Government isn’t supposed to take care of us. Its job is twofold: to leave us alone so we can take care of ourselves, and to protect us from those who seek to deprive us of our unalienable God given Rights to Life, lLiberty and the pursuit of Happiness. If our government was doing the job intended by our Founding Fathers we wouldn’t be facing a debt crisis.
How was it that the United States government was able to function prior to ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment, which on February 3, 1913 granted Congress the power to lay and collect taxes on income? Why was it so important for Woodrow Wilson, leader of the “progressive” movement in the early twentieth century, to oversee the ratification of this Amendment to the United States Constitution?
Wilson had to find a way to fund new federal bureaucracies formed after passage of major progressive legislation that included the Federal Reserve Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, and the Federal Farm Loan Act.
Wilson viewed the United States Constitution as pre-modern and cumbersome. He believed that the United States Constitution prevented the government from meeting the country’s needs by enumerating rights upon which the government could not infringe.
Those just happen to be your Individual Rights as Citizens of the United States of America!
Wilson believed that a big government that met the needs of those chosen by big government was more important that your Individual Rights.
This anti-American philosophy formed the foundation of “progressive” thought and behavior that’s been part of the American political landscape ever since.
The current White House occupant echoed Wilson’s beliefs in this 2001 statement: “…as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf…”.
The only reason Americans are forced under threat of federal prosecution to pay income tax is to fund big government programs that are not enumerated in the United States Constitution as the responsibility of the federal government. In spite of the fact that Wilson and his “progressive” followers clearly understood this, the intent of “progressives” was, is, and always has been to “progress” beyond the United States Constitution. They see big government as necessary to doing things on your behalf…or more importantly, on behalf of those they deem worthy.
There must be a paradigm shift in the way we view politics in America. Republican vs Democrat is obsolete. That’s because “progressives” have infested both major political parties in the United States. Although it’s true that “progressives” have siezed absolute control of the Democratic Party while remaining only a part of the Republican Party, this paradigm shift is still vitally necessary if America is to be restored.
The real philosophical divide is between the intent of the Founding Fathers and the intent of “progressives”, regardless of party. The real political divide is between Americans and “progressives”.
America isn’t simply a landmass indicated on a map or globe by lines. America is an idea. An idea that was outlined in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
The American idea is that We The People can govern ourselves. That by the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God we are entitled by birth to the maximum amount of Individual Liberties consistent with law and order, and to the Right of privately owned property. These Liberties and Rights are to be equally protected by a Constitutionally limited government that derives its just powers from the consent of the people.
The “progressive” idea is that a centrally planned big government, with extreme hostility towards private property, forces redistribution of wealth through “progressive” taxation in the name of social or economic “justice”. In order to ensure “fairness”, big government must be responsible for controlling businesses, industries and people who are incapable of governing themselves.
These two points of view cannot coexist. By their very nature they are self contradictory. In the name of Liberty, it’s the responsibility of all Americans to rid ourselves of the “progressive” cancer.
The choice is ours. Do you wish to restore an America where you reap the rewards of your own labor and are King of your own Castle, or do you prefer to be a slave to an all controlling oligarchy of self imagined and self appointed “elites” who keep you alive because they’ve decided your existence serves the interests of the collective?
I know which side I’m on.
God Bless America!