Thursday, September 23, 2010

Taxation or Legal Plunder?

Taxation or Legal Plunder?
Taxes have always been a part of history. Taxes are needed for a government to endure. I would like to focus more on Federal Taxation and discuss State Taxation at another time.
What are the bounds of Federal Taxation? Do they have restrictions? The Government officials in office right now would say that the Federal Government has no limits on what they can do. They have shown us this by the way they have disregarded the Constitution. Our current president has far exceeded the restraints embedded in our Constitution. Our founders placed restraints in the constitution for our presidents and elected officials to preserve our REPUBLIC.
I am about to offend a lot of people with what I am going to write. I’ve learned that I can’t please everyone in life and it is the things that some love and agree with most that others will find the most despising and repulsing. I’m willing to accept that.
I would like to say this while I still have the right. I am not attacking a single person or those who support the idea of legal plunder. I am however attacking the idea of federal welfare, and the redistribution of wealth through taxation which is legal plunder.
Much of what you will read in this blog comes from an amazing book titled “The Law” by Frederick Bastiat. I would encourage all to read it.
Bastiat mentions three gifts from God in these words “In spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God PRECEDE all human legislation and are superior to it. LIFE, LIBERTY, and PROPERTY do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.”
Bastiat goes on to state “What, then is law? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.”
Simply put I have the right to defend my life, liberty and property. No human legislation can overpower those gifts from God. If legislations goes against life, liberty or property then that legislation has overstepped its limits.
Our liberty is being attacked by the ideology of our President and those around him. America has always been a REPUBLIC BY THE PEOPLE. The politicians of our day are trying to “fundamentally” change that to a welfare state. Another name for welfare state is Socialism.
Socialism gives the impression that the government is looking out for the little man. Socialism wishes to take from the rich and give to the poor. Socialist see themselves as a Robin Hood of sorts. What socialist don’t understand is the idea of Robin Hood is to take from those who have plundered from the poor and give back to the poor what was already theirs.
The socialist sees the big corporations and rich persons of America as evil. They wish to place a tax on the rich and give that money to the poor. This is also known as legal PLUNDER. Our government has created such legislation and enforced it upon the people, and the effect is legalized plunder under the name of taxation.
Bastiat poses the question “But how is this legal plunder to be identified?” How can we tell what taxes are legal and just under the law and which taxes are plunder and protected under the law? Bastiat continues and explains it “Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. SEE IF THE LAW BENEFITS ONE CITIZEN AT THE EXPENSE OF ANOTHER BY DOING WHAT THE CITIZEN HIMSELF CANNOT DO WITHOUT COMMITTING A CRIME.”
My neighbor by law cannot come to my front door and demand $100.00 My neighbor may ask for it and leave it up to me to choose to either give it him, loan it to him or tell him “NO”.
When the Government takes that $100.00 and gives it to my neighbor under the name of taxation this becomes legal plunder. The socialist do not want to commit illegal plunder because we will know their true desires. The socialists wish to impose plunder using the legal system and disguise it under the name of taxation. In the end it is the same.
Bastiat continues “When a portion of wealth is transferred from the person who owns it without his consent and without compensation, and whether by force or by fraud to anyone who does not own it, then I say that property is violated; that an act of plunder is committed.”
As I said at the beginning, Taxes are needed for the government to endure. But there is a difference between taxes and legal plunder. Legal plunder will destroy any government which tries to adopt it. The plundered monies from the citizen are used for welfare programs, excessive raises for government officials and other illegal expenses that our government dips into our national treasury for.
As Americans we must stop this legal plundering by voting into office men and woman who will not allow the excessive raises. We must freeze all welfare programs and restore the original Social Security program. (if you don’t put anything in you don’t get anything out and it is optional to put in)
This November we can start the process of reversing the injuries our government has inflected on us the citizens. Our elected officials seem to have forgotten that we the people are the government. We must remove the czars and other radicals that occupy the White House and remove all so called power Obama has given them. No government official has any power that we the people cannot take away. The power of our government rest upon every citizen. We must VOTE to stop this plundering and Fundamental Change that is taking place in America. Please Vote! The future of America depends on voting and placing righteous men and women into office who will uphold that Constitution our current president has disregarded and disgraced.
May God save America if it is still possible!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Can America Survive?

