Salt is a substance that can preserve food. So what is the salt that preserves slavery? We are all slaves, everyone of us, some to religion, some to a military enlistment, some to their jobs, some to bills that never seem to get paid. But each of us, everyone of us is a slave to our government every bit as much as the slaves of the 19th century that 500,000 Americans gave their life to free. They own us. They can get us to do whatever they need us to do. They manipulate us through taxation.
You may think you are free. The Constitution says so as does the Declaration, “…that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Do you think you are free? Just miss one house payment. Just miss filing your taxes. Refuse to make a cake for a gay wedding. Refuse to sit on a jury. Try to buy a fourth dog when your community only allows three. You will see how free you are. The heavy hand of the law will descend on you like a bowling ball dropped from a skyscraper.
All this is possible through taxation. It doesn’t matter which party is in control. They both tax to stay in power. In fact they increase taxes to get more power. More money equals more power.
Trump wants to start the AFSPC (Air Force Space Command). Obama enacted the ACA (Affordable Care Act which by the way turned out to be not so affordable). Bush enacted the TSA (which did not improve the security at the airport where the airliner was stolen recently) and Clinton enacted the FMLA (who cares – who can afford to take off 12 weeks without pay anyway?).
Each of these alphabet programs decrease our freedom and add another layer of taxation to an already overburdened and overregulated taxpayer. Why do we submit here in the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Maybe we should change our motto to:
Our taxation is up. Our bravery is down. Now we are citizens of a brand new Crown!