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Take the Country back to What?

The 912 Projects Tea Parties have taken America by storm. We have stood on street corners, voiced our opinions and anger at town hall meetings throughout the land. We have cried out for fiscal responsibility and smaller government. We have declared that we want to take back our country and ensure that our freedoms remain intact.
The press has stated that we will be null and void unless we can define exactly what do we mean when we say we want to take our country back? Back to what? It does provide some food for thought as the election is now over and there are many new faces in congress.
How far back shall we take the country? How drastic would the change be to the citizens? Perhaps we should start with 1913 and repeal the 16th Amendment and get rid of the progressive income tax and replace it with the Fair Tax. Taxing a person’s labor is immoral.

Imagine how many subsequent laws have been passed to find new ways to tax a person’s income and to find ways around paying taxes on income. Imagine no Internal Revenue Service! How much freer would we be if we did not have government taking our money at gun point?
Maybe we should also repeal the 17th Amendment which was also passed in 1913. This took the election of senators away from the state legislatures and made it a vote of the people based on political parties. This was the beginning of the end of states’ rights. Before the 17th Amendment senators were elected to ensure that their home state’s rights were not violated by the federal government. Imagine how many federally mandated laws may not have come into play had our senators voted to protect their states from abuse. These two changes alone would bring a renewed sense of freedom to the individual.
Maybe we should start by outlawing the practice of government to withholding taxes from our paychecks. This amounts to interest free loans to the government. This was one of the government’s biggest and brightest ideas to relieve us of our money in a painless, convenient manner. Do you think the government would be as bold as it is if we had to actually write checks to it? I think there would have been a tax revolt long ago.
Do we want to go back to the Not So Great Society times of the 1950’s? President Lyndon B. Johnson proposed The Great Society and the War on Poverty that were designed to eliminate poverty and racial injustice. Since the percentage of those still in poverty is still high maybe we should have saved the billions of dollars spent on this un-winnable war and let the tax payers keep their hard earned money.
Now envision no Social Security or government medical programs. How would that affect the population? At first it would be devastating, but eventually we would begin to rely less upon government for our happiness. People would begin again to help one another and the national mindset would move from the belief that government is the source of happiness and security.
Any change to ‘take our country back’ will be met with resistance because people would have to assume personal responsibility for their own lives. So be careful about being too vague on what you mean by taking our country back. Americans have been living for generations with the slow scorching effects of socialism. We have been conditioned to have a ‘job’ with a retirement at the end of the rainbow. Our parents lived the dream as did their parents before them. They have passed onto to us an easier life then they had. We take our easy life for granted. But along with that is the reality that it is not sustainable. Sooner or later the weight will collapse and that is what we are headed for now.
Taking our country back in a drastic measure would most likely devastate the citizens of the great country. It would be shock and awe indeed as we have been systematically conditioned to have a progressing reliance on government. Imagine if you will if that every television screen in America suddenly went blank, or radio stations stopped talking to us, or if everyone’s cell phone stopped working. A drastic change to the course of the nation may be just as confusing and direct.
The progressives have been slowly twisting the blade of socialism in the heart of America for more than a century. A majority of the population is used to the government’s helping hand and convincing them to throw it all away and become responsible is going to be goring a lot of people’s oxen. How do we systematically dismantle it? That is the question.
Before we answer that question we need to define what we mean by freedom. If we want personal freedom and liberty we must define it as individuals. For the past two centuries we have allowed political parties to define it for us. I urge you to take some time and envision no Republican or Democrat parties, no left versus right, no liberal versus conservative slant on freedom. Take your keyboard in hand and ask yourself “what does freedom mean to me?” What does it look like? We must stop the political gamesmanship and return to the Founder’s measurement of government which was simple; Does this law advance liberty or tyranny?

 

First published in Liberty Ink Journal October 2010

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