GOP Candidate Quits Iowa Senate Race to Become Senator of Alternative Government

Iowa City's Randi Shannon, who was the official Republican candidate on the ballot for Iowa Senate District 34, thanked her fellow Ron Paul supporters in announcing she's left the race to become a senator with the "original government."

For months, Randi Shannon has been campaigning in an important Iowa Senate race, telling people why as the GOP-preferred candidate she's a better choice than Democratic incumbent Liz Mathis to represent Linn County's District 34.

Shannon has now decided not only that she was the better candidate, but also that she has found a better government, and she dropped out of the race to become "senator" for the "Republic of the United States."

A businesswoman who owns Iowa Auto Glass among more than a dozen other businesses, according to Shannon, she could not bring herself to work for "the corporation" as she describes the current legal status of the U.S. government, the one most people are familiar with.

"I don’t see running for state senate in the way that I have been doing it is going to make a great change," she said.

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In a four-page letter announcing her withdrawl Friday, Shannon thanked, "my fellow Ron Paul for President Supporters, My Fellow Members of Liberty, My Friends who home school as did I, the many Pro-Life Members," and more.

Her letter describes the Republic as an "original government," and it certainly is that.

Recently, she said, it passed its own "law" stating that life begins at conception.

The race, as all Iowa Senate races are, is important, primarily because Democrats hold only a two seat lead in the state's upper chamber.

In a news release provided to Patch, Shannon refers to herself as "Senator Randi Shannon" of the "Republic for Iowa, Republic of the United States of America."

She said she became aware of this government from friends and political contacts, but was only convinced after meeting several higher ups in an unofficial meeting in Atlanta about a month ago.

"Trust me this story does not end here nor does my commitment," she . "In fact, my level of service to the good people of Iowa who have been so supportive of me and my campaign will be greatly increased."

Original Government?

The U.S. Government officially incorporated as a company right before the passing of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Shannon says.

If you remember from history class, the 14th Amendment famously established the equal protection clause, which establishes the validity of debt incurred by the U.S. and outlined the incorporation clause, which establishes that the Bill of Rights be used on the state level, in addition to the national level.

Two years ago a group of "fed up" people formed the Republic of the United States of America and began what she describes as the legitmate and original constitutional government, which she refers to as "the republic."

She said the republic gains its legitmacy from the U.S. Constitution and that it has been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court in the past. She added that the the U.S. House of Representatives were made aware of the reinhabitation of the government in 2010.

New Senator

Shannon said she's excited for her position with the republic and will be one of two Iowa senators, four house members, a judge and several police officers that act as "American rangers."

She said the republic has already enacted legislation that declares life beginning at conception in addition to legislation she said she's already voted for — establishing the aforementioned rangers.

Since what she calls the "corporation government" has enacted unconstitutional laws, the republic has constitutional enforcement officers, that you can call if you are pulled over for anything but a felony charge or for injuring someone else.

Shannon said the ranger would inform the police officer that they were violating their oath, at which point Shannon said the officer would have to comply.

When asked if she believes that a Cedar Rapids Police officer would listen to an American ranger, she had this to say:

"I do believe that they would listen to them because they know the law," she said.

Senate District 34 Race

Now that she's out of the race, the Linn County Republicans have to choose another candidate for the November election against Mathis.

Linn County Republican Chair Steve Armstrong said he was previously unaware of Shannon’s plans to drop out of the race. He said the party will likely work on a new nomination at the upcoming Linn County Republican Central Committee meeting next Tuesday.

"We'll make an effort for someone else to run for that slot and we'll get together with the community," he said.

When asked what she would say to disappointed Republican voters, Shannon said she's confident that she's found the right government, suggesting they call her or check out these YouTube videos.

"I would say that if they do their research, what we have was the real deal," she said, referring to the time period before the 14th Amendment. "What we have now isn't the real deal."

