John explain it:
Which brings up another important point: music. If you want to get your message across with the greatest of impact, your promotional video simply must have a zippy, things-are-really-happening-quickly soundtrack.
By the way, if you're thinking of becoming a citizen in this new...or is it old? North Carolina, in order to avoid taxes, think again:
Q. How much are taxes?
A. Taxes are currently $10 silver rounds, or 60 Federal Reserve Notes. Those are due in January 1st and past due December 1st. You may not vote if your taxes are delinquent.
Q. Where do I pay my taxes?
A. You can pay your taxes at any time to the Treasurer.
But...I thought Gold was...*sigh*. Nevermind.