I discovered this hack sometime last year, but I’ve only been using it for the last few months. It’s a bit of a parlor trick, admittedly. I can afford the 49 cents everyone else spends, but that’s not the point. The point is that it is completely legal. Which means, if you don’t know about this (and I only learned about it last year), there is much about the law you don’t know.
First, the trick. Write the return address so it looks like this:
c/o Your Address
Make sure you don’t use any abbreviations. Write New Hampshire instead of NH (or your state’s equivalent). Write avenue instead of ave., and so on. Remember, no zip code! Here’s a fictional example:
c/o 1234 Paper Street, Apartment #5
The recipient’s address can be in the normal fashion, or it can follow this fashion. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you are sending the letter from the jurisdiction of the Several States, and not from the jurisdiction of Washington DC. If you are in the same city as the recipient, you only need to put two cents on the envelope. Either way, the envelope can weigh as much as half an ounce.
Finally, take the letter to the post office of your choice and drop it in the box marked “letters”. You may try to give it to one of the clerks, but in my experience, they always claim this should not, cannot, and will not work. It seems these clerks either do not know the obligations of the USPS or are purposely obscuring the truth (personally, I believe it’s the former). I like to think I’m a pretty clever guy. However, I do not think I can fool the space age technology of the USPS sorting machines, which means, this is all somehow strangely legal.
So why no zip code, you ask? If you are using a zip code, you are within the jurisdiction of Washington DC…
…I can hear it now. All five of you still reading this post are saying “I’m not in Washington DC. I’m in Vermont, Pittsburgh, Punkin Center…” Well, not physically, but legally you are in Washington DC.
The short of it is that the Civil War made a mess of the federal government. The mailing standards set just prior to the war are still in effect (if you want the specific paperwork, you’re looking for the Stamp Act of the 37th Congress), but this is only for the Several States and article IV citizens. During the Civil War, a second class of citizen was born. The fourteenth amendment made the slaves federal citizens – a status that didn’t exist before the war. Politicians-in-the-know refer to this as the “special condition” of the fourteenth amendment. The current postage of 49 cents is for anyone subject to the statutes of Washington DC: agents, employees, and citizens. The fourteenth amendment also allowed that federal citizens can live anywhere in the Several States as “residents”.
To manage their newly acquired residents, the federal government set up administrative districts. Being always above board and beyond reproach, the federal government made their efforts obvious to the people. They called these districts “The State of” and placed them geographically on the state of choice. So although there is New York, there is also The State of New York. These two places exist in the same geographical area, but are completely separate jurisdictions. Same goes for cities, counties, and all sorts of local jurisdictions. If you are in “The County of El Paso” know that you are also in El Paso County, but you are subject to federal statutes. If you are in “The City of Pittsburgh” you are also in Pittsburgh, but you are subject to federal statutes. These districts are the jurisdiction of the federal government. The “courts” of this federal system are called the statutory courts, because they enforce the statutes of Washington DC, and her 50 administrative “States”. I’ve heard it said this is why statutory courts fly flags with a gold fringe: to signify the jurisdiction of Washington DC.
A bit of recap: there are two kinds of citizenship in the United States of America. One is subject to the laws of the Several States, protected by the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. These are article IV citizens as identified by Article IV of the U.S. Constitution. They are not authorized in federal jurisdictions. Although an article IV citizen may be in California, that same citizen is not allowed in The State of California, which means he is not subject to federal statutes.
The other form of citizenship is the “special condition” of the fourteenth amendment, and although these citizens are offered protection from the Several States, they have no protection from the federal government whatsoever. These people are called residents because their domicile is Washington DC.
So how do you know if you are one and not the other? That depends on how you identify yourself. If you identify yourself with a birth certificate, social security number, driver’s license, or any other administrative identification (pretty much anything “official” except a passport) you are a federal citizen. If you created your own identification, you are a citizen of the Several States.
I’m betting most of you are just now realizing that you are part of the “special condition” of the 14th amendment, and thus, you are a federal citizen. This wouldn’t be an issue if federal citizens were protected by the Bill of Rights, but they are not. These citizens are subject to the federal government with no protections whatsoever. Their rights are modifiable. In other words, the federal government never really freed the slaves. They simply took ownership and convinced almost everyone else to “volunteer” into federal slavery. So while your president tells you that you are hated for your freedoms, he secretly knows you don’t have any. Ain’t that a bitch?
But I have a key for you: if you can volunteer in, you can volunteer out. Simply make an identification and state your domicile, then divorce yourself of all offending obligations and entitlements.
That said, the entire matter is tied up in more history and legal posturing than I can reasonably put in one mere blog post. Instead, I’d like introduce you to some friends of mine: Todd McGreevy and Corey Eib of the Agenda31 show. These are the two gentlemen that showed me this twisting honeycomb of a rabbit hole, and I can’t thank them enough. If you’d like to know more about this subject, feel free to visit them at agenda31.org for some low risk, high reward initiatives. That is, if you’re all caught up on the Grimerica, of course.
A note from Corey Eib –
“One point I would like to add is that this non-domestic mail also demonstrates that the existing government has an obligation to provide a republican form of government to the several states.
The several states must pay debts in gold and silver, this includes paying the Post Office Dept for postage used by the governments of the several states.
You and I are not required to pay anything in gold and silver, so we can use fiat currency to buy 2 cent stamps, and that is a great deal for us. But the deal is just plain normal and fair for the several states. Say California presented 1 US minted Silver Dollar (worth about $23 today) and got 50 USPS stamps in return. This means each two cent stamp cost about $0.46 each, pretty close to the price of a ‘forever’ first class USPS stamp today.
Not only is this a nice parlor trick, but it is also evidence of the ability of the people to re-start the functions of the several states and have those states be able to purchase postage using gold and silver coin.
States today are not the same as the several states, they, like us, are not required to purchase postage with gold and silver.”