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Robert Zuluaga July 17, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Are you looking for a solution to an underemployed nation on foodstamps or just tearing down your fellow(a) Americans who care enough to try something less mind numbing than the evening news? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TegGzfzLkwM
Robert Zuluaga July 17, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Matthew, this growing group fo (of) sovereign citizens you speak of who are coming out of the woodwork, have actually been around much longer than your pejorative attempt to recount history above would indicate. They first came out of the flesh pots of Egypt when the I AM THAT I AM commanded his servant Moses to go and tell Pharaoh to "Let my people go." Those same sovereign citizens made there way to the shore of America as Pilgrims and later banded together in 1776 to lay a foundation of freedom that you are enjoying today. Here is a prediction for you from an 18th century philosopher, "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." Arthur Schopenhauer
Robert Zuluaga July 17, 2012 at 06:40 AM
Barbara, where did you study history and government? Have you read the Declaration of Independence that OUR FOUNDING FATHERS and mothers created? Go ahead, I dare you to read it. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html
Robert Zuluaga July 17, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Mike, I can tell you with confidence that David Willcock has nothing good to say about this group. These people have much more history and facts behind them and are a growing wave of Americans who still believe that God reigns in the government and affairs of humankind. Of course you may be one of those who mock Him too - not a side of the fence I'd like to cast my vote on.
mike westman July 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Tonto.....get back on your horse and go back to the hospital
David Esmay July 17, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Mike, I can tell with confidence that Tonto and Zuluaga are delusional paranoid t-bagger anarchists. Anyone who invokes the god clause in a political discussion has sought the last refuge of men with no answers and no argument.
Jeff Klinzman July 17, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Wow. Look at what the anti-federalist rhetoric exploited first by Barry Goldwater, then by Ronald Reagan, has wrought. Here is some history for Mr. Zuluaga: the 1862 Confiscation Act cited by Shannon and her republic group called for Union military commanders to emancipate runaway slaves who were in Union custody. That little fact is omitted: is that because, at heart, this group is motivated by white supremacy? Second, Union commanders confiscated property (food, land, horses, tools, personal effects) from civilians in Confederate territory which they occupied who supported the Confederacy. We can haggle about the legality of that all day, but the fact remained men like U.S. Grant had to exert control over the territory they occupied during wartime; property confiscation proved to be a powerful deterrent to civilian Confederate sympathizers which served to deny Confederate armies of logistical support, and deterred espionage against the Union, i.e. United States, armies. Braxton Bragg's army, in his one offensive, which fizzled because Kentucky citizens refused to support the Confederacy and Bragg had no secure supply line, looted civilians for food to support itself. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was in Gettysburg, in part, to loot shoes for its footsore, barefoot troopers. The Civil War was fought to preserve the United States as a nation, and to end slavery.
Jeff Klinzman July 17, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Don't forgt two more salient facts. Thsi group has appointed its own law enforcers, which it calls "Rangers," and has declared that life begins at conception. Does that means these people will soon start showing up, armed, at abortion clinics, Planned Parenthood offices, and pharmacies, to make arrests?
Tony July 17, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Sovereign citizens have been around since the constitution was ratified. If you were not such a cool aid drinker you would realize that you have been re-categorized by the Fed as a corporation and as such, they can tax your butt off! Under the constitution wages cannot be taxed, only corporate earnings. The American people are so ignorant of the purpose and intent of the constitution you deserve to be taxed to death. As a citizen of the incorporated US of A you are no longer a sovereign citizen, but a slave to the system. Do you possess any wealth or does your property actually belong to your govt? If you don't own any gold you don't have any wealth, you only have pieces of paper that say what? "federal Reserve Note' which is worth what? NOTHING! Look at the current interest rates for T-bills, it's less than 1%! Who is the fool?
Tony July 17, 2012 at 06:29 PM
