How could I have been so terribly wrong? Beliefs I have held for years were shattered over the weekend with the subversive tactics used to pass the health care bill.
Oh sure…I have seen signs of the government we find ourselves with coming…but I always thought the problem could…would…be fixed through the process we have followed in this country for over two hundred years.
I thought that, despite the occasional unprincipled legislator, enough folks with the good of the country in mind would be elected to prevail.
I thought we would remain the country that was founded over 200 years ago…a country founded on the shaking off of the shackles of oppression and corruption, a true democratic republic, A country that believed in the constitution as a guiding principle, not a “living document” whose meaning changes with the mood of society at any given moment.
In short, I believed we would remain America.
Over the years I have had friends that argued for term limits. I always argued against them, believing the only term limits needed were a citizenry that would limit the terms of bad officials at the ballot box, and we could keep the good officials that would otherwise be term limited despite doing a good job.
I have friends who have embraced the mantra “Throw the bums out!” for a long time, promoting a clean sweep without regard for who is good and who is bad…just get rid of all of them and start with a clean slate. I have argued against that as well, for basically the same reason…there ARE some good people in congress and I felt they should not be thrown out along with the bad ones.
Where has following my thinking gotten us?
It has made the United States more closely resemble a South American third world dictatorship than the country George Washington, Samuel Adams, Thomas Jefferson, et al envisioned…and risked their very lives to create.
It has given us a government that considers its citizens inconsequential, relegating us to little more than the status of government slaves, fit only to do the bidding of an oppressive government.
It has populated or congress with Democratic Party representatives like rules committee member Alcee Hastings (D-FL), an impeached former federal judge who was convicted of soliciting a bribe and perjury, yet who has been re-elected to congress over and over since 1992, and who said, within the last couple of days, regarding the sausage making surrounding the health care debacle, “When the deal goes down… all this talk about rules – we make ‘em up as we go along.”.
It has given us Republican Senators like Kay Bailey Hutchinson, (R-TX) who voted FOR the stimulus bill, FOR the Troubled Asset Relief Program, and who is one of the most successful pork barrel plunderers in congress.
It has given us nationally prominent party hacks like Republican Newt Gingrich.
Yes…Newt Gingrich. Gingrich talks of principles, but his actions show he chooses party over principles.
Last November, during the special election race to fill the house seat for the NY 23’rd congressional district, the Republican Party nominee was a Republican who supported abortion rights, unions, and card check. NY has a vibrant Conservative Party whose candidate was viable, and opposed abortion, unions, and card check…all principles Gingrich says he shares. Who did Gingrich support in the election? The pro-abortion, pro-union, pro-card check Republican Party candidate.
Sorry Newt, but actions speak louder than words, and your actions show you to choose party over principles.
And none of them get it.
Obama thinks the anger that swept him into office is the same anger that elected Sen Scott Brown, R-MA.
BTW, please don’t drink the Scott Brown Kool-Ade…he is no conservative. Conservatives don’t get elected and re-elected, over and over, in Massachussets…and they don’t vote for a pork-barrel jobs bill like Brown did.
Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele thinks the tea party folks are just mis-guided Republicans that need to be brought to the (Republican) light…rather like a red-headed stepchild.
None of them…not even the pundits…have a clue what we are mad about…mad about at both sides of the established government. Its not an issue, its an attitude.
We aren’t just mad about the health care bill…we are far angrier about the process…the pressure to follow the party line, the bribes and kickbacks, like the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, federal funding for a new hospital in Connecticut for Sen Chris Dodd, federal funding for a water project in California traded for two California representatives’ votes.
We are mad about Washington reaching in our pockets, stealing our money, and spending it unconstitutionally…but we are far, far madder with the attitude that “they” have a right to do so, that they are entitled.
We are angry too about the usurpation of our rights…rights that, according to the constitution, come from God, not the government, and that the government’s job is to protect rights, not bestow them. Remember, if the government can give rights, then government can take them back.
So…what should we do? What can we do?
First, we can do what I have argued against for years. We can throw them out. All of them. Throw the baby out with the bathwater. It is extreme, and good folks will lose their jobs representing us, but its necessary. Just as when cutting out a cancer you take a bit of good tissue to be sure you get all of the bad, ALL of them must go. Come election time this time around I wouldn’t vote for my brother if he were already in office.
Second, except for exercising our right to vote by throwing them out, we simply don’t play the game. It is rigged. An oppressive government has set the rules of the game and the rules are set up to make sure the oppressive government, not the governed, wins. Remember the quote of Representative Alcee Hastings from earlier in this article:
“When the deal goes down…all this talk about rules…we make ‘em
up as we go along.”
Right from the horse’s mouth folks…from a member of congress…”…we make ‘em up as we go along.”
So we don’t play the game…THEIR game. In “new speak”, we opt out.
Civil disobedience…economic guerilla warfare. We starve the beast.
Government…”the beast”…is a living thing, and like all living things it needs to be fed…fed with our money. So, lets take away its food. There ARE ways to do that, some legal, some not so legal…but then, that’s why its called civil disobedience.
