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Op-Ed: Fighting For American Liberty From Populace Slavery

By Samantha A. Torrence     Jul 12, 2009 in Politics
Barack Obama is losing his shiny luster to American voters. The recession is deepening and Ron Paul is starting to look better to even his critics. What is going on? The ususal, taxes and debt.
This is part 1 on a series about the current political climate in America.
We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name---Liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible means---liberty and tyranny. Abraham Lincoln, 1864
Lincolns words echo from the past to fit neatly in the current atmosphere of America today,and while those words were meant to address the slavery and the oppression of the blacks, the words are equally apropos for our current struggles in America. Slavery is not just the oppression of the Jews, or the blacks, or any of the other historic groups of people who have been forced to labor for a higher class, it can also be an oppression of an entire country for the benefit of the Political Elite. As it stands, Americans are nothing more than the slaves of Washington and more people are realizing it.
Polls indicate that President Obama's approval ratings are dropping. In Ohio they have dropped by 13 points to rest at a 49 percent approval rating and a 44 percent disapproval rating. According to a Gallup Poll the national approval rating had dropped and is clearly divided on party lines.
U.S. President Barack Obama averaged a 58% job approval rating for the first eight days of July, down from an average of 61% for June. His approval rating is down most significantly among independents, to 53% so far in July from an average of 59% in June; it has dropped two points among Republicans (from 25% in June to 23% so far in July) and has gone up a point among Democrats, to 90%
At this point in the game this may be just the status quo as every President has a rocky start, and a loud loyal opposition. Still the polling numbers do not bode well if the trend continues ,and it will as long as Americans are feeling the strain of the economy and see no end in sight due to legislation that would demand all Americans pay higher taxes.
Taxes are the first form of slavery that our founding fathers fought against and it seems that Americans have forgotten all our country was founded upon by accepting the increase in taxes that have become the shackles and the yolk of our country. Thomas Jefferson would agree.
"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt We must make our selection between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude.. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat in our drink, in our necessities and comforts, in our labors and in our amusements, for our callings and our creeds...our people.. must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live.. We have not time to think, no means of calling the mis-managers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow suffers. Our landholders, too...retaining indeed the title and stewardship of estates called theirs, but held really in trust for the treasury, contented with penury, obscurity and exile.. private fortunes are destroyed by public as well as by private extravagance.
This is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle becomes a precedent for a second; that second for a third; and so on, till the bulk of society is reduced to mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering... And the fore horse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression."
Are taxes necessary? Yes they are, or the founders would not have made it legal for the collection of taxes by writing Article 1 Section 8 into the constitution.
Section. 8. The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
Ah there is the rub, taxes are necessary for the operation of government, but our founders did not think taxes should weigh heavily on the people. Did American's learn this in school? Well they learned about the Boston Tea Party, and that seems to be the only concept that Americans can easily relate to. Hence the loyal opposition of Barack Obama's policies, the Tea Party Patriots, and they scare the living daylights out of the political class.
Tea Party Patriots are made up of Democrats and Republicans, Libertarians and Constitutionalists alike who have recognized the already broken promises of the administration not to raise taxes on 95 percent of Americans. The group is also concerned with the ever expanding debt the Obama Adminstration and Congress are signing into law as some Americans watch in horror, and others cheerfully accept in the name of the green movement and lazy compassion.
Tea Party Patriots are not the only group ready to voice their dismay against slavery, there are also the new "creative extremists." You can generally find these folks on the Internet forums or at a restaurant discussing the new Glenn Beck book Common Sense: The Case Against An Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine.
Glenn Beck's own version of Common Sense also touches upon the oppressive use of taxes.
A complex and confusing tax code is a weapon that can be used to intimidate enemies( windfall profits tax on oil companies) and punish the innocent but politically unpopular person(a 90 percent tax on corporate executives) while rewarding friends with exemptions,deductions,and individualized loopholes. Glenn Beck pg. 39
There are also Americans not aligned with either group who are portraying their distaste for rising debt and taxes. Some are smokers who are represented by the poor and minority groups who will be hit with outrageous taxes beyond their control. There are farmers and truckers who will feel the crunch of taxes on higher gas prices if the cap and tax bill is signed into law. There are poverty stricken American's on welfare whose food stamps will not stretch as far as delivery charges rise and stores compensate. The middle class will have trouble heating their house as the cost of coal energy and heating oil skyrocket. The Rich, who nobody seems to care about, will not be able to afford to higher more workers if they keep a non government sanctioned insurance company and have to pay taxes on premiums.
We are slaves in America to the political elite, and their convoluted Tax Code. One wonders though, what their agenda is now that they have procured the labor.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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