You lost me at anti-federalist! The idea that government should be controlled by the people and not the other way around is obviously lost on you. The history is what it is in terms of who did what, it does not dictate what must be done today, which is to return from the obscurity of living as subjects to the unconstitutional corporate entity that is the federal govt in name only, to the lawful and constitutional government where the sovereignty of each man is recognized. If you want to go on drinking the cool aid, nothing will stop you, the fed will certainly be glad to have another zombie to foot the bill for their indebtedness to the IMF and its bankers. The alternative is to learn what reality is and wake up America! http://dev.republicoftheunitedstates.org/what-is-the-republic/history/
Jeff Klinzman July 17, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I don't see a single reasonable argument here, just the party line of a fringe group which has based its ideology on that used by Southern slaveholders to plunge this country into a costly civil war. The issue was settled 150 years ago: your version of federalism is as dead as the Confederate cause. Darned secessionists...
mike westman July 17, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Zuluaga.....I find your pointless rhetoric to be just as arrogant and greedy as every other ultralibertarian that is out there. 320 million of us and there has to be hiways and rules so that the greedy and overly speedy folk do not hurt and take advantage of others. 320 million....think about it before you don your shirt and play god
mike westman July 17, 2012 at 07:37 PM
In your case ...I see your truths only becoming so in the minds of mindless utopians
mike westman July 17, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Jeff...I got an idea.....lets kick Texas and Florida out of the Union and invite Canada in.....get rid of the nutbars and find some nice people for a change.
Daniel Rudolph July 18, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Can someone please clarify: If the backers of the Republic for the united States of America only think the constitution is legit up through the thirteenth amendment, what gives them the power to declare that life begins at conception? I don;t see anything in the original Constitution or the first 13 amendments that gives the government that authority.
Jeff Klinzman July 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Daniel, these folks are "originalists" only when it suits their needs. Abortion was not outlawed until the AMA organized in the mid-19th century, and pushed for such laws to marginalize midwives. I take these folks seriously because they have made such inroads guiding policy in the GOP, because many are armed, and because many sincerely believe they should use those arms to achieve their policy ends.
Phil Esteen July 18, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I can not stop laughing at this woefully inept right wing boobs. They remind me of a little spoiled child in our neighborhood who, when things didn't go his way, took his ball or his sports equipment and went home. What spoiled, insufferably selfish little white children!
Ho Chi Smith July 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM
All lunacy passes only through Stage One.
T Baatz July 18, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Phil your attitude is pretty similar to the Jews who walked into the ovens. Hitler didn't take over Germany with tanks and a marching army, he got elected! Then he started writing articles in the papers telling Germans that all of their ills were caused by the Jews - demonizing them - sounds kinda like the comments against conservatives by most of the dissenters here. The Jews did nothing to defend against Hitlers lies. Then they made the Jews wear a Star of David to identify them - how do you identify your self to government authorities?
T Baatz July 18, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Phil Continued - Still the Jews said nothing! The Germans then forced them into ghetto's and seized their property - leaving them completely dependent upon govt and starving. Still the Jews did not raise a hand to say - Hey wait a minute, I have rights! Finally the Germans loaded them into cattle cars and sent them to concentration camps, some labor, some death, mostly death! Still the Jews went without incident or resistance. Your govt has taken all of the wealth of America - 1933 Gold cannot be privately owned - President Wilson. 1937 The finishing touches on the Federal Reserve System are enacted by Congress and Federal Reserve Notes replace all previous currencies.
T Baatz July 18, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Phil Continued - Update - 1990 President Clinton 'enacts law' by changing the role of State Militia's in ALL 50 States to a federal role - Unconstitutional! 1998 Clinton entertains the idea of subjugating US Citizens to the ICC via the ICC Treaty. 2001 - 9/11 and the pursuit of WMD in Iraq bring about the creation of the most intrusive and unconstitutional laws to date, the creation of the Dept of Homeland Security and the advent of the Patriot Act. You'll notice that it doesn't seem to matter whether Republicans or Democrats are in office, the course remains the same. Oh I could fill in many more of the blanks and add many more dots for you to connect, of course that will only result in you calling me a conspiracy theorist. I wonder how many Jews faced similar criticism from their peers before walking quietly into the ovens?
bill July 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM
you people need 2 wake up and research 28 USC § 3002 - Definitions (15)“United States” means— (A)a Federal corporation; (B)an agency, department, commission, board, or other entity of the United States; or (C)an instrumentality of the United States.
