Actually, this is a 2-part post. The first part is how (not) to be a “sovereign citizen.” In other words, how to avoid becoming an asshole.
Second part is how to write me an e-mail.
A few days ago, I got an e-mail from a person who many would call a “sovereign citizen.” I’ll explain that in a bit.
Look, I get enough normal e-mails asking for help, and I respond as quickly I can. And then I get the occasional e-mail from people who are clearly fucked in the head. To those, I might not respond at all.
One special e-mail was from a sovereign citizen. She made some pretty bold claims about her demands and needs, with absolute disregard for what needs to be done.
If you’re not familiar with the term “sovereign citizen,” it’s a person who believes they are like a nation of one. They are sovereign from any law. The laws of society do not apply to them. In short, they are self-serving, anti-government idiots. The worst part is, over the past few years, this is becoming a growing ‘thing’ at about 100,000 people strong!
“But Jeff, you say things against the US government – does that make you a sovereign citizen??” Ah, no. I recognize the laws and authority of the government, wherever I might be. Sovereign citizens do not.
Let’s talk only in the US, where the sovereign citizen movement is most popular. Sovereign citizens does not recognize laws, period. City, state, federal – no law applies to them. Nor do they recognize US currency. Want to get a sovereign citizen angry? Talk about taxation. Sovereign citizens overwhelmingly do not believe in being taxed. BUT, when you challenge them, the first thing they do is demand financial payment (yes, in US currency) for their broken rights (upheld by a law).
When is a sovereign citizen happy? When it serves them. Like being caught speeding, having to sit in a court, when avoiding taxes, pushing drugs, hiring a hit man to kill a judge.
When is a sovereign citizen upset? When they’re needing emergency response, like an ambulance, fire truck or police. Or needing to rely on the law for their own protection or, God forbid, an actual education.
Funny thing about the sovereign citizen movement… you don’t hear them brag about avoiding insurance when a logging truck slams into their car. You don’t hear them claim sovereignty when the company accidentally dumps waste on their land. These sovereign citizens see no need for law enforcement, except when laws enforce protection. Then they sing a different tune.
So, sovereign citizens like being “sovereign” when breaking the law, but they cry crocodile tears when needing the law.
This video shows one batshit crazy “Jenna.” It’s a voice recording of her 911 call. As you find out, the police are in a car chase with her. She demands from the 911 operator she be paid ($300,000??) to agree to stop for the police, as this is a “false declaration of an emergency.” (I told you they’re batshit crazy.)
That raises another issue: the legal language you hear from them. For a self-described non-law abiding group, they sure do throw around a lot of legalese. Whenever challenged by authority, they’ll defend their sovereignty with terms and phrases that, supposedly come from legal precedents. Or at least their favourite website. See the irony?
In another video, the guy literally says “I don’t know what law book you’re reading man, but it doesn’t apply to me.” About 45 seconds later, he gets deservedly tazed.
Generally, a sovereign citizen is a grown-up version of an entitled brat. So, how do you avoid being that entitled brat? Recognize that laws serve you, to protect you, to help you. A law is not a precursor to payment.
Filling out the proper paperwork to get what you want or strive for. Don’t be someone who claims “I am not a ‘person,’ I’m a man!” (No buddy, you’re not.)
How to write me an e-mail? Now, for the second part, the easy part. If you want help in trying to become an expat, just write me: jeff (at) expatyourself.com
But don’t come off sounding like an entitled brat. Understand there are definite steps to follow. That’s where I help.