January 5, 2008
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January 4, 2008Extinguishing Liberty’s Light and Independent Views
What was the greatest failure of 2007? President Bush’s “surge” in Iraq? The decline in the value of the US dollar? Subprime mortgages? No. The greatest failure of 2007 was the newly sworn in Democratic Congress.
The American people’s attempt in November 2006 to rein in a rogue government, which has committed the US to costly military adventures while running roughshod over the US Constitution, failed. Replacing Republicans with Democrats in the House and Senate has made no difference.
The assault on the US Constitution by the Democratic Party is as determined as the assault by the Republicans. On October 23, 2007, the House passed a bill sponsored by California Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman, chairwoman of a Homeland Security subcommittee, that overturns the constitutionally guaranteed rights to free expression, association, and assembly.
The bill passed the House on a vote of 404-6. In the Senate the bill is sponsored by Maine Republican Susan Collins and apparently faces no meaningful opposition.
Harman’s bill is called the “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act.” [ http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h110-1955 ] When HR 1955 becomes law, it will create a commission tasked with identifying extremist people, groups, and ideas. The commission will hold hearings around the country, taking testimony and compiling a list of dangerous people and beliefs. The bill will, in short, create massive terrorism in the United States. But the perpetrators of terrorism will not be Muslim terrorists; they will be government agents and fellow citizens. Read the rest of this entry »
December 20, 2007
In ancient times, when an empire or nation defeated tribes or other nations in war or battle, the winning nation would punish the losers. The punishment would often occur in degrading and abusing the captured women, mandatory requirement to work, and taxing the working people a percentage of their income.
The first known system of taxation was in Ancient Egypt between 3000-2800 BC, the first dynasty of the Old Kingdom. Ancient records document how the Pharaoh would travel Egypt every 2 years, collecting a percentage of revenues from the people. Before this time in ancient civilization, human beings faced tribal governments with no enduring problem of taxation.
As an example of a high tax, medieval serfs of the Middle Ages paid 25% of their earnings to their landlords. In ancient Israel, any income over 10% was considered usury or taxable at a high interest. When the Romans took over and occupied the region of Judah and Israel, they began to punish the Jews through forced taxation. In the days of Jesus, there was hatred and disgust towards tax collectors, especially those of Jewish descent.
According to the Bible, Jesus, a mystical and prolific spiritual teacher, was charged for tax protesting crimes and inciting disobedience against the Roman oppressors and authorities. Luke 23:1-2 (NIV) explicitly states: Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king.”
Even the most famous spiritual teacher known to humanity blatantly opposed taxation.
Thousands of years later the American Revolution began. Contrary to popular belief, the Colonists’ did not revolt due to a tea tax. The British Monarchy was imposing a 3-5% income tax on the Colonists’ earnings. The revolution consisted of killing, maiming, property destruction and expensive battles for eight years, but the bitter relations lasted decades. All of this destruction because the British Monarchy would not cease their practices of taxation and slavery.
After the new union was set apart from Britain, there was no individual income tax for 124 years. Except for two brief periods, during 1862-1872 (an “income duty” to pay for the Civil War) and 1874-1875 (until the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional), the United States thrived without a national income tax imposed on its population. Americans were free to earn, save, spend, build, invest, and donate their money as they wished, without limitation, nor fear of taxation. The United States was able to support itself through tariffs on imports and exports, excise taxes on liquor, and by issuing government bonds.
To this day, the federal government of the United States of America, continues to tax the income of hard-working citizens. All states within the union, except seven (including Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming), require a mandatory state income tax. In addition to the seven, there is two states (New Hampshire and Tennessee) that only tax dividends and earned interest on income. How is it possible for a state to not require taxes, but the federal government does? How would a state support itself and its population without the steady flow of taxes?
The United States of America has been committing unconstitutional crimes of taxation and enslavement against its growing population (currently, 303 million citizens) since 1913.
If national income taxes were abolished, not only in the United States, but elsewhere, a nation’s economy would thrive due to a free market of earning, spending, saving, and investing. Economic crisis would be a thing of the past while nations became more stable and free. A person would have more money in their pocket to do as they wanted. It would no longer be difficult to finanicially survive in this lifetime while feeding and sheltering one’s family, loved ones, and self.
How can a government take from you what they do not own or have properly earned themselves? When you earn money through your skills, abilities, and strengths, you are the rightful owner of that income until you decide to spend or give that money to another person, business, or organization. Through a monetary system, the energy exerted and time spent working is converted into an adequate finanicial substitution. The money we earn is money that belongs to us; no man or government has the right to take it.
Do not give in helplessly subjecting yourself and your innately human rights to a government’s whims and unnecessary spending. You are the people of your nation; in the highest reality, you are essentially a free human being.
Retain your freedom, defeat the system!