Tuesday, July 03, 2012


The United States was founded in large part due to a government that would not listen to its people, by taxation gone out of control to fund pet projects of that government, and by a tyrannical government which abused its subjects. Revolution broke out because of a desire for justice and freedom, out of outrage against the abuses by government and intolerance for misuse of power.

Today, were the founding fathers to wake up and look around, the first thing they'd do is reach for a rifle. They fought and died for liberty and independence. All we have left of that is a memory.

Think I'm exaggerating? Hysterical? Taking things too far?

Our constitution guarantees certain rights will be protected by the government, and technically they are. We have a right to free speech, to bear arms, to a fair and speedy trial. We have a right to property, to life, and to liberty. We have the right to reject our homes forcibly used to house troops. We have a right to many things.

Except the government can now tax you for not doing what it wants. Yes, you have a right to bear arms but if you don't give your arms up, you could be forced by congress to pay a tax for not complying. Yes, you have a right to free expression, but you could be forced by congress to pay a tax if you speak out. Yes, you have a right to a fair trial, but you could be forced by congress to pay a tax if you demand one.

There is no limit to what the federal government can now use the tax law to force you into or penalize you for not doing. You're eating the wrong food. You're smoking. You're not exercising sufficiently. You are driving the wrong car, you set the thermostat too high. You're technically free to do this... but you'll pay the government for the privilege.

John Adams would have already put his uniform on and checked his weapons.

*UPDATE: Let me clarify this even more for people who think I've gone off the deep end. The Supreme Court of the United States just ruled that the Government Health Insurance Takeover Act was unconstitutional but then said it could be done anyway because it was a tax. They said "this is illegal but you can do it anyway, because it is a tax." Anything, anything the government wants to do now, they can do under this umbrella.


Eric said...

I agree with all that, but not today. Today I am enjoying everything that is still great about America and ignoring everything that isn't.

Anonymous said...

"Power always follows property. This I believe to be as infallible a maxim in politics, as that action and reaction are equal is in mechanics. Nay, I believe we may advance one step farther, and affirm that the balance of power in a society accompanies the balance of property in land. The only possible way, then, of preserving the balance of power on the side of equal liberty and public virtue is to make the acquisition of land easy to every member of society; to make a division of the land into small quantities, so that the multitude may be possessed of landed estates. If the multitude is possessed of the balance of real estate, the multitude will have the balance of power, and in that case the multitude will take care of the liberty, virtue, and interest of the multitude in all acts of government."
--John Adams