On the way to work this morning it occurred to me that there are only three types of relationships between men and their Government…
- Every man answers to one man
- Every man answers to himself
- Every man answers to every man
1. In our early days, we answered to a King. Each man answered to one man.
2. Sometime later, the Founding Fathers attempted a radical experiment that had never been tried before in the entire history of the World, where man answers only to himself. This led to the United States of America, the greatest nation that ever existed on Earth.
3. Then some 80 years ago, this radical experiment took a turn for the worse and now, every man answers to every other man. We are now all our brother’s keeper.
1. When we answered to a King, our prosperity was tied directly to the prosperity and success of the King and his armies and the benevolence or tyranny of his rule. The quality of our life was in the King’s hands, for better or worse.
2. When we answered to ourselves, our prosperity was tied directly to our own ambitions, desires and skills. The quality of our life was only limited by how much effort we were willing to invest and we reaped all the rewards.
3. When we answer to each other, as we do now, we are only as successful as our neighbor allows us to be and he is only as prosperous as we permit him to be.
When one neighbor can pass a law or raise taxes on another neighbor, then we all lose making one man’s tax benefit another man’s income loss. This negative spiral of self-defeating tax and law resolutions causes every man to have a small piece of his own personal freedom (and income) taken away from him by his neighbor. In this way we each take turns taking from, and losing to, each other until in the end, everyone is just a slave to everyone else.
My neighbor can raise my taxes so he gets free health care. So I will pass laws that limit what he can eat so he uses less health care so less tax money is taken from me. My other neighbor in Nevada raises my taxes so he can get a new bridge built-in his town with Federal tax money. So I raise his taxes so I can get Federal tax money for a high-speed rail line in my town. My other neighbor down the street is a teacher and she raises my property taxes so she can have a higher salary and more retirement and health benefits so when the school is in need of funds to replace a dilapidated building, I don’t donate any money because I’ve been taxed for the “schools” enough already. Then I’m told that next year my taxes are going up to pay for the dilapidated building.
Every neighbor votes for taxes and laws that take away the income or freedom from every other neighbor until we are all voting away everyone’s income and freedom for ourselves. Does that sound moral to you? Does that sound fair? Does that sound like what the Founding Fathers wanted to base our country on?
We each suffer our own misery for only as long as it takes to tax our neighbor to pay for it. This is the path we have chosen.
But hey, that’s what Americans voted for. This is what they want.