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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A lot of Americans don't know their history

Most American's don't understand their own history
I find that most American's don't understand their own history. The
public schools rewrite it. If only people knew the real reason why we
don't have a law for an income tax in this country: Our forefathers
designed it that way. I think that more people would be accepting of
the idea that there is no law requiring individuals to pay income tax
if they understood why our forefathers gave us the Constitution that they did.
Our American forefathers knew what they were doing when they made
federal income taxes illegal. They were fully aware that history
abounded with examples of governments encroaching on the liberties of
its citizens. James Madison wrote, "Since the general civilization of
mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the
freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in
power than by violent and sudden usurpation." This is the reason why
they only gave the federal government two means of collecting taxes,
knowing full well that it is taxes that grow governments.
The first method allows the federal government to tax the states
(direct taxes apportioned). This forces the federal government to
negotiate with entities large and powerful enough to resist. This
provides for the balance of power principle our forefathers valued so
immensely and interwove so intricately into a government that has thus
far withstood the test of time.
The second method allowed for the federal government to tax the
individual, but only if the individual had the option not to pay those
taxes, as is the case for alcohol, and tobacco (indirect taxes
unapportioned). This allowed an individual to say within their selves,
"I do not like the way my government is spending my money, so I am not
going to give them anymore by buying this or that product that I would
enjoy ordinarily." The decision to buy or not to buy is far easier and
far more effective than hitching a ride on a horse and carriage to
Washington and holding up placards. Our forefathers knew that the
demands of life do not always allow us the time to formally petition
our government. Besides, placards can be ignored. The purse ... not so easy.
Instead of our forefather's original vision, today we have the federal
government railroading the individual into paying income taxes under
threat of prison or the confiscation of their property. Just as our
forefathers feared, the federal government has grown large and
unaccountable to the people, sending "swarms of Officers to harass our
people, and eat out of their substance." (Declaration of Independence.)
And the federal government actively does all of this without ever
having altered the Constitution (in other words, illegally). Read more

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