Some methods of starving the beast are relatively simple…not always easy, but simple…and avoid legal risk. Think of what you do on a regular basis that feeds the beast. Do you use a state park that you live close to? Does it charge a user fee? The two close to me do…Georgia parks have a parking fee…so I don’t use them. Find another place to have your Saturday afternoon picnic.
Where do you buy your food? Like most folks, you probably use the supermarket…the supermarket that collects sales tax. If you live in an agricultural area have you considered bypassing the system…and its taxes…by buying as much as you can from local farmer’s markets and/or straight from the farmer? As an added benefit you will probably find yourself eating healthier and supporting local agriculture rather than a farm in China or a fruit grove in South America.
Do you smoke cigarettes? Quit…or if, like me, you either won’t or can’t quit, roll your own like I started doing a few months ago. If all smokers did that it would hit both state and federal government HARD. Here in Georgia our cigarette tax is $1.37 per pack on top of a federal tax of $1.01 per pack, plus sales tax. A carton of cigarettes is $$37.59, plus sales tax, for me here at my local Kroger, with$23.80, or $2.38 per pack, of that going for state and federal cigarette taxes. I roll my own, paying $24.95 for tobacco and $1.95 for 200 rolling tubes, and roll 19-20 packs for $26.90, or about $1.35 per pack…and only about .30 per pack of that is federal and state tax…and they taste the same as the Marlboro Lights I replaced with them. Time involved? About 20-30 minutes to roll two packs while watching Food Network or Fox News in the evening.
Are you, like me, feeling particularly angry about our repressive government? Angry enough to commit civil disobedience…break a few laws…in a non-violent revolution to starve the beast? Here are a couple of actions that will help do just that…and if you think of others feel free to share ideas in the comments section at the bottom of this article.
The first…and potentially the most effective…is to deny the beast any food for a full year…and you CAN do it…not legally, but it can be done just the same.
Until World War II, federal income taxes were not withheld from an employee’s paycheck. You got your full pay every payday, and saved your money for a full year, then sent a check along with your return between January 1st and April 15th each year. Going back to that would give you two benefits, and help reign in government two ways.
The benefits to you would be your actually knowing how much you REALLY make, and allowing you, not the government, to use the money YOU earned all year.
You think you already know how much you make? Well, maybe…but most don’t. Ask the average worker how much he/she makes and the answer will be something along the lines of, “Well, I take home…” People, or many of them anyway, don’t know what they really make. Which leads to the first way this would take power from the government.
If everyone knew…REALLY KNEW by seeing it weekly, what they really made, and they knew it for a full year, and then had to come up with a year’s tax to send in on April 15th for the government to waste…
…there would be a tax revolution. The beast’s giant Ponzi scheme would come to a sudden, screeching halt.
The second way this would help take power from the beast and return it to the people is…starvation. Government feeds on those weekly or monthly tax deposits your employer makes…it fuels the beast.
Cut it off.
“But I can’t”
Oh yes you can. Look at your paycheck stub. See how much is being withheld each pay period for income taxes…then do two things:
First, resolve to save any amount your check goes up when you take the next action…you will need it to pay your taxes at the end of the year. Then…
April 19, 2010, the first Monday after tax day, walk into work and see whoever is in charge of payroll. Ask for a new W-4 because your deductions have changed. Fill it out, and where it asks how many dependants/allowances you are claiming, put in this number…
99 deductions means you cut off the beast’s food…you starve the beast…because the amount of money taken from your paycheck…withheld for taxes…will drop to almost nothing. You’ll get your full pay, and the beast will starve until next April 15th, next tax day.
Will doing this be breaking the law? Yes…hell, it’s illegal even for me to suggest you do it. Did you know it is illegal even for your employer to attach a statement to your paycheck, other than the fine print on your pay stub, telling you how much you really made and how much the beast stole from you?
Will this make a difference?
It depends on you. If 5 of you do it…no, it won’t make a difference.
If 50 of you do it, it won’t make a difference.
If 500 of you do it, it’ll probably make local news if you live close together.
5000? Publicized right, it’ll make FOX NEWS.
50,000 or 500,000? Yes…those are numbers that will get attention and bring real pressure…pressure that will be felt and responded to, especially if it follows us throwing the bums out in the next election.
So…want to make a difference? Here is a pyramid scheme you can feel good about getting involved in. Get 5 folks involved…who get 5 each…who get 5 each…who get 5 each…who get 5 each…if every reader here does just that, it will make a difference with over 3300 involved for each of you who chose to…
Starve the beast
Everyone has heard the words “These are the times that try men’s souls…”, but few know their origin, or what followed. They are the opening phrase of paragraph 1 of a 13 paragraph essay Thomas Payne wrote on December 23, 1776. The entire first paragraph is repeated here. George Washington was so inspired by these words he had them read to the troops at Valley Forge.
I hope you find them equally inspiring:
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.
Note: These articles are meant as discussions, not lectures. Please use the comment section below to comment, discuss, or question. All I ask is that it be kept civil.
- Newt Gingrich has no support in Georgia or Tweets older than eight months (salon.com)
- GOP presidential hopefuls hammer health care (iowacaucus.com)
- Gingrich stresses social issues, national security (thehill.com)