Join Date: 06/20/2012
Today, We Celebrate Our “Dependence” Day!
July 4, 2012
By Michael DeStefano (Citizen Correspondent)
It’s ironic that today, less than a week after the Supreme Court reinterprets Congress’s power of taxation over the individual, we celebrate our Independence Day.
I find no reason to commemorate our separation from a tyrant, only to cheerfully and complacently embrace tyranny within our own government! This makes absolutely no sense to me.
We must remind ourselves from whom we declared that independence. Jefferson’s words are quite clear on the subject and are contained in his “long train of abuses” of King George III. Re-reading this list, I can’t help but think how we’ve missed seeing them return in our present-day Federal Government. And yet our own citizens remain silent!
The SCOTUS, in last week’s opinion regarding the “National Federation of Independent Business et al v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al,” made it abundantly clear the Congress has the power to modify private behavior through taxation. This betrayal by the Supreme Court has placed an awesome new power at Congress’s feet; the power to compel us to modify our private behavior through whatever tax policies suit them.
In attempting to raise funds from the Colonies to pay for the French and Indian War, is this not what the King of England tried to do with his Stamp Act? Sugar Act? The Townshend Acts? The Tea Act? The Coercive Acts?
Do we not once again find ourselves slaves to the political class and their Government-centered ideology of taxation to modify behavior? When are we going to learn from history?
Our long-fought-for freedoms have been, are being, and continue to be systematically stripped away, making a mockery of a public servant’s oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution.”
Our freedoms were first attacked by “progressive” presidents as far back as Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Then by FDR and his radical “entitlement” agenda, backed by a compliant Congress and enforced by a SCOTUS packed by sympathetic, activist justices through his extended 4 terms in office.
And because we’ve grown up with these “entitlements” without reckoning on the Constitution, we chose to ignore the problem of unsustainable programs that should never have been allowed to come to fruition. How can a government honestly say it can police itself? It has the absolute power to tax and to regulate commerce. Yet, it dares to compete in the private sector economy (health care and insurance) while it also writes the rules and regulations governing the very same commerce it participates in?
This conflict of interest is glaring in its intensity, yet neither the political class nor the members of the Fourth Estate seem interested in exposing or delineating such unassailable boundaries.
Remind yourselves of the true meaning of that fateful vote of the 2nd Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. Think of the silence that followed as the magnitude of their vote began to sink in. Yes, we were now a “free” and independent nation. Yet, we had to take the appropriate actions to keep it!
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
- Ronald Reagan 40th president of US (1911 - 2004)
If we are to save our representative republic, we have no choice but to take the appropriate actions necessary to keep it,… or lose it forever.