Cover letter to Declaration sent to City of Collinsville, Illinois, Illinois Secretary of State, Missouri Secretary of State, and United States State Department via Certified U.S. Mail on Jan. 2, 2008, Registration Numbers: 70070220000112930039, 70070220000112930053, 70070220000112930046 and 70070220000112930022, respectively.
January 1, 2008
Know all men by these presents that I, Mark McCoy, extend greetings to all representatives, agents, and officers of the United States, and freely and voluntarily send the following message:
I am sending this letter and enclosed Declaration as a courtesy and for your information. You are receiving this because you are either a duly elected public servant, or are occupying a position created by an act of law or expediency. Please feel free to pass this letter and the enclosed Declaration along to whomever you may think would be interested in its contents. I would encourage all who read it to study it thoroughly. It comes from many years of study, research, and anguish. I have not made this decision lightly. I am fully aware of the implications, ramifications, and possible consequences. It flows from the pen of a peaceful, freedom-loving, independent man who can see the recurring pattern that has plagued mankind since man first ruled over other men. I have come to believe that I must either acquiesce to the role of a subject, or take the path others have bravely travelled, often at enormous costs to themselves. I have chosen the more difficult path of identifying and challenging that which is contrary to my liberty and conscience.
The enclosed Declaration is not a legal document. The statements made in the Declaration are not a matter of law or legality. The statements made in the Declaration exist outside law promulgated by government. My Declaration avers and attests to the Natural Law that binds all People and is the antecedent basis and justification for any other moral law. Just as ignorance of the law is no excuse, by this Declaration, ignorance of My Sovereignty, My rights, and My liberty, is no excuse.
If we are to believe in the words of those who have come before us, espousing and proclaiming the ideas of liberty, then all men have by way of their birth, possess complete and perfect title to their person, liberty, and property. Such men, seeking to form a government for their mutual benefit and binding only those who consent to its jurisdiction, cannot by right or morality bind other men to their will without the like-consent of those who they seek to bind. The Declaration of Independence makes the proclamation that, “…deriving their just power from the consent of the governed. And should any government become destructive to these ends it shall be the right of the People to alter or abolish it…” That Declaration did not ask government to accept, acknowledge, or approve of that statement because it does not need acceptance, acknowledgement, or approval. It is simply a Declaration founded in truth, morality, and nature.
I have chosen to adopt the spirit of the Declaration of Independence in my Public Declaration of Sovereignty, Expatriation, and Dissolution of all Previous Political and National Allegiance. I believe I have taken reasonable measures to question and challenge that which has been portrayed to me as law that binds me to perform certain duties prescribed by others with whom I have not chosen to represent me or act on my behalf. I am making known my Declaration as a peaceful overture to those who have taken liberties in prescribing the limits of my liberties, defining my rights, and restricting my freedom. I have grown weary of dissemblance, fraud, deceit, threats, and silence, proliferated by supposed “servants”, elected and paid by the consenting governed, all to the detriment of those who either consent through will, or succumb through ignorance.
Please take note; I am not asking for permission; I am not seeking approval; I am not petitioning for acknowledgement, of My Declaration. It will stand as My public proclamation in clarifying or correcting who I am, in relation to what government has presumed or deemed me to be; it is my peaceful overture to all of Mankind as a reasonable, rational, and conscionable Man; and it is my firm and true belief that absent my tacit or explicit consent, I have the right and power to conscript myself to, or remove myself from, any power that acts in any manner whatsoever, in which case I consider the present federal, state, and local governments to be inconsistent with my conscience, reason, or morality. My Declaration is absolute, non-negotiable, and the supreme Law to which I morally bind myself.
Even though I subscribe to the teachings of Thoreau, King Jr., and Gandhi, I will resist peacefully, at first, by merely refusing to act in a manner prescribed by arbitrary power, but if confronted with an attempt at coercion or compulsion, through force against my person, I will resort to whatever means of self-preservation I may see fit to summon. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Resistance to Tyrants is obedience to God.” It is peaceful to refuse to act, but it is righteous to protect that which divinity has provided.
Unless a claim can be made that binds or subjects me to any presumed authority; arising from a document, contract, agreement, or oath, and which was made with my fully informed, voluntary consent, then I am subject to no governmental authority. If government requires the consent of the governed, then this Declaration contests the presumption of such consent. If I am to be subjected to arbitrary power against my will, then let the world know that this country does not represent freedom, and all living thereupon the land are not free. In either case, I will assert my independence and exercise my freedom in any manner consistent with my conscience and in opposition to any unnatural construct that would impose restrictions upon my moral exercise of liberty. If a claim is to be made, then publicly do so or let stand as truth, My Declaration.
I have made it known to the world and all mankind, my peaceful intentions, my thoughts, and my Declaration. I encourage you to visit my website at http://www.markmccoy.com
Yours in Peace and Liberty, or Conflict and War,