To the Editor:

December 23rd of this year marks the 100th anniversary of an important event in American history. It is the day that our Congress sold us into slavery by passing the Federal Reserve Act.

The Federal Reserve Act was drafted during a secret meeting of bankers and government officials on Jekyll Island off the Georgia coast in November of 1910. Owned by the wealthy of the day - Paul Warburg, JP Morgan, John Rockefeller, Jekyll Island was a retreat for the elite.

Although our Constitution clearly states that, "The Congress shall have the Power to coin money [and] regulate the Value thereof," Congress, on December 23rd, 1913 abdicated its responsibility to its constituents and relegated this task to private bankers known to us as the Federal Reserve.

As a result, our government, instead of issuing money, now allows a private banking cartel to create dollars from thin air and then borrows them. To pay the interest on this borrowed "money," Congress passed the 16th Amendment allowing for a direct tax on "incomes, from whatever source derived" The income tax.

Prior to the 16th Amendment, this type of taxation was expressly prohibited in our Constitution.

We are now all slaves to the enforcement arm of the Federal Reserve - the IRS. Well, 99 percent of us, that is. To the top one percent, we're just tools to create wealth. But who are the one percent? They are the Council on Foreign Relations, a group of around 4,000 founded by Paul Warburg to strengthen the influence of corporate power on the government. A small but powerful subset of the CFR is the Trilateral Commission. Participants in the TC include, former government officials, key business leaders, Wall Street banksters, You get the picture.

The Council on Foreign Relations and Trilateral Commission, along with others, comprise a shadow government that is running this country.

David Rockefeller, founder of the Trilateral Commission, stated in his 2003 memoirs, "Some even believe we [the Rockefeller family] are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it." The fox is guarding the henhouse. The Federal Reserve is a Ponzi scheme.

This is not democracy. This is not liberty. And many charged with defending our Constitution have become its enemies.

Our Constitution set us free. The Federal Reserve Act and 16th Amendment have re-enslaved us. Our Founding Fathers must be rolling in their graves.

And so, I call upon my elected representatives from the State of Vermont to work to repeal the Federal Reserve Act and 16th Amendment, and to create a Federal Bank owned by the People.

Call or write your elected representatives and ask that they do just that.

The defense of the Constitution is not the job of government. It is the job of the People. Freedom is not a gift, it is a right for which we must fight.

Until, and unless we pry ourselves from the greedy grips of the Federal Reserve and shadow government, the Citizens of these United States shall never enjoy the Freedom for which our Founding Fathers fought.

Joe Checco South Londonderry