Jacque Erickson August 02, 2012 at 02:00 AM
please please please take Michele Bachmann with you
mike westman August 02, 2012 at 03:05 AM
and the sun rises and the sun sets. Your parallels to Nazi Germany are woefully inaccurate and connected by the thinnest of threads that anyone could make about anything. I do think that the founding fathers were capable of understanding that the laws of a nation should be there to prevent and regulate the interference and interaction between the people of the nation. Otherwise the sweet and cyanic smell of anarchy would permeate the land until there was no other smells. Wake up and smell the roses and get on with your life and forget the idiocy that comes from your Birchian and libertarian friends and fellow paranoids.
american citizen August 05, 2012 at 02:35 AM
before you people knock something and what they are standing up for do some research and know what it is they are talking about. they are saying go back to the original government that our country started on and stand up for your rights before more are taken away and get back the ones that have been taken. if you dont believe in the consitution you must not be american
mike westman August 05, 2012 at 08:12 AM
Fundamentalism in any form is an archaic way of thinking. Originalists want to take us back to the 18th century and deny any form of evolutionary thinking. I would think that anyone who would deny growth and accommodation for the world as it is now...and not 1783....is denying the fact that the US has grown and evolved. Which it has......in a more true sense.....You are the one who is not a true American. With an A
Tony August 06, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Actually, its individualism and not fundamentalism from which I derive my worldview. Attempting to place anyone who has a different view than your own into your preconceived categories so that you can give the same tired regurgitated responses might work on MSNBC, but not here Pal! My life experience as a soldier and a private citizen stands all by itself, I don't need the assistance of any group, including yours. I was blessed to have my great grand parents living until I was in my early twenties. Learning from those who lived through much of the history of this country like the Great War, the Great Depression, WWII, etc. has provided me with a perspective very few have experienced. One of the things they stressed was the need to reign in the government, especially govt spending. They always said if there was one thing they regret in their lifetime, it was allowing the passage of 'the social security.' They said it was the worst usurpation of personal liberty since the war between the states. I met my great great grandfather three times, he was a rough rider with Teddy Roosevelt.
Tony August 06, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Part 2 - He loved to play the fiddle at family reunions and talk about the old days, but for him the subject of the national govt was a sore one; he knew how bad things would come to be for future generations. He was a farmer all of his life after he left the Army, and knew the growth of the national govt meant one thing for the people, less freedom! I don't care if you associate me with this group or another, the fact is I am my own group, that is what sovereignty means! If some number of people happen to agree with me that our govt is operating way beyond the constraints of the rule of law, as proscribed in the context of the constitution that's great! It means I'm not the only one paying attention, it means we're growing in numbers and that any govt willing to deprive private citizens of our liberty has a reason to fear. Your assertions however are nothing more than a dubious effort to assuage the task of answering the relevant point of my message. The fact is, you have only revealed that you are not willing or are unable respond in a cogent and salient manner to the facts I have presented. Maybe you are on the govt dole? In which case you don't really have an opinion that is your own, you've been bought for a price.
Tony August 06, 2012 at 08:39 PM
@mike westman - You better get a new brush if you think you're going to paint me as an anarchist mikie. I strongly recommend a trip to the Holocaust Museum in DC and a few interviews with survivors if you want to educate me about world history! While you're at it maybe a trip down memory lane with F. A. Hayek in his book "The Road to Surfdom."
mike westman August 08, 2012 at 10:58 AM
I am sorry you have to feel the way you do.......I grew up in a Calvinist environment and learned about self reliance and the power of the individual.....I also realize that govt. taken to extremes will power itself over the individual.......But....when the individual stands out and proclaims his individualism above the needs and function of the society as a whole....then he...the staunch conservative (me me me) becomes the target of the govt. and that is where the whole thing falls apart. You cannot win and in your failed quest ....you injure the world around you. You may think that the power and dominion of the individual is the paramount entity in our society but you are mistaken.....we all have to live here. Say what you want...do as you wish...


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