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S.A.F.A.N. Internet Newsletter, No. 339, March 21, 1997

Open Letter from the Republic of Texas
March 20, 1997

To:
Texas Law Enforcement Agencies
US Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
People of Texas
All Patriots Everywhere

It is with a heavy heart that I take pen (or keyboard) in hand to write this letter. I am faced with a bleak situation and few alternatives, and I now write this letter so that my cause and stand shall be known.

All of us in the Republic of Texas came into this with the same pledge as our forefathers in the original thirteen American colonies -- that we pledged our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to this task of restoring our freedom. We all knew that it would cost us a lot, and might cost us everything.

We also came into it with a love for freedom, for truth, and for justice. We came not because we were lawbreakers, but because we love the law of our land, and would restore our nation and remove those men who sit in high places and pervert the Constitution.

Our struggle has been a hard one, for the enemies of freedom are all around us. We have sustained attacks from without and within, and sometimes the road seems so rocky that we doubt we can ever push forward. Yet we draw on a strength that is greater than our own, and we continue, knowing that our goal is too precious to allow it to slip from our grasp.

There are millions of people throughout Texas, America, and the world who face the same valiant struggle that we do.

These are trying times for men with hearts for liberty, as the world has grown up and overpowered the individual, building a commercial empire that strangles freedom and chokes the very life from every human being on the planet. Some see it happening and some, sadly, do not. Some eyes are blinded to the chains that bind them, some ears are deaf to hear the cries of their countrymen.

But it is for all men that we fight.

Like many in the Republic of Texas, I have resolved within myself never to give up, never to bow before the corporate government empire again. My course is set, my purpose clear. I will have liberty, not compromise.

I have been backed into a corner that I had hoped would not be so soon in coming. As some of you may already be aware, an officer of the corporation that calls itself "The State of Texas", Mr. Dan Morales, their Attorney General, has now taken a very strong position and forged a plan of attack against me, even though I have committed no wrong. The corporate government appears to be in collusion with him, as his orders flow through the court system quickly, and the de facto Governor declares "emergency legislation" at his request.

This most recent attack by the corporate State comes as the capstone on a series of actions they have taken in an effort to break the back of the Republic of Texas. They would have us be intimidated and frightened back into submission. They would destroy our ability to continue the struggle by stealing our property and confining us to prisons.

At the request of Mr. Morales, the corporate State now has unbelievable fines against the Republic of Texas and its officials. There is a running fine for contempt of court that now totals many times more money than has ever existed in all of history, and it continues to double every day.

What is the act which was so contemptible as to warrant this fine?

Mr. Morales has demanded that officials of the Republic of Texas rescind certain documents by signing letters of recission *in their official capacities.* Mr. Morales knows that the Republic of Texas is real, that it is right, and that it is lawful. He knows that we have not been convicted of any crime. Yet he uses contempt of court, the tool of tyrants, as a tool to give the State license to steal our property. He now seeks to have the judgment severed, allowing him to send armed men to throw us out of our own homes, take our cars, take our property, and leave us homeless and destitute.

Now, Mr. Morales has taken his vendetta against the Republic to a new level, and this is the one which has my back to the wall. He has requested, and apparently been granted, a Writ of Attachment against my person. This is just a lawyer's fancy word for an arrest warrant (only it's even worse -- it treats a person like a piece of property, and is completely unconstitutional). Mr. Morales now states plainly, in writing and on the record, that he intends to throw me in jail forever unless I hand over to him the names and contact info for all Citizens and everyone else I have ever talked to about the Republic of Texas. He is even so brazen as to state, again in writing and on the record, that he intends to do so even if I am never convicted of any crime -- that he will continue to hold me in prison without bond indefinitely unless I hand over the information.

I have already informed Mr. Morales of the fact which should be self- evident -- that no matter which Constitution you choose to follow, his request is completely unconstitutional and unlawful, and I simply will not comply. I take my oath and position with the Republic of Texas very seriously, and I cannot and will not betray the trust of my country- men, and will not deliver anyone into the hands of a petty tyrant who seeks to devour them.

This situation has not changed my resolve or my determination, but it does change my outlook. I have long hoped for a completely peaceful resolution to the Texas independence question. However, Mr. Morales has forced me into a position which leaves very few alternatives. As I see it, there are only three options -- either I can go to prison for life, I can live as a fugitive for life, or I can defend myself against this unlawful attack. None of these options is particularly desirable.

It has been with much soul-searching that I have come to my conclusion. I will stay my course, and stand my ground. I have committed to freedom, and I will not turn back. I have committed no crime, and will not be sent to prison for standing on my rights and refusing an unlawful and unconstitutional order. Mr. Morales would lock me up without bond, regardless of whether or not I am convicted of anything, clearly showing that there is no remedy at law. Therefore, his statements (and prior experience) tell me that any attempt at self-defense in their court system will be futile. I also find it unreasonable that a man who has done nothing other than seek his freedom should be forced to live like a criminal, hiding from the agents who would destroy him.

