Tampering With Freedom
by Rod Miller 2002
I have heard, but never tried to find out for myself, that if one were to place a frog into a pot of water and slowly heat the water, the unwary frog will eventually boil to death when, at any time, it could have saved itself by jumping out of the heating water.
We comfort ourselves thinking humans are superior animals only to find the fate of the frog happening to people throughout recorded history.
A free people must never take their freedom or their surroundings for granted! Things change!
We need only to look at Afghanistan and Iraq for the most recent examples of maniacal activists who took freedom away from their peoples.
Abuse of basic human freedoms has gone on since people 'grouped up' at the expense of those who didn't ... or wouldn't. THIS, merits our attention.
According to James Madison, our fourth President:
"There are more instances of the abridgment of freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation."
Today, some of our greatest perils lie within our own borders ... amongst our own citizens as well as the so-called 'foreigners'. America must not continue to be complacent. Truer now than ever before is the phrase, "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance". After some research to credit the original author, the earliest version seems to be:
"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt". - John Philpot Curran: Speech upon the Right of Election, 1790 (Speeches. Dublin, 1808.)
That quote is worthy of several readings to let it sink in. Consider this from Benjamin Franklin:
"A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins."
The recent 2000 presidential election exposed a grave danger to our country. It confirmed what many take for granted - the apparent 'security' of our American way of life. Today, our beloved Constitution is under attack by activists as out-of-date and no longer responsive to the needs of the people.
In the 2000 presidential election, our Constitution worked exactly as our brilliant, and mostly very young Founding Fathers intended. Realizing that politics is an integral part of every society, they designed and integrated a system of government that included the judiciary. Republicans and Democrats bemoaned the apparent politically motivated decisions of the Florida Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. So what! The system worked its way through to a logical and constitutional political result. The system was designed that way over 200 years ago.
Whenever citizens ignore the work of the designers of our society, bureaucrats, politicians and political activists will try to tamper with the magnificent work of our Founding Fathers and ... they will screw it up! Per Mr. Curran, our rights are more than ever, becoming prey to the active.
Consider this knee jerk reaction from the most recent national election:
Then First Lady Hillary Clinton, Senator Gore and others advocated abolishment of the `outmoded' Electoral College and replacing it with a national popular vote.
Common sense prevailed when the Founding Fathers created the Electoral College to avoid what happened a hundred years earlier in Poland - a civil war. Yes, a civil war resulted from a close popular vote in a national election. Could violence happened in the USA in 2000? We were ever so close!
Mobs of angry people in Florida and heated conversations throughout the country had the potential to result in violent confrontation. The electoral votes was a state issue because of the electoral process. Responsible leaders pleaded to let the system take its course to an acceptable result. It did! Yet, the short sighted say the Electoral College didn't work --- was it because the drew the short straw this time!
The Seventeenth Amendment is another example of not leaving well enough alone. In 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment was ratified. It changed selection of US Senators to a direct, popular vote of the citizens within the state.
Previously, the Constitution had provided for the various states to appoint Senators. The reasoning was that responsible leaders had already been elected by the citizens and were best suited to select the most qualified. Respected prominent citizens and career politicians were selected by their elected peers to become America's future statesmen.
The legacy of the tampering of 1913: Now we have a Senator from New Jersey who is so wealthy that he poured 65 MILLION dollars into a campaign for a job paying what amounts to pocket change...for him. A newly rich stock market dot.com millionaire 'bought' a senate seat from the State of Washington only to praise Osama Bin Laden for building schools and roads for the people of Afghanistan....hmmm...do terrorists need roads to move troops and schools to brainwash them.
Sadly, the once highly respected US Senate is becoming the exclusive club of choice for the rich and famous. How do the rich and famous manage to win without prior notable public service? They buy advertising, public relations and marketing experts. They do it by going directly to the generally uninformed masses with massive advertising especially television. Candidates are 'sold' to voters with clever slogans -- yes sold, like soap, cereal and fast food. The Founding Fathers couldn't have envisioned that in a day when a good public service reputation counted.
Tampering with the shortest (4,400 words) and longest surviving Constitution in the world is 'dumbing down' our statesmen'. Practical political experience and prior public service is vital and on the job training is dangerous. Voters should consider the depth of a candidate and choose not based on the depth of the bankroll and in every event, should try to understand the source of the 'bankroll' and why the money is available. Truth is: There is always a payoff --- one's instinct should be trusted!
Politicians talk about campaign finance reform. Do you believe for a moment that they will ever look to the 17th Amendment as part of or most of the problem?
Today, people are discouraged and disappointed in their government. I find them to be angry. Many have thrown their hands up in despair. Some have sworn off politics, voting and government for good - to their own peril. That plays into the hands of the activists by giving them your forfeited vote. We must become involved as strong and informed individual citizens .... and never concede our rights!
If you managed to read to this point, we are still on the "same page". This is where I must convince you of the importance of the mission I formally committed to on January 15, 2001 regarding income taxation. Initially, I felt a need to alert people, but now I prefer to make available information on both sides about the wisdom of the 16th Amendment which authorized the income tax.
Each citizen needs to consider the impact of the income tax system. Personally, I believe the most dangerous internal threat, apart from terrorism, to the personal security of all American citizens is the income tax. I also believe it robs us of personal freedoms, the right to complete invasion of privacy by government by its inquisitional nature and I believe it destroys more families than drinking and illegal drugs. The income tax is a form of government slavery.
Hey, we are a 'free country' -- right? Yes, we have been taught that but consider this question: What is government? This description by George Washington, our first President pretty much defines government:
"Government is not reason it is not eloquence it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master."
