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Friday, February 03, 2006

The War Against Democracy

Provocative enough post title for ya? :-)

Several things have converged to create this post: Reading (piecemeal) The Founders Constitution and steeping myself in the ground from which this country sprang. Antics in the Loony Left Moonbat Brigade, the Mass Media Podpeoples' Army, among Mixed Academia Nuts, the ACLU and all their ilk to sabotage what remains of the democratic republic the Founders and Framers bequeathed us. The fact that the next seven days will determine just how much of my money the Feds will have stolen from me over the last year (yeh, doing my taxes before Feb 10-"feds have stolen" refers to all the monies levied and spent by the feds for things NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY GENUINE CONSTITUTIONAL WRIT. Monies given to folks who ought instead to get it by earning it legitimately.)

Well, I guess I'll just focus on one aspect of The War on Democracy. Democracy, as Jerry Pournelle often reminds his readers, is rightly "rule by the middle class"-those citizens whose productive lives add value to the republic and who have a stake in its health.

Democracy, when it works, is rule by the middle class, the middle class being those who possess the goods of fortune in moderation: those who have enough that they don't want to risk it trying to take more from the wealthier. Democracies can tolerate a spread of wealth so long as there are not too many very rich and very poor people in the society.

[N.B. Click the link and read Dr. Pournelle's review of the SOTU address.]

The federal tax structure in this country (as well as how those monies are spent) is one of the most potent weapons the enemies of a democratic republic could ever have devised to effect its downfall. By robbing its productive members of the fruits of their labors for use for anything not specifically designed to protect those citizens from "enemies foreign or domestic" or mediating disputes among the states or other legitimate responsibilities of federal government, the feds grow stronger at the expense of the republic as a whole.

Briefly scan a history of the federal income tax, from Lincoln to the present day, and tell me it isn't unjust, unfair and antithetical to the Founders' democratic republic.

There is a better way, and The FairTax is a start down that path. I urge you to get and read this book:

The FairTax Book

Then call AND write your congresscritters, join a local FairTax group (or just go to a meetup) and do something to get this ever more in the public eye.

Your children and grandchildren will bless you.

Since tbs seem to be working well there today *s*, here's another at TMH's Bacon Bits, eh? :-)