The only option I see that Mr. Morales has left me with is physical self-defense. He has removed any remedy at law, and clearly states that he will act unlawfully to keep me in prison. As such, there appears to be no other option but to resort to that last inherent right of all human beings -- the right to survival and to defend one's self and one's property.

It was 221 years ago, in March of 1775, when Patrick Henry observed a man being savagely beaten in Culpeper, Virginia. Then man had been tied to a post and beaten savagely with a leather scourge laced with metal barbs. His back had been ripped and torn, and his ribs laid bare through the bloody wounds. Mr. Henry asked someone what horrible crime the man had done to cause him to be so severely punished. The reply? The man had refused to accept a license to be a minister, standing instead on his inalienable right to worship and to speak as he saw fit. Three days later, this freedom-loving minister was scourged to death. This incident was what prompted Patrick Henry to later give his stirring speech in Williamsburg wherein he stated

"What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, *give me liberty or give me death!*"

These words became the rallying cry for the American Revolution. Now, two centuries later, we have innocent people thrown in prison every day for refusal to take a license (whether it be for driving, operating a business, building a house, or any of a thousand other things). Perhaps they aren't scourged, but they are treated with contempt by a corporate government which has no regard for the dignity of man. Their property is taken and their lives disrupted, often ruined, because they desired liberty.

The corporate State will soon make its move against me, and they have left me no choice but self-defense. Even under de facto State of Texas law, every person has the right to resist an unlawful arrest, to the point of reacting with violent and deadly force if necessary. Is that the only thing left? Rest assured, once they come for me, they'll shortly come for others. Maybe for your neighbor. Maybe for your brother. Maybe for you.

I have always maintained a position of peace and non-violence. And I still do. However, the corporate State has left me with no viable course of action but to assert my final rights, and hope that it does not become necessary to actually use them.

It is clear to me that the time is upon us when the people of Texas and of America must make their choice. The line is already drawn in the sand; now it is up to all of us to decide on which side we will stand. I for one choose to side with Patrick Henry and choose liberty, even if that choice leads to death. If I die, it will be with a clear heart and a clean conscience. I love freedom, I love Texas, and I love America. And I am unconditionally committed to the ideals which made both countries great.

In closing, I urge all of you reading this to make up your mind where you stand, and make your mental preparations to support your choice. I will remind you of words spoken two centuries ago by another of America's founding fathers, Mr. Samuel Adams. He said

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

Ladies and gentlemen, I pray every day for peace. But I know what is right, and I will not allow my property or my person to be stolen by the de facto State. I have worked hard for my meager belongings, and have every right to keep them and live a quiet, peaceable life. If I am forced to defend that right, then so be it. If conflict comes, it is neither by my choice nor my hand. We can't always choose our battles, but we can't always run from them, either.

We in Texas and America are sitting on a powder keg called "Revolution", and the corporate State is throwing matches at it.

If that powder keg ignites, may God help us all.

With hopes of peace,
[(signed)]
Robert William Kesterson

Secretary of State of and for the Republic of Texas
Free and Sovereign Human Being

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[ED. NOTE: Robert Kesterson is in a little town North of Dallas - nowhere NEAR the Embassy of the ROT which is in the vicinity East of El Paso - many hours apart. FOCUS should be on the entire Republic of Texas and not only on the Embassy. This is OUR fight and anyone who does not recognize this is in for a rude awakening. IMHO....Dot Bibee]

Information from Thom Slape (tslape@msn.com) in TEXAS ...

"Each state is supposed to be a Republic and all but 20 are. The reason the 20 are not is because they were not brought into the Union by an Act of Admission, but rather by an Enabling Act, which is not within the guidelines specified by the National Constitution and is therefore ILLEGAL ! Those states are considered ENCLAVES of the United States until the people do otherwise to change it."
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"If you want to 'kill a snake' you attack the snake at his head - not his tail." ..... Joseph Newman

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UPDATE!

March 24, 1997

It has now been one week since Dan Morales, Attorney General for the de facto State, had a Writ of Attachment issued for my person. These blatantly unlawful actions have generated a great deal of public outcry, which is far from over. To everyone who has responded, you have my sincere thanks. Please continue to distribute copies of the letter, and to pressure those claiming to represent you in Austin, demanding that such injustices be halted immediately -- not only against me, but against all Citizens of Texas. Your efforts *are* having an impact.

The General Council meeting scheduled for March 22 in Corsicana was held as scheduled, and several important issues addressed. A report of that meeting will be forthcoming shortly.

Thought for the day:

"To bereave a man of life, or by violence to confiscate his estate, without accusation or trial, would be so gross and notorious an act of despotism, as must at once convey the alarm of tyranny throughout the whole kingdom." --- William Blackstone (from Blackstone's Commentaries)

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