The Declaration of Independence is the ideologic preamble to the Constitution. From it, freedom is understood by the Framers and Founders to consist of those “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness …. endowed by their Creator“. Taxation is, in the political realm, taking something, with or without the consent of the person or entity from which it is taken, usually according to some law or rule, and without regard to what is confiscated or the means by which it is extracted. Because the process of taxation is what steals our freedoms, it is a moot point as to whether the loss of freedom is legitimized politically or not. Call it what you may, taxation in any form or configuration, open or concealed, limits freedom in “the pursuit of Happiness“.
“With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence“, those same Framers and Founders “mutually pledge[d] to each other [their] Lives, [their] Fortunes and [their] sacred Honor“ as they fought for the freedoms many now take fore granted. A primary indictment that led to the sacrifices of the Revolution was taxation without representation. Now, those we elect to represent us betray our trust, violate the original intention of the Constitution, and enslave us with the taxes they impose.
The Framers intended only direct taxes. Without indirect taxes, whether concealed or hidden by politicians failing in their oath of office, or exposed as with income taxes, the cancer of government bureaucracy sucking the lifeblood of working Americans could not grow and thrive. Direct taxes fund and enable the goods or services the tax intends.
Through judicial activism, the tyrants robed in black impose taxes that fund their judgments and findings bypassing the legislative process. Whether right or just, school busing, prison requirements, housing and building code fines, and on and on, are passed on to the taxpayer. There is no service or provision of government that is not taken from the taxpayer. Indeed, except for the blessings afforded by the natural order, nothing is free, and even those endowments require work and sacrifice.
Legislatures pass minimum wage laws that increase the cost of living for every taxpayer, eventually relegating those that have their wages temporarily increased to the same compensation they had previously. Bailing out failed corporations, increasing the national debt, etc., Congress taxes the American worker.
County assessors and the departments of revenue have replaced the slave master’s whip with property taxes funding public education unjustly draining the meager incomes of retired senior citizens and the earnings of those without children.
Manipulating interest rates, printing money, permitting the unconstitutional administrative state to reign on the throne of the Federal Register, as but a few examples, all tax working Americans.
Looking at the Constitutional intention to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”; the unconscionable national debt and unbalanced budget, the failure to protect Social Security making it fiscally sound, among other government failures; all diametrically oppose freedom and justice.
Subsidies, tariffs, and unbridled capitalism insidiously exact their tribute from every worker. Witnessed when legislators fail to uphold their oath of office and represent us according to the original intention of the Constitution, when judicial tyranny is tolerated, or when the administrative state imposes its injustice under the unauthorized color of law; taxes are the parasites of government.
Yet, beyond all these material things lost and time conscripted after being in the possession or control of those justly earning or holding them, where taxation equates to involuntary servitude, slavery if you will; all humanity deals with two additional classes of enslavement.
Politically, whether by force or bullying in the form of the majority subjugating dissent or resistance, we are enslaved by political power. This slavery confiscates irretrievable time. Unable to even pursue happiness, the enslaved are forced to work to satisfy the desires and agendas of those holding the reins of political power. Our great Civil War loosed the shackles forcing anyone to do the bidding of another without due compensation for the sacrifice of time and body. Persisting after emancipation were the Jim Crow laws, and social and economic discriminations denying those freed by the sacrifices and blood of brother fighting brother the equal opportunity to freely and justly follow their dreams.
Unique to our species, endowed with our awareness of time, every person has the potential to succumb to the enslavement arising from freedom itself. Manifest as we seek pleasure, on one hand, while attempting to avoid pain, anxiety, and sacrifice on the other; all are tempted to relinquish freedom to the satisfaction of the self. Motivations unguided by justice, discipline, and sacrifice are, and always will be, consumed by human failure. Yielding to addictions and self indulgence; greed, avarice, and covetousness join with other human failures to ignore and reject responsibility for ourselves and our posterity.
The self is never satisfied. Only when we turn our focus from ourselves to others, caring for others as we do ourselves, can true liberty, as the Framers and Founders intended, be found. This is freedom to be found in the heart, not in the laws ordained by mankind. This was not, and is not, a religious expression. It was a reality understood and addressed in the sweltering heat of the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia. This was an understanding of Truth based on their Christian Biblical worldview as they confirmed it in studying history to 500 years before Christ. Recognizing and ever fearful of the constant repetitive failing of the public majority witnessed to this day, they deliberated in secret before framing the Constitution. This was a “supreme” order of law to which all “legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound”.
Over two millennia ago, during the Passover season in Jerusalem, one Man, Jesus of Nazareth forever changed history when He disrupted and challenged the political order turning over the tables of the money changers taxing the worshipers in the Temple. Isn’t it time for Americans to educate themselves about the tyranny of the governments that we “tolerate”, and reclaim the heritage the Framers and Founders intended?
This Committee for the Constitution extracted and compiled this message from Set My People Free: Overcoming Bondage on the Journey to Freedom. Discussing the social, political, and economic problems now faced around the world, this seminal treatise on freedom offers solutions to those problems based on the Framers’ original intention. It should be read by every public official from judges, to the legislatures, political executives, public servants, and the voters who wish to be informed as to why and how we got to the circumstances we find ourselves in, and what may be done to reclaim our freedom. Like the Constitution on which it is based, it should be considered in establishing successful and enduring government.