Now you say, Rod, government domination and enslavement of its citizens. C'mon now - isn't that a bit scary... a real stretch? Well, in 1891, Leo Tolstoy, the author of War and Peace said,
" The essence of all slavery consists in taking the produce of another's labor by force. It is immaterial whether this force is founded on ownership of the slave or ownership of the money that he must get to live on".
See? It doesn't matter if you own the slave or control the slave's money -- it is still slavery. When a government confiscates the product of your labor, by force, you are enslaved in proportion to the percentage taken. Long term, income taxes have never gone down, only up. Is there an end in sight?
The IRS fights an ongoing battle with 25 million American families and sends out 100 million notices every year claiming taxpayers have filed incorrect forms and that more money is owed. Notices are sent because the IRS knows its fear machine can be used to intimidate those not able to afford high priced legal services.
According to seasoned IRS consultants, every year the IRS outright lies to citizens 60% to 90% of the time. They wrongfully imposes additional taxes, penalties and interest, garnish paychecks, seize homes and businesses, subject citizens to demeaning audits, demand unreasonable, productivity killing paperwork and worst of all, high pressure tactics results in the destruction of jobs and families.
Small businesses have IRS paperwork costs of $4 for every $1 dollar paid in taxes. This, plus the loss of productivity is a terrible economic burden. Why does that make sense? How much greater would personal and business productivity be without all that hassle? Wouldn't it make sense to eliminate the $4 in paperwork, send that amount (four times the revenue that government gets now) to the Treasury Department and keep the extra dollar for yourself? Would YOU be better off with a different tax system? The government would.
Today, the IRS is running on the same set of tracks that gave the world the KGB, the Gestapo and other government run police state organizations. In my personal opinion, the efforts of some 100,000 IRS employees should use their collective and considerable skills against enemies of the United States -- not against the American people.
The IRS is armed with a huge database of information on nearly every man, woman and child in America. They can get to' any one, at any place and at any time. With ever increasing power, can any reasonable person think the IRS will ever be truly "kinder and gentler?"
Thomas Jefferson wrote,
"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. This is so because those who gain positions of power tend always to extend the bounds of it. Power must always be constrained or limited else it will increase to the level that it will be despotic."
The only way to avert year after year domestic economic terrorism is to derail the IRS fear machine. To do that, we need to repeal the Sixteenth Amendment (1913) (income tax) and/or eliminate the income tax irrevocably. There is a better way. Americans deserve a better system.
Government needs money to preserve, protect and defend its citizens. It must promote the general welfare of it's citizens -- not supply it. America simply needs a fairer, less intrusive and less costly system. Computing technology is better used for collecting taxes than aiding and abetting in collecting the hearts, souls and assets of America's working citizens. Armed with a staff of 40,000 employees, I believe 535 Members of Congress are up to the task of doing the right thing and replacing the income tax whilst moving the zealous IRS fear machine to homeland security missions.
American's must unite to take the fear out of government. Americans must not tolerate the fearsome income tax. Before any new tax system is put in place, the 16th Amendment should be repealed, lest we unwittingly permit Congress to add a new layer of taxation. To accomplish this difficult goal, two-thirds of the House and Senate and three-quarters of the states must vote to repeal. In the alternative, a replacement tax system should be implemented with a proviso that an income tax may not be re-instituted without repeal of any replacement tax system.
Me? Perhaps! Repealing an Amendment to the Constitution is difficult, but it has been done. Prohibition went in 1919 and came back out in 1933. America would no longer tolerate Prohibition and its related problems. Now, I believe American citizens face a more dangerous problem and must demand to be heard again. The impossible just takes a little longer - say a million miles or so on my star-spangled motorcoach.
Someone once said that if we don't pay attention to the lessons of history, history will repeat itself. Obviously, our Founding Fathers knew their history. Once again:
"Government is not reason it is not eloquence it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master." - George Washington
Try never to forget that quotation!
Washington and his compatriots knew their history of the world; since the colonies had little of their own, save for a new world status and subservience to the British Empire.
In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote these words into the Declaration of Independence
"... Whenever any form of government becomes destructive...it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it..."
Jefferson also wrote:
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
That last statement is a bit off the subject and the N.R.A. seems to have that battle in hand. I just mention it here as another example of how those without a sense of history can trivialize the wisdom of our Founding Fathers. They call for all manner of gun control' which unwittingly sets the stage for total government domination and enslavement of citizens.
In the context of weaponry and government, consider these words from Joseph Stalin:
"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas."
As one ponders the 'gun issue', more 'advice' from Stalin is worth mentioning:
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. "
Again, this reflects the thinking of the power-seekers among us. What could occur should we place our entire trust in bureaucrats and politicians WITHOUT a last ditch resource to protect our lives and liberty? Care to guess?
We must never forget there are those who seek power and control over our lives. Our founders gave us the right to vote and therein lies our protection ... but we must be wise in how we vote.
And voting to me means voting with a view toward the common good. Too many people are organization-driven meaning they vote according to the agenda of an organization. This, to me, is also a threat to liberty. When voting, one should ask, "Is this vote a vote for my personal interests at the expense of others?"
I like what George Bernard Shaw said,
"A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."
After all, the Paul's do have their rights. Then, so do those who are the most productive members of our society and don't wish to be slaves to Paul.
Am I wrong? Can anyone, Republican or Democrat argue this point? Well, I am willing to bet that some pseudo-intellectual type will take issue with Shaw's common sense and come up with a goofy theory about how Shaw's is outmoded thinking.'
I say some people are educated beyond the level of their intelligence. Don't let their perverted ideas about things that impact your liberties take precedence over the wisdom of the founders of our great nation.