In Caesar and Christ, Will Durant states "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome's decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars."

All to often people become complacent and disregard the duty of being a citizen of these United States. It is our right and obligation to place into office honest and good persons who will hold fast to the Constitution. Who will uphold the moral and economic principals found within the sacred writing of our Founding Fathers.

On June 1, 1837 Daniel Webster expresses "I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe...Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing."

Abraham Lincoln shared similar views. When Lincoln was 28 years old speaking to the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield He asked, "At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.

Lincoln continues "At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide."

I am starting to wonder if we can stop this suicide. Some believe that we are already dead. Alexander Fraser Tytler (history professor at the University of Edinburgh) claimed "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is ALWAYS followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From Bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage"

For those of you who have read the Book of Mormon know this to be the Nephite cycle. It is found repeatedly in the pages of the Book of Mormon.

At the close of the Constitutional Convention a woman asked Benjamin Franklin what type of government the convention was giving the people. Franklin replied, "A republic, if you can keep it."

Our Republic is more frail then a democracy. A Republic demands more from its citizens. A Republic requires the citizen to take an active part in the government. To vote, to serve in community positions, to serve in the many branches of military.

I fear that America has abandoned our republic and moved towards a democracy in the last 50 or so years. I fear more that we are moving more and more towards a dictatorship. The meaning of checks and balances are losing their meaning. The House and Senate no longer play the role of keeping a president it check. That is why a republic is so frail. Each citizen must do our part by knowing who we are voting for.

How many of us know our Congressman and Senators? How many of us have attended town hall meetings? How many of us research those running for office so when we arrive at the polls we make an informed decision?

Our country is in trouble! Spending is out of control. Our Federal debt is off the charts. Americans will be passing debt onto their children and children's children because of the fiscal recklessness of our elected leaders.

Americans need to take a stand today! Start now to research the Constitution, and those who helped to created it. Study about the principals and morals that made America great. Learn the true history of America by the very men and women who made it. Become informed on current events. Vote!

Can America be saved? If it can then it is up to her people to do the job. To elect men and women with sound moral principals. To vote out those who have betrayed the Constitution and forsaken integrity.

I wish to close with the words of man who knew and lived the meaning of integrity.
"The honor and safety of our bleeding country, and every other motive that can influence the brave and heroic patriot, call loudly upon us, to acquit ourselves with spirit. In short, we must now determine to be enslaved or free! If we make freedom our choice, we must obtain it by the blessing of Heaven on our united and vigorous efforts.
General George Washington, August 8, 1776


In speaking with one of my friends I have been inspired to follow his lead in starting a blog about certain things people do not feel very comfortable talking about. Religion and Politics. Although I do not posses the writing capabilities of my friend who writes the Thought Provoking Conversation blog I hope to inspire someone, somewhere, to take a more active role in religion and politics. If nothing else, then to improve my own writing capabilities and share my thoughts and ideas with those who care to hear them. I will focus more on Politics but throw in some religion as well. Some of the topics that I will expound on are, if America can survive, immigration, taxation without representation, the Right to keep and bear Arms, Freedom of speech, Is America still a Christian nation, Founding Fathers, The role of Religion in government, the real meaning of Separation of Church and State, Does Freedom still exist in America. These are just a few of the ideas I have thought deeply about had many open minded conversations with friends and family. Input from others in encouraged.

The name for my blog God-Family-County comes from one of my favorite Prophets, Statesman, and Author Ezra Taft Benson. These 3 things are what make America the Greatest Nation on Earth. Most of my writings will come from books and quotes I have read and I will do my best to state the sources. I find myself to be more the student then the teacher. I love to read and can never get enough information to satisfy my thirst for knowledge.

I hope all who read the post I publish will find them